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Delicious and Healthy Breakfast: Walnut Avenue Cafe, Santa Cruz

17 Jul

Kicking off our road trip from San Jose down to San Diego, California, hubby and I were in search of a hearty but healthy start to our day. We found it at the Walnut Avenue Cafe in Santa Cruz.

My veggie scramble was fantastic. I hate it when scrambled eggs are too buttery, this was not it. And it came with a fruit cup and rye toast. The scramble may look simple, but it was so perfectly prepared.

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Hubby ordered a build-your-own omelette, stuffed with chorizo, onions, bell peppers, and avocado. 

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Check out all that avocado inside!! And, the side of potatoes were some of the best breakfast potatoes I’ve tried. Again, simple, but perfectly prepared.

We shared a plain, fluffy waffle too. Yum! What a perfect breakfast. I only wish I had ordered a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. The large glasses looked amazing at the other tables.

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The Final Word: A solid breakfast/brunch here, with simple ingredients done well. I would definitely come back!

Info: Walnut Avenue Cafe, 106 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA

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Waffle Cookies

8 Mar

Who said waffle irons are just for waffles? I found this recipe in a magazine a long time ago and finally tried it out, reducing the amount of chocolate chips slightly (otherwise there is not enough dough to hold them all together!)

mountain of chocolate chip waffle cookies!

The waffle iron makes funky cookies, crisp on the outside yet moist and soft on the inside.

Heat waffle iron. In a large bowl, whisk together until smooth:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar

Whisk in:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir in:

  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks

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Coat waffle iron with cooking spray. Spoon about one tablespoon of batter onto each waffle section/square.

Close the iron and cook until the cookies begin to brown, about 1-3 minutes.

Transfer cookies to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining dough.

Belgian (Liege) Waffles

4 Aug

The secret to authentic Belgian waffles is Belgian pearl sugar, which is a coarse, refined white sugar. It doesn’t melt at typical baking temperatures. so it  caramelizes on the exterior of the waffle and leaves pockets of crunchy sweetness on the inside. Don’t confuse it with Swedish pearl sugar, which is smaller, harder, and will not caramelize as well.

I used Lars’ Own Belgian Pearl Sugar for my waffles, and the box is printed with a basic waffle recipe (below). They came out great – chewy and dense, soft on the inside but crispy on the outside, just like the ones at the Waffles Cabins at New England ski resorts.

Liege waffles

Ingredients for 8 waffles

  • 3½ cups flour (I used all-purpose)
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk
  • 8 oz. softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • 8 oz. Belgian pearl sugar

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in milk.
  2. Gradually add all ingredients except pearl sugar to the flour.
  3. Let dough rise until it doubles in size (approx. 30 minutes).
  4. Add Belgian pearl sugar.
  5. Divide dough into small patties and bake in a heated and greased waffle iron.

Cafe Medina

4 Dec

We waited 45 minutes for a table at Cafe Medina (556 Beatty St., Vancouver), for Sunday brunch. It was definitely worth the wait! I kicked off my meal with a lavender latte, the most delicious cup of caffeine I’ve had in a while. There’s a reason is the most popular drink at Medina. Fried pita chips were nicely seasoned, and a great shareable appetizer.

The tagine ($14), was a very filling entree of 2 perfectly poached eggs and merguez sausage served in a spicy tomato stew.

Cafe Medina is known for its Belgian waffles, so of course I had to order one! It was lighter and fluffier than the Liege waffles I’ve had in Brussels, and there are a plethora of toppings to choose from. The fig and orange marmalade was thick, orangey goodness with big fig pieces.

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