Roberts Cafe

October 25, 2012

Roberts, Montana is a small town that you very easily could pass without even realizing it. But if you’re being attentive on the road, you just might notice the little side street that holds a post office, art gallery, farm supply shop and cafe. This no frills diner had a very homemade artistic feel to it. The food was what you’d expect at a diner– we ordered a standard eggs/toast and grilled cheese, but it’s certainly one of those places off the beaten path that was worth a visit.

Roberts Cafe

Grilled Cheese and Fries

Tator Tots

Eggs & Toast

Dior des Lices Brunch

July 11, 2012

Crepes may be a taste of France, but when it comes to fashion, Dior’s top of the list. So it was only fitting to combine food and fashion at Dior’s resort flagship where their pop-up restaurant adds a tranquil, chic garden oasis in the center of town. Yannick Alléno, the 3-star Michelin chef behind it all, provides a top notch meal served on (of course) Dior’s gorgeous tableware. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a Sunday brunch, relaxing after a night out in St. Tropez.

Espresso

Croissants

Ham and eggs

Vegetarian omelette and ham with eggs

The garden view

Terrain

June 12, 2012

I was ecstatic to find out one of my favorite online stores, Terrain, was opening shop in Westport. Even better when news broke of a farm-to-table café as part of the scene. Putting it on the top of my list of places to go, it certainly lived up to my expectations– a beautifully styled environment combining everything I would want in my own personal garden space. After browsing my way through the store, picking up some pots, a watering can and endless ideas to bring home with me, we were ready for brunch. Their outdoor seating area, styled just as one would expect from Terrain, served their homemade bread in a flower pot, water out of mason jars and delivered the check as a bookmark in a vintage plant guide. It’s that little attention to detail that make it worth the extra price for a great afternoon spent in Westport.

Fresh bread with butter and honey

Bourbon vanilla french toast with maple syrup and strawberry preserve

Flower pot baked bread

Croque Madame – open-faced ham and cheese, over easy egg, hollandaise

Brown butter pecan waffle with fried chicken leg and thigh

Store interior

Brunch & Trunk

May 24, 2012

A couple weeks back, my friend Leslie hosted a little “Brunch and Trunk” gathering for Mother’s Day. It was a great setup of gifts that are not only perfect for Mother’s Day, but any time of year– from soaps to jewelry and bags. My fantastic flower friend, Jess also had some of her lovely potted plants for sale. And the food was just as great as the gifts. Leslie’s delicious menu consisted of a peach, tomato and mozzarella salad, a broccoli pasta dish and chicken pesto sandwiches. As for dessert, she put out chocolate covered saltines and strawberries.  A perfect springtime meal and quick and easy enough to make when you’re expecting a large crowd!

Peaches

Jess’s Potted Plants 

Peach, Mozzarella and Tomato salad

Jewelry

Chicken Pesto sandwiches

Chicken sandwiches and tomatoes

Cafe Lalo

April 2, 2012

Famously known for Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ meeting in You’ve Got Mail, the Upper West Side’s Cafe Lalo has always been a favorite of mine, and quite honestly am surprised I’ve waited this long to feature it. Not only do they have great brunch options, but their large selection of cheesecakes and other desserts makes it a great late night stop as well. With it’s Euro-feel, it’s the perfect spot to go on a warm spring day when the floor to ceiling windows are open, and you can people-watch the sidewalks below.

Coffee

Steamed eggs with Bulgarian feta cheese, olives and herbs served with roasted potatoes and a Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean salad

Breads

Purple Potatoes

Last weekend, my friend and I took the train an hour up the river to the little town of Cold Spring. It was a bit chilly, but nothing beats the fresh air. After checking out a few different cafes and dining establishments, we opted for the Hudson House River Inn, a historical home built back in 1832, serving as a small hotel since. Having a two course meal full of soups, fruits, eggs and steak, we worked off the calories with a bit of antique shopping around town before catching the train home.

Onion Soup Au Gratin

 

Strawberry Butter

 

Accommodations at the Hudson House

 

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak topped with caramelized onions and maytag bleu cheese, horseradish mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables

 

Poached eggs and thinly sliced filet mignon on english muffin

 

Popovers

 

Onion Soup Au Gratin

 

Fruit with vanilla yogurt, raspberry sauce and granola

Bleu Evolution

January 15, 2012

I ventured uptown to the neighborhood I explored last summer, but have yet to familiarize myself with all the hidden gems, like Bleu Evolution. An eccentric restaurant tucked into Manhattan’s Washington Heights, it has great brunches without the typical Saturday crowds and lines found further downtown. We were able to relax with some great tunes and enjoy hearty omelettes, duck and potatoes.

Duck confit with potatoes, peppers and poached eggs

 

Duck confit with potatoes, peppers and poached eggs

 

Broccoli and feta omelette and a Bloody Mary

 

Bacon and cheddar omelette

‘Tis the Season

December 24, 2011

I’ve been meaning to share these delicious looking brunch shots from a Sunday afternoon spent at Tipsy Parson recently. Tucked in a bay window seat on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon, a friend and I enjoyed their comfort American menu with a southern flair. If you happen to be around New York for the holidays, I highly recommend stopping in. Closed for the weekend, they re-open on Monday.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday, and I look forward to bringing you some festive feasts I’ll be partaking in throughout the week in Syracuse!

Flaxseed & nut granola, berry compote, berries

 

Pigs in a Poke-- stone ground grits, andouille sausage, poached eggs, toast soldiers

 

Side of eggs

Indian Summer

October 14, 2011

The afternoons of rooftop brunches may be coming to an end for the season, but we snuck one last day in with the July-like heat. My father was kind enough to prepare a brunch for my roommates and friends in the building. After a morning at Zabar’s and Fairway to get all the goods, he prepared all sorts of delicious plates. We had three styles of crepes– apple cinnamon, fresh berries and ham and cheese, scrambled eggs on rosemary toasted bread, home fries, bacon and two varieties of organic sausage– Italian herb and spinach feta. For a special dessert treat, my friend Leslie’s mother was kind enough to give us a loaf of amazing chocolate challah bread for Yom Kippur, so we took that out to enjoy.

Ham & Cheese crepes

Chocolate Challah Bread

Cinnamon Apple crepe filling and Home fries

Spinach Feta Sausage and Cinnamon Apples

A Druze Brunch

September 29, 2011

Now that I’m back for some good old NYC cuisine, I decided go to Gazala’s, a small family-owned restaurant that I’ve been meaning to check out since they opened their new Upper West Side location. I admit, I had never heard of Druze cuisine, but it happens to be a religious community found in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan, that is comparable to the standard Middle Eastern fare. Known to be the most authentic tastes of this kind around town, their brunch was delicious and conveniently located across from my favorite Sunday market.

Tomatoes, cheese and scrambled eggs with seasoning and an Israeli salad

 

Semolina dough stuffed with chopped dates and walnuts

 

Poached eggs in tomato sauce

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