I live two minutes from HopDoddy Burger Bar and have eaten many times there, so its strange that its taken me so long to post about it on the blog. I have tried different burgers there but the el Diablo is my favorite burger there and with habaneros and serranos its one helluva spicy burger.  V always gets the vegetarian patty in his burger, while I go for the classic. Make sure to get their parmesan truffle fries with your order. Their beer selection is good too and its one place we love to go to and hang out.

El Diablo @ Hop Doddy

The El Diablo from HopDoddy Burger Bar

I am not sharing the next Dallas eat destination just because I shoot for them, but even D Magazine voted Empire Baking Company as the best bakery for bread and it is well deserved. They have been making European style  artisanal bread for more than 20 years using the best quality ingredients. At the moment they have a Back To School Sandwich Contest going on and they are accepting recipes until 11.59pm CT August 19. You can check more details on the link here and try your luck at $100 gift card and your sandwich being featured in their bakery.

They have an extensive menu of breads. I love their Hippie Health and Jalapeno Cheddar, but they make a pretty good banana bread and the almond croissants that they only sell on Fridays are absolutely delicious. A must if you are in the neighborhood.

Red jelly and pimento sandwich at Empire Baking Company

The Pimento cheese and red pepper jelly sandwich at Empire Baking Company

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All the flavors of yellow curry, in stir fry noodle form with chicken and vegetables. Quick, easy and one pot meal.

Yellow curry stir fry noodles

Yellow curry stir fry noodles

A few weeks back I received an invitation to create a recipe for JSL Foods as part of their Fortune Asian Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge. I am a big noodle fan so I was definitely in for the challenge. Each blogger who registered for the contest had to choose from one of their products along with a choice of making either a stir-fry or a cold noodle salad with the product that they chose.

I chose their chicken flavor Udon Noodles and decided to make a stir-fry, since I love stir-fried noodle dishes.

They have many more products and you can connect with JSL Foods on Facebook and Twitter. JSL Food products are available at these following stores: Albertson, Lucky’s, Von’s, Pavilions, WinCo, Target.

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Madeleines are a classic french butter cake/cookie. This recipe yields light and wonderful madeleines that have a hint of orange blossom in them. Super easy to whip up and a reliable crowd-pleaser!

Orange Blossom Madeleine

I have always wanted to make madeleines but since I did not have a madeleine pan I never attempted them. I have posted my mom’s english madeleine recipe on the blog, and while I love that recipe, english madeleines differ from their french counterpart. Both absolutely delicious but in different respects.

I finally invested in a madeleine pan and had been waiting to try a recipe for these. I knew as my first try I wanted to make the classic version, and keep the more complicated and fancier sounding madeleines for later. I had recently bought orange blossom water from amazon for another recipe, and never got around to making the recipe I bought the water for. From reviews of the madeleine recipes I had read online, I knew I had found the perfect way to use the orange blossom water lying in my cupboard.

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