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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Whole Foods Market Bacon Bash Challenge: Cobb Deviled Eggs



When I am in the mood for a salad, I always order a cobb salad. I love all of the flavors and textures together from the creamy avocado, the sweet tomatoes, pungent and tangy bleu cheese, and smoky, salty bacon. A favorite comfort food of mine is deviled eggs. One of my earliest food memories was a deviled egg and have loved them ever since. If I see them on a menu, I almost always order them. My hubby’s grandma used to make really good ones for Easter and just couldn’t help myself. I might have to start a Deviled Eggs Anonymous group. LOL! As part of the Whole Foods Market’s Bacon Bash Challenge, I came up with this recipe combining my love for cobb salad and deviled eggs.

Cobb Deviled Eggs by OC Food Diva
12 servings (2 halves each)

  • 1 dozen 365 Everyday Value Cage Free Large White Grade A Eggs
  • ½ cup 365 Everyday Value Organic Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 strips Wellshire Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 2 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 avocado





  1. Fill a stock pot half way with water. Place eggs in pot and set on high heat until it comes to a rolling boil, approximately 14 minutes. Turn off heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Drain water and add cold water to pot to stop the eggs from cooking further. Let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Peel eggs and set aside.
  2. Dice bacon and fry until crispy. Drain and set aside.
  3. Halve eggs lengthwise and spoon out yolks into bowl. Put whites on deviled egg tray.
  4. Mash yolks with fork or pastry cutter. Mix in mayonnaise and Dijon mustard until creamy.
  5. Fold in ¾ of the bacon and bleu cheese crumbles.
  6. With large tip pastry bag or melon baller, fill each egg white half with yolk mixture.
  7. Dice tomatoes and avocado. Garnish deviled eggs with tomatoes, avocado, and remaining bacon.
  8. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Approximate cost to make this recipe using ingredients from Whole Foods Market: $21.78

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I know I can’t wait to make it again!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spring/summer menu offerings at Eureka!



Eureka! is one of my favorite burger places in Orange County. But, with the seasons comes a wave of new flavors to shake up the menu. These scratch-made dishes created with locally sourced, fresh, and delectable ingredients provide guests with more options. Along with the food, the craft beverage menu has some new “mocktails” with refreshing flavors as well.

Ginger Lime Soda is crafted with fresh pressed ginger root, lime juice, and sugar. This drink will really wake up your senses. It is bright, sweet, and tastes like a limeade soda with a ginger kick. The sweetness could be toned down a tad. Rating: 4.5/5

Beet Detox is made with freshly juiced beets, sumac, and lemon juice. The beet juice combined with the lemon juice creates a flavor similar to lihimui (a popular Hawaiian seasoning) – sweet and tangy. The bubbly soda water makes it crisp and refreshing. Rating: 4.5/5

Crispy Glazed Brussels Sprouts are topped with herb oil and macadamia nuts. The glaze has a sweet orange, Asian flavor profile. The roasting process helps bring out the natural sweetness of the brussels sprouts. The macadamia nuts add a nutty flavor and richness to the dish. Rating: 4.4/5

Slow-Roasted Pork Ribs are glazed with orange chili sauce, topped with chimichurri, and served with confetti coleslaw. These tender ribs have an Asian-inspired flavor profile with sweet and spicy notes. A little bit of a fermented sauce flavor like sriracha or fish sauce could be detected. The spiciness is just right to balance out the sweetness. The slaw also has an Asian flair. The oil and vinegar flavor provides it with extra brightness. The green apple and red pepper provide sweetness. Rating: 4.3/5

Credit: Eureka!
Lobster Tacos (Limited availability) are two lobster tacos with knuckle and claw meat topped with cabbage, avocado, saffron crema, watermelon radish and served with signature hand-cut fries. These tacos are wonderful and filled with 1.5 ounces of lobster meat in each taco. The cabbage adds a nice crisp texture like a baja-style taco. The avocado and saffron crema create a nice creamy flavor and texture. Rating: 4.4/5

Chocolate Torte is a dark chocolate torte topped with vanilla bean ice cream and macadamia nuts. This dessert is rich and dense with a decadent fudgy center. It is very chocolatey with the texture of a lava cake but without the molten center. The vanilla bean ice cream adds a cold creamy contrast to the cake. The macadamia nuts add a nice crunchy texture. Rating: 4/5

With the sizzling hot summer in full swing, stop by Eureka! for a refreshing bite and drink.

Specials:

  • Daily “Hoppy” Hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
  • Tuesdays – Half Price Wine
  • Wednesdays – Steal the Glass
  • Thursdays – Live Music
  • Saturdays and Sundays - $5 Bloody Mary/Mimosa Weekend


Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Eureka!
7631 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
+1.714.230.3955
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11am to 12am
Parking: Free shopping center parking lots


Eureka! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brewed hops and tasty cows meet at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Newport Beach, California



In 2010, Hopdoddy was born in Austin, TX, delivering fresh, all-natural angus burgers alongside Kennebec hand-cut fries, farm fresh salads, handcrafted milkshakes, and, of course, craft beer. Since then, they have been named one of the “Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, one of the “33 Best Burgers in the Entire Country” by Thrillist, and just received the #1 spot on Business Insider’s list of the “50 Best Burger Joints in America”. Once you have a bite of their burgers, you’ll know exactly why they have made it on so many best burger lists. In November 2015, the newest California location opened inside of Fashion Island in Newport Beach. They garnered a corner location for good visibility with a patio area.

 

The interior is a little bit hipster meets warehouse feel with reclaimed wood tabletops, dark brown booth seating, and bright green chairs. The bar area is centrally located in the restaurant for ease of service. Their scratch kitchen is exhibition-style yet still lies behind windows as if on a factory tour. The service is attentive and courteous.

 

Caramel & Sea Salt Shake ($6) has a really good salted caramel flavor. The shake is creamy and velvety with granules of salt for texture. Rating: 4.5/5

Buffalo Bill Burger ($10) starts with a bison burger patty topped with Applewood smoked bacon, blue jack cheese, Frank’s RedHot Sauce, sassy sauce, red leaf lettuce, white onion, and beefsteak tomato. The meaty patty has a great bison flavor. Its deceptively simple ingredients create an extremely flavorful burger! It is slightly spicy but not overwhelming. But, the bacon got a little lost in the shuffle. The bun is sturdy to stand up to the sauces yet not too thick or bready. Rating: 4.8/5

Chile Con Queso ($6.75) comes with Kennebec fries. The fries are tasty, crispy and well-seasoned. Chile con queso is creamy with a chili powder kick. It is super cheesy. Although, a thicker cut fry would work better for dipping with this heavier sauce. Rating: 4.9/5

Truffle Fries ($6.95) have a great truffle flavor and aroma. It is topped with a good amount of parmesan cheese and parsley. The truffle aioli is creamy and adds more truffle flavor to the mix. Rating: 4.5/5

Primetime Burger ($12) starts with Texas Akaushi beef topped with brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli, steak sauce, and beefsteak tomato. The beef burger patty has a perfect blend of beef. It is meaty and juicy even at medium rare. Brie adds a creamy, buttery cheese flavor. Arugula adds a green component along with some bitter flavor. The truffle aioli lends a truffle aroma and slight truffle flavor. Rating: 5/5

Primetime Burger pairs well with Barley Forge’s Patsy Coconut Stout ($8).

If you need a break from shopping and have a craving for a great burger, hop on over to Hopdoddy Burger Bar!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
311 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
+1.949.640.2337
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking: Free shopping center parking
Hopdoddy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato