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5 Instagram-Worthy Foods In Westside Costa Mesa

Tucked just above the beautiful shores of Newport and Huntington Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest and most historic cities — Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa also happens to be the local Chomping Ground of our friend and popular Instagram foodie, @Dradevsfood.

Join us as we take a ride with Drade to see how he spends his time cruising through local eats within Costa Mesa’s vibrant and ever-expanding food scene.

First stop, Wild Goose Tavern, which is known for a robust list of signature cocktails, gourmet burgers and a super laid back vibe. Drade highly recommends the caprese burger, a juicy burger stacked with a thick slice of fried mozzarella, cilantro chimichurri, and garlic aioli.     

Don’t forget a Wild Goose Sour to go along with your burger, though. This fresh take on the classic whiskey sour – made with Basil Hayden’s, angostura bitters, egg white, and lemon – is not to be missed.

Donuts, anyone? If you’re in Costa Mesa, Sidecar Doughnuts is a must-see for any level of donut lover. Sidecar has been supplying the Orange County scene with delicious, colorful and seasonal donuts for years.

If there’s a must-have at Sidecar, it has to be the Eggs Benedict Donut — made with a poached egg, Benton’s ham, and infused with a homemade basil hollandaise.   

Now it’s time for a steak dinner at Boathouse Collective. One of the most popular plates is the off-the-menu – but always available – 20 oz. ribeye served with yakimo, a.k.a. Japanese sweet potato, and miso butter.

This perfectly cooked, juicy steak is packed with flavor, and the miso butter provides the perfect depth to the dish.

One of the greatest things about Costa Mesa’s proximity to the ocean is the access to super fresh, super delicious seafood at all times. If you’re in the mood, there’s no better spot to check out than Catalina Fish Kitchen.

While there’s plenty to choose from, do yourself a favor and go with the LSB Burrito stuffed with Lobster, Shrimp and Bacon. This surf and turf burrito is smothered in a homemade gumbo sauce (per request) and is a surefire way to make all your Instagram followers jealous.  

For some lighter fare, Oak & Coal is your go-to spot for some Kimchi Dumplings. These perfectly handcrafted dumplings are stuffed with chicken and pork and will become an instant favorite.

Thanks for showing us around, Drade! Make sure to visit to learn more about the foodie scene in Costa Mesa.

And don’t forget to tag all your pics with #eatcation!

Created in partnership with Travel Costa Mesa

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We Discovered The Meaning Of Life In This Eggs Benedict Pizza

Our favorite two brunch items of all time are always a split between Eggs Benedict and Breakfast Pizza. Both extremely palatable, and both visually striking. Usually we alternate ordering the two, so as to not pick favorites, but it appears we won’t have to any longer.

Jinny’s Pizzeria in Santa Ana, CA has added a new limited-time pizza to their weekend menu combining the best elements of the two brunch items.

The Eggs Benedict Pizza is made with Jinny’s signature pizza crust topped with a blend of Fontina & Mozzarella Cheese, Prosciutto, Basil, sous vide poached eggs, and of course, a Hollandaise drizzle.

While the pizza is only available for a limited time through the month of August, it may stick around if it becomes popular enough. We actually got to try some recently and you can bet it’ll be popular. Couldn’t stop at merely a single slice.

A while back Jinny’s also created an immensely popular Spaghetti Pizza that left our hearts fluttering and our tummies roaring.

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McDonald’s Meets Brunch In This Sexy Happy Meal Benedict

HAPPY MEAL BENEDICT! Waffled French fries, cheddar cheese patties, and a whole lotta eggs benedict #PHAAT

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Fast food and brunch never really seem to go together. I mean, sure, Jack in the Box has a brunch menu, but it’s missing out on yolk porn, mimosas, and hollandaise sauce. Can you imagine how dope it would be if a fast food place sold an Eggs Benedict?

