Char House

Char House Saigon Grill & Pho opened recently.

I noticed the coming soon sign last year and was surprised it took so long to open. When I finally saw the “Grand Opening” signage two weeks ago, I was more excited than usual, mainly because it was finally open. Other than knowing that the restaurant served Vietnamese food, I knew little else about it. Mr. K jokingly asked if I was even sure it was a restaurant or could it just be a place that sells grills. However, a post from Kirk confirmed it is indeed a restaurant. So this past weekend, I went to go check it out with CC.

Chicken wings with fish sauce

Crispy baked tofu cubes are tossed in a sweet and tangy Chinese-style orange sauce, similar to orange chicken.

Mr. K and I both really love tofu, so this orange tofu is a new favorite. I think I like it even better than the chicken version. Also the oven does most of the work, while all I need to do is make the sauce.

We recently visited Bagels & Brew so that we could try their unicorn bagels, which is their version of the very popular rainbow bagels from New York. For those unfamiliar, The Bagel Store in Brooklyn came out with rainbow colored bagels that became such a big sensation that they were hit with overwhelmingly long lines and even had to shut down the store temporarily for a time.

Normally, I don’t like to eat too much food coloring, but these colorful spirals were just so mesmerizing, so when I started seeing photos of a place in Southern California that offered them, I had to check it out. Bagels & Brew has three locations in Orange County and currently, they sell the unicorn bagels Thursday through Sunday. They also have a full menu, offering bagels, sandwiches and more. They have some other fun bagel creations too, like pizza bagels and an Elvis bagel.

Elvis Bagel

You can order this on any of their bagel flavors but we stuck with plain. It’s topped with a generous amount of peanut butter, bananas, and bacon bits. The salty-sweet combination worked well. It was messy, but enjoyable.

Unicorn Bagels