Frost Me Cupcakes, a gourmet cupcake bakery that was a winner on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, recently opened a shop in Seaport Village, and a smaller stand inside UTC mall.

We were at the mall recently and decided to check it out.

Cupcakes are $3.50 each or you can buy sets of 4, 6 or 12 for a discounted price.

These are the four we purchased: blueberry hazelnut, chocolate ganache, red velvet, espresso chocolate

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite things to bake in the Fall. However, if you’ve ever baked them yourself, you know that adding pumpkin puree to cookies will give them a cakey texture.

There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that– I love that they taste like mini pumpkin cakes. But sometimes you just want a chewy cookie.

Over the years, I’ve tried to make a chewy pumpkin cookie. I’ve tried various recipes that promised to be chewy and I’ve tried making my own. So far, I haven’t yet found “the one.” But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to research.

This seems to be the year of customization in the restaurant industry. The latest to join the trend is McDonald’s. Currently there are four McDonald’s in the US that offer a build-your-own-burger experience and two of them happen to be in San Diego (Midway and Santee; the other two are in Orange County).

I love customization, so I was really excited to learn that McDonald’s is testing it out. Last week, I was invited to a media event to experience it for myself. The event took place at the McDonald’s on Midway Drive (3805 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110).

When you enter, there are several banners letting customers know of this new option. Rather than go to the register, there are touch pad tablets set up to take your customized order. The base price for the premium burger is $5.49. You can add as many toppings, sauces, cheeses from the Build Your Burger menu as you want. The only extra charges are for bacon ($.80) and additional patties ($1.25).