March 18th, 2015


Hello.  Welcome to Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.  I’m Shelly Borrell Freis and its publisher.  We report about and photograph all things FOOD related — Cooking, dining out, recipes, competitions, events, products and a whole lot more.  We review and feature many Southern California restaurants and other fabulous food finds discovered through travel and eating on Earth. 

Nibbles of Tidbits is a blog about the GOOD, the BAD & the FUNNY regarding FOOD — From Yikes to Ooo La La.  In addition to above, we emphasize food comparison, experimentation, various cooking techniques, uncommon ingredients, easy meals, helpful tools, shortcuts, cool ideas, copycat recipes, great deals and fun stuff.  Read about tasty dishes, as well as “dishes gone wrong.”  If you’ve been cooking a long time, you know that many dishes turn out great and some just become that (hopefully funny now) incident of enlightenment.

When not dining out, the goal is to prepare unique and flavorful, high-quality meals on a daily basis.  Why not?  We report the results of our testing and tastings, good or bad.  We’re a Tavern on the Webto take away yummy inspiration or learn what not to do next time.  Thanks for visiting and do check back often.

I’ve been a cooking (and eating) enthusiast for years and have been LUCKY enough to WIN a few recipe/food contests — To learn more about all that, see the following links:  The Milk Contest, Hof’s Hut Burger Contest, Hof’s Hut Burger INFO, BBQ Prize, Name on the Menu, Various, Better Homes & Gardens, Zespri Prize, Zespri Kiwi Semi-Finalist, More Kiwi Contest INFO, OC Fair Ribbons, OC Fair Ribbons, Pie Competition Honorable Mention, and yet more OC Fair Wins.  More about Nibbles of Tidbits and contests I didn’t win can be learned here.  Contest WINS and links are slightly out-of-date and shall be posted soon.

If seeking information regarding Freelance Writing Services, please visit main site I Need Text Company (www.ineedtext.com) — To view non-food-related writing samples, see hereAnd if you want more food, I previously published as Orange County Food Examiner on Examiner.com.  Aside from all that, I love interesting TIDBITS, so leave us something to NIBBLE on.

All the Best, Shelly Borrell Freis

Matt Freis (Photographer)And officially introducing… Matt Freis (pictured right), my dear husband and better photographer in our family, who will be contributing many photos here on Nibbles of Tidbits.  He loves photography, food and my cooking too, and just got an impressive new camera — It’s a winning combination no matter how you look at it.  I’m grateful for all and he’s cute too.  We’re team Freis West of Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.


  1. June 21st, 2013 at 16:17 | #1

    Hello Shelly,

    My name is Sean and I’m from a Qualcomm Labs funded startup developing an app called Breadcrumbs. It’s an app that lets you see what’s going on at all the coolest places in San Diego.

    As we develop this, we’re asking people who dine/go out often what we could build that they’d find really useful. I was wondering if you’d fill out a survey for what functions you’d like our app to have. We value your opinion and are giving up to $200 at Amazon for the person who provides us with the most useful feedback (offer expires June 28 @ 11:59pm)

    To fill it out, follow this link and watch the quick 45 second video and simply submit after filling it out. https://docs.google.com/a/breadcrumbs.us/forms/d/1_GeEJvqEZ1i9mTdKa0pDb-h7pjfTm6dNFtXN7e1swd0/viewform

    Your input is really important to us. In fact, one suggestion from a user over a beer has fundamentally changed some of our marketing plans.

    Feel free to share this with anyone. Every survey response gets entered into our contest.



  2. September 4th, 2012 at 11:42 | #2

    Hi Shelly,

    My name is Nicole Schwab and I am writing to ask permission to use image of the grilled cheese bacon burger from Carl’s Jr on your post from Feb 28, 2010. The photo will be used in an article on the website SheKnows.com and, of course, all credit will be given to you. If you have any questions or concerns please email me back at this email address.

    Thank you
    Nicole Schwab
    SheKnows Editorial Intern

  3. April 30th, 2012 at 11:03 | #3

    I’m in the same boat as Kristen and Jamie! I wanted to post a picture from your Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa onto my website Fiesta Résistance for a Cinco de Mayo post! You will, of course, get 100% of the credit and I’ll link it right back to your post. Thanks so much!

  4. April 27th, 2012 at 06:34 | #4

    Dear Shelly,

    We couldn’t find an email direct to you, so we will post here. 🙂

    We want to let you know that we re-posted your gorgeous pink macaron onto our new blog. Clicking on the photo takes the viewer directly to your yummy blog.
    We hope you enjoy our blog as much as we do yours. : )


    Kristen and Jamie
    Feather & Nest

  5. February 18th, 2012 at 13:38 | #5

    I sent Nora an email with a few recipes — @Brian Dines

  6. Brian Dines
    February 18th, 2012 at 08:21 | #6

    Hey Shelly,
    I need some help. My Mom had a recipe for jalapeno cornbread about a million years ago. Well its lost to the cosmos and now (after raving about how good it is/was) I have to make it for a party asap! Oh no ! What to do ! Nora told me to check your blog, and , OMG, its amazing. I thought “you are the best”. What a fantastic blog you have . I told Nora I just might have to marry you. So, what do you have in the way of jalapeno cornbread? and…Nora is calling you now 🙂

  7. October 3rd, 2011 at 14:06 | #7


    We recently reached out to you regarding one of our most prominent experts, Joy Bauer.

