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Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson

San Diego Contributor

Erin has been digging up the best bites in San Diego (and beyond!) for Serious Eats since 2010. She is also a contributor to San Diego Magazine and city editor for Dining Out San Diego.

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  • Location: San Diego
  • Favorite foods: Classic cheeseburgers, drunken noodles, panang curry, poutine, pizza, chicken makhani, chocolate chip cookie (dough), croissants, Timbits.
  • Last bite on earth: It would be a toss-up between a vat of panang curry and a vat of chocolate chip cookie dough.

The Best Bakeries for Cookies in Portland

When it comes to cookies, Bridgetown can hold its own. From delicate French macarons to hefty oatmeal cookies that are almost substantial enough to qualify as breakfast, you can find a cookie to satisfy every craving. Read on to discover our favorite bakeries (and what to buy there). More

What's the Best Way to Brew Iced Coffee?

Aeropress over ice with some mint chocolate chip ice cream is pretty much the best thing ever.

Staff Picks: Design Your Dream Ben & Jerry's Flavor

@jordanu: there actually was a carrot cake flavor a few years ago (Walmart exclusive). According to this review, it was awesome.

Staff Picks: Design Your Dream Ben & Jerry's Flavor

I'll share the idea I passed along on my B&J's trip: "Totally Fried" - cinnamon ice cream with a honey caramel ribbon and chocolate-covered cornflake crisps, like Mexican fried ice cream. Make it happen Ben & Jerry's!

Share Your Sweets: Your Best Sweet Recipes

This might be the best Share Your Sweets ever! I love Tipsykit's idea of using the second pizza dough ball for a dessert pizza.

Infographic: How Long You Have to Work to Buy a Burger in 6 Cities

@absolutebrent you are correct. I had the wage/burger cost backwards. It's fixed now.

Coconut Rice With Chicken Thighs

I have the same question as fusionor. I made this last night and had to add at least an extra cup of stock. Is the 1/3 cup of stock a typo?

Are These the Top 10 In-N-Outs in America?

@FuzzyWater: you are correct! I have made the adjustment. Thank you :)

The 'Influential' Burger (That Influences You to Order Chili Dogs Instead) at The Varsity in Atlanta

GROUP HUG. Bring it in, guys. Those burger photos are truly the most depressing sight I've seen all year.

Poll: Pineapple on Burgers: Way or No Way?

@ eilonwy: funny you say that because I've never had pineapple on a burger! Maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something?

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Perfect One-Layer Cake

@Elizabeth: I share your love of one-layer cakes, a love that was also inspired by my mom. This recipe reminds me of a gluten-free version of our standard family cake, which was called a "Cheap Jack" for reasons I never questioned. Buttercream icing is definitely the way to go. I'd sometimes add a drop of red food coloring to make it look more like a birthday cake.

Big Brew Pub Burgers at Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub in Milwaukee

Does that burger in the top image really have a mini burger speared into the top as a garnish? So adorable. Can't stand it.

Get King Cake Burgers from Food Drunk in New Orleans

@kgavins: thanks for the mini-review!

Supermarket Sweets: We Try the New French Toast Goldfish Grahams

@Tipsykit37: the cookies and cream were awesome, but I have to give the French toast the edge, since they were more flavorful and I could stop at a small handful. The rest of the sweet Goldfish flavors (and any graham-based cookie, for that matter) only fuels my craving for MORE COOKIES, Teddy Grahams being one of the worst offenders.

Dead-Average Burgers at Werewolf in San Diego

@MandyEats: yep, still there!

We Try the Diner Double Beef, a '50s-Themed Burger From McDonald's Japan

Thanks for the review (and welcome), Jeremy! I've got to ask about the egg. Was it at least warm? It looks hard-boiled, with a cold, chalky yolk. *shudder*

Mixed Review: Dr. Oetker Mug Cake Mix

@dtremit: you may have a point. It's made in Canada, according to the box.

Mixed Review: Dr. Oetker Mug Cake Mix

@tea-and-syncope: hmm, that is strange! I just double-checked the box and that's what it says. I used 1/4 cup and it came out perfectly. I'd advise others to do the same.

Where To Get Chocolates For Your Valentine (...or Yourself) in NYC

+1 for ROYCE' -- those ganache squares are awesome! Watch the best-by date though...or they'll start to taste a bit like chocolate-parmesan cheese.

Erin Jackson's Top 10 Burgers in San Diego

@thekinghermit: I'm going to have to make another trip there. I was so hungry on my initial visit (years ago, at this point) that I remember almost nothing except giving serious consideration to eating my shirt for sustenance.

What's the Weirdest Ice Cream Flavor You've Ever Tried?

Lobster ice cream from the Mandarin (Chinese buffet). All the other tubs (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc) were half-empty, but the Lobster flavor had only the tiniest indent in it. I wasn't brave enough to try it.

Open Thread: What's Your Burger Breaking Point?

@blythespirit: "Kraft Dinner" you say? I smell a fellow Canadian :)

I Love Stewy/Saucy Things With Rice. Do You?

Spicy, stewy mush FTW! I'm partial to Indian dishes, though. Because naan.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

@Damaenon: nope, not a Heinlein reference. We named her Pixel because we are both photo nerds... and she was so tiny and scrawny when we got her that it was a better fit than her other potential name (Toby).

Reality Check: Turkey Tacos from Del Taco

@MrsSell I can't leave any bread or cake out overnight unless I want to lose half of it to the cat! She also ate raw potatoes once. Weird little creatures!

McDonald's Debuts 'Adventure Time' Happy Meal Toys...for Boys

@noahpage I've always thought BMO was female/Robyn's cartoon alter ego (she's even wearing a BMO shirt in her profile pic), but I've heard BMO referred to as "he" on multiple episodes. According to this Adventure Time wikia, BMO's gender "alternates depending on who is speaking or what make-believe scenario BMO is playing out". Check out the link for more nerdy details if you like.

Coconut Rice With Chicken Thighs

Why I don't cook everything in coconut milk is beyond me. It adds a rich flavor, creamy texture, and a sweetness that is perfectly at home in savory dishes. This particular one-pot recipe, made with tender chicken thighs, fresh, crunchy snow peas, and lightly spiced rice cooked in coconut milk is not from any particular tradition, but it sure is a tasty way to make a quick, weeknight meal. More

Greek-Style Rice Pilaf With Chicken Thighs

As a lover of quick and easy dishes, pilafs—simple dishes of rice cooked in broth—come up in my repertoire all the time. They're an insanely easy way to produce a flavor-packed meal in a single pan with minimum fuss.This version combines chicken and rice with Greek flavors. More

The Best Sandwich in San Francisco's Mission, Part 4: Fancy-Pants, Wacky, and "Other" Sandwiches

We're wrapping up San Francisco Mission Sandwich Week with the best of the rest. The sandwiches in this list are the odds and ends that were tasty and memorable enough to earn a place in my notebook and camera roll, but didn't fall neatly into my Grilled Cheese, Mexican, or San Franciso-style Sub categories. What we've got here is a mix of fancy, simple, wacky, and otherwise plain delicious options. More

19 Southeast Asian Recipes We Love

Southeast Asia is home to an incredibly rich food history. From French colonial-inspired bánh mì to Singapore's iconic chicken rice to creamy Thai tom yam kung soup, this is one cuisine that embraces enough flavors to satisfy any palate. Here are 19 recipes to get you started! More