Restaurants, coffee houses and desserts
If you live within driving distance, or will be traveling to Los Angeles anytime soon, you love cookies and ice cream.
You must go to Diddy Riese.
The other day, I met a friend for coffee, she suggested going to a little out of the way coffee house in the historic town of San Juan Capistrano, CA. Hidden House Coffee is located in the oldest neighborhood in California.
Looking for a unique twist in your next dining experience? Bruxie gourmet waffles is a destination for you. Their menu is filled with tasty items you wont find anywhere else. I live within about 30 minutes of all their locations, but found out about this adorable place by reading one of my favorite blogs, Kevin & Amanda. Amanda wrote such a glowing review, I knew I had to give it a try.
If you are near Redondo Beach, CA or within 100 miles (it’s really worth the drive), have a hankering for a great, and I mean great hamburger and fries, have I got a place for you!
On a crisp Sunday morning, Handsome and I decided to try a place I had been hearing about, The Pie Hole. We took the drive to the heart of the Los Angeles’s Art District. I always enjoy going to Los Angeles, it has a fascinating mix of people from all walks of life, and you just never know who or what you are going to see. We arrived a few moments prior to their opening; I had heard they sell out quickly. We wanted to make sure we got our first choice. We were first in line.
These delicious melanzane stacks are perfect for the person who doesn’t think they like eggplant. They are hard to resist once you have eaten these delicious stacks of melanzane goodness. The perfect to meal to make vegetarians as well as meat eaters feel like they have had a satisfying meal.
Perfect to bring to a pot luck or they make an easy week night meal.
Give them a try, I know you will love them.
1 Medium Eggplant
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
3 tablespoon of olive oil
3/4 cup of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese Fresh basil leaves (optional)
Slice eggplant into ½ inch slices. Beat egg in a bowl and add black pepper and garlic powder to the beaten egg. Dip eggplant slices into the egg and sauté eggplant slices in a frying pan with olive oil until brown. Place 1 eggplant slice in baking pan and top with mozzarella cheese, continue alternating eggplant and cheese until you have a stack of 3. Top with Mozzarella. Bake, eggplant stacks at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is slightly brown on top. Top with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and 1 fresh basil leaves.
2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic powder
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Stir intermittently.
To make this for a weeknight meal make the marinara sauce ahead of time and you can have these melanzane stacks on the dinner table in about 30 minutes.