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Yesterday was very interesting. My friend Josef asked me to come with him to see something new in Encino, and also promised me breakfast.
Since this blog is mostly about food, let’s talk about breakfast first.
More than Waffles
Encino is an interesting place, as it is dominated by Ventura Boulevard, and if you are a merchant, and you want to be successful, your business almost has to be on Ventura Boulevard. It’s been that way since the Tonngva Indians settled the area thousands of years ago. Ventura Boulevard was part of the original El Camino Real, and was a popular stop for clergy on way to various Missions on the route.
Josef told me there was a breakfast place right downstairs from where we were. I wasn’t too excited, thinking it would be a little hole in the wall, office workers’ cafeteria. I was wrong! More Than Waffles has outdoor seating, is very popular, and has a lovely interior.
Josef says that no matter what time his first meal is, it is always breakfast, so if does not get a chance to have breakfast when he gets up, and it’s three o’clock in the afternoon, he will still want a breakfast type food. I’m not like that – since a lot of times I only eat once a day, breakfast can be anything for me, and conversely, I’m very happy eating a breakfast type meal for a late supper, so go figure.
After looking at the menu many times, and not really wanting anything sweet like waffles, French toast or pancakes, I started looking at lunch style foods. I always like Patty Melts because I like grilled onions and I like Swiss cheese.
When I was a little girl, my friends called it holy cheese – and for the longest time, I thought that it was some kind of really special cheese, blessed by the Pope himself – I thought it was HOLY cheese, not holey as in holes. Maybe that’s why Swiss cheese has always been one of my favorites.
I ordered my sandwich on sour dough bread, with a side of home fries, a bit of sour cream, and an iced coffee.
The iced coffee was unusual in that it was really, really good. The coffee was nice and strong, strong enough to almost be an espresso, and had a slight flavoring to it. The restaurant has iced espresso drinks, but I think their iced coffee is just the thing – try it yourself!
When my patty melt came, it looked wonderful, with a nice size burger, plenty of onions, and happily, lots of cheese. I bit into it and the juiciness of the sandwich popped in my mouth. Seriously, this is the best patty melt I have ever had – hands down.
Service was a little iffy. At first I thought it was because we had people join us later, but then I realized that the service is a little slow and confused. Josef did not have a fork in his place setting, and had to go and ask for one. It took a minute before someone was able to give him one.
Update: I’ve noticed that some people land here looking for a good waffle recipe. This recipe comes from The American Woman’s Cookbook War Time Edition, and is my favorite.
Summary: This recipe comes from my wonderful American Woman’s Cookbook Wartime Edition edited by Ruth Berolzheimer published in 1942
- 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Get two mixing bowls, and three small bowls. Crack the egg, and holding over the one small bowl, let the white pour into it. Put the yolk in the other bowl. Take the third bowl, and do this again, adding the white to the white in bowl 1. Do not break the second egg over the bowl one, because if even a tiny bit of yolk gets into the white, the whites will never beat correctly.
- Sift the dry ingredients together in the large bowl. Add the vanilla, egg yolk and milk. Stir completely, then add the melted butter and stir that in completely as well.
- Beat the whites to stiff peaks. Take about a tablespoon of the batter and mix it into the whites, then fold the whites back into the batter. There should be bits of white visible.
- Make sure to oil the iron before heating it. When the light goes out, pour some of the batter on to the plates, and close the iron. Cook until the ready. New waffle irons have a light that goes out then the waffles are done, you can also tell by trying to lift up the top. If the top comes off easily, the waffles are probably done. They should be golden brown.
An old fashioned egg beater really does the job of whipping egg whites. In fact, it’s faster than a hand mixer, and doesn’t require lugging out the stand mixer. Plus, you get a little exercise!
Serve with melted butter and syrup, or with powdered sugar and fresh fruits in season.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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eCoswayI hate names of things that start with a lower case letter, it makes making properly grammatical sentences difficult. The eCosway1 store was brand new, just opening that morning, so everything was really nice, shiny and new. There were a lot of different products, health care, stuff for the home, and some wonderful smelling body lotion that I’m dying to try.
I found something wonderful at the new eCosway store. I want to do more research and actually try the product, so you will have to stay tuned until I do another post. This was just one of the things I looked at, and I will be reviewing their products, including this one, in future posts – so keep checking back.
1 See I was able to put the word eCosway as the second word in the sentence, not at start the sentence