I’m totally in love with this sandwich. It’s a breakfast grilled cheese sandwich that starts with egg-in-the-hole toast, slices of melted Monterey Jack cheese, spinach and crispy bacon.

I’ve made eggs in a hole toast a few times and it works so amazingly well for a fancy looking grilled cheese sandwich.

Waba Grill


Waba Grill is a chain of of quick service teriyaki grill restaurants. They offer grilled chicken, beef, salmon and vegetable bowls and plates which are made to order and don’t use any oil in the cooking process.

We saw the sign for the coming soon of Waba Grill next to a Starbucks we frequent. After it opened, we decided to check it out.

The menu is pretty basic and everything is made to order.

Steak and Chicken Plate

We visited the Din Tin Fung that opened in South Coast Plaza when they first opened and have made a few return trips since then, including our most recent one where we did a post Lunar New Year’s dinner.

For those unfamiliar, Din Tai Fung is a popular dumpling chain originally from Taiwan. They have locations all over Asia and a few in the US. They are most famous for their Xiao Long Bao, which are little delicate dumplings traditionally filled with pork and soup, though the restaurant offers many dishes beyond just dumplings.

Shredded Pork Fried Noodles

While perusing yelp, I kept seeing photos of the fried noodles dish, something we haven’t tried before. We decided to order it to see if we were missing out. I thought that the dish tasted overwhelmingly of soy sauce. We were both pretty disappointed with this, as it’s something I can make at home and I prefer my own version.

Sauteed Garlic Green Beans

This preparation for green beans is fast becoming one of my favorites and we almost always order it when we see it on a menu. The beans are crisp and seasoned with a healthy dose of chopped garlic. We had no problems polishing off the entire plate.

Steamed Pork XLB