Blackberry Glazed Vanilla Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

Small batch vanilla cheesecake on a biscoff crust topped with a blackberry glaze. Simple to make and delicious, this blackberry glazed vanilla cheesecake with biscoff crust is the ultimate summer dessert.

Blackberry Glazed Vanilla Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’ve been waiting so long to share this cheesecake with you. Or at least, it feels like it.

If I were to pick a favorite dessert, I think it might have to be cheesecake. If I could eat cheesecake without having to worry about the repercussions of eating too much of it, I could probably eat several slices in one sitting.

There’s something about the creaminess of the cheesecake filling, the sweet crumbliness of the graham crust that’s just so addictive to me.

Blackberry Glazed Vanilla Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Strawberry Orange Lemonade

Fresh orange juice and lemonade sweetened with strawberry simple syrup. This strawberry orange lemonade is refreshing for a warm summer day.

Strawberry Orange Lemonade | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Sunday!

It’s finally June, which means summer is almost here!

And it starting to feel like it too.

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Last weekend, I went to Monterey to visit my friend, Kim. On the way to Monterey, we stopped by Watsonville to pick strawberries from Gizdich Ranch. Have you ever been strawberry picking? It’s so much fun searching for the perfect strawberries. Unfortunately, it’s not quite strawberry season yet so many of the strawberries aren’t yet ripe, but we got a good amount anyway. In another month, there will be so many and it’ll also be ollalieberry and boysenberry season. And if you’re ever at Gizdich Ranch, you have to also stop for their freshly baked pies and their freshly pressed apple juice.

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Destination: Philadelphia’s Museum District

“History is rich knowledge. In your travel, learn brief history of the place visited.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

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While I explored Philadelphia, I spent some time in the Museum District. I wish I had more time to visit all the museums, but since I had less than three days in Philly, I had to pick and choose the museums I wanted to explore, especially since visits to museums take time.

I highly recommend walking along Benjamin Franklin Parkway which leads you from City Hall all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This parkway is lined with trees and such a gorgeous place to walk. Along the parkway, you can visit so many other museums and historical landmarks.

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If you missed any of my other Philadelphia travel posts you can find more about Old City and Center City.

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Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Bread

Loaf bread filled with semi sweet chocolate chips and a hint of matcha green tea. This matcha green tea chocolate chip bread is delicious and great for breakfast.

Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Bread | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Sunday!

I’m hoping you’re enjoying your weekend so far. I’m so glad that the weekend doesn’t end with today. I love long weekends because when Mondays come around, I can still sleep in. Plus, the work week is feels much shorter with one less day. =)

I’m actually headed down south to Monterey to visit a friend today, but I’m hoping it’ll warm up just a little bit so I can take walks on the beach without freezing. My plans today include: picking strawberries, indulging in pies, and satisfying clam chowder cravings. What are your plans for this weekend?

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In the mean time, let’s talk about this matcha green tea chocolate chip bread.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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