Northridge, CA: Waffle Love

Crystal and Nat at Waffle Love

I can just hear Morris Day now, “Waffle Love, Oh- Wee- Oh- Wee- Oh” Now, some of you of a certain age catch the joke but others of you may need to travel to 80’s music history catch up on Morris Day and the Time.   Waffle Love is a small shop in Northridge, CA(The San Fernando Valley) located on Reseda Blvd.   Despite their proud accolades from the Food Network posted on the from the building, I didn’t have high expectations.

Dulce de Liege

Dulce de Liege

However, this restaurant needs to been shown some love for specializing in waffles and doing them extremely well.  With Waffle themes of Banana Cream Pie (A waffle filled with chocolate),   the churro waffle and Dulce de Liege, you are in for a decadent treat.   If not for breakfast you may want to make this a dessert spot.

The Banana cream pie was good.  The Dulce de Liege was excellent with an incredible unique flaky and crispy texture.

About Malt Vinegar & Recipe

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Featured in the bottle and often used with fish and chips.

If you’ve ever been to a place with fish and chips on the menu, malt vinegar is a good condiment to know and love. Malt is the term for germinated and dried grains of barley, used in adding a rich, nutty, toasty flavor to some of our very favorite things. Like beer. And milkshakes. And the vinegar we copiously shake onto fish and chips (which is made with beer batter and therefore also contains malt).   READ MORE

Read steps to making malt vinegar.

Van Nuys, CA: South African Cuisine at Springbok Bar & Grill

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Springbok Bar brings the tastes of South Africa to Van Nuys, CA.  This restaurant is a diamond in the rough.  It is unassuming and near by the Woodley Lake Golf Course.  My dining companion and I had no idea what to expect.   But when I opened the menu, way too many things looked great.

You may think the menu does jump all over the place with style of cuisine and you will notice a heavy amount of Indian cuisine on the menu.   That is in part because South Africa has a large Indian population and the food of India has been embraced in South Africa as if it were it’s own.

Well, I enjoyed South African style samosas.  The were large and packed with flavor.  And I also enjoyed my fish and chips.   Both had a delight salad of arugula, diced tomato and drizzled with it seemed a mustard dill dressing.   Everything was delish.    Check out this spot.17952724_10154788537041865_1360519580176186704_n

 

On many days they have live entertainment from comedy to trivia to jazz and they often showing a variety of sports giants screens.

Film and Foodie: The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ is based on the the best selling book and true story of former Chicago Tribune Acclaimed journalist, Lee Strobel.   “If your mother tells you she loves you, check the facts.”  This motto sums up Strobel’s approach to life and a key reason he was passionately atheist.  Where is the proof of there being a God?   Aren’t the stories in the Bible just fairy tale?  the-case-for-christ-movie-posterDid Jesus really rise from the dead?  This movie and Lee Strobel ask those questions and more concerning  the deity of Jesus Christ.  His journey to discovering the answer is what The Case for Christ revolves around.

The movie is very slow in pacing.  Truthfully, I didn’t fathom this would be an exciting film.  I am very familiar with Strobel’s story.    Mike Vogel who plays Lee Strobel is easy on the eyes so it helps you get through it to a degree.  However, I kept thinking this movie is so slow.  It is great looking though with filter that gives it a rustic look.  It is a period piece set in the eighties.     Script wise, the A, B, and C storylines come together well.   The lead and supporting actors give convincing performances.

It is fair to say a believer or nonbeliever can walk away with different experiences and sentiments about the film.   The credibility of the author of The Case Christ makes an interesting bio pic.

The Foodie portion:

A theologian suggests that he and Strobel grab a cup of coffee.   If you invite a friend to see this with you then coffee shop talk suits this film well.   If this is a dvd or download by the time you check it out then maybe a Chicago style deep dish pizza since the story takes place in Chicago and often shows establishing shots of the Chicago Tribune.

Review of Bollywood Popcorn

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The Trader Joe’s Bollywood Popcorn is Vegan and the flavor described as Tiki Masala.  Now if the name Trader Joe’s doesn’t ring for you.  It is a popular store in various states.

As for the taste of the popcorn,   I found the flavor to be pleasantly differnt and with spicy bollywood popcornkick.   You will probably be in the love it or hate it camp because the taste so distinct.  The color is a butter yellow with orange spices.  I am a person who enjoy food that and spicy or has a kick so it works for me.   I could see this being a fun different offering to set out a table for an event.

Film and Foodie: Beauty & the Beast

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Int. Dream Sequence- Movie Theater

All the movie staff singing “Be Our Guest” as you enter the theatre like a Caberet.  Wouldn’t that be a treat?  Well, that probably not happen but seeing Beauty and the Beast is a treat.  Let me get my one issue over with and that is the CGI for the Beast as it moves.   It so fake looking. It was way too distracting but on almost every other account I really enjoyed the film.   I actually found myself thinking that I would like to see it again, matinee of course.  But the cast is enchanting from the lead the supporting characters.  Unless you’ve read up about the film or recognize the voices, many of animated household items and furniture characters will be a big reveal when you find out who they are played by.

Although many fans of Dan Stevens knew he was the beautiful prince transformed into a beast,  Disney make up artist did a great job of doing make up in the opening party scene that allows a reveal of what he looks like  by  the end of the film. Yes,  there are people who don’t know the actor’s work, afterall is he is still somewhat a rising celeb if you aren’t a Downton Abbey fan or Legion fan.

