Burnt Crumbs

I am a lover of cheese and a lover of carbs, in that order. I think that everything tastes better sandwiched between bread, but I also feel like pasta piled on bread is a little outrageous. Then again, I made a lasagna last week with over four pounds of cheese in it. It all evens out, I guess. This past weekend, I experienced the unholy carb bomb that is spaghetti grilled cheese from Burnt Crumbs.

As most of my food adventures start, I saw this thing on the internet. Spaghetti and IMG_1915meatball bits stuffed between two slices of bread with a delightful cheese pull. Skeptical but curious, I vowed that I would try Burnt Crumbs if I ever found myself near one of its distant locations.

We caught a ride to Burnt Crumbs and ended up on a half hour long journey trying to find it within an outdoor shopping plaza along the PCH. My GPS kept saying we were right there, but we just couldn’t find it. I went on to ask security, check a directory, the whole nine. Until finally, we found the hidden gem in Lot 579, which was essentially a hip food court. I thought Burnt Crumbs would be a sit-down, gastropub-type place, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a fast casual spot.

I was pumped to try the spaghetti grilled cheese, but I asked the girl behind the counter if there are any other sandwiches she’d suggest. She did not hesitate to suggest the fried IMG_1914chicken sandwich. I’ve been on a fried chicken kick lately too, so Sean and I went for both with the intention to split em’ 50/50.

The chicken sandwich consisted of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and what I believe was a honey sriracha sauce sandwiched between a fluffy, warm biscuit. If you love comfort food, it tasted as amazing as it sounds. It was the ultimate comfort sandwich.

Onto the main event, the spaghetti grilled cheese delivered as well. It started to feel excessively carb-y in the final bites, so I’m glad we changed the plan to incorporate both sandwiches last minute. The cheese and side of warm marinara dipping sauce brought the sandwich together, but “the more the merrier” does not always apply to carbs. It was a pretty good sandwich, but anyone thinking of putting pasta on bread should take a page out of Pig Pen Delicacy’s book and replace the bread with deep fried pasta. Pig Pen’s Mac Daddy mac n cheeseburger is a thing out of your wildest dreams.

Where?: 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Price Range: $9-13
Parking: Mall Lot

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Project Poke

You’ve probably seen videos of sushi donuts and spam fries on Facebook. Or maybe you haven’t and my Facebook feed is disproportionately flooded with videos of food. Maybe both! I saw these things in two separate videos and found out that they could both be found in one magical place: Project Poke!

IMG_1845So Sean and I are heading down to Orange County and I have a whole list of things to try, but I’ve been on a seafood and raw fish kick so Project Poke sounded like a pretty good options. The sushi donut and spam fries were must-trys, but since they were more snack-appropriate, the sushirrito was the main event.

Sean and I split an order of spam fries, a salmon sushi donut, and I had a deluxe sushirrito while he had a salmon and tuna one. I’m always on the hunt for a good sushirrito. The guy suggested that I go for the deluxe or salmon one and I definitely wanted tuna in the mix, so I went for the deluxe, which has tuna, avocado, seaweed salad, amongst a few other toppings. I asked for some spicy mayo in there because I’m me and I love sauce. Also, spicy mayo is the bomb.

The sushirrito was pretty good, but not the best I’ve ever had. I don’t feel like the sauces really came through, so a little on the drier side. The avocado added some creaminess to the mix, but it wasn’t life changing. I don’t know what it is about avocado that makes people consider something “deluxe”, but Sean’s img_1838.jpgsalmon and tuna was clearly superior. Avocado is a nice extra, but it doesn’t bring it for me. I will give this sushirrito credit for the seaweed salad. I love that shit and it definitely upped this sushirrito game.

Next order of business: spam fries. For the record, I do not like Spam. At least I don’t think I do The idea of it upsets me, it’s meat in a can. I may have tried it once and it img_1840-e1496266179776.jpgtasted exactly like that – meat in a can. Maybe I should have cooked it or something, but it’s just not something that calls to me. These fries, however, were great. I guess if you cut meat in a can up into small strips and deep fry them, the results are pretty great. I was pretty disappointed that they didn’t put spicy mayo on top of the fries like they did in the video, but it was still pretty good. It came with a sweet pineapple dipping sauce that had a mild kick. Pretty solid combo, overall.

IMG_1841Last but not least, the sushi donut. I decided to go with a salmon donut with spicy tuna filling. “Where does the spicy tuna go?” I asked curiously. Inside. The. Donut. I don’t know what magical machine they have back there, but behold – a perfectly sculpted donut ring stuffed with spicy tuna and topped with salmon strips, radishes, masago, and cucumbers. Amazing.

