Chef Time #4: How to Make an Egg Sandwich

Chef Time #4: How to Make an Egg Sandwich

As I mentioned in my post about my experience at Egg Slut, I am on a mission to figure out how to make the best egg sandwich at home. After I went to Egg Slut, I figured out the missing ingredient- avocado!

Cook and Prep time: 10 minutes

What You’ll Need:

1 or 2 eggs

1 Tbsp. of garlic olive oil (I use the Trader Joe’s version)

1 or ½ an avocado

2 slices of Gouda cheese

1 English muffin or roll (I like the Euro Classic Hamburger rolls)

Single Egg Pan

I like to start by prepping the bread, so that way once the egg is cooked I can just put it on the sandwich and it’s ready to eat. Here are the steps:

  • Lay out both halves of the bread
  • Slice up the avocado and put it on both sides of the bread, so the sandwich is balanced.

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  • Put the two slices of Gouda on top of the avocado- this way they melt once you put the freshly cooked egg between them!

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Now that the rest of the sandwich is ready, then I start with the tasks related to cooking the egg(s). Here’s what I do:

  • Put a little bit (about 1 Tbsp.) of the garlic olive oil in the single egg pan- I like to put enough that I know the egg won’t stick to the pan, but not too much where it will spit back out at me while hot.

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  • Crack the egg into the pan- I like to cook it sunny side up

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  • Once the egg whites look cooked, then I like to flip it

When you think, the egg is done, take it off the stove and quickly get it onto the prepared sandwich. Once you put both halves together, it will melt the cheese.

I hope that you enjoy my super easy and healthy egg sandwich recipe! Comment below with any recipes that you’ve created and feel like sharing 🙂

 

 

Food Guide: Portland, ME

Food Guide: Portland, ME

One of my favorite things to do is visit my friends in the cities they now reside in. My very best friend, 207 Foodie, resides in Portland, ME and I thought that the winter time was the perfect time to escape Los Angeles. To start off my trip, she had an ugly sweater party, so obviously, I had to scour Amazon for the perfect ugly sweater.

Day Two

The next day, we decided to walk to brunch in downtown Portland. We went to brunch at Sur Lie, and it was delicious. We had mimosas, the Golden Potato Hash Brown, Croquettes, the Fat Boy Breakfast, and Apple Cider Donuts- all were heavenly. The next time I’m in Portland, I must eat at Sur Lie again*.

One of my bucket list Portland destinations was L.L. Bean. I mean as someone that loves outdoor gear, L.L. Bean is like heaven. While at L.L. Bean you must take an obligatory picture with the boot outside the store- if you didn’t’ take a picture, did you really go?

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Another bucket list item was getting an authentic lobster roll. I know that winter isn’t the best season for lobster, but the lobster roll I had at Linda Beans was still delicious. I decided to get a cold lobster roll because I’ve only ever had a hot lobster roll; so, in Portland, I decided to try something new!

After spending the day at L.L. Bean and eating lobster rolls, we went on to have a quintessential New England evening at an outdoor ice skating rink, called The Rink at Thompson’s Point. It was a nice rink with a bar inside. They also had a food truck called PB&ME, that served fried cookies, so I got the fried chocolate chip cookies. They were the perfect addition to outdoor ice skating, beer, and good friends.

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Day Three

The next day we wandered down to the Old Port downtown to try an amazing sushi restaurant called Miyake. I got the pork belly, chef’s pick bento box, and chocolate cake with miso caramel sauce and it was great. Some of the items in the bento box I definitely wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but that’s the joy of the chef picking your menu- you get to try new things. The food was super fresh, and I loved the sushi. My friend and I also split the chocolate cake, and it was heavenly. After this delectable lunch, we walked to a different part of the city and went to Shipyard Brewing Co. We learned about the different beers and got to try a few. To finish a great day, we ended up at happy hour at Bar of Chocolate, and we got the Chocolate Martini and Hot Chocolate.

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Day Four

One of the things I hoped would happen while I was in Portland was that it would snow, and I got exactly that. There was enough snow that I was nervous that I might not be able to leave the next day, but luckily it stopped. Once it stopped snowing, we went to lunch at Pai Men Miyake, which is owned by the same people who own Miyake.  We split the pork buns and tuna and salmon rolls, and I got the Ramen as my main course. To finish off the day, we went to trivia at a local restaurant, and I got Beer BBQ wings.