    We want you to be the first to review her updated Food Cures book, which is an encompassing food and health philosophy that gives attention to various food issues, such as organic diets, gluten free diets, and many more.

    The information is currently updated online so check it out: http://www.joybauer.com/food-cures.aspx

    Let me know if you’re still interested and we’ll get a book out right away.

    Blaine Skrainka
    Partnership Director
    345 Hudson Street, 16th Floor
    New York, New York 10014

  8. September 24th, 2011 at 09:32 | #8

    Hi Shelly,

    I’m a bit late in sending this (ahh the glamorous life of owning a small business:), but I wanted to drop you a line to say thanks so much for the review on your blog. Adam mentioned that you stopped by our cart a few weeks ago and I’m so thrilled you enjoyed our pops. We’re working on new flavors all the time so I hope to see ya again soon at the Lakeview GFT lot:)

    Front Porch Pops

  9. August 23rd, 2011 at 17:05 | #9

    Hi Uncle Bobby — I will send you a link to your email. The Burger isn’t available until September. Hof’s Hut may post more on their website at that time. I’ll keep you posted. Great to hear from you here. 🙂

  10. August 23rd, 2011 at 06:26 | #10

    Hi Shelly,
    It´s uncle Bobby from Denmark. Where is the fantastic hamburger of yours. I´ve heard so much about it- but can´t find it on the website?
    Uncle Bobby

  11. August 22nd, 2011 at 14:10 | #11


    We would like to reach out to you regarding one of our most prominent experts, Joy Bauer (the official Today Show nutritionist) who has been doing great work advocating for “real food” diets concentrating on a more holistic view of nutrition.

    We have exciting news that we want to share with you about Food Cures, her encompassing food and health philosophy that gives attention to issues like local and organic diets, as well as gluten free and food allergy sensitive diets as well as other serious conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. The updated Food Cures book is hot off the press and we want you to be the first to review it! The information is currently updated online so check it out: http://www.joybauer.com/food-cures.aspx

    Let me know that you’re interested and we’ll get a book out right away.
    We also invite you to be part of the Joy Bauer Food Cures network, which includes receiving up-to-the-minute food news, exclusive invites to events with Joy, and other partnership activities. Just show your enthusiasm and we’ll get you a button to add to your site linking to Joy’s.

    Look forward to working with you on this project and more to come!

    Blaine Skrainka
    Partnership Director
    345 Hudson Street, 16th Floor
    New York, New York 10014

  12. Kathleen Hubert
    June 16th, 2011 at 05:55 | #12


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  13. March 22nd, 2011 at 03:19 | #13

    Hi Shelly,
    Do you have an email address where I can send you a story idea? It’s the launch of the world’s most expensive champagne sabre at a top Champagne house, happening in May.
    Many thanks,

  14. Susan Chavez
    December 30th, 2010 at 11:04 | #14

    Hi Shelly,
    Your foodblog is great! I love the party you put together using World Market products. I hope you have a wonderful New Year! See you on Wednesday.

  15. June 28th, 2010 at 22:51 | #15

    We would like to extend a special opportunity for your company to join us in the first ever Cupcake Camp Orange County! Cupcake Camp is a gathering of cupcake-lovers to share and eat cupcakes for a good cause.

    Cupcake Camp OC will take place on August 1, 2010 at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine and we hope to attract over 500 cupcake enthusiasts from the O.C. community.

    We’d love to send you more information via e-mail if we could get your address. In the meantime, please check out our website at http://cupcakecampoc.wordpress.com/.



  16. April 23rd, 2010 at 22:38 | #16

    So excited about the bacon! I love bacon. OH AND CUPCAKES! Can’t wait to see you and your friends!

  17. April 22nd, 2010 at 18:29 | #17

    Thanks Renee. I’ll be entering again this year, but still deciding on what. I saw the new Bacon category and got a co-worker to possibly enter it. I love the OC Fair too and look forward to seeing you at one of the contests. Good luck to you! @chefrenee

  18. April 22nd, 2010 at 17:44 | #18

    Love your blog, especially the fair stuff. I am a OC Fair Fan too! Hope you enter again, there are some new special contests for Bacon recipes and a Cupcake Classic!

  19. Rob
    March 26th, 2010 at 09:52 | #19

    Hi Shelly:

    I wanted to let you know about a wine events calendar that your readers might like –

    Also, Decanting, a blog about Fine Wine and Food often has recipes in it as well as the occasional restaurant review –

    Love your site…

  20. Karen
    December 7th, 2009 at 11:08 | #20

    Hi Shelly,
    I wanted to let you know about a couple of recipe sites that your readers may be interested in:

    Gold’n Plump has a chicken recipe search engine – http://www.goldnplump.com/chicken.cfm?page=Recipes

    http://www.tablespoon.com is a great site for quick and easy recipes.

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