An opportunity fell into my lap a few weeks ago that had me practically jumping for joy. I stayed pretty mum about it, not telling anyone other than FH, for fear that it wouldn’t happen.

Now that it has, I wanted to share the news with you. Normally, I might not post something about this here. I always feel awkward with self-promotion. But in this case, since future opportunities depends on maintaining an interested audience, I hope you will check out my first published article in San Diego Magazine, and will continue to check out future pieces I may write.

And lookie here, you get to learn my real name too. ;-)

I know I previously mentioned that a Kearny Mesa location of Smashburger is opening soon and I included details on how to get invited to the VIP Sneak Peek party, but I’m going to go ahead and write another post with a few more details.

In addition to more information about the Kearny Mesa opening (full press release below), I was recently told some of the “secret menu” offerings at Smashburger locations, which I think may come in handy.  I don’t know about you, but I love secret menu options.

  • Fido Style Smashburger – this dog-friendly patty is made with an unseasoned 1/4 pound, 100% fresh, never frozen, certified angus beef patty served in convenient bite-sized pieces and on a fido-friendly plate. To order the item, guest simply need to request a Smashburger “Fido Style,” at the price of $2. *
  • PB&J Shake – this shake combines the Haagen-Daz Nutter Butter and Strawberry shake to create an irresistible Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor for just $3.99. *
  • Sin City Smashburger – originally crafted with the Vegas ‘city that never sleeps’ lifestyle in mind, it features 100% fresh, never frozen, certified angus beef, placed on an egg bun, then topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, melted American cheese, grilled and haystack onions, and the signature smash sauce.

The items marked with a * are exclusive to the San Diego market, which currently consists of locations in La Jolla, Del Mar, Mission Valley and East Village.

Now that I’ve seen these, I definitely want to try the Sin City Smashburger next time. I love sandwiches and burgers topped with a fried egg.

I recently came across the recipe for Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Mudslide Cookies. Since I’ve been enamored with his chocolate chip cookie recipe, I was excited to check out another one of his creations.

These cookies require a lot of chocolate. A lot. My new supply of chocolate is almost gone after making these. The dough is made up of mostly melted unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate and calls for just as much chopped bittersweet chocolate to be added as the chips.