Monday, September 8, 2014

Donut Bar

Getting up early is never fun in my opinion but when it means doughnuts I can make it happen. Its a socially exceptable way to eat cake for breakfast! Where we live there is a doughnut shop on almost every corner but we found a special one. Like a more grown up Voodoo doughnut without the rain of Portland the Donut Bar was a great find. 

Hidden in a maze of carpet and mattress warehouses the Donut Bar is a hidden gem. Its rather an odd place for a doughnut shop and I think it would do even better in another location. Not that they don't do well already. If you buy the last doughnut you get the honor of writing sold out on the chalk board. Signaling all the other doughnut lovers to go home empty handed. One day I will get to do that.

Donut Bar makes many different kinds of donuts from their famous French Toast Donut, French Crullers with whipped Nutella filling or a Samoa Donut. It could be a little hard to keep up with but they make it easy by posting the following days menu on their Instagram page. 

My Favorite so far has been the blood orange donut but the peaches and cream is a close second. Sean tried one of Donut Bars doughnuts that takes the longest to make. Their Cro Bar is Donut Bars own version of the Cro Nut. A flakey and buttery doughnut that is covered in sugar. This doughnut is a must when you visit Donut Bar. With so many to try you will have to some back a few times. 

Don't worry about drinks either, Donut Bar serves Portland Stumptown coffee along with a variety of others. The thing that made the child in me very happy was the on tap chocolate and strawberry milk. If you are a child at hart with an actual child the Donut Bar has free themed doughnuts that they hand out to the kids. 

With there two location one in San Diego and the other in Fountain Valley this is not a place to miss. But get there early so you don't miss a chance to try a Strawberry split donut! Kid friendy with on tap milk and giant chalk wall. Adult friendly with, well doughnuts (who doesn't like doughnuts?)

Daisy- 4 out of 5 Cro Bars
Oak- 4 out of 5 Cro Bars

Monday, July 21, 2014


On a hot day there is nothing better than a popsicle. That is as long as you don't have to wait in a giant line to get it. The kids who used to run after the ice cream truck are now waiting in like at Popbar. At The Packing House the line for Popbar can take up to twenty minutes so time your visit carefully. When we visited the other day there was no line at all but other days the line has snaked around far past the Popbar. If you can get there at a time when you don't have to sell your soul from a sweet treat i would say step on up to Pobar. 

 From the long line I was expecting something out of this world but all in all it was like other Popsicle places iv been to in the area. Although Popbar does have an extra something. for the Price of  over $3 a pop you better get a little something extra. After choosing from the many flavors you choose a chocolate. But thats not all, you chooses how much chocolate you want on your pop. Then a topping. I was starting to see why the line stretched so far. 

I picked a Grapefruit bar with a drizzle of dark chocolate. The grapefruit was nice and bitter and so was the chocolate. A good treat but nothing to write home about. I can see all the choices being a problem for those with children and the price is a little up there. I think the Popbar may have been a one time treat for me. Id much rather go for a Nutella crepe that can be found just down the stairs from the Popbar. More for your money and sooooo yummy.

 Ratings are in......
Daisy- 2 out of 5 popsicle sticks

Orange County Fair

If you like cute animals and food this is the video for you....

Umami Burger

-A Japanese word meaning a savory pleasant taste. 

Umami Burger definitely held up to its name. Im not much of a meat eater but the burger I had here was amazing! Not only is there food a step above most other burger places you will find in the area but the interior is fun an eclectic. Umami Burger is another one of the many places to eat at The Packing house. It is across the lawn from the main warehouse threw a covered path next to people playing pingpong and a garden growing organic veggies. Inside old license plates hang above a long bar and almost every seat is a window seat. The staff was welcoming and very knowledgeable. This place defiantly doesn't miss a single detail, they even hand stamp their place mates. The menu isn't long and overwhelming like some other places and each restaurant has a house special burger (Rabbit was the one at this place) :/ 

For someone who loves to dip my food Umami Burger did not let me down. Their Ketchup is unlike any I have ever had. You can taste the savory (Umami) flavor of the tomato in every bite. Three other sauces came with our order of Truffle fries ( yes, truffle fries) It might just have been that my taste buds weren't used to the rich flavor of the truffle cheese but it was a bit much for me. Even with my noob taste buds questioning this new flavor I ate them up.


Next up was the piece de resistance the burgers....... They did not disappoint. Umami grinds up their meat in house and adds their secret yummy magic into ever hand crafter burger. From their house burger to a truffle cheese burger there is something for everyone. For those of you like me who don't eat red meat they have a Turkey burger or even a veggie burger. I picked The Green Bird, a turkey patty with avocado, green cheese, green goddess and whatever else they put in that made it taste like heaven. 

Sean picked The Manly Burger served poutine style. His meal towered over mine with its beef patty, bacon and onion string topping and nest made of fries and gravy. The burgers didn't last long because they were enjoyed down to every last bite. My burger was full of flavor, some that I couldn't pinpoint. We both agreed that the bacon on Sean's burger might have been the best bacon ever. It was the perfect amount of fat and smoke. 

At the end of our meal we were given a pog with the Umami emblem on it and told to put it in a jar to rate out experience. If there had been a "Best Burger I have Ever Had" jar I would have put it in that jar. Going in I was afraid it was going to be another blown up kitchy burger place but I was pleasantly surprised. We will definitely be coming back to Umami Burger, especially because I have to try their fried pickles. For the blog of course... All in all if you live in Anaheim or have an Umami located near you, go in and take a bite. You will not be disappointed! 

Ratings are in.....
Oak- 5 out of 5 Burgers
Daisy- 5 out of 5 Burgers