Earl Grey Shortbread Cookie Ice Cream

Saturday is when I allow myself to have desert and after having a wonderful egg sandwich at Eggslut I tried ice cream at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream.

https://mcconnells.com/

I was thinking about cardamom before I decided to eat here.

It was delicious. I recommend it.

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Bacon and Egg Sandwich

I saw a video about Eggslut on Eater when I lived in Singapore. The proprietor was showing his technique to poach scrambled eggs in butter.

Naturally when I moved to LA, I would want to try their signature sandwich. When I had read that the proprietor was opening locations in New York it cemented my desire to eat one of these legendary egg sandwiches.

Eggslut

Every time I went to Grand Central Market in downtown LA, the line was too long for my appetite.

This time I endured the ten minute wait.

The delicious scrambled egg was served on brioche with orange cheese and chewy bacon.

It was amazing! It was the best egg sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

That and freshly squeezed orange juice and I was happy.

BTLA

Still interested in the mock meats of Veggie Grill I had high expectations for the smoked tempeh masquerading as bacon.

The tempeh looked and tasted like crunchy bacon. My complaint is that there just wasn’t enough of it.

The vegan mayonnaise tasted like mayonnaise.

Besides the food of the future, the artisanal soda is another draw at least for me to visit the Veggie Grill.

Fala-Full Sandwich

I returned yet another time to the Veggie Grill after the gym on a Friday night. The menu has begun to bore me as I’ve tried most or all of the mock meat dishes.

So I ordered the falafel sandwich. Tabbouleh was served on the side and in the pita bread along with the chickpea fritters was pepperoncini, cilantro and skchug sauce, which is described by Wikipedia as a Yemeni hot sauce.

It was good and I will return to try their mock turkey dinner.

The Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

So that seminar for work I signed up for sent me to the netherworld of Northridge. I suppose there were better, more expensive restaurants, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I returned to the large, yet mediocre and uninspiring food court of the local mall.

They serve a dipping sauce on the side, so I asked for a creamy garlic flavor. I love grilled cheese sandwiches and I love bacon, but fuck! This sandwich was so salty! Not only could I not finish the sandwich, I only ate two or three fries. I honestly think salt was added to the grilled cheese besides the already saltiness of Cheddar cheese and bacon.

If you happen to visit the Northridge Mall, don’t have high expectations for the mall cuisine served therein.

Pepperoni Jalapeño Pizza Meal

Part of my job requires me to attend personal development seminars which are held at various middle schools.

This one seminar in particular was hosted at a middle school in Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley. I didn’t bring lunch because it was a Saturday and I’m not bringing a boxed lunch on a Saturday.

When we had a lunch break I headed to the local mall and then to the food court. There weren’t many good options, so I tried the soi-disant Italian kitchen.

The pizza was better than high school cafeteria pizza, but not much better. It was as good as Little Caesar’s pizza, which is to say mediocre. The Greek side salad wasn’t bad at all.

Shrimp and chive dumpling (虾韭菜饺子)

I lived seven years in Asia: one and a half in (基隆) Keelung, Taiwan and five and a half in (新加坡) Singapore. If the reader wondered if I crave Asian food, I do. Chinese food is my favorite cuisine of all and dumplings have become comfort food for me.

It’s not Don Tai Fung, but it’s four blocks from my apartment and it’s relatively cheap. IXLB is my local dumpling house and I just realized the acronym means something like “i love xiaolongbao.”

I didn’t order the xiaolongbao, but i ordered cucumber slices in garlic and sesame oil. This version also had Sichuan peppercorns and chilies and I liked it.

The steamed pork bun was likewise delicious and comforting.

It’s no-frills, but the food is authentic and reasonably priced.