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Last weekend, my sister and I attended SF’s Matcha Fest, where all the vendors present at the festival sold matcha flavored desserts and drinks. Here are some of my favorites:

Matcha Cream Filled Bomboloni from Mr. Bomboloni

Matcha filled choux from Choux SF.

Thai Tea Custard Cake from Third Culture Bakery.

Matcha Mochi Waffles topped with Matcha Ice Cream from Enter the Cafe.

I got to try so many desserts that I’ve never had before but have always wanted to. I loved that all these vendors were in one place so I could try everything I want. Except the lines were just kinda ridiculously long. Now, I’m so tempted to go back to these bakeries to get more of my favorites.

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Avocado Corn Caprese Salad

Sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, avocado, and corn tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette. This avocado corn caprese salad is so delicious and refreshing.

Avocado Corn Caprese Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

Oh, I can’t believe that it’s Memorial Day weekend in just a couple days. I don’t really have much planned since I work on Saturday, so it’s not like I have a long weekend either. Sadly. But I love that it signals the beginning of summer!

Fresh sweet tomatoes, juicy berries, corn on the cob. That summer life is almost here! Along with barbeques and picnics and walks along the coastline.

Avocado Corn Caprese Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

So of course, I’m all ready for it! And I’m about to share with you a new summer staple: avocado corn caprese salad.

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Matcha Green Tea Croissant French Toast Bake

Torn up croissants with hints of matcha green tea baked until the center is custardy and the top is crispy. This matcha green tea croissant french toast bake is a delicious choice for breakfast.

Matcha Green Tea Croissant French Toast Bake | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Sunday!

Did you guys catch the Royal Wedding yesterday? I woke up early to watch the arrival of the family and to get the first looking of the wedding dress. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that the wedding dress was so simple, but Meghan Markle looked amazing regardless. And did you get a chance to watch Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon? I thought it was really powerful and inspiring. And of course, the Kingdom Choir sounded so good. Don’t you just love weddings?

I just wished I didn’t have work, especially after getting up at 3:45 in the morning to watch the wedding. So I’m completely exhausted and would love to sleep in on my Sunday off. Except that’s not really what I have planned. I bought tickets a few weeks ago for both me and my sister for SF Matcha Fest. Can’t wait to share photos of the food we try! Obviously. =)

In the mean time, let’s talk about this matcha green tea croissant french toast bake.

Matcha Green Tea Croissant French Toast Bake | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Happy Friday!

Are you guys watching the Royal Wedding this weekend? I actually have work on Saturday, but I’m thinking that I might get up early just to watch. Well, the part where Meghan Markle arrives in her dress because that’s really the part I want to see. Lol. I can already tell you I’m going to be so exhausted on Saturday.

And I’m excited for Sunday. My sister and I are going to SF Matcha Fest! It’s a festival for all things green tea.

In the meantime, it finally feeling warmer in SF. And I love that the flowers are in full bloom right now. Have you been to Japantown in SF? There’s so many different foods and desserts to try! It’s so hard to decide what I want.

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Destination: Philadelphia’s Center City

“Wherever you travel to, appreciate the culture and beauty of the place.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Philadelphia's Center City | Cooking with a Wallflower

Part of what I loved about traveling alone was that I could get up at whatever time I want and begin my day. Which means I can start exploring the city before it gets too crowded. So on my second day, I had so many places I wanted to see and so many foods to try. I covered both Center City and the Museum District, but I’m going to focus on Center City for this post.

Philadelphia's Center City | Cooking with a Wallflower

In case you missed the first part of this series, you can find my adventures in Philadelphia’s Old City here.

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Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Almond milk whisked with matcha green tea powder then slightly sweetened and served with ice. This simple to make iced matcha green tea latte is so delicious and refreshing.

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Mother’s Day!

Are you guys celebrating Mother’s Day with brunch?

My mom works today so brunch isn’t possible. Instead, we decided that we’re either doing a special seafood dinner at home or we’ll be going out for dinner. My mom hasn’t quite decided yet what she wants to do.

Whatever it is you guys decide to do to celebrate, I hope you’ll have a fantastic Sunday with your moms. =)

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte | Cooking with a Wallflower

In the mean time, I thought I would share this iced matcha green tea latte with you.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Edition

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! What do you have planned?

Fried Chicken Benedict over Cream Biscuits

By the way, I had brunch with a friend at Brenda’s French Soul Food and ordered a Fried Chicken Benedict over Cream Biscuits. It’s topped with Creole hollandaise sauce. Seriously, one of the best benedicts I’ve had. Sooo good. If you’re in SF, and you’re craving Southern-style brunch, this is the place to go. Just don’t order the beignets cuz nothing beats Cafe du Monde. =)

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Creamy Corn Vegetable Soup

Creamy soup loaded with corn, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, celery, and onions. This creamy corn vegetable soup is delicious, perfect for spring.

Creamy Corn Vegetable Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Wednesday!

Guess what I just realized? We’re just weeks away from summer, and I’m soo excited. I’m already picturing berries and stone fruits. Ripe tomatoes and asparagus. Seriously, all that summer produce is just weeks away! I’m so ready for it!

In the meantime, I kinda wish the weather was cooperating. Some days it’s super cold, windy, and gloomy, and other days it’s warm and spring like. Can we decide already whether or not it’s spring?

Creamy Corn Vegetable Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Destination: Philadelphia’s Old City

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

Early in April, I traveled to Philadelphia for a few days to explore a new city on my own.There was so much to see, so much to eat, so much to rave about, and obviously so much to share with you. So, Philadelphia will be divided into different parts of the city. Today, I wanted to share with you Philadelphia’s Old City.

Philadelphia's Old City | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Earlier this week, my friend Jen (the friend I went to visit in Pennsylvania) and I finally went to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. We have wanted to go for the longest time, but just never got around to it. It might be that lines aren’t really our thing. Lol.

Cruffins

The bakery is well known for their cruffins, a hybrid of croissants and muffins. Each of these cruffins are filled with a flavored cream. And every day, there’s a new flavor featured. On Wednesday, the day we went, their cruffins are filled with a peanut butter and honey cream. It’s definitely worth a try. But I think my favorite was their brown butter toffee cookies. Super soft and chewy, just the way I like my cookies.

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