If you’re a sushi lover with a curiosity for spam fries and ever find yourself near Fountain Valley, I recommend checking this place out.

Where?: 16051 Brookhurst St Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Price Range: $10-15
Parking: Large lot

Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream

“I’m never eating sweet things again!” I exclaimed at least three times after my diabetes bomb from Birthdae Cake. Yet, alas, I found myself drunk and looking for ice cream in Huntington Beach. After a killer meal from Burnt Crumbs and some brews from Dude’s Bewing Co to chase it down, I found myself looking for a cold, creamy treat in Lot 579. Tucked away in a corner of this food hall, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream had exactly what I was looking for.

Not at all hungry, I was going for a scoop, but after seeing all these flavors, I had to do two. There were so many choices!! I went with german chocolate cake and peanut butter oreo. I was going to go coffee oreo, but after a taste of Sean’s peanut butter oreo, I had a IMG_1919change of heart.

I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate ice cream. Although, as I’ve said over and over, I’m not the biggest fan of sweets in general, so I guess I’m just a big, fat hypocrite. Anyway, the german chocolate cake ice cream was chocolate ice cream with that delicious creamy coconut stuff. It was awesome! Creamy, delicious, choco coconut work really well together and this ice cream brought them together wonderfully.

The peanut butter oreo was on a different level. My scoop wasn’t overflowing with oreos like Sean’s was, but the peanut butter ice cream was so good, I didn’t even care. You know how peanut butter tastes really good but it’s just so heavy if you eat it by the spoonful? This ice cream flavor brought out the delicious flavor or peanut butter in a lightweight, refreshing scoop of ice cream. I would highly recommend for all peanut butter fans. At least sample it, you won’t regret it.

So the ice cream was great, but I also want to give a shout out to the scooper guy. Not only did he put up with my indecisiveness and many sample requests, but he asked us which flavor we wanted on the bottom. Do you realize how amazing that is?! You know you’ve been in this situation. You got two different scoops of ice cream and they just put one scoop on top of the other, but you liked one of the flavors a little more than the other and that’s the one that happened to be on top and then you’re stuck munching away on your waffle cone, wishing you got to enjoy that crunchy delight with the superior flavor. Maybe you got lucky and the superior flavor was on the bottom or maybe you asked your scooper to put it in that order, but has anyone asked you what order you want your scoops in? Because they should. They always should.

Where?: 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Price Range: $5-7
Parking: Mall lot

 

Birthdae Cake

I’ve been on an ice cream kick lately. I know I really emphasized the whole “sweets aren’t my jam” thing, but good eats are good eats and there is so much great ice cream out there right now. Which brings me to my IMG_1856diabetic adventure at Birthdae Cake.

Sean and I took a trip down to Newport Beach over Memorial Day Weekend. I got a groupon on a beer fest down there so we decided to make a weekend out of it because YOLO. I have a whole roster of food in Orange County that’s been on my list, so what better time to try it out? One of the things on my list was Birthdae Cake. It was secondary to Project Poke, which is literally next door, but it made for a great lunch + dessert combo before checking into our AirBnb.

I heard Birthdae Cake was an edible cookie dough joint, but either I was wrong, or I got overwhelmed by the colorful ice cream flavors to get more details about my options. I was too busy sampling the many ice cream flavors and holding up the line, so I just went for it. So there may or may not be edible cookie dough, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to try it. What I ended up landing on was a scoop of Monster’s Inc. ice cream sandwiched between two fruity pebble rice krispies.

IMG_1858I was torn between the beautiful, purple Ubae Ube and the striking blue Monster’s Inc, but blue is my favorite color and Monster’s Inc came with brownie and cookie dough chunks in it, so I was sold. I was also between a specialty cone and these fruity diabetes pebbles but I don’t know, I was under a lot of pressure, so I just went with what felt right.

This thing was beautiful. Bursting with color and way too much sugar. Looking back on the situation, I was very excited about the whole experience at the time but I think the fruity pebble thing was just way too sweet, to the point that it overpowered the ice cream and I can’t really give you a solid description of what it tasted like. That being said, this is a sugar lover’s paradise. They also have custom drinks and, who knows, possibly edible cookie dough? I’d come back a little more prepared next time and definitely skip the diabetic sandwich, but it was fun the first time around! Except for the sugar coma.

Where?: 16051 Brookhurst St Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Price Range: $5-7
Parking: Large lot