December 15, 2014

Minty Dark Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

After a long hiatus (mainly due to the school semester and general life events), I'm back with a cookie recipe just for my friend Steph of Kitchen Frolic's Cookie Recipe Advent Calendar!

I always make some sort of minty dark chocolate cookie for the winter season. Mint and chocolate is one of my most favorite combinations, with coconut and chocolate coming in a close second. Since I was craving ginger molasses cookies as well, I decided to combine the two!

This isn't for everyone, but it satisfied both of my flavor cravings and was exactly what I was looking for. ^_^

Minty Dark Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa (or cocoa of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup granulated (white) sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 tablespoons molasses
4 oz dark chocolate, melted

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line your cookie sheet with
parchment paper.
2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, ground ginger,
cinnamon, and cloves in a small bowl.
3. Cream the butter and sugars in large mixer bowl.
4. Add the eggs individually, mixing until combined.
5. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts as well as the molasses
and melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
6. Add the flour and cocoa mixture in two parts and mix until just
7. Scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough and place on your parchment
lined cookie sheet.
8. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
9. Allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool


October 15, 2014

Sill's Cafe

335 E Gentile St, Layton, UT 84041 801 544 7438 

Things have been so hectic these days. I feel so neglectful of this little blog and the few (one? or two?) readers I have out there. I'm so sorry!! >_< I do have a few posts I have been trying to put together and hopefully they will be up soon. For now, you'll have to deal with a little bit of inactivity and restaurant reviews... Thank you for visiting!

So a little while back, Mr. Munchimunch and I were up in Layton for some car business. We arrived a bit early so decided to find some brunch. I'm so glad a friend of ours recommended Sill's Cafe!

I started off with a Utah scone doused in some deliciously sweet honey butter and a cup of coffee. I've mentioned before that I was newly introduced to a Utah scone and since then, I've gotten use to a scone vs a (Utah) scone and love a good fluffy Utah scone with honey butter on top. This one was no disappointment. In fact, I felt bad for not wanting to share this with Mr. Munchimunch! (But I did...)

Mr. Munchimunch wanted something a bit more filling so ordered Sill's Steak Sandwich with grilled onions, mushrooms, fries and salad. It was pretty disappointing. There wasn't any flavor and the fries were limp and unsalted.

I ordered Dale's Breakfast, two strips of bacon, one egg (I chose sunny side up), S.O.S. on hash browns and a scone. While Mr. Munchimunch's choice was a disappointment, mine was not! I can honestly say this was the BEST SUNNY SIDE UP I have EVER had outside of making my own!!! The yolk was perfectly runny and there was no leftover uncooked egg white on top of the yolk, which is quite common when ordering these. And the edges were perfectly crispy, but not too fried, leaving enough regular egg white for consumption. Just thinking about to this sunny side up egg makes me so happy!

Even though Mr. Munchimunch wasn't too happy with his meal at Sill's Cafe, I totally was! The wait wasn't long even though we arrived during rush breakfast hours. The service was fantastic even though the place was packed to the brim. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. And did I mention it was the BEST sunny side egg I've ever had outside of making my own?! Mr. Munchimunch even mentioned that I didn't have one complaint about Sill's Cafe. hehe

I guess you'll just have to go to Sill's Cafe and see what the big fuss is for yourself. ^_^

October 1, 2014

My Birthday Post: Year Two

I know, I know. I haven't posted in what feels like ages! I've been so neglectful of this blog. >_<

My birthday this year wasn't as great as last year's, but it was definitely relaxing and fun-filled.  I thought I'd follow last year's lead and write a few tidbits of what's been going on with life these days.

~ Mr. Munchimunch and I rode our motorcycle to Miller Motorsports Park to attend The Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix. While there, we ogled at all the vintage motorcycles. I was also lucky enough to meet a few friendly motorcyclists who taught me how to start and ride my very first motorcycle by myself on a 1947 Velocette! It was so freaking great!!! I think when the weather warms up in the spring, I will invest in learning how to ride a motorcycle and will apply for my motorcycle endorsement. Of course, when riding a motorcycle, one must be completely decked in safety gear so I will also be doing some research on my own helmet (right now, I'm wearing one of Mr. Munchimunch's extra ones) and my own gear including a motorcycle jacket and gloves. One can never be too careful! Remember, safety first!

~ I attended Salt Lake Comic Con for its second year and it was just as much fun as the first year! My friend and I didn't get the chance to dress up this time around, but I sure geeked and fangirled like crazy. Some highlights would be meeting a bunch of celebrities like Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Peter S Beagle, Kevin Conroy aka Batman!, Michael Rosenbaum aka Flash and Lex Luthor of Smallville, Craig Park aka Haldir of L√≥rien, Bruce Campbell, James Hong and having a conversation with his wife, Charisma Carpenter, Grant Imahara, and cosplayers Kamui Cosplay, VAMPTRESS LeeAnna Vamp, and Monika Lee. But my favorite part was meeting and speaking with Kevin Conroy. I had requested him to please sign and autograph this amazing piece of work with "I am Batman". Kevin Conroy voiced each word out loud in Batman's voice while signing and I squealed like the fangirl I am! Made my day!!!

~ Mr. Munchimunch and I put together another Salt City Tinners event for the local Utah Japanese car enthusiasts. This year had a pretty good turn out as usual and we even had the chance to have a raffle for prizes and also voting for trophies, such as Best Project, Best of Show, and People's Choice. It's always nice to meet up with fellow interested car enthusiasts and chat. Sometimes we only get to see these friends once a year at this car meet!

