Eggs Go Glam

A big Christmas breakfast is a tradition in our household. At first it was Grands cinnamon buns, one year it was monkey bread, another it was crepes, but this year we decided to go all out and dress up our eggs with homemade eggs Benedict and mimosas. Talk about fancy.
I love eggs Benedict because you can make a slew of different variations but for our first attempt we decided to make basic eggs Benedict–sandwich-sized English muffins, Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and homemade Hollandaise sauce.
ImageFor the eggs Benedict you’ll need:
  • English muffins (I used sandwich-sized; my motto is always “go big or go home”)
  • a pack of Canadian bacon
  • Eggs
  • Homemade Hollandaise sauce:
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
    • cayenne
    • salt

Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl until the mixture has thickened and double in volume. Then place the bowl over a saucepan with barely simmering water and whisk rapidly (don’t let the eggs get to hot otherwise they will scramble). Slowly add the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce has thickened; remove from heat and stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt.

To assemble the eggs Benedict, simply toast or broil the English muffins, place 1 (or two) slices of cooked Canadian bacon on top, then a poached egg and finally drizzle with your homemade Hollandaise sauce–simply to die for. If Canadian bacon isn’t your thing, try spinach and cheese for eggs Florentine. There are a ton of different options.

This made for a special and unforgettable Christmas morning breakfast and needless to say it will become a tradition. If not for a holiday, Eggs Benedict makes for a perfect Sunday brunch. Test this out, you won’t be disappointed. But until next time, keep eating!

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Bagel Utopia

Okay I have to throw it out there, I am a sucker for a good bagel. Who cares if a bagel is equivalent to approximately half a loaf of bread, it’s worth it. Every now and then you have to give into your cravings right? Well I sure did, at Leo’s Bagels in the Financial District.
ImageLeo’s bagels are hand-rolled and incredibly delicious. Their bagels have the perfect dough-like consistency and come in a wide variety of flavors. While smoked salmon was on the menu (that’s my usual go-to option–I can’t get enough of it) I opted for a breakfast sandwich–an everything bagel with Canadian bacon, egg and cheddar cheese. Need I say more?
ImageThe Canadian bacon was cooked perfectly and the cheddar cheese melted on top of the bacon and egg was gooey and utterly divine. Throw in a doughy bagel and you’re good to go. My roommate and I devoured our bagels, mine the breakfast sandwich and hers an everything bagel with cream cheese, and wondered why we didn’t buy two each. Let’s be real, I probably could have had about ten of these bagels.
I most definitely plan on making this a weekend go-to, Bagel Sunday certainly has a nice ring to it. If you ever find yourself in the Financial District or just need a good excuse to get a good bagel, you must check this place out. But until next time, keep eating!

Breakfast All Day, Every Day

I never thought I would like leeks as a breakfast food, but boy was I wrong. Brunch has to be one of my favorite meals ever. I could eat breakfast food all day every day (breakfast for dinner is absolutely the best). Having breakfast for dinner almost feels like you’re doing something wrong, since eggs are typically thought of as a morning food, but that’s what makes it so much better.

The weather is finally getting nicer in Boston (HOPEFULLY no more snow….) so my friends and I planned on going out for brunch. The restaurant was in Boston’s South End, an area that is so cute and beautiful that I wish I went there more often. After finally finding a parking spot we walked to this small but absolutely outstanding restaurant: Aquitaine. The decor of the place was classy and elegant and their food was to die for.

The one thing I appreciated was their ‘prix fