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National Donut Day 

It’s National Donut Day!! Who doesn’t love a good donut every now and then. Of course I grew up eating Winchells as a kid but since those days, especially in the social media age, donut shops are popping up with Instagrammable creations that are fancy and delicious. Poqets in Irvine is one of those social media worthy Donut shops. 

Poqets calls themselves the DIY Donut shop because you can create a Donut that speaks entirely just to you. They also offer the traditional favorites and also you can get mini versions so you don’t feel that guilty.

Their speciality is the Maple Bacon Donut which is absolutely everything!! It’s gives you the perfect salty sweet combo that fulfills your needs. The Apple Pie Donut tastes so much like an actual pie that you’ll forget your eating a donut. The Lemon Meringue is the perfect hint of sweetness that you need to make it through your day. These are just some of my personal faves from here but there are many other yummy flavors to choose from. 


When your in the Irvine area stop by. Poqet has specific hours so check before you stop by. 
Poqets is located at 17655 Harvard Ave #Ste B Irvine 92614
*all opinions are my own* 

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Disney California Food and Wine Festival 2017

I’ve been wanting to attend this festival since it first started and finally I got a chance to attend. The Food and Wine Festival is so much better than the Festival of the Holidays Disney has during their Holiday celebration. 



If your an Disney Annual Passholder, the Sip & Savor food pass is the best way to go and only available to APs. It’s $35 with your AP discount and comes with 8 tickets that can be used on food items and non alcoholic beverages. My friend and I just bought one and split it which worked out perfectly. 


In addition to the food kiosks, for an additional fee, you can also attend private seminars for different wines, beers, spirits and food demonstrations. We attended a Wine seminar with a tasting from the Edna Valley wineiries in San Luis Obispo. We sampled a Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño from Tangent wines and Chardonnay from True Myth Wines. Albariño has sort of a salty taste to it but it’s not that bad. 


As for the food, everything we had was delicious!! We didn’t sample every kiosk available but stuck to the ones that appealed to us. We started at the Bacon Twist and Seafood…. Sustained Kiosk. From Bacon Twist we got the Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese and from a Seafood Sustained we got the Verlasso Sustsinable Salmon Tataki. 


Next was the Garlic Kissed kiosks where we got the Grilled Beef Tenderloin sliders and next to it was the Uncorked kiosks where I got the super yummy Mimosa  flight which consisted of Apricot, Pear, and Mango flavors. 


In the Hollywood Backlot was the LA Style kiosks where we got the Chicken Teriyaki Slider with spicy DOLE pineapple jam and the Korean Barbecue Beef Short Rib Tacos. 


And we ended our food adventure at the Onion Lair enjoying  Braised Wagyu Beef on Creamy Polenta and the French Onion Mac & Cheese. 


The Disney California Wine and Food Festival runs from March 10- April 16th. For non Annual Passholders, you will need to purchase a regular admission ticket ($124) into the park to attend this event. 

*all opinions are my own*

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Food Porn of the Week 

I’ve been following Oh My Burger (@ohmyburger) for a while on Instagram and finally decided to try this place out. 


They are known for their shakes, burgers and speciality fries. I decided to try out their Shrimp Alfredo Fries. They were so good and filling!!! I couldn’t eat it all and wished I’d invited someone to come help me eat. My food was cooked fresh and it was just everything. 


I will be coming back to try more food from here especially a chocolate shake. 

 Oh My Burger is located at 2142 El Segundo Blvd. Gardena, CA. 90249 and they are closed on Mondays

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Gratitude

Since I’m on my health kick right now, I’ve been fighting back and forth with my conscience about whether or not I should do Newport Beach Restaurant Week. After browsing the menu, I decided to try out Gratitude which is a vegan restaurant.  I felt like dining here wasn’t really going to destroy the health kick I’m currently on right now.

I’ve heard about Cafe Gratitude in LA from a few of my friends. They told me it was good but pricey. When I saw that Gratitude was on the Newport Beach restaurant week list, I decided to try it.


Gratitude (as it goes by in Newport) is located right off Irvine Blvd and Westcliff in a little cute shopping center. I love the ambience of this restaurant.



I was happy to learn that they have Happy Hour until 6 but I ordered from the pre  fixe Newport Beach Restarant Week Menu. I’ll do Happy Hour next time I go. 


Their Dine Week menu was great. You got a cocktail, appetizer, entree and dessert for $30 plus tax. I went with the skinny margarita which was delicious and boy was it strong 


For my starter, I got the Brussels Sprouts which was a great choice 


For my entree, I order the Mole Abuelita Enchiladas which was hands down the most delicious thing I’ve had in I don’t know how long 


And for dessert, I enjoyed a yummy macaroon treat 


This was hands down the BEST vegan meal I’ve ever had. Hands! Down!. I left wanting to go back there the next day. But again Gratitude is pricey so it’s going to become my new I feel like splurging on myself spot. I can’t wait to go back! 


