Cajun Kitchen, Santa Barbara

I recently went on a girls weekend to Santa Barbara, CA. It was marvelous. We relaxed, we went out and danced, we ate lots of food, went shopping and did a bit of drinking as well 😉

The trip came to an end Sunday morning at Cajun Kitchen. I was a bit skeptical because I can not handle any spiciness at all. I fully admit I am PATHETIC when it comes to hot/spicy food.

We walked in at about 830AM, luckily we beat the morning rush. We sat down at a booth towards the back. It was an old fashioned diner type place. All the staff were friendly enough.They had a large menu but we narrowed it down quickly as we were HUNGRY! I was on the verge of HANGRY! But let’s be honest I always am 😉

We ordered. The beignets were very tasty with the caramel and cooked strawberries and bananas.This was by far my favorite item we had. For my main breakfast I ordered the Ranchers Omelette which was eggs, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and avocado. The omelette was the perfect combination for me. And I’m kind of obsessed with tomatoes, so I enjoyed that the omelette was bursting at the seams with tomatoes. The hash browns were fine, nothing to write home about. The same goes for the French Toast. It got the job done but I have definitely had better.

The beignets are definitely the reason I will return. Check out Cajun Kitchen next time you are in the Santa Barbra area. They also have locations in Ventura, Lompoc, Carpenteria and Goleta all in California.

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Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts, San Diego CA 

A few years ago one of my best friends was attending school in San Diego. I would visit her every so often and one trip she told me about this place that I would LOVE, Extraordinary Desserts. So naturally we went. And, yes I did LOVE it! 

Over the weekend I spent the day in San Diego with my family and we hit up Extraordinary Desserts on the way out and took some desserts to go! 🙂 

If you find yourself in the San Diego, CA area please visit Extraordinary Desserts you will not be disappointed! 
Creme Brûlée so yummy. 
Chocolate Dulce De Leche Bar was very decadent and rich I enjoyed it 🙂 
White Chocolate cake with fresh berries- This was my favorite the cake was SOO moist, fluffy the cream was amazing the fresh berries and the white chocolate shavings just took me over the moon 🙂
This VERY chocolatey cake was scrumptious! There is a layer of blackberries in there as well
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Joan’s On Third


I have heard/read great things about Joan’s On Third. I am sad I waited this long to go but being in Orange County the drive to and from LA is a bit much! Let’s be honest I HATE IT! Traffic SUCKS! Anyways my Nan is in town visiting from England (YAY) so we decided to go to The Museum of Tolerance and Joan’s happened to be only a 10-15 minute drive away! 

The Museum of Tolerance was amazing. It was so well put together. Very classy. At the beginning of the Holocaust Exhibit you were given a card of a child and at the end of the exhibit you would find out if you’re child survived. Mine did but it was so horrific to think about all of the poor innocent children who did not. 

We were lucky enough to sit in on a Holocaust survivor’s story. His name was Joseph. His brother left for America in 1938 and he was scheduled to go in 1939 (As the government only allowed 1 family member per year) but the War started and Joseph instead began living in the ghetto’s and eventually was sent to multiple concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He went through so much, more than many of the other survivors he was really meant to live and tell his story. 

After the MOT we headed over to Joan’s on Third. It was 3 miles away but took 20 minutes to get there! Typical LA traffic. Well I am happy to say it was worth it 🙂 I was with my mom, nan and sister so we got to try a lot! 

*Half of the pictures were taken with my cellphone – Silly me forgot my camera* 


FRESH MOZZARELLA, TOMATO & BASIL drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, cracked pepper & sea salt- This was AMAZING! So yummy I highly recommend it! 
I saw this delicious square of Mac & Cheese on the way out. It looked amazing. So thick creamy and cheesy. I regret not trying it next time I definitely will!! 

CROQUE MONSIEUR with ham, gruyere, Dijon mustard and béchamel sauce- My nan ordered this and generously shared! It was so tasty and delicious!

APRICOT GLAZED HAM & BRIE with mustard caper sauce- My mother ordered this sandwich. We couldn’t taste any apricot but it was a good ham sandwich. 
Grilled Cheese- My sister ordered this it was a wonderful grilled cheese. The bread was definitely loaded with butter which made it that much better 😉 
Flour-less Chocolate Cake Roll- This was tasty not my favorite but I definitely enjoyed it! 
The rest of the photographs are taken at home! Hence, the better quality 🙂 


Sour Cream Coffee Cake- Very nice, not out of this world though. 
The Lemon Bar was very tasty and lemony 🙂 
I did not try this slice of cake but my Nan did and she enjoyed it and unfortunately we can’t remember the name! But look how pretty it is! 
I absolutely LOVED this strawberry cake! The cake was moist and delicious and so was the frosting it was perfect! And I will definitely order it again!! 
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Cookies & Cream Chocolate Cookie Bars

Growing up I have fond memories of spending time next door at my childhood best friend’s house eating lots and lots of cookies and cream ice cream. After dinner her dad would always serve up a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream. It was so creamy and delicious. I’m tempted to go buy some right now! Needless to say cookies and cream has always been a favorite in my book ;)I absolutely love Jenny’s recipes from Picky-Palate. She is so creative and the recipes are always so easy its AMAZZZING! Go check her site out if you haven’t already. Anyways, the other day I came across this new recipe from her site, Double Cookies & Cream Kisses Cookie Bars. I just about drooled on to my computer as I looked at the pictures. It was then I decided I must drive to Target to find Cookies & Cream Hershey Kisses. Unfortunately the first Target I went to did not have any but the second Target did! YAY! This recipe is easy and scrumptious!

Try not to eat the whole pan in one sitting! It lasted me a whole half of a day 😉

Cookies & Cream Chocolate Cookie Bars
Serves: 9
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate chips
  • 15 Crushed Oreo's
  • 25 Cookies & Cream Hershey's Kisses
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8X8 baking pan with foil and grease.
  2. In bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter and granulated and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until fully combined. Stir in crushed Oreo's and chocolate chips.
  4. Press just under half of the dough into prepared pan then line the kisses evenly across pan. Finish by topping with the rest of dough pressed evenly on.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

Recipe Source: Picky-Palate

Do you like the “health” Spinach Pizza I had after I scarfed down half of the pan of these babies? 🙂 


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Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Bars


 

I grew up as a brownie girl scout and when I think about my time as girl scout I always  remember going door to door selling girl scout cookies. My favorite cookies have and ALWAYS will be Thin Mints. The little crisp cookies are delicious, especially when frozen and then crushed over some ice cream 🙂 


This recipe is delicious not overly sweet but very chocolatey!
Ingredients: 

1 box of yellow cake mix 
1 stick of softened butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1 1/2 cups of Andes Mint pieces 
1 can of sweetened condensed milk 
1 sleeve of thin mint cookies 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9X13 pan. 
2. In a medium size bowl mix together the cake mix, butter and egg until combined. 
3. Press evenly into prepared pan then evenly place chocolate chips and Andes pieces over crust. Then pour full can of sweetened condensed milk over everything and top with Girl Scout Thin Mint pieces.
4. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown around the edges.  ENJOY!! 
Source: the wonderful Picky Palate

 




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