No Cook Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal

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Ingredients
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 drops pure almond extract
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds
2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar

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Directions
The night before, combine the milk, oats, blueberries, brown sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, almond extract and a pinch of salt in a glass pint jar or other container with a lid. Secure the lid and shake. Refrigerate at least 6 hours up to overnight. In the morning, top with the almonds and drizzle with honey.

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Morning Squeeze

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Cali Bennie

My best way to describe Morning Squeeze is bright, bold decor (lime green and surfer-blue colors), booths and barstools and a very large dog-friendly patio area. This location is in Scottsdale and owned by the same owner as another Valley favorite RA Sushi. Some of the breakfast items (with some fun names) include the Belfer Fit Bowl (a brown rice, quinoa and egg white bowl), Cool Beans Rancheros, Party Hardy Steak & Eggs, Creme Brûlée Pancakes, Power Protein Pancakes and several Antioxidant bowls. I came here with a friend on a quiet day and received pretty good service. I ordered the Cali Benne (Poached eggs with avocado slices, spinach, tomatoes, on an english muffin with hollandaise). The food was delicious and we had a nice time here.

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The Trails Neighborhood Eatery

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We started the last day of 2013 just right. I have been exploring new places to eat in San Diego and decided to check out the Trails Neighborhood Eatery in the San Carlos area (a beautiful San Diego neighborhood). I saw an episode dedicated to this restaurant on the show Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network. Owned by Food Network Star Stacey Poon-Kinney, Robert Irvine helped give the place a facelift and it has taken off ever since. My son and I came in for breakfast and had a wonderful time. The restaurant itself really has a neighborhood feel to it and features a variety of breakfast and lunch items. You can tell a lot of locals frequent here often. I went for the signature Sin-a-mon Roll Pancakes (a.k.a. heaven on a plate) and my kid got the french toast. Let me tell you about those pancakes – amazing! This will for sure be a regular stop for me on my future trips to San Diego. Happy New Year!

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Sin-a-mon Roll Pancake

Sin-a-mon Roll Pancake

French Toast

French Toast

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Serious Pie & Biscuit

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Serious Pie and Biscuit, located in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood, is a multi-storied building brimming with delectable pizzas, buttery biscuits and a very serious bar. Biscuits are topped with everything from fried chicken and gravy to seasonal jams. Our bar features 22 rotating taps and 60 bottles and cans. The pizza? Deliberately browned crusts are topped with things like housemade charcuterie, foraged mushrooms and imported cheeses.

I love the South Lake Union neighborhood (located at the tip of Lake Union) in Seattle. While looking for a bite to eat, I stumbled upon Serious Pie & Biscuit. I had sampled some food at their Belltown location some years back on a food tour. Known for their amazing pizza pies, this location combines both their pizzas and breakfast. Their pizza crusts are both light textured but full of flavor and cooked in a 600 degree stone-encased apple wood burning oven. Chef Tony Catini came from the Serious Pie location in Virginia and now serves as head chef over all the locations in Seattle. Because it was early, I went for “the Zach” – a homemade buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken, a fried egg, bacon and smothered in tabasco black pepper gravy. Wow – the biscuit was fresh and delicious and the gravy was amazing. Serious Pie definitely ranks up there as one of my favorites in Seattle.

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The Zach

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Crepes

I love making crepes. Crepes are made from a liquid batter (usually made of eggs and flour) that is cooked in a frying pan and then folded and filled with a filling of your choosing – ham, vegetables, fruits etc. Crepes come from the Latin word crispa, which means “curled” and are popular in France. I made blueberry/banana crepes this morning with cinnamon rolls.

Perry’s Cafe

Best breakfast restaurant in San Diego in my opinion is Perry’s Cafe. It’s a tradition of mine to eat here every time I visit. This old school cafe serves big portions with some Mexican specialty dishes and piping hot coffee. I got the huevos rancheros plate with coffee – great way to start off the day!

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Breakfast at Chompies

This guy turned 16 today. I flew in just in time to get the family together at the last minute to celebrate at Chompies. I’m happy for Jake and how hard he has worked. Even his driving is improving .. haha. Chompies has a very large menu with food influences from New York. I got corned beef hash and potato pancakes.

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