Carnitas’ Snack Shack – Carmel Valley/ Del Mar

The ever popular Carnitas’ Snack Shack opened its second location last week, inside Del Mar Highlands Town Center (which seems to be the designated spot for second restaurant locations as it also houses the North County branches of Searsucker and Snooze). I was extremely excited to check out the new digs, which are bigger with indoor seating and a better parking situation. The menu is pretty much the same, though they do offer a monthly doughnut special and the pork burger is a permanent menu item at this new branch ....more

Crispy Golden Pork Belly

This is the best pork belly recipe I’ve made. The pork skin is incredibly crispy, perfectly golden, and the prep work is very minimal compared to all the other pork bellies I’ve made. No need to score or puncture holes in the skin ....more

Iceskimo revisits

Iceskimo has been our “go-to” spot for snow shaved ice this summer, a dessert originally from Taiwan that shaves blocks of ice made with water mixed with milk, cream or condensed milk to have a creamier texture (it’s like a cross between traditional shaved ice and ice cream). The pop-up store located inside Pangea will have its own physical store next month, located at 4609 Convoy Street. The pop up offers various snow ice flavors, fresh watermelon juice and Belgian street waffles ....more

Baked Cheesy Tomatoes

These baked tomatoes are filled with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. I purchased these beautiful tomatoes on the vine this weekend. As summer is winding down, I’m trying to buy and eat as much fresh produce as possible ....more

626 Night Market

Two years ago, the 626 Night Market debuted in Los Angeles, inspired by the night markets found in Asia, and especially Taiwan. After great success, they’ve continued on, expanding to Orange County and downtown LA as well, and holding multiple sessions each summer. The main location is the Arcadia one ....more

Bailey’s Coffee and Cream Ice Pops

These Bailey’s flavored popiscles are so fun to eat! Half of the ice pop is a Bailey’s Irish Cream spiked coffee and the other half is a creamy sweet base. It’s finally Friday! ...more

Rainy Days

One of the perks of having a significant other is having someone that will finish the food you don’t want, right? At least that is how it is for Mr. P and me ....more

Afters Ice Cream

We recently visited Afters Ice Cream, an ice cream joint in Fountain Valley that has become quite popular because of their “Milky Bun” a fresh donut stuffed with ice cream. The sign made it a little hard to spot. We were extremely lucky to arrive when there was no line ....more

BBQ Tofu Fries and a Giveaway

These tofu fries are grilled until crisp and then brushed with BBQ sauce, making for a healthy summer treat. I also have a summer giveaway at the end of this post! We’ve been continuing to cook and practice with our grill ....more

Big Cookies and Cream Cookies

These oversized cookies and cream cookies are chewy and full of crushed Oreo pieces. This is one of my favorite cookie recipes and I’ve made them a few dozen times with great success. I posted the original recipe two years ago, so I thought I’d do an updated post ....more