September 24, 2016

Yummy in my Tummy- DogHaus


I love hot dogs! I am not kidding hot dogs are delicious, especially when they are topped with out of the box ingredients. Recently a  DogHaus opened up here in Menifee, apparently they are a chain, but I had never heard of them before.


Dog Haus is Southern California's craft casual hot dog concept founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener with a passion for creativity, quality and commitment to community.
The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages and 100% natural Black Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 40+ quality toppings.

They also seem to be opening up more locations all around the southwest. I was excited to try this place after seeing pictures posted all over Facebook of their hot dogs, so Chris and I popped in for lunch in the middle of the week. The Menifee location is small with limited seating. They have a couple of stand alone tables, bar seating and also a couple of communal high top benches. Their menu is posted on the wall and if it's your first time here it can be a little overwhelming. They have several curated hot dogs, sausages and burgers but you can also build your own from a variety of toppings, and sauces. It was hard to decide whether to go with one of their menu items or create something of my own. After much deliberation I decided to go with their Sooo Cali. Wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado and tomato, all on top of a beef frank. Chris chose the Cowboy. Smoked bacon, white American cheese, crispy onions and BBQ sauce, also on top of a beef frank. Chris also ordered some tater tots, which also can be topped with your choice of cheese, chili and/or one of their signature sauces. They have several craft beers available as well as milk shakes but we opted for fountain drinks.


I believe that hot dogs should be eaten with your hands so I am always annoyed when places pile on the toppings so much that you can't even pick up your hot dog without it falling apart. I mean seriously, who wants to eat a hot dog with a knife and fork? I was surprised that although these hot dogs were loaded with toppings I could still pick it up and eat it as hot dogs should be eaten. The bun which is made with 3 King's Hawaiian Rolls, is toasted but still soft. I noticed that the cheese in Chris' hot dog was not melted. I think I would have preferred it to be melted but he did say it was good that way. My dog was sooo good. It was really fresh tasting but I missed the spiciness in the so called "spicy basil aioli". Even though these hot dogs are loaded, they felt like they were a little small, I could have seriously eaten two of these guys. Then again, I might have just been really hungry that day. The tater tots were crispy but we not at all salted. They did however provide salt packets. We will definitely be going back because I would like to try some of their other hot dog creations, as well as their sausages, and their burgers, oh and maybe one of their milk shakes.

DogHaus
30080 Haun Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584

September 16, 2016

Hamburger Jun

I made this version of Hamburger Jun or Korean Beef Patties a while ago but forgot to post. These turned out delicious and Chris, who wasn't very excited at first, ended up loving them.


Hamburger Jun

1 lb. Ground Beef
3 Green onions minced
1 Garlic clove minced
1 tsp. Fresh ginger minced
2 tbs. Soy sauce
1/4 tsp. Pepper
3 Eggs
2 tsp. Brown sugar
1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp. Sesame oil


In a bowl mix all ingredients except 2 eggs and the flour and form the meat into patties. In another bowl take the remaining two eggs and beat with a fork. In a separate bowl add the flour. Take each patty and dip first into the flour and then into the egg. Add some cooking oil to cover the bottom of a pan and fry the patties until cooked through.

Sauce

2 tbs. Soy sauce
1 tbs. Chili garlic sauce
1 tbs. Rice wine vinegar

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

I served my patties in lettuce cups with the sauce poured over the top. Delicious!

August 31, 2016

Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes Review


I have reviewed Garden Lites muffins and cakes favorably in the past. Penelope loves their Chocolate and Blueberry Oats muffins. Recently I was sent their Superfood Veggie Cakes for review and boy are these good! Filled with heart healthy vegetables like kale, carrots and red bell peppers, they also have zucchini and brown rice and are seasoned with spices to make a real tasty and moist cake. I was actually very surprised when I tried these. I am not sure why since their other products are good. Still when I read Superfood Veggie cake I was expecting something grainy and tasteless, but I was so wrong. These little cakes pack a ton of delicious flavor. I have been chowing down on them for both breakfast and lunch. Each cake is gluten-free and only 100 calories. They are also super easy and quick to make. You just pop them in your microwave for about 30 seconds if you want a quick snack or you can bake them in the oven for about 12 minutes. I haven't tried baking them yet. I keep mine in the freezer and then just heat them in the micro for 1 minute and 15 seconds and they come out great.

Now you can find Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes at Costco stores nationwide! Enjoy!

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

August 28, 2016

My Panda Bento


Here is Penelope's panda bento. It is a rare pink nosed panda, probably the only one of it's kind...

Top tier: Panda made with rice, olive ears, nori face and a bologna pink nose. Chicken strips and soy sauce in the fishy container.

Bottom tier: Baby carrots, mixed greens, cherry tomato and ranch dressing.


Yep, looks just like him.

August 21, 2016

Peppa Pig: Sunny Vacation


The latest Peppa Pig DVD was released earlier this month! Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation is 60 minutes of the Nick Jr. favorite cartoon, packed  for your child's viewing pleasure. This 4-part special follows the whole piggy family on their fun filled holiday across Italy. Also included are 8 additional fun-filled Peppasodes!

1. Flying on Holiday
2. The Holiday House
3. Holiday in the Sun
4. End of the Holiday
5. Potato City
6. The New House
7. Basketball
8. Mr. Fox's Shop
9. Grampy's Rabbit's Dinosaur Park
10. Lost Keys
11. The Aquarium
12. The Sandpit.

Be sure to get your copy wherever children's DVDs are sold.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone

August 06, 2016

Low Carb Chili, No Beans!

I made some bean-less chili the other day for Chris, who loves chili but is trying to eat a low carb diet. It came out really good, piled on some all beef franks with cheese and jalapenos! I am rather fond of Weinerschnitzel's chili cheese dogs, and he said my chili was better then their hotdog chili. While that may not mean much to some of you, to someone who has cravings for Weinerschnitzel chili cheese dogs it means a lot.

Bean-Less Chili

1 lb. Ground beef
1 Onion chopped into small pieces
2 Garlic cloves minced
4 cups of water, divided in half
15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 tbs. Tajin 
1 tbs. Cumin
1 tbs. Red pepper chili flakes
1tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
2 tbs. Oil

Put ground beef in a bowl and add 1/2 of the water (2 cups) Squish it around with your hands until meat is loose and it looks like a squishy mess. Add all the spices to the bowl and mix well. Set aside.
In a pot over medium heat cook onions and garlic in cooking oil util soft, about 10 minutes. Add the meat mixture and turn up heat to high. Mix everything well. Add the remaining 2 cups of water and the tomato sauce. Stir and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil lower heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The chili will start to thicken up as it simmers.



We had leftovers and Chris and Penelope enjoyed a bowl of chili topped with cheese, sour cream and olives for lunch the next day.

Bring On Pumpkin Season!

Last fall Chris and Penelope decided to plant their pumpkin seeds from Halloween in our backyard. Penelope does this with pretty much anything she eats that has a seed. Watermelons, avocados, cherries, so far nothing has grown except...







her pumpkins! Check out our mini pumpkin patch! We are so going to be ready for pumpkin season.

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