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The Waffle Affair Opens in Newport Beach

We attended as a guest of The Waffle Affair
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I’ve always been more of a waffle person than a pancake person. As a kid the only breakfast I really liked was waffles, especially with strawberries and whipped cream. I did not like pancakes and to this day am not a fan. I did not like eggs, though I love them now. But give me a waffle and make it crispy and I was a happy camper. Too bad I’m not a kid growing up in modern times when waffles seem to be all the rage in food. I would have loved to eat myself into oblivion at Newport Beach newcomer, The Waffle Affair without worrying about the consequences.

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And if you too are a waffle lover and fortunate enough to be in or around Newport Beach you can satisfy your waffle cravings with one of The Waffle Affair’s delicious gourmet creations for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Located in The Bayside Shopping Center near Balboa Island, The Waffle Affair serves up a wide assortment of made to order Belgian and Liége style waffles you can enjoy in their sophisticated, elegant café with a cup of Illy coffee or take them with you to go.

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So what was the inspiration for these delectable treats? After travelling through Belgium co-founders Laury Zetrenne, Julie Tsang, Cindy Dickey, and Lisa Favor were inspired to create and perfect their own waffle making technique, bringing light fluffy waffles that are crispy on the outside and infusing them with both savory and sweet flavors. With these waffles it’s not about the topping, it’s about the waffle and what’s inside them!

Cannoli

Cannoli

Prosciutto di Parma & Gruyere

Prosciutto di Parma & Gruyere

 

Genoa Salami & Fontina

Genoa Salami & Fontina

 

Roasted Turkey & Havarti

Roasted Turkey & Havarti

 

Hotdog & Mustard

Hotdog & Mustard

After sampling flavors like Banana’s Foster, Red Velvet, Chocolate Chip, Cannoli, Gingerbread, Proscuitto di Parma & Gruyere, Genoa Salami & Fontina, Roasted Turkey and Havarti, Hotdog and Mustard, and their Liege (Belgium style) at their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last week, I have decided the Gingerbread and Canoli are my favorite sweet treats and the Genoa Salami & Fontina is my favorite savory waffle. With so many to choose from there’s something for everyone and you’ll probably have a hard time choosing just one to order.

The Waffle Affair is located at 1064 Bayside Drive in Newport Beach and is open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm and Sunday 7am-5pm.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen.

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