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!

A while back I made four ingredient Nutella cakes. It’s still one of my favorite easy Nutella recipes because the Nutella taste is so strong. This weekend I decided to try experimenting with a Nutella and peanut butter mix.

Taiwan Street Eats

One of the best things about visiting Taiwan is eating the street food. Taiwan is full of street vendors selling all kind of eats that are simple and cheat, yet appear impossible to replicate in taste outside of Taiwan.

While most of the stores in Taipei don’t open until nearly 11 in the morning, the food vendors are open much earlier in order to feed people heading off to school and work.

The first morning we were in Taipei, I was wide awake at 5 am due to jetlag. After tossing and turning for a while, I finally gave up. Luckily, my mom got up soon after, and off we went to explore the breakfast options.

We got a lot of the classic dishes.

Egg pancake. This is another classic Taiwanese street dish. It’s a savory thin egg pancake and usually used as a wrapper various fillings like sausage, chicken, etc.