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.

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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.