Cafe Gratitude also has three locations in Los Angeles. 

*all opinions are my own* 

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Food Porn of the Week

I recently had this Apple Pie donut from Poquets in Irvine. This place is amazing! They have so many unique donuts on their shelves. Poquets is definitely not your average donut shop so expect to spend some cash.. but it’s so worth it. I will be going back to try the maple bacon donut. 


Poquets Donut shop is located at 17655 Harvard Ave., Irvine, CA. 92614

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Festival of Holidays

Recently, Disneys California Adventure just ended their holiday food festival, Festival of the Holidays. I attended this event and got to try out some of the vendors while there. I will admit I wish they did more of a ticket system than pay for each food item from each vendor. I didn’t get to try as much as I wanted too ( the food was kinda pricey for the size samples they gave out) but I did get to try the items I had my eye on.



There was also alcohol vendors along with the food. You can choose between beer, wine and speciality made cocktails from each booth. 

Abuelitas Kitchen 

This was my favorite booth. I enjoyed this delicious open Chicken tamale with a Pomegrante Margarita (not pictured). The tamale definitely had a kick to it.



Southern Home Holidays 

I’m a Macaroni and Cheese lover so I was excited that they had this on their menu. However, I will admit. It was just okay. Being Disney, I excepted something sensational and it wasn’t nothing special. 


Mistletoe Morsels 

The Eggnog Cocktail from the Mistletoe Morsels was highly recommended to me. I finally got to try it and Boy Oh Boy am I happy I did. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Let’s just say I’m happy I had the mac and cheese before I drank this because this was strong and delicious!



Treats for Santa

The last booth I tried was Treats for Santa. Their Bourbon Cider took me to that level lol. It was so good but I definitely had to go get a compete meal and find a place to sit after this.



After that eggnog and Cider, the perfect meal to soak up all the goodness is always a burger and some onion rings. So I walked over to SmokeJumpers Grill near the entrance of the park , got a Bacon Cheddar Burger with Onion Rings 😋 to go and ate this food inside the Grand Californian in front of the fireplace 😌.


So as you can see, I enjoyed Festival of the Holidays. Nothing like going to the Disneyland Resort to do everything BUT get on rides. I will definitely be back this spring for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. 

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The Simple Things 

It’s so easy to get lost in all these new fangled fancy food concoctions. Artesinal crust, gluten free, low fat, no soy, organic, etc etc. I’m an 80s baby. Born in 1981. I grew up on McDonalds, Burger King, eating Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops for breakfast. Eating a greasy slice of pizza from the mall or enjoying some chicken fingers at the amusement park is what I did.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy all the food we have these days but sometimes, I just need something simple to get me through the day. And let’s be real.. being a true foodie isn’t cheap. 

In my perfect world, I would dine out every night at various places enjoying all the food spendlor that exist. But in reality, I can’t do that. And that’s where the simple things come into play.

 Popcorn and a Coca-Cola

One day at work, we had an event and the snacks was a bag of popcorn and glass of Coca-Cola. I cut out large soda intake from my diet but I do enjoy the caffeine every now and then. A simple bag of popcorn with some Coca-Cola is the perfect combination. There’s nothing fancy or unique about this and it will forever be delicious 

McDonalds

Everyone has turned their backs on this place but I still frequent there. McDonalds breakfast will forever be great but my favorite item is their French fries. I love their French fries! I could eat them everyday but I don’t. I treat myself to some every now and then and they are always a delight to have. 

PB & J

Yes, that’s right. I’m 35 years old and I still enjoy a good ole peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 



Fruit and Cheese plate
 

I’ve eaten this for dinner plenty of times. It’s simple but can be very filling and of course pairing it with the right wine makes it even enjoyable.

Soft boiled egg, crackers and cheese

This protein snack is my go to when that 2pm slump happens and I’m struggling to make it through the day. Most people grab a sugary snack to keep them alert which is the worst thing to do. This keeps me energize without creating a crash from happening. 

Chilli  Cheese Dog

I love love LOVE a good chilli cheese dog and homemade ones are always the best. 

The last simple meal I’m going to discuss are instant noodles. I know I was supposed to leave these behind in my college days but they still come in handy during that I’ve paid all my bills now I just need to make it until next day stretch lol. Yes the sodium in these are extremely high but again.. they come in handy everyone and then. And you can use a top ramen packet to make a great noodle meal and not even use the high sodium seasoning packet. 

So these are a few of my simplest things that I still enjoy in the new world of creative cuisine. What are some of your favorite simple things that you still enjoying eating?