Thanks to our Foodbeast friend The Naughty Fork, we don’t have to imagine anymore. She’s created a Happy Meal Benedict that takes fast food to the next level. It’s got some pretty rad McDonald’s twists to the classic Benedict, such as waffle fries in place of English muffins.

The Happy Meal Benedict is a meal worthy to grace the brunch halls of any establishment, fast food or otherwise, and the food porn shots displayed on this bad boy are evidence enough of that.

We’ve crafted and seen some amazing fast food recipes before, but the double ooze from the egg yolk and hollandaise on this one may just make it the sexiest of all time.

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Maggiano’s New Brunch Menu Features A MASSIVE Meatball Benedict

When you think brunch, you typically think of mimosas, French toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and a great way to start off the weekend.

You probably don’t think about meatballs when you think about brunch. Italian restaurant chain Maggiano’s did, however, and they brought it into their new brunch menu in a BIG way.

Maggiano’s began serving brunch at the end of February, offering twelve different dishes for their weekend brunch menu, five of which you can order on the regular lunch menu throughout the week. Some items being featured include benedicts with items like crab cakes and ham, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Creme Brulee French Toast, Chicken & Waffles, and an Italian Sausage Frittata.

The most intriguing item across the entire spread has to be this Meatball Benedict. It’s a cultural mashup at the sauciest level possible.

I mean, who thinks to take something as classically Italian as this mondo meatball and stick it into America’s most luxurious brunch staple? I’ve certainly never seen it until Maggiano’s came out with this beastly benedict, which is basically the best of both worlds when it comes to Italian-American fare.


The Eggs Benedict Music Video You Never Knew You Wanted [WATCH]

Ex-Epic Meal Time chef and personality Josh Elkin is quickly building a discography of recipe music videos worthy of one massive mixtape drop come a few months from now. Today he dropped his latest in a series of recipe raps, the Eggs Benedict.

Lines bang over auto-tune, paritcularly the embarassingly catchy auto-tuned hook “I really like breakfast,” and “these eggs Benedict so epic.” The video starts with Josh waking up in a silk robe, to the kitchen sipping on Bailey’s in coffee, and hits every last recipe step by the end of the 2-minute jam.

Could there be a wave Rap Recipe Music videos? The song is also available on iTunes — I also recommend watching the video in tandem with these steps, in case you get lost:

Step 1
Fry 4 slices of bacon on a pan and set aside.
Step 2
Melt 1/2 cup of butter.
Step 3
Toast two english muffins and set aside.
Step 4
Whisk together 2 egg yolks and the juice of one lemon in a metal bowl until it doubles in volume.
Step 5
Heat up 2 inches of water in a saucepan big enough to hold the bottom of the metal bowl.
Step 6
Add the bowl to the top of the boiling pot making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Whisk the contents of the bowl and combine with the melted butter until it thickens and becomes a sauce.
Step 7
Take it off the heat and add a pinch of salt and paprika.
Step 8
Heat up a larger saucepan or pot with water and bring to a boil.
Step 9
Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the boiling water. Using a spoon, make a whirlpool and crack the eggs inside. Cook for about 3 minutes extract with a slotted spoon.
Step 10
Lay down your english muffins, add the bacon strips, the poached egg, and then top with the hollandaise sauce.

Cravings Health

7 Surprisingly Dangerous Foods For Pregnant Women And Babies

Sushi and alcohol may be the obvious culprits, but you’d be shocked to learn there’s a much broader list of foods and drink to avoid when you’re expecting or feeding a baby. Keep those cravings in check with this guide.

1. Caesar Salad


This classic dish contains one potentially harmful ingredient in its dressing: raw egg. Consumption of undercooked yolk may result in that familiar bacterial strain known as Salmonella.  Often associated with raw chicken, avoiding infection means cooking eggs above 160-degrees. Too bad cooked dressing isn’t trending.

2. Parsley


A seemingly harmless herb, this infamous garnish is not recommended. Ingesting an abundance may encourage uterine contractions. In layman’s terms, it’ll lend itself to an early delivery. While consuming an excess of anything is never recommended, it’s easier to avoid this green altogether than wonder how much is in that batch of pesto.