~ This birthday, I decided to splurge on myself. I woke up early to take my kitty to the veterinarian for her annual check up. I can't believe she's 5 years old! After doing a few house things, I met up with Mr. Munchimunch for lunch at Tony Caputo's. I ordered the Dine O' Round which was half a Caputo sandwich and half a slice of Chocolate Cake. That was my cake for the day. Delicious! Then after a bit of relaxing, I went for an afternoon massage and made my rounds to Sephora, Ulta, and Starbucks for some free birthday gifts. hehe I arrived home to see a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me! All in all, a very relaxing and fun-filled birthday. ^_^

~ And finally, Mr. Munchimunch and I took the little guy with us to Long Beach California for the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Classic Car Show. We have visited Long Beach annually for this show and we always try to do something different and kid friendly. Travelling with a child can be tons of fun as well! This time around, we spent some time visiting the Lamborghini dealership and meeting up with a few of our friends. I'll be writing up a post soon on some ideas for a family and kid friendly trip to Long Beach and the surrounding area.

And now, I'll leave you with a picture of one of my favorite cars from JCCS aside from the Mazda Cosmo (The first mass produced rotary engine car!). This is the Toyota 2000GT. Last year, there were a few of these around, but this year, there was only one! Doesn't it look similar to the Jaguar E-Type that I also love so much? I tend to go for the bubbly round and cute cars. This one is a bit out of my price range at the moment though!

Now that I'm done babbling, how have you all been? Let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear all about it!

Thank you for visiting! ^_^

September 19, 2014

Karma Indian Cuisine

863 E 9400 S, Sandy, Ut 84094 801 566 1134

I had the opportunity to attend a private event at Karma, a newly opened North Indian restaurant, this past Wednesday. I rushed over immediately after class ended and arrived right as Alysha Kester, who helped design Karma's website, opened up with a champagne toast for the restaurant.

Since Mr. Munchimunch and I arrived midway during the private event, we missed out on some items like the Gulab Cardamom, Mango Kheer, and Samosas. However, we managed to grab a little bit of everything else available.

Clockwise: Riata Chutney, Bombay Fries, Tandoori Beef, Tandoori Chicken, Garlic Naan, Tamarind Chutney (hidden under Garlic Naan), Mint Chutney, and Coconut Kurma.

A pretty glass of Rose Lassi.

I happily dipped my Garlic Naan into each chutney to give them a try. The mint was a bit spicy (for me), the Raita was tolerably spicy (for me) and tangy, and the Tamarind, my favorite!, was sweet. I wish there were Samosas to go along with the Tamarind Chutney! The Garlic Naan itself was soft and definitely one of the best I've had in Utah.

While both the Beef Tandoori and Chicken Tandoori were way too spicy for me, I definitely enjoyed the Coconut Kurma, which was deliciously creamy. I sipped the Rose Lassi in between bites to cool my tongue. The Rose Lassi was smooth, sweet, and delicate. I wish I had more than one glass!

After a quick tasting, I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Roma Obaid (middle) and her two daughters, Mehwish (left) and Marikh (right), who help manage the family owned restaurant. A short conversation with Chef Roma lead me to learn that many of Karma's dishes are recipes passed down through the family from her grandmother, mother, and grandfather. All the dishes are dishes she has made and created for her family and friends. Opening up Karma was her way of introducing a more modern take of Indian food to others, including her original creation of Bombay Fries. For a more traditional take, Karma's sister restaurant Aroma is located in Draper.

Interesting tidbit - Chef Roma's grandfather use to be a baker for The Queen of England!

Karma's whole menu can be fully customized to your tastes and allergies and is 98% Gluten Free and 98% Vegan. Even though Karma has already opened its doors to the public, Karma's Grand Opening is next Friday, September 26th. Feel free to stop by, order take out, and/or call to make reservations at 801 566 1134.

Disclaimer: Please note I was invited to this private event courtesy of Karma. I want to thank Chef Roma, Mehwish,and Marikh for their hospitality! I was under no obligation to post a review and have not received monetary compensation to do so. All views and opinions expressed are my own. 

September 10, 2014

Rich's Burgers-N-Grub - Downtown

30 East Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801 355 0667

When Mr. Munchimunch and I were at Spitz for our friend's birthday dinner celebration, we noticed a hot dog joint across the street called Good Dog and wanted to try it out. After checking out a car show, we decided to head downtown to try the place out. But Good Dog had closed its doors! No worries though. We walked two doors over and gave Rich's Burgers-N-Grub a try instead.

This place is newly opened. Rich, the owner, was friendly and welcoming, and we quickly placed our order after some recommendations. There were a few tables already taken, but we were advised we could choose to be seated anywhere.

Mr. Munchimunch chose Boylan's Birch Beer while I decided to try Americana's Huckleberry. It was sweet and tart, just the way I like! Rich let us know that all of their bottled sodas were organic and had no high fructose corn syrup. Score!

Mr. Munchimunch ordered the Blue Wing Burger with Gorgonzola, house buffalo, and bacon strips. He wasn't too keen on the toasted bun, but stated the burger was alright with the not so spicy (for him) buffalo sauce and the pungent Gorgonzola.

I took a chance the Fish-N-Chips, beer battered haddock, house fries, house slaw, and tartar sauce, and was pleasantly surprised. While they were a bit greasy coming straight out of the fryer, the batter was light and crispy and the fish was moist and flaky. The fries were nicely seasoned as well.

Our trip downtown wasn't a total loss. We discovered a new food establishment, had an enjoyable meal, and took a short stroll around the area. I'd suggest Rich's Burgers-N-Grub if you're up for some good fish and chips and burgers. You'll enjoy meeting Rich.

And now I'll leave you guys with a picture of my favorite car from the car show we visited. A Jaguar E-Type. Doesn't it look like it's smiling at you?! I would smile while driving this cute, bubbly car around. ^_^

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