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Monday, July 16, 2012

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
Rancho Santa Margarita 
22205 El Paseo, Suite A 
RSM, CA 92688 
Open Daily Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner 

Brea Downtown 
215 W. Birch Street 
Brea, CA 92821 
9am - 9pm Sun - Wed 
9am - 10pm Thur - Sat 

Old Towne Orange
 292 North Glassell Street
 Orange, CA 92866
 9am - 9pm Sun - Wed
 9am - 10pm Thur - Sat 
If you live in Orange County and you haven't yet heard of Bruxie Waffles, you're probably living under a rock.  Bruxie opened their first shop near the Orange Circle about 18 months ago.  Since then, they have expanded to three locations due to their extreme popularity.  In addition to their original location in Orange, they now have locations in Brea and Rancho Santa Margarita.

For those of you that are uninitiated to the waffle sandwich, the concept may sound a little weird, but I assure you that it is good.  Bruxie offers a variety of gourmet sandwiches, but uses freshly made waffles instead of the standard bread.  The sandwiches are inspired by the common street food in Brussels.  The light, airy, crispy waffles take a boring old sandwich and turn it into a culinary delight. 

I was recently able to attend that grand opening celebration of the Bruxie Waffles in Rancho Santa Margarita.  I was able to sample a wide variety of their sandwiches including:

Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup $7.95

Hot Pastrami $7.95

Turkey Avocado Club $8.95

Philly Cheesesteak

Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese $7.95

Green Eggs and Ham $6.95

Patty Melt

Lemon Cream and Berries (Very Tart! $6.50)

S'mores ($5.95)

Seasonal Creme Brulee ($6.50)

Overall, the fan favorite for the night seemed to be the Hot Pastrami. Shaved Boar's Head pastrami is served hot with Gruyere cheese, cider slaw, spicy brown mustard and half-sour pickles. The flavors all work together well to bring forth an amazing hot pastrami sandwich. Bruxie also offers a selection of frozen custards and old fashioned cane-sugar sodas. You won't find and Pepsi or Coke here. The next time you're out looking for a sandwich, I highly recommend that you stop by your closest Bruxie for a taste experience that you won't soon forget.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

California Avocado Prize Pack Giveaway!

To celebrate California Avocado Week, I am giving away a California Avocado Prize pack to one lucky reader!  The prize pack includes an apron, a t-shirt, an avocado "slice and scoop", some avocado recipes and an insulated cooler bag.  Enter the contest below by entering a blog comment, liking Griffin Eats OC on Facebook, liking California Avocados on Facebook, liking our sister site Dining Out In OC on Facebook or following Griffin Eats OC on Twitter.  If you do everything, you will get 5 entries!  Enter by using the form below!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

California Avocado Week at Downtown Disney, July 1-7 2012

California Avocado Week is running now through July 7th.  During avocado week, you will be treated to daily cooking demonstrations, a daily guacamole making contest with prizes, samples and giveaways.  Events start at 5:00 PM near ESPN Zone.  Most of the Downtown Disney restaurants will also be featuring special avocado-themed dishes.  Here is the press release for more detailed info:


Downtown Disney Presents Second Annual California Avocado Week July 1 - July 7
Public Invited to Free Interactive Chef Demonstrations, Food Sampling and Guacamole Contest

WHAT: Downtown Disney has teamed up with the California Avocado Commission to present the second annual California Avocado Week at Downtown Disney. To kick off the celebration of American Summer Holidays and the 4th of July, Downtown Disney and California Avocado Commission are hosting free chef demos and a guacamole contest that is free to the public.

Each day, beginning July 1 and continuing through July 7, a chef from one of Downtown Disney’s premiere restaurants will take center stage, demonstrating culinary creations starring fresh California avocados, which are in season now. Attendees will be invited to taste the featured dish.

Following the cooking demonstration, there will be an interactive “Guac Off” competition. A select number of guests will be chosen to create a personalized guacamole recipe using a selection of ingredients. Daily grand prize winners will receive a $100 Downtown Disney gift card and $85 California avocado gift pack.

In addition, throughout the week, restaurants in Downtown Disney will feature special California avocado menu items and Sephora will offer refreshing avocado facials.

WHEN: Free interactive public events commence at 5 p.m. on July 1 and continue through July 7

WHERE: Downtown Disney
1580 S. Disneyland Drive (at Disneyland Drive and Magic Way)
Anaheim, CA 92802

FOOD DEMO CALENDAR (Some recipes will be available for posting):

Sunday, July 1 Chef Meyer, House of Blues, California Avocado and Blue Cheese Crusted Rib Eye

Monday, July 2 Chef Thomas Keaveny, ESPN Zone, Mini California Avocado Shrimp Clubs and Grilled Chicken California Avocado Wrap

Tuesday, July 3 Chef Dore Sommer, Rainforest Café, Awesome Appetizer Adventure and Guacamole Burger

Wednesday, July 4 Chef Alejandro Reyna, La Brea Bakery, Shrimp and Salsa Stuffed California Avocado and Turkey California Avocado Sandwich

Thursday, July 5 Chef Darrin Finkel, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Fried Green Tomato BLT with California Avocado and Jazz Kitchen French Quarter Salad with California Avocado

Friday, July 6 Chef Jose Estrada, Tortilla Jo’s, Ceviche de Huauchinango Shots and Shrimp and California Avocado Enchiladas

Saturday, July 7 Chef Nick Weber, Catal Restaurant, Tartare of Hamachi with Shisho, Micro Cilantro and California Avocado and Jalapeno Sorbet