City Eats: Extraordinary Desserts, San Diego

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When Jason and I visited San Diego, one of the places I wanted to visit most was Extraordinary Desserts. When trip planning, the piece I get most excited about is definitely searching out the best food spots. When I stumbled upon Extraordinary Desserts, I knew it had to happen. I mean, look at those insanely beautiful desserts!

So, after spending several hours at Balboa Park, we walked across town to enjoy an afternoon treat. It took me a ridiculously long time to decide, but I finally chose the strawberry shortcake – so, so good! Jason ordered the banana cream pie. Both desserts were delicious! If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, try to make it over to Extraordinary Desserts, your stomach (and your eyes) will thank you.

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City Eats: Amsterdam, Melly’s Cookie Bar

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While in Amsterdam, Jason and I, along with my Mom and her best friend, visited Melly’s Cookie Bar. Melly’s serves pastries and coffee, but their specialty is alfajores. The alfajor is a traditional Latin American cookie made up of two round cookies sandwiched together and often filled with dulce de leche, though other fillings may be used. At Melly’s we tried several variations of the alfajor, including ones dipped in dark chocolate, dipped in white chocolate, and one whose shortbread-esque cookies were replaced with meringue cookies.

I was definitely drawn in by the cookies and coffee, but I also really love Melly’s branding and store set-up! It absolutely made the retail and marketing major in me smile!

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City Eats: San Diego, Snooze

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Jason and I found Snooze while trip planning for San Diego. Snooze is a funky breakfast joint with roots in Denver, Colorado (which means we will be there all the time in a couple of months!!) We loved our experience, the atmosphere, service and food so much that we visited twice in during our five day vacation.

Their menu is full of delicious options that are easily interchangeable and customizable. I went with the pancake flight both times! With choices such as Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes (complete with caramelized pineapple chunks and vanilla créme anglaise),  Sweet Potato Pancakes (with homemade caramel, candied pecans and ginger butter), Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes (topped with strawberry-basil coulis, strawberries, a mascarpone whipped cream, and a lemon-shortbread crumble), and Blueberry Danish Pancakes (topped with blueberry coulis, sweet cream and an almond streusel with a lemon cream cheese filling), how could I refuse?!

We also tried the Caprese Benedict, which was so delicious and fresh! This take on the benedict featured heirloom tomatoes tossed with pesto and served over fresh mozzarella on toasted ciabatta with poached eggs, a cream cheese hollandaise and a balsamic reduction.

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O.M.G. French Toast, brioche stuffed with mascarpone, topped with vanilla créme, salted caramel, strawberries and toasted coconut.

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Caprese Benedict

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Pancake Flight with Blueberry Danish, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Sweet Potato pancakes.