Thursday, October 4, 2012

Egg Waffles (or Eggettes/Egg Puffs)

I did it! I made my own egg waffles. And they were pretty darn good. Totally worth getting the special egg waffle iron. I plan on making these again and again and again.

Egg Waffles/Eggettes/Egg Puffs, are a Hong Kong street snack. The batter is sweet, resembling a pancake batter. When cooked in this special egg waffle iron, the area connecting the eggs puffs are crispy and the egg puffs themselves are light and fluffy. It’s so fun to break them apart and eat one by one.


William Sonoma began selling a Nordicware Egg Waffle Pan a few years ago but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. After ordering the dessert recently at a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant and being disappointed with their version, I decided to buy it. I’m so glad I did. Now I can have eggettes whenever I want.

I originally bought the mix by William Sonoma. Have you ever noticed that a lot of the mixes they sell are more complicated than making a recipe from scratch? Well this mix was definitely not easy and after reading a few steps, I started searching the internet for an easier recipe.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SDRW Taste recap and Taste of Downtown Giveaway


For those who did not get a chance to participate in the recent San Diego Restaurant Week Taste event, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to another upcoming taste event, Taste of Downtown. Details are at the end of this post.

As you may recall, I previously gave away tickets to the first annual SDRW Taste event, a kick-off before Restaurant Week started. I also received complimentary tickets to attend with the DH and I was quite curious how it would be like.

Like many, I was a little surprised by the price ($75 per person), since the other taste events I’ve participated in are usually around $30.  Once I arrived though, I soon understand the high price point. Unlike other taste events I’ve been to, the bites and drinks at this event were truly unlimited. In addition, every single food station was paired with an alcohol beverage, leading to one very boozy night. The quality of the bites were also a bit higher than previous taste events I’ve been to. My favorite part was that even though there was a large crowd, it was easy to sample each booth. There weren’t super long lines or waits at any station with the exception of Slater’s 50/50, which had a small line going most of the night because they were making their famous burgers on the spot.

The event took place at the Broadway Pier right before sunset, providing for some magnificent views. Half of the booths were situated inside and half outside. It was pretty impossible to have the stomach to consume everything offered. DH and I tried to hit most of the food ones and opted to skip most of the alcohol ones. I wisely let DH handle my camera early on in the evening.

Here’s a highlight of some of my favorites:


Tuna lettuce wrap from Marble Room; Beef tongue sandwich from Cowboy Star; Pretzel Rolls from Sadie Rose Baking Co., Caramel Panna Cotta from Cucina Urbana; Green papaya salad and Thai Tea from Chedi Thai Bistro; Hamachi from FireFly; Filet Mignon Wraps and Sandwiches from Donovans; Hubert’s Lemonade (mainly because of the cute bottles and you could take it to-go); Slater’s 50/50.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homemade Doritos Tacos

A few months ago, Taco Bell launched their Doritos Tacos.

I’m going to shamefully admit that I wanted to try it. DH actually looked at me with disgust. This coming from a guy who spent his college years eating canned Vienna sausages or boxed macaroni and cheese and used to ask for McDonald’s gift cards for his birthday. He’s become such a food snob.

Anyhow, I love Doritos and yes, I do like those cheap crunchy tacos from Taco Bell even though they have no semblance to Mexican food. So the idea of combining both sounded really really good.

Well when we finally tried it, I was disappointed. Perhaps it’s the Taco Bell I went to, but I found it to be too salty. The almost neon orange Doritos taco shell had even more cheese powder than a regular Doritos chip. Combined with the salty sauced meat and there was nothing to balance it out.

So we haven’t been back for more, but the other day I thought, why not make my own?