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Bruegger’s Bagels Just Launched A Massive Brunch Box That Feeds An Entire Family

My early morning bagel runs have become something I’ve missed terribly since the “Stay At Home” mandate was issued over here in California. Sure, someone more masterful in the kitchen can probably make their own bagels to spread with cream cheese, but let’s not kid ourselves that I’d be one of those individuals. Give me a shop bagel caked in garlic and onion any day of the week.

For those missing their bagel fix, Bruegger’s Bagels is offering a Hot & Ready Brunch Box that will essentially feed an entire family of 6-8 — or a dude like myself who just misses his morning routine for at least a couple meals.

The box includes 6 fresh baked bagels, a tube of cream cheese, 1 Farmhouse Egg Sandwich, 2 Egg, Peppered Bacon & Cheddar Sandwiches, 4 Blueberry Muffins, and 4 Twice Baked Hash Browns.

Yes. That’ll do nicely.

For anyone interested in getting their hands on this delightful Brunch Box, you can find it at any participating Bruegger’s Bagels location for $29.99. If you’re noting looking to leave the house, home delivery is available through DoorDash.

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Breakfast Salad and Souffle Pancakes Are A Thing At This OC Pop-Up

Photo: Greg Nagel

I’m not sure what I did in life to deserve this, but I somehow got coerced to order a secret menu item: breakfast salad at brunch. But here I am, camera in one hand, fork in the other, cracking runny yolk with a plastic fork over various arugula, thick smoky-bacon chunks and potato crunchy bits like it’s some sort of health-nut food porn. “Bro, want me to hold your light so you can get that shot?” Nah homie, I don’t photograph salad.

It’s a salad, with an egg, with other breakfast stuff tossed in. It’s really good, but hey man, no salad ever asked to be photographed, unless it was made by the man who brought us the spaghetti grilled cheese.

Photo: Greg Nagel

The solid line of hungry Instagrammers out the door is at least thirty-people deep and is here for something else: the amazing Japanese-style souffle pancakes. “When we talked about doing a brunch pop-up, I knew I wanted pancakes… but not just any old pancakes,” says chef-owner Paul Cao of Burnt Crumbs in Irvine, California. “I went down this rabbit hole of the souffle pancake and tested these for a couple of months, and here they are, perfected,” he continued with a grin.

Photo: Greg Nagel

The souffle pancake is unique for a few reasons. First is the time it takes to prep. Each one has to be crafted from scratch per order, otherwise, they’ll deflate faster than a football in New England. Total time from order to plate? Roughly twenty-five to thirty minutes.

Once the batter is whipped and folded into an egg yolk mixture, it’s then ice-cream scooped on a griddle, then covered until flipped. Each pancake maintains a poofiness up to one inch thick and is stacked two high, then garnished for service. I went with fresh strawberry cream, a couple of dustings of powdered sugar, and some fresh fruit on top. Digging in,  the consistency is sort of like a sponge cake that’s light and fluffy, making the plate super satisfying to jiggle. They’re best hot, so be sure to get a couple orders, one to eat first, then one to shake until your brunch date feels uncomfortable.

Burnt Crumbs Brunch Popup is at their Irvine location only. Follow them: @burntcrumbs

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Arby’s Begins Testing Brunch Sandwiches At Select Stores

Photo: Arby’s

Arby’s has always been my go-to fast food chain when I just want to indulge my palette on some meaty vices. Between their brisket and roast beef, I’m usually down to sink my teeth into some meaty sandos whenever the craving surfaces. Never once did I consider that Arby’s would offer something to help with my more frequent breakfast cravings, however.

Chewboom revealed the addition of two new fast food Brunch Burgers: The Bacon, Ham & Egg Brunch Sandwich and The Brisket, Avocado & Egg Brunch Sandwich.

Ham, freshly cracked egg, cinnamon-sugar bacon, a potato cake and French Toast sauce rounds out the ingredients of The Bacon, Ham & Egg Brunch Sandwich. The Brisket, Avocado & Egg Brunch Sandwich boasts egg, potato cake, cheese, and an avocado spread.

