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Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson

San Diego Contributor

Erin has been covering the San Diego food scene for Serious Eats since 2010 and is a contributing editor for A Hamburger Today. She also runs her own blog (EJeats.com) and is a frequent contributor to San Diego Magazine and Dining Out San Diego.

Erin has been covering the San Diego food scene for Serious Eats since 2010 and is the city editor for Dining Out San Diego. She loves burgers, spicy curries of all stripes, and sweets. Read about more of her discoveries on EJeats.com.

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  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Favorite foods: Burgers, pizza, poutine, grilled cheese sandwiches, spicy Thai noodles and curries, Indian curries, Vietnamese noodles, Hong Kong-style baked goods, just about anything that's sweet.
  • Last bite on earth: It would be a toss-up between a vat of panang curry and a vat of chocolate chip cookie dough.

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.

Eating in Savannah GA

Put Back in the Day Bakery and Leopold's (ice cream) at the top of your list! For awesome, classic burgers, try Green Truck Pub, and The Public Kitchen is great for lunch or dinner.

The Best and Worst Coffee Beans at Trader Joe's

I like the Honduran beans for cold brew, but I've never done a side-by-side taste test, so I'm not sure how it measures up against the other beans.

JoeDough's Stoner's Delight Is Indeed Stoner-Friendly

Agreed with @monopod. Maybe add some Sunchips on the side?

What Would You Choose for Your Last Drink on Earth?

got to be a Moscow Mule!

Stovetop Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Peppadew Peppers

Just wanted to chime in and let anyone who is interested in this recipe know that I was able to score Peppadew peppers from the olive bar at Whole Foods.

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