Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category


French Toast: Updated for Mother’s Day, 2010

May 9, 2010

For a blog that has been named The French Toast for over two years, it seems strange that I have only posted one actual recipe for french toast. So Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there. Sit down with your kids and enjoy this easy and delicious french toast recipe.

French Toast
Makes 12 slices

When possible, use day or two old bread for french toast, as the dry bread will soak up the custard and not get soggy. If you don’t have time to leave your bread out overnight, go ahead and dry the bread slices out on the middle oven rack for 20 minutes on the lowest heat.

About a year ago, Cook’s Illustrated (link on the right) did a feature on the best ways to dry out bread for bread puddings or french toast. They prefer drying bread out in the oven rather than using stale bread, noting that the bread tastes fresher when dried in the oven and still has all the benefits of day-old bread in terms of texture. So perhaps it’s best to skip the whole stale bread thing anyway?

You can use almost any kind of thick-cut bread for this, including sourdough and french bread. I really like the slightly sweet taste of challah or brioche.

12 slices stale or dried bread, cut 1/2″ thick
1 c. half and half
1 c. milk
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
2 T. sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. bourbon or grand marnier, or other liqueur
1/4 t. kosher salt

  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs, egg yolk, and sugar until well mixed.
  • Add milk and beat until incorporated, then add cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, and salt. Pour into a 13″ x 9″ pan and set aside.
  • Preheat a non-stick skillet or, better yet, a cast iron griddle, over medium heat.
  • When hot, add a small pad of butter and melt.
  • Meanwhile, soak bread slices in custard for about 30 seconds to a minute per side.
  • When foaming subsides, place bread slices on griddle and cook for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Add a small amount of butter in between batches. Toasts can be kept warm in a 250° oven.
  • Serve with warm maple syrup, butter, jam, powdered sugar, or any other delicious topping!


Eat Here II: Whisknladle

March 18, 2010

1044 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

There are lots of reasons to be impressed by the creators of Whisknladle. You could start with the extent to which they make their own salumi, pickle their own vegetables, or cure their own meat. Then move on to their housemade infused liquors, house-baked breads, and homemade ice creams and you start to understand their passion for owning the quality of their food.

Well, they also deliver an amazing lunch and dinner. The cocktails are fabulous, the wine list smart but not overbearingly long, and the food….mmm, the food. From crispy sweetbreads over brussels sprouts ($16) to a crazy good steak frites ($29), this is the best (yes, best) restaurant La Jolla has to offer.

Don’t end your meal before at least considering the following:

Maple Bacon Pecan Crisp
Rosemary Scented Granny Smith Apples with Maple Ice Cream

Previously, Eat Here I: Cafe Chloe


Eat Here: Pinkberry in Hillcrest

August 21, 2008

Pinkberry Hillcrest
3795 4th Ave, San Diego CA 92103
(619) 260-9106

Yes, I enjoy trendy hip frozen yogurt. But this frozen yogurt really is quite delicious. And the staff is really fun. They gave me free blueberries just for dancing in line.

My recommendation is to just get fresh fruit on top of plain yogurt. It’s absolutely perfect. Enjoy!



Eat Here I: Cafe Chloe

February 12, 2008

Cafe Chloe
721 9th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
(619) 232-3242


Restaurant List #1

January 27, 2008

Breakfast, anyone?

My friend Robert and I have had a Sunday morning breakfast tradition dating back to our first year in college. We have since invited Jared and Emily along for the ride. Because we eat out for breakfast on a weekly basis, we’ve frequented a lot of different restaurants. Here is the list of restaurants I’d recommend.

An asterisk represents a strong recommendation.

Downtown / Gas Lamp / East Village
Cafe 222 (Downtown)
Cafe Chloe * (East Village)
Influx * (Golden Hill)
The Mission Cafe: East Village (East Village)
North County / La Jolla / Del Mar
Cafe Americana (Del Mar)
Brockton Villa (La Jolla)
The Cottage (La Jolla)

Midtown / Central San Diego
The Mission Cafe: North Park (North Park)
Big Kitchen * (South Park)
Old Fashioned Pancake House (Kearny Mesa)