Chewboom reports that the sandwiches are currently being tested at select Arby’s locations in Ohio. Hopefully these massive brunch beauties get a national release. Good lord.

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This Twist On Loco Moco Puts The Iconic Hawaiian Dish In Burger Form

One of the most iconic Hawaiian dishes out there, the Loco Moco, just got turned into a breakfast burger.

For those unfamiliar, loco moco is a beloved Hawaiian meal consisting of beef patties, eggs, and gravy served over rice. At the Broken Yolk Cafe, they took the juicy burger patty, eggs, and gravy and incorporated them into a breakfast sandwich.

The Loco Moco Breakfast Burger comes loaded with crispy hash browns, caramelized onions, a burger patty, two sunny side up eggs, bacon, a generous drizzle of gravy, and green onions, all loaded inside of KING’S HAWAIIAN rolls.

This innovative twist on loco moco is just one of the several offerings Broken Yolk will have available for Hawaiian Foods Week. Also on their menu will be a Hot Lava Bloody Mary, made with KING’S HAWAIIAN Big Island Lava sauce and garnished with a SPAM slider.

Broken Yolk will also have an Island Bene(dict) made with SPAM, their famous Tiki Toast, and a Pineapple Coconut Mimosa all available as part of the limited-time lineup starting June 1.

Photos by Pete Pham

Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian

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An Entire Lobster Head Is Sticking Out Of This Restaurant’s Lobster Pot Pie

There’s no stronger confirmation that you’re eating meat than having your meal stare you straight in the face.

Such is the case with this Lobster Pot Pie from Castaway, a hilltop steakhouse and brunch destination in Burbank, California. Chef Perry Pollaci’s newest brunch creation comes with a lobster’s head peeking out of the pie crust, letting you know that you’re about to tuck into a decadent crustacean feast.

Like the presentation, Pollaci’s pot pie comes with a few other surprises as well. The pot pie is actually inspired by Thai curry, which is incorporated into the sauce using a curry paste, coconut milk, white wine, green apple, potatoes, and mirepoix. If you manage to make your way past the lobster’s gaze, you’ll also find a second hole in the pie crust nesting a poached egg, waiting for you to bust it open and let its oozy yolk run all over the lobster meat.

Photo: Reach Guinto // Foodbeast

The dish’s appearance may shock and avert those not 100% down with seeing their food looking right back at them. However, it’s definitely a conversation piece for the whole table, and whoever does order it will be rewarded with a luxurious brunch served with a unique Thai twist.

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Three Ways To Transform Cauliflower Sandwich Thins Into Mouthwatering Pancake Stacks

With low carb diets on trend right now, folks are looking for new ways to enjoy some of their favorite carb-packed meals. When it comes to pancakes, there’s plenty of options that keep your diet intact but still let you satisfy that craving.

Each of these low-carb pancake recipes, for example, is made with Outer Aisle Gourmet Sandwich Thins. Made from Parmesan, egg, and cauliflower, they can play into both sweet and savory pancake stacks while keeping the carbs down.

These are a few different ways you can transform the sandwich thins into fun, flavorsome pancake breakfasts.

Churro Pancakes 

These pancakes evoke the flavors of churros with their mix of cinnamon and sugar coating each sandwich thin. They’re layered with Nutella and dulce de leche for an added hit of sweetness and flavor.


4 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1 tbsp butter

1/4 cup cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup Dulce de Leche

1/2 cup Nutella

Whipped Cream


Step 1

On a plate, mix cinnamon and sugar.

Step 2

In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Place Cauliflower Sandwich Thin in pan and cook until toasty, about 30 seconds. Do the same with the other side. Continue until all Sandwich Thins are toasted.

Step 3

Place each butter-toasted, Sandwich Thin in cinnamon sugar mixture, coating both sides.

Step 4

Place one pancake on a plate. Spread the top with Nutella. Place another Sandwich Thin on top. Spread the top with dulce de leche. Repeat this for as many cakes as you’d like.

Step 5

Place a dollop of whipped cream on top pancake. Serve!

