popcorn-cauliflower-25Crunchy baked pieces of cauliflower make a fun snack, side dish, or mini meal.

This is a healthier version of popcorn chicken that still tastes delicious.

mochi-ice-cream-033Japanese mochi ice cream can be made in your own home. You can customize with your favorite flavors of ice cream and keep them stored in the freezer for a fun and delicious treat.

I adore mochi ice cream. For those unfamiliar, mochi is a Japanese rice cake made with glutinous rice flour and has a chewy texture. Mochi Ice Cream is a thin layer of mochi wrapped around an ice cream filling. It’s creamy, sweet, with a little chewy outer shell, and just a very delightful and cute treat. They have become quite popular in the last few years and I’ve been able to find them at most major grocery stores, like Vons and Ralphs. Trader Joe’s makes their own version and the Whole Foods in San Diego carry Bubbies brand, which is flown in from Hawaii.


ambrogio15Ambrogio15 opened last month, serving Milanese-style pizza. The trio of owners are all originally from Milan. Ambrogio is patron saint of Milan and the name of a church in their hometown and 15 refers to the diameter of their paper-thin pizza crust.
We were invited to dine here during their soft opening weekend. The interior looked quite warm and inviting. Unfortunately, we only got a quick glance of it as we were seated in their patio section, which was basically a small area of four tables in front of the restaurant which haven’t yet been given the care and attention of the interior. I was initially surprised by the seating, but didn’t want to be difficult. However, sitting outside on hard patio furniture when we were dressed for and expecting a nice dinner date definitely did take away from the dining experience.