Then their is the other cult following actor, Ms. Emma Watson of the Harry Potter franchise who play Belle.   She does a fine job but it is the supporting actors that are scene stealers whether it be Luke Evans as Gaston or Josh Gad as Lefou.   You’ll engaged in caring for   a candle stick, a clock, a pot or a chipped cup.

 

Find out more and the foodie review below: 

 

About Blood Oranges

Buying Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are in season from December through May, though the exact months vary o-16481depending on what type of blood orange you’re buying. The Moro variety is available from December through March, while the Tarocco is available from January through May. Blood oranges are readily available during these winter and spring months because the climate where the fruit trees grow plays a role in the formation of the red hue, according to the National Gardening Association. The temperature is thought to play a part in the darkness of the red color and how pronounced it is, but the exact temperature requirements remain unknown, the National Gardening Association reports.

Anthocyanins

The red color of blood oranges is due to the presence of anthocyanins, which are compounds that give many other fruits and vegetables their red, blue or purple colors, as well. Harvesting blood oranges at the peak of freshness ensures the maximum amount of anthocyanins in the fruit.  READ MORE

Nutritious Food that Helps Body Injuries

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Healing from an injury can take weeks or even months (healing time can vary from person to person), but you can dramatically accelerate the healing process by getting adequate nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Healing is largely dependent on blood supply, and the stronger the blood supply, the faster you can heal because blood supplies the injured area with important oxygen and nutrients which help the injury heal.

Certain foods can promote inflammation within the body, while others have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Avoid inflammation-promoting foods such as fried foods, processed white flour, eggplant, cayenne, tomatoes,potatoes, and hot peppers, and eat more foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Be sure to drink plenty of fresh juices made from fresh, organic, raw veggies, because raw veggies are high in important enzymes and vitamins that can speed up the healing process.

Garlic, radishes, and beets are especially helpful. You can also mix in a bit of fresh ginger; ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain and soreness.

To create an optimal healing environment and get back on your feet quicker, be sure to eat 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Important nutrients that aid recovery:

  • Multivitamin: Very important. Helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Aids tissue repair.
  • Zinc: Important in tissue repair.
  • Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: An important antioxidant which helps tissue repair and growth.
  • Manganese: Strengthens wounded tendons and ligaments.
  • BCAA’s: Help promote the healing of muscle tissue, bones, and skin.
  • EFA’s (essential fatty acids): Speed up recovery and promotes cellular health.
  • Vitamin B Complex: Helps reduce injury related stress.
  • Glucosamine Sulfate: Helps strengthen and form tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and joint fluid.
  • Calcium: Helps repair connective tissue.
  • Silica: Important for calcium absorption and connective tissue repair.

So What are Capers?

So someone asked me what a caper was… I said the most stupid answer” uh, something Capers_jaryou put in Italian food. “. Let’s try again, the real answer

According to Wikipedia,

Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose,[2] is a perennial plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers.[3][4][5]

The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled.

Capparis spinosa is found in the wild in the Mediterranean, East Africa, Madagascar, South-Western and Central Asia, the Himalayas, the Pacific Islands, Indomalaya, and Australia.[6] It is present in almost all the circum-Mediterranean countries, and is included in the flora of most of them, but whether it is indigenous to this region is uncertain. Although the flora of the Mediterranean region has considerable endemism, the caper bush could have originated in the tropics, and later been naturalized to the Mediterranean basin

By Whitebox at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5074749

Film and Foodie Review: Get Out

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Actor, Comedian, Director and Screenwriter Jordan Peele must be thinking, “I love it when a plan comes together.”   His directorial debut, Get Out takes the box office by storm, becoming #1 on opening weekend.  Sadly enough, still not too many African Americans can claim the bragging rights to that feat even today.  And to all my struggling fellow writers/directors of every race my heart goes out to you too because it is hard out there for everyone, period in the business of movies.

Now, the million dollar question is should we believe the hype? Is Get Out all that?  This is a tough one for me to answer.  I typically do not go see horror films.  It is not my thing at all.  However, I don’t mind suspense so with the increasing word on the street that Get Out falls into both categories, horror and suspense it convinced me to get out and go see it.  The execution of Get Out is both original and masterfully purposely cliche.  I went to see this film because a film featuring a Black lead actor and Black director/screenwriter doing Horror which is uncommon equaled counting me in on supporting it.   If you want more of certain films made, you have to support those film in the first two weeks.   Afterall, Show business is a business.

I really liked all the acting performance but the lead actors, Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams both gave endearing performances.  They have good chemistry.

You will hear there is a lot of racial social commentary in this film.  All though masked in jokes, the dialogue explores the paranoia that many African Americans feel when they are in predominately white environments.   It explores the concerns that a person of color may have when it is the “Guess who’s coming dinner?” night.   Spoiler Alert- Do not read the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen it.  I may be reading too much into this but based on my conversations with people while in Haiti , there is a common fear of not trust some foreign adoption for fear of children’s organs being desired rather than true adoption.   Peele cleverly opts not to do a murdering frenzy but rather an unethical experiment which in some ways mirrors the devaluation of some for the betterment of other people. No killing frenzy!!  Okay, I take it back.   Just don’t expect  killing to happen throughout the film but don’t worry horror fans there will be blood.

Now, more on the matter of race , if you think the movie is mean spirited about interracial relationships with the plethora of jokes about it then think again. Writer  Jordan Peele who is married to a White woman may be sharing some insight of what interracial couples sometimes encounter.

I’m not going to say this is the greatest movie ever but this is not my genre of film yet I still enjoyed it and applaud it for what it offers.

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