PB, Bacon, & Banana

Elvis Presley’s iconic sandwich combination is the inspiration for this tower of sandwich thin pancakes. This sweet, savory, and salty combo will hit your mouth with an orchestra of different sensations. While The King always enjoyed it as a sandwich, it’s just as good in pancake form.


3 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1/4 cup Peanut butter

1 Banana, sliced

5 slices bacon


Step 1

In a large frying pan, cook your bacon until done. Chop bacon.

Step 2

Remove most of the grease, leaving a small amount.

Step 3

Place Cauliflower Thins in pan with bacon grease, and lightly toast on each side.

Step 4

Remove Sandwich Thins to a plate. Spread peanut butter on top of a Sandwich Thin. Place sliced banana and bacon on top. Repeat with another layer.

Step 5

Garnish top pancake with more banana and chopped bacon.

Step 6

Melt peanut butter until it gets to a drizzly texture. Drizzle over pancake stack. Serve!

Berries & Cream 

The fresh, sweet, and tart flavors of the berries pair perfectly with the light whipped cream and crispy sandwich thin “pancakes” in this creation.


1 tbsp butter

3 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1 cup mixed berries

1/2 cup whipped cream

Maple syrup


Step 1

In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Place Cauliflower Sandwich Thin in pan and cook until toasty, about 30 seconds. Do the same with the other side. Continue until all Sandwich Thins are toasted.

Step 2

Place one Sandwich Thin on a plate. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of sandwich thin, and add your favorite berries. Repeat this for how many layers you want for your pancake stack.

Step 4

Place a dollop of whipped cream and more berries on the top pancake. Drizzle with syrup. Serve!

Created in partnership with Outer Aisle Gourmet

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Dogs Eat As Good As Their Owners At This ‘Barky Brunch’

Have you ever wanted to sit down to a meal with your beloved pup? Sure it’s something you can easily do in the comfort of your own home, but I’m talking about sitting down, at a restaurant, to a chef-prepared gourmet feast with your canine companion.

Ray’s and Stark Bar, a restaurant located just outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is helmed by chef Fernando Darin.

A dog-lover himself, Darin utilizes the leftover pet-friendly food scraps from his kitchen to craft a rotating canine-friendly menu he calls the “Barky Brunch.” The menu was crafted as a means to reduce and recycle food waste, diverting them from landfills.

This season’s menu includes a watermelon sorbet, a chicken and broccoli rice bowl, Pizza Crust Dog Bones, and bacon-topped miniature peanut butter doggy cupcakes.

Our man on the ground, and two-time dog owner Richard Guinto sat down with veritable food beast and chew toy aficionado, Mana, to a sweet and savory brunch at the prominent Los Angeles restaurant.

The two shared a plethora of delicious bites, both for humans and doggies — including a brunch pizza and a decadent slice of salmon toast on the human side of the menu.

Anyone looking to treat their pooch to a lavish gourmet spread, Ray’s and Stark Bar will host pet owners every weekend at the restaurant’s open patio area. Humans and dogs, be sure to bring an appetite.

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Your Favorite Breakfast Dishes Are Now Empanadas At This Popular Food Truck

When you hear the word “empanada,” the first thing that usually comes to mind is, ‘delicious.’

Since so many of us are head-over-heels in love with these small, half-moon shaped, crispy, meat-filled morsels of heaven, we had the La Empanada Food Truck come up with some never-before-seen, brunchitized renditions just for Foodbeast’s BRUNCHFEST presented by Hubert’s Lemonade.

La Empanada created two brunch-inspired empanadas: Croque Madame and Huevos Rancheros. These two hearty, hand crafted empanadas will wrap you up with satisfaction with every warm, flaky mouthful.

While all empanadas are created equal, the Croque Madame is loaded up with thick slices of ham and super melty cheese. Protip: Break the croque madame in half just to tease your friends on Instagram with a lucious cheese pull before you take the first bite — tag Hubert’s Lemonade while you’re at it.  

The Huevos rancheros is stuffed with chorizo, red beans and Monterey Jack cheese, and will provide the sustenance you need to Brunchfest all day long.

Both empanadas were topped with a sunny side up egg waiting to be popped because, well, brunch.

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