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Day Five

To round off the trip, we went to lunch at a great place called Little Tap House, and I got the Beer for Breakfast Sandwich; the sandwich is comprised of two fried eggs, bacon, beer cheese fondue, grilled bun, and house chips. Then I was on my way back to Chicago. One thing that I’ve learned since graduating college is that visiting your friends is one of the best ways to relax and just allow yourself to be carefree. Being Bicoastal Besties can be hard, but trips together make it seem like time has never passed. Also, I definitely want to visit Portland during the Fall or Summer, so I can try different foods in the correct season!

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*Unfortunately, they no longer do brunch 🙁

Los Angeles Brunch Time: The Church Key

Los Angeles Brunch Time: The Church Key

Recently for a friend’s birthday brunch, I ended up in West Hollywood at The Church Key; this restaurant is a bit outside of my normal geographical stomping ground. I had never heard of the Church Key before, and I was excited to try a new restaurant for brunch; it’s always good to a have a few different restaurants in your arsenal to pick from. To start off, we got the Brioche Donuts. They have a Brown Butter Glaze with a dribbling of Cinnamon Caramel. They were amazing, and something I definitely will get again. Then on the more savory side, we got the Toad in the Hole “Croque Madame.” It comes with two eggs, gruyere fondue, and smoked bacon. It honestly hit the spot to balance out the sweetness from the donuts.

For my entrée, I got the “Another” Avocado Toast. It comes on sourdough with house citrus cured salmon, fennel, oranges, and chives. I added the fried egg added to the dish for extra protein. I loved how all of the different flavors mixed together to make this avocado toast 100% not another basic avocado toast. The combination of flavors in this entrée make it more for someone who’s willing to be adventurous in their food choices, because not everyone loves fennel, but it was truly delicious and worth trying. For the amount of food, you get, I would say that $15 for this delectable entrée is perfectly fine.

 

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Another perk of going to the Church Key, is that they have a great mimosa deal and are very attentive. You get unlimited mimosas for $15.95 vs. $10 for one mimosa- definitely a deal.  They make sure that you always have a full mimosa and if they run out, then they give you other options. For drink service, they have some of the best service I’ve ever experienced. I highly recommend the food and drinks at The Church Key. Bon Appetit!

Chicago’s Hidden Gluten Free Cafe

Chicago’s Hidden Gluten Free Cafe

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When you think of food in Chicago, you typically think of meat and potatoes, not a gluten free café. When one of my friends took me to Wheat’s End in December, I was in awe that such a place existed and that it was absolutely delicious. Before I went to Wheat’s End I knew that certain brands of gluten free products were good, and that items on a restaurant menu could be decent, but I never expected to crave gluten free food. I have a pretty sensitive stomach and I recently decided to cut out as much gluten as possible to see if that helped keep things calm; I also can’t have a lot of dairy or rich foods.

When we went to Wheat’s End, I decided to have a yolo moment and order and eat anything I wanted to. To start off our feast I ordered a mimosa and a soy latte, because you can’t have brunch without a mimosa and coffee. Next we each got a Popover with mushroom gravy, which was AMAZING! I couldn’t tell that I was eating gluten free, and the gravy perfect- it wasn’t rich and had the right balance of mushrooms and gravy. We split the breakfast potatoes and nitrate free bacon (probably some of the best bacon I’ve ever had). To top off our meal we split a pumpkin cinnamon roll, which hit the spot. It tasted and had the same consistency of a non-gluten free cinnamon roll, and the pumpkin flavor made it the perfect cinnamon roll.

During this meal had more food than I typically eat in two meals, and I didn’t feel stuffed or like I over ate. The food was amazing, and I have been dreaming of it since December and I can’t wait to go back in April! If you’re gluten free and live or are traveling to Chicago, then you definitely need to go to (or live at) Wheat’s End!

Boozy Brunch

One of my favorite weekend pastimes is meeting friends for brunch. Last weekend I went to a place in Los Angeles called Messhall. I’ve been a few times, but this time was by far my favorite. First of all, the outdoor seating is super nice and they specifically sat us under a heating lamp to make sure we stayed warm. They also have small pit fires at some of the table to keep you warm. To start off our never ending meal, we spilt an amazing doughnut. It was fresh out of the oven, and they only made a few.

