Lunch at Moulin with Jean

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Lunch at Moulin with Jean

Jean and I started another lazy Sunday morning with the ever "difficult" decision of choosing where to eat for lunch. We wanted to go to Stacks in Irvine for some coffee and food but their line was ridiculously long. We then tried to go to Bosscat and that wait was also 40 min. plus. Ultimately, we decided to go to Moulin for some lunch since we had only previously been there for coffee and pastries.

Moulin is a order at the counter, self-seating style French bakery and restaurant. You can order their pre-made food in their displays, which includes sandwiches, salads, and a hot food bar, or you can order food from their menu. Jean decided to get the croque madame with a coffee and I ordered a chicken pesto sandwich with a french onion soup.

The croque madame was very good here. It was covered in a nicely grilled piece of gruyere and a perfectly cooked runny egg. The flavor was excellent and texture was crispy on the top and soft on the inside. The dish itself came with a small side salad with vinaigrette dressing that was light and fairly tasty. The chicken pesto sandwich was also very good. The baguette was fresh and delicious. Even though it was refrigerated, the baguette remained crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It held together well through the soaking of the pesto sauce. The chicken and pesto sauce were both also very tasty.

Moulin's French onion soup was also pretty good but it was light on the cheese and flavor compared to other French onion soups that I've had. It was nice that the baguette was cut into small pieces so that you could get a bite of bread with each spoonful of soup if so desired. The onions were slightly crunchy instead of soggy and soft, which was nice. Overall, a decent soup, but probably not my favorite French onion soup. Jean and I also shared an Alain Milliat vineyard peach nectar from Moulin's refrigerator section. We were enticed by the font and bottle, but unfortunately, the drink was overly tart and probably was not worth the $5 price tag.

For dessert, Jean and I bought a couple of chouquettes to eat. These tasted like a cream puff without the cream filling. Instead, it's covered with pearl sugar for flavoring. They were $0.50 a piece, which leaves me wondering about their cost to value ratio.

Overall, the food is good here if you're looking for a nice and relaxed French restaurant with a good selection of French pastries to boot.

Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA

Hello Kitty Cafe pop up at Irvine Spectrum

After lunch, we decided to go for a walk at Irvine Spectrum so that we could look for a present for Sucker's birthday. While there, we noticed that Hello Kitty was opening up a pop up store near the Ferris wheel. The pop up cafe is inside of a shipping container but wasn't open as of yet. Looked pretty cute from the outside. I'm sure there'll be a nice and long line when it finally opens.

Mochi ice cream at Whole Foods

Sunday was so hot that Jean and I agreed that we needed to fatten ourselves up with some ice cream. We needed to get some groceries at Whole Foods, so there's always the chance that we'd pick up some Jeni's ice cream to take home to eat. Whole Foods has opened their newest Irvine branch right behind Irvine Spectrum, so we swung by that location instead of the one in The District.

Once inside, we noticed that they had a large, standalone freezer that had self-serve, pre-made mochi ice creams. They had about 10 or so flavors varying from lychee to chocolate peanut butter, which happened to be the two flavors we got. Both of those flavors were awesome. As much as I like chocolate peanut butter, I think I favored the lychee flavored mochi ice cream more. A nice tasty treat for a hot day.

Whole Foods Market, 8525 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, USA