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Citizens of Chelsea

Eating Out, Food

citizens-of-chelsea-1I’ve been obsessed with the Australian coffee shops that have been popping up around the city lately (I’m looking at you, Bluestone Lane).  I recently stopped by Citizens of Chelsea, which offers breakfast and lunch fare in a bright, airy setting in – where else – Chelsea.  The “Smashing Avocado” called my name; however, I decided to branch out a bit and ordered the coconut and raspberry bircher meusli – rolled oats soaked overnight in coconut milk, honey and raspberry, topped with cacao nibs, hazelnut crumble, dragonfruit panna cotta, and fresh fruits.

I’m not even going to pretend that’s a healthy option because this. was. DELICIOUS.  On the off chance it *was* a healthy option, I solved that problem by ordering a side of bacon. It’s my M.O. when ordering a sweet entree, whatcha gonna do.

My eating buddy ordered the brekkie sandwich – scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, spinach and beetroot chutney served on a cheddar chive biscuit with a side of green spinach salad. You better believe that I reached over for a hearty bite. That cheddar chive biscuit was divine!

A fresh cucumber and mint limeade completed the meal for me, along with a healthy dose of people-watching.

If you’re looking for a cool, casual brunch spot with menu options that are delicious BUT won’t make you feel gross afterward, check out Citizens of Chelsea and let me know what you think!

Timna

Eating Out, Food

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While I love (and I mean LOVE) my French toast, waffles, and pancakes (as you could probably tell from my previous post), every so often I have a hankering for more diverse brunch options.  On such an occasion, I decided to give Timna in the East Village a try.  A chic and sleek Mediterranean restaurant, Timna offers a generous brunch menu that will satisfy even the hungriest brunchgoer. Continue Reading

Maison Pickle

Eating Out, Food

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Once in a while, I’m in the mood for a lighter brunch option. This is not one of those times :).  Today, I’m here to share my enthusiasm for strictly traditional brunch fare – none other than the chicken & French Toast stack at Maison Pickle 🙂

As you can see from the above, the chicken & French Toast stack is not for the faint of heart.  I prepped both mentally and appetite-wise for this very dining experience.  My preparations paid off, as I was treated to a generous (to say the least! ha!) portion of fluffy yet dense Challah French Toast topped with flavorful buttermilk fried chicken, nitrate-free bacon, maple butter, and syrup.

Meanwhile the diner next to me ordered a half grapefruit. She’s missing out!

If you’re looking for a light meal of fruit and Greek yogurt (and don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a time for that – or so I’m told), Maison Pickle is not your place. However, if you’re ready to tackle the Everest that is their Fried Chicken – n- Toast, you can’t find go wrong. Let me know what you think!

Bi-Rite Creamery

Eating Out, Food, Travel

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During a recent visit to the Bay area (hey SF peeps!!), I had the pleasure of visiting Bi-Rite Creamery.  Bi-Rite makes their own ice cream, soft serve and bakery goods and features both traditional and unique (and delish!) flavors.  Bi-Rite aims for its ice cream flavors to have five ingredients or less – the result of which is pure, simple but intense flavor.  The line was out the door when I visited, and I soon found out why! Continue Reading

EMP Summer House

Eating Out, Food

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit EMP Summer House in East Hampton.  EMP is the more casual summer pop-up of Eleven Madison Park, with a relaxed atmosphere and seasonally inspired menu.  This is the second year of EMP Summer House – I visited last year as well and was curious to see how year two compared!

The complimentary transportation to and from was a nice touch: Continue Reading