3. Deli Meat


Cold cuts, bologna, and we might as well throw charcuterie in the mix– sandwiching these slices can be a cause for concern. It’s not so much the mom-to-be as much as it endangers the unborn child. The chances of acquiring Listeria are generally low, but expectant mothers are more at risk and may pass it along to baby. Complications may occur, leaving the child with complications. Or worse, resulting in death.

4. Water


Odorless, colorless, and without taste; babes in arms should not be drinking tap water. Newborns aren’t known for their immune systems, and receiving infections from drinking water would likely spread throughout their bodies and affect multiple areas of their already fragile body. In addition, for every time they pee, they’re losing sodium. Sodium loss causes seizures and brain swelling. Seriously.

5. Cinnamon


We know, we know. That fun stick in our spiced cider can’t possibly be bad for you. For all the benefits it seemingly promotes (fights off colds, acts as a bug repellent, cures athletes foot, etc.), excessive use results in premature labor.

6. Juice


Specifically, unpasteurized juices are not baby’s preferred beverage. You won’t always know if what’s being offered has gone through the process, so just avoid the option altogether. Need a good reason? Diarrhea. Yeah, we knew that would shut you up.

7. Eggs Benedict


Before you diss poached eggs over ham and English muffins, remember what this brunch staple is dressed in. Hollandaise is the enemy, so get irked because of that. That’s just bananas, if you ask us. See Caesar salad if you’re seeking more justification.


Gratuitous Food Porn: National Burger Month Edition


There are few things in this world as evidently beautiful as a hamburger. Simultaneously fluffy and smooth, juicy and cheesy, over-the-top and coolly lowkey, a good burger is nothing short of a masterpiece. With 15 days left of National Burger Month and 11 days until Memorial Day, it’s high time we slowed down and appreciated the good things in life. Here, have some noms on us.


The Ultimate Steak House Burger


Recipe: Pass the Sushi



The Frito Pie Burger


Recipe: Jason and Shawnda



Eggs Benedict Burger


Recipe: Jason and Shawnda



Spaghetti Burger


Recipe: She Knows



Broccoli Spiked Rarebit Burger


Recipe: Girl Carnivore


Steakhouse Mushroom Burger with Creamed Spinach Sauce


Recipe: Pink Parsley


Long Boy “Burgers”


Recipe: Sunshine and Bones


Salmon Burgers


Recipe: Ezra Pound Cake


Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger


Recipe: Design Sponge


Caprese Burger


Recipe: The Parsley Thief


Fajita Burger


Recipe: Good Life Eats


Jamaican Jerk Burger


Recipe: Season with Spice


Grilled Blue Cheese and Bacon Basil Turkey Burgers


Recipe: Coupon Clipping Cook


Fried Chicken Burger


Recipe: Mongolian Kitchen


White Bean Burger with Rosemary and Sundried Tomatoes


Recipe: Not Without Salt


Goat Cheese Burger


Recipe: Blog Resipi


Deep Fried Gravy Burger


Picthx Endless Simmer


Crispy Cheese Burger Sliders


Recipe: Coupon Clipping Cook


H/T Tasteologie


OMG – Can We Haz? Tiny Eggs Benedict & Other Itty Bitty Comfort Food


We’re upset for two reasons. 1) That we didn’t think of making itty bitty nomz first and 2) That we’re not friends with the tiny people who are obviously making these fantastic delights. Gosh, there’s just something about the cuteness that made even the guys here at Foodbeast go, “Awww, that’s so cute!” 

The minuscule meals come from the writers over at SpoonForkBacon and the recipes can be hunted down in their book Tiny Food Party! 

More mini bites below:

Tiny Banh Mi

Tiny Banh Mi

Tiny Bloody Marys


Tiny Tacos

Tiny Tacos

Tiny Food Party!, available for $18.95 on Amazon.