It Ain’t too much to – JAM!

I’m a HUGE MJ FAN and I’m also a HUGE SUGAR FAN and who knew that MJ made a song about jam.  LOL – OK, OK not that jam, but today we shall pretend.  While the tunes are playing in the background let’s make an attempt to produce some jam.  <Geez> I already feel the pressures of MJ falling upon me taking about commit yourself, blah, blah, blah <chuckle>

Soooo I’ve always wanted to try to make my own jam or preservatives.  Why?  In view of the fact that I simply enjoy learning how to make baking related items, I also have to be mindful of limiting my sugar intake, yes which sucks.  So to take on this sugar-free blackberry jam project was nothing but a fun experiment.

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The difference between jam and jelly is jam usually has a thick consistency and is made from crushed fruit while jelly is made from fruit juice and contains no visible pieces of fruit.  Personally jam is the better choice.    Continue reading

Lets Get Waffled!

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My partner in eating crime, Nabachwa (the best friend) came into town 🙂  and therefore we decided to finally try The Waffle.  The Waffle is a little spot located in Hollywood that pretty much has an entire menu dedicated to waffles.  So as far as we were concerned, this was a great trip to make.

We dived right on in and ordered the Red Velvet, Applewood Bacon and Blueberry/Lemon Cured waffles.   Well, we were disappointed.  I felt there wasn’t much effort in them and that I could have done the same thing, if better at home. The pecan sauce was more like a thick clump of sugar and the blueberries were cold and hardly baked inside the batter.  I hate that!  We waited for a table for 10 years (fyi it wasn’t crowded) and our server hardly checked on us.  What I also noticed was a couple who was seated before us, but the server took our order first.  That sucked!  I felt bad for them.  They were so upset, which was understandable.

We wanted this experience to be magical with sparks of syrup all over the place and little kids dancing in the background pouring batter on themselves, while sexy men slowly cut each slice of waffle and fed us until we couldn’t eat anymore LOL Ok, Ok I went too far, but you get what I’m saying.  Instead it was a small brown and yellow restaurant with simple presentation, street parking, shifty customer service and dry waffles.

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However, there’s always a positive! The price was awesome, ambiance was fine and there’s in and outdoor seating options.  I can respect the varied flavors and concoctions of waffles.  Furthermore, you’re able to order half sizes rather than whole.  What does that mean?  It means instead of ordering one whole apple waffle, you can order half apple and a half berry STILL for the price of one – freaking awesome!  This is how I was able to sample the varied flavors.

Would I go back?  Ahhhhhhh… I don’t have to, I think I’m good.  However, I still would want you to go for the experience.  It may be better than mine, who knows!  And out of humor, I’d go back, but I’m not paying LOL not worth my money.

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Bacon Slut

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YUP, that’s what I said – Bacon Slut!  Bacon Lover, Bacon Connoisseur, my friend even calls me Baconator of which I think is cute.   So yes, I love bacon and if you know anything about me, of which you are learning, you will soon understand my appreciation for it.  I love bacon so much I even wrapped my turkey in it for the holidays.

Well, Marvin and I were informed about a spot called Saint Marc – Pub Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage.  Why?  Duh – because they have BACON!!!   So to Saint Marc’s we go!  <PAUSE> In case you needed to know what bacon is, it’s cured pork that is prepared in a variety of cuts and flavors.  <UNPAUSE>  So here’s the deal.  It’s cute, clean, gives cool breeze beach ambiance while located upstairs of an outdoor shopping plaza.   No need to make reservations for it doesn’t seem to get that packed for breakfast.  Staff was pleasant, a little hard to locate, but still a nice spot to have gone to just once.

Now, allow me to mention the bacon bar option.  Yup, that’s what I said – bacon bar.  You can select a variety of flavored bacon strips to compliment your “meal.”  Tell us more – OK!  <clears throat> EACH slice of bacon will run you a cost of $3.00 – $4.00 (depending on which flavor).  We only tried Apple pie, Maple and English (English sucked FYI).  And I disliked the menu because it’s so limited on breakfast items.  So, If you want a cute spot to try that doesn’t offer bread items such as waffles or french toast, but offers grits, cheese boards, alcohol, varied bacon, hot cereal, sandwiches, bread and pastries then yes go – hint the name of the business.  If you’re starch eater like myself then you will not enjoy this place as much and would need to be open for other items.  Oh and the beach is across the road.  That’s a great plus!  You wont be able to view it while eating, but once finished you can take a walk downstairs and people watch.

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These other limited items we tried included my peach danish which I freaking loved that also topped with bacon.  In addition to the danish, we also ordered a bowl of chili and tried fried grits for the first time.  My only dislike was that it included cheese and I’m against cheese in my grits.  So, yeah, we pretty much had a bacon day.  Would I go back?  It’s a little far so no, no need to, but yes I would say go try it out for yourself just because AND there’s bacon people of which is the best part!

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Sugar for Breakfast!

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Marvin (the boyfriend) and I took a trip to Las Vegas.  I forget why we were there.  I believe it was simply a ‘quality time’ vacation, however I do remember where we ate <chuckle> .  Well, you know because that’s important.

It was my idea to try out a new spot called Sugar Factory.  Can I tell you I love a themed restaurant!  Their focus was… SUGAR!  So we got ourselves together and made our way to this colorful place and was quickly seated.  It’s similar to Cracker Barrel with a merchandise store to first greet its costumers.  They sell varied treats from chocolates to specialty candies as well as novelty and fashion items.

So let’s get to the point of all this!  OMG – I LOVED IT!  I would go back there anytime (remind me to tell you about going back there again).  I enjoyed everything about it – the colors, the energy, menu, price, novelty items, set-up and the location.  People, I would recommend this place.  There are locations in New York, Chicago and Florida, but PLEASE confirm your location to see if it’s still open for business!  The location we visited was at Planet Hollywood located in Las Vegas, NV.

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