Cake Bake & Roll

August 22, 2011

This cute little bistro, Cake Bake & Roll, in Long Branch, NJ, was the perfect stop for breakfast after a beach weekend with girl friends. Its Euro-style with a colorful 50’s disco flair is just as fun as the desserts themselves. And if it’s too early in the day for sweets, the bagels and breakfast sandwiches are a good alternate.

Some of their fun loving cake options

Cupcakes

 

Sesame bagel with cream cheese

Breakfast at Belle’s

August 1, 2011

Visiting a friend in Newport for the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a mid-summer Sunday morning than breakfast at Belle’s in the shipyard. Waking up with coffee, breakfast sandwiches and watermelon, we sat back in lounge chairs enjoying the beautiful views.

Bacon, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich

A side of sliced watermelon

 

Paws Up

July 9, 2011

One doesn’t often combine the words luxury and camping into one sentence, but that’s exactly what you get from Paws Up, a ranch resort about 30 miles outside Missoula. Stopping through for an evening, I was treated with impeccable service from the strawberry lemonade upon arrival through my next morning’s breakfast wrap with fresh produce. These chefs have the fine rustic cuisine down to perfection as they prepared some of their specialty dishes including Elk Loin and Quail Breast.

Aside from the dining, the resort offers anything you could possibly imagine to make your Montana holiday fulfilling. Due to my time constraints, I didn’t participate in their endless list of activities, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate venturing back for another visit. Who could complain about waking up in an outdoor luxury tent, followed by a hot air balloon ride at sunrise and an afternoon horseback riding in the mountains? And of course you can’t forget ending your evening with their infamous rustic ranch cuisine.

Seared Quail Breast, Huckleberry Bread Pudding, Roasted Baby Turnip, Sautéed Spinach, Pan Jus

The dining room at Pomp

Pan Seared Ono, Cauliflower Salad, Fava Leaves, Baby Squash, Mint Oil

The terrace at Pomp

Iron Seared Elk Loin, Fregola-Mushroom Stew, Baby Fennel, Asparagus, Black Currant Puree

Outdoor dining and camp fire pit

Moulard Duck Breast, Potato Croquette, Orange Braised Fennel, Asparagus

Huckletini; 44 North Huckleberry Vodka, Huckleberry Syrup, Turbinado Sugar Rim

Homemade infused liquors

Village Entrance

Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride

Montana Breakfast Wrap, Scrambled Eggs, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Bacon, Peperzella Cheese

Sunrise Scrambler, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Potato Croquette, Brewer's Grain Toast

Breakfast at Tank & Trough

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2011

I could not think of a better way to celebrate the American holiday weekend than an outdoor breakfast at East Rosebud Lake in the middle of Montana’s wilderness. An hour of dirt roads finally opened up to a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and we popped up the grill for pancakes with berries, bacon and coffee. I couldn’t resist including some of my other Fourth of July shots from this weekend. Quite possibly one of the most patriotic small towns I’ve been too, these folk in Red Lodge know how to celebrate America with their famous 3 day rodeo and parade. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

Blueberry, strawberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes from the grill

Fresh fruit

 

Cooking the bacon

 

Red Lodge Fourth of July Parade

 

Red Lodge Rodeo and parade

A Camper’s Breakfast

April 23, 2011

It’s amazing what you can do with no kitchen. Take this array of bagels and breakfast sandwiches cooked up while camping at Coachella as the perfect example.

Bagels, Toast, Eggs & Tomatoes

Bagel Sandwiches

Hello, Spring

April 6, 2011

Inspired by the weekend sunshine, I took a trip to Zabars, my local gourmet food store, and stocked up on all sorts of fresh and colorful fruit to make a breakfast bruschetta for friends to enjoy. Slicing a loaf of whole grain bread from the farmer’s market, I spread mascarpone cheese and Zabar’s cranberry spread, topping off with sliced papayas and mangos. On the side, a beets and bean salad.

Breakfast Bruschetta and Zabar's Cranberry Spread

Beets & carrots marinated in vinegrette, carbanzo beans, walnuts, olive oil and garlic oil

Eggs & Toast

March 13, 2011

For me, nothing quite beats spending a morning in the city eating eggs and toast in the comfort of a bright and sunny apartment. My friends invited me over to Roosevelt Island while they used some fresh farmer’s market ingredients to cook up breakfast.

Sausage, Eggs, Toast and Tomatoes

It’s Not Winter Yet

December 10, 2010

Although the cold temperatures have arrived, it’s not officially winter for another week and a half. I love breakfast, and everything about it… the apple cinnamon crepes and bacon, the chocolate croissants and fresh fruits, and accessorizing with leaf napkin rings one last time this season.

Leaves, Lemons & Limes

Tea, chocolate croissants, apple cinnamon crepes and bacon