LA is a city built for food, we don’t care what anyone else tells you. Every year, culinary masters from all over the globe follow their dreams and find themselves in this smoggy metropolis, ready to tease and tantalize our pallets with their wares. This relentless cycle of new talent presents dazzling new trends, and we're not just talking about beet salad and the rise of the Brussel’s sprout (be warned: celery will be back). We're talking about trends in service, economics, and culture. And in keeping up with the Joneses, many of LA’s elder statesmen have lost their way, which is why we were so refreshed to learn that Bagatelle LA is bringing back brunch in a big way. A back-to-basics big way.
Following this was a warm Red Pepper Bisque, which we were delighted to find out was completely dairy-free. This healthy soup is brought together with potatoes, which thicken the liquid and bring out the strength of the peppers to provide an aromatic, full-bodied flavor.
Also featured on the menu was the Chocolate Lava Cake served with Ice Cream, Raspberry Coulis, and Whipped Cream. For all chocolate lovers, this dessert is one to go out of your way for. The inside was warm and molten, and once combined with the ice cream and whipped cream, it created a combination of rich, sweet flavors which melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more.
The West Village just scored itself a cute new neighborhood café on the intersection of Jane and Hudson Streets: Hudson Café! It’s on the same block as Mole, the lively Mexican eatery helmed by restaurateur Nick Cervera and his wife, Chef Lupe Elizalde. The couple also owns Hudson Café, and when they built the place from scratch, they infused their personal touch into the cozy interior — they remodeled the ceiling with a herringbone pattern of reclaimed wood beams, installed industrial-chic lighting in the form of scones and lined the white tile walls with photographs of Cervera's travels around the world.
The Mexican food scene in New York is driven by authentic restaurants, whose dishes are derived from the best and freshest ingredients. Fronting the craze is Chavela's in Crown Heights — a fairly-sized cantina that boasts hand-painted tiles at the bar, chili-red walls, antique-looking chandeliers and an exotic patterned ceiling.
It was a freezing Sunday afternoon when we popped by for brunch. The place was already packed to the brim and there was barely any space in the waiting area. But once seated, our 20-minute wait was totally worth it when we were introduced to the delicious Guacamole Classic ($7). For an additional $3, you can add the smoked trout, pico de gallo and morita chile salsa. We were fine with just the fresh and hefty lump of guacamole that arrived in an adorable elephant bowl. It was served with crispy round chips that were lightly salted, which we used to scoop generous mounds of guac with.
If you're like us, you're totally jazzed about Season 5 of Archer and re-aquainting yourself with the Isis team. Apparently, the folks at Sabrina's Cafe in the Fairmont neighborhood of Philidelphia is also excited: they've come out with a celebratory Archer-themed Brunch menu that looks pretty damned good. Featured dishes include The Baboo Burger (a grilled Angus burger served on brioche with mixed greens, roasted herb plum tomatoes, grilled proscuitto, melted provelone, pickled onion, bell pepper slaw, and an olive-pesto-lemon aioli), Special Breakfast: Code Name Duchess (a sweet potato-parsnip maple cardamom biscuit stuffed with scrambled eggs, collard green pesto ricotta cheese, and a fried pecan-cilantro panko-crusted chicken breast, finished with a plum tomato-red pepper jam), and Pancakes...Just Like The Gypsy Woman Said, pumpkin pancakes filled with oatmeal-peanut butter candy pieces and toasted walnuts, served with peach-orange syrup and blueberry-marshmallow butter).
If you ask us, that's a meal fit for fort kickass. Just make sure to be careful with your leftovers.
Friday January 17th
100 Warrenton St. , Boston, MA , 02228
What's better than having a great night out? A great night out with no cover charge! Fridays at Gypsy bar are FREE with RSVP on eventbrite right here The event starts at 10pm and cover is free until 11:30! Resident DJ's DERA and Richard Fraioli will be playing all night. See you there!
116 Boylston Street , Boston, MA , 02116
Saturday January 18th
246 Tremont St , Boston, MA , 02116
100 Warrenton St, Boston , MA, 02228
Sunday January 19th
560 Harrison St, Boston, MA , 02118
A couple friends came to visit this weekend, so naturally, we decided to go out to brunch. Originally the plan was Il Bambino, a local eatery with supposedly wonderful paninis that we'd been dying to try, but the wait was almost an hour. A bit disappointed and hungry, we wandered around 30th Avenue in Astoria for a place that could satisfy our craving for Italian.
The first thing that caught our eye at Antika Pizzeria was their outdoor sign: "$9 Unlimited Mimosa, Sangria, Bloody Mary." The restaurant was crowded, but not busy enough to deter us. So we opted in, and prepared ourselves for a delicious, if perhaps unconventional, brunch.
When it comes to brunch, we like to scout for cute, cozy little places with amazing menus and a lively crowd. That was how we discovered Locale.
Nestled in the cultural neighborhood of Astoria, Locale prides itself on serving quality Italian cuisine with an American influence. Brunch on a Sunday morning attracts a wide range of people — the Astorians from several blocks away who have made this their weekend brunch spot, the magazine editors in their chic pleather jackets and classy totes hanging from the side of their chairs, the best friends catching up over a Bloody Mary and coffee at the bar, the big family at the long table with three kids, the couple on their first date, and then you have the major foodies like ourselves.