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Doughnut 🙂

My favorite part of brunch are the beverages, seriously, I love all of the refreshing and light brunch drinks. Typically, I’ll get a mimosa, because who doesn’t love them?! However, this time I decided to expand my horizons and I got the French 75. I picked the version with Gin because that sounded more refreshing and I loved it.  The French 75 has Gin or Cognac, champagne, lemon, and sugar. It paired nicely with the doughnut and my coffee. When you order a cup of hot coffee at Messhall, its Stumptown, so it has a rich strong coffee taste.

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Coffee & French 75

For my main course, I got the Pumpkin Pancakes. Usually, I am a plain pancake kinda girl, but since I was in the mood for trying new things, I went and tried the most basic menu item. The Pumpkin Pancakes were just as light and fluffy as their regular ones, and I love the flavor the pumpkin gave them. The pancakes come with candied pecans and marscapone whipped butter. I definitely plan on getting the Pumpkin Pancakes again!

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Pumpkin Pancakes w/candied pecans and marscapone whipped butter

Other perks of Messhall are the amazing staff, I haven’t had a single server or hostess who was ever rude, which I think is a great component of this restaurant. Also, the feeling of the restaurant is super relaxing, everyone from groups of friends to families dine there. The atmosphere in general is very calm, and feels a bit rustic. Finally, valet parking is only $5, which is a steal in Los Angeles! I highly recommend Messhall to anyone looking for a calm place to brunch in Los Angeles 🙂

 

NorCal

About two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to visit one of my friends from Chicago, who just moved to Palo Alto for graduate school. When I first arrived up north, we immediately toured Stanford, so she could show me where she goes to school. I was truly impressed at how beautiful the campus is and how large the school is.

After we explored campus for hours, we ended up at a great sushi place in Palo Alto called Fuki Sushi. We shared the Albacore Tataki (1), which was delicious and the perfect appetizer. Then I had the Chicken Teriyaki (2), which is a staple in Japanese Food. Then to top off the meal, I had the Scallop Tempura Roll (3). All of the food was delicious and the service was excellent!

On Saturday, we went into San Francisco and wondered around the entire city. We started at the Ferry Building, and we explored the market and all of the different stands. We ended up going to the Craftsman & Wolves stand, and we tried the Rebel Within (1). The Rebel Within is the most unique muffin that I have ever tried; there is a soft-boiled egg in the center and green onion, sausage, and Asiago mixed into the dough. The Rebel Within is served with Tabasco salt, but I am horrible with spicy things so I did not try it. It was simply delicious and definitely worth a try if you are in the area. Then we tried a bunch of different fruit samples that different stands were handing out, and they were all refreshing and yummy. When we decided it was time for lunch, we stopped at the Hog Island Oyster Co. stand and got some oysters (2). They were reasonably priced and very fresh.

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While we were at the Ferry Building, I could not help but notice how beautiful it was outside and I ended up taking a picture of the Ferry Building. Seriously, I am a sucker for crystal blue skies, so I take tons of pictures that show off the sky.

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Once we finished the Oysters we headed to Chinatown and we meandered in and out of stores, restaurants, and museums. Chinatown in San Francisco is completely different from Chinatown in LA, Chicago, or New York City. I love how it incorporates actual grocery stores, and it isn’t just a tourist destination for dining on authentic cuisine.

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For the rest of Saturday, we walked around Union Square and went to a wine bar to relax. We ended up sleeping in on Sunday because we walked over 20,000 steps gallivanting around the city. When we finally decided to get up, we went to an Israeli restaurant called Oren’s Hummus Shop for brunch. Since I have been fortunate enough to go to Israel four times, I have high standards for Israeli food and Oren’s Hummus Shop exceeded all of my expectations. The pita was amazing and the hummus and tahini sauce were scrumptious. I felt as if I was in Israel at a hummus shop off Ben Yehuda Street in Israel. For the main course, we had the Greekstyle Eggplant, Moroccan Carrots, Chicken Skewer, and Labane. All of the sides were amazing and the chicken was cooked perfectly. We also ordered mint tea, which was the perfect way to complete our meal.

After we finished our feast, we walked around downtown Palo Alto and then headed to the airport. It was the perfect weekend trip 🙂

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