A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lunch with some of my favorite San Diego food bloggers. I already blogged about our dessert experience. It was a great chance to catch up and try more of the exotic offerings on the menu (Crocodile anyone?). Our group consisted of myself, FH, CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High, Dennis of A Radiused Corner and CC’s friend.

Boneless Chicken Feet Salad (tossed with lotus stems, green lotus, mint, peanuts, Vietnamese coriander. Served with rice chips and ginger fish sauce.)

We ordered this on the recommendation of our server. I’ve enjoyed the various salads I’ve tried at Que Huong but had not had a chicken feet salad. To tell you the truth, even though chicken feet is used in chinese food, I’ve always been a little squeamish when it comes to eating chicken feet.

In this salad, it was served boneless, so it was cut up into  pieces. I thought maybe this would make it easier for me to eat. I liked the spiciness of the salad and the lotus stems. The chicken feet tasted like crunchy and chewy cartilage. It seems most people really enjoyed this but I was still couldn’t really eat the chicken feet because I could still tell they were chicken feet pieces. You could see the bumps on the skin.

Buttered frog legs.

I’ve been wanting to make crescent rolls for a long time. There’s something about being able to create that shape –it’s not hard to make but it looks so pretty. And I love the soft golden look to them when they are finished baking. I made some crescent rolls for the first time, trying out one last potential Thanksgiving recipe.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery, opened its new location in San Diego on November 18, 2011. The restaurant originally started in Colorado where it is quite popular. The restaurant offers a variety of creative breakfast and lunch options and let’s you customize your meals.

I was a little skeptical when I heard Snooze was opening in Hillcrest, an area saturated with brunch options. But Snooze manages to be a serious competitor.

The first thing that hit me was the space. The location is absolutely humongous, with plenty of seating, a bar, and still a lot of open space. The next thing that struck me was the energy of the place. The place might be called “snooze” but I don’t think anyone could snooze while eating here. The walls are painted a cheerful yellow, the ceiling light covers are a bright orange, the booths are blue and green, and the servers wear hot pink shirts. Each of the servers greet you with an enthusiasm that is catching.

By the time I finished ordering, I was so excited about my meal and I hadn’t even tasted anything yet. The menu was another plus. (Full menu can be found online) We wanted to try almost everything listed. Another great thing is that they let you mix and match and customize your order. For instance, FH was having the hardest time choosing between two eggs benedict dishes. The server helpfully informed us that he could do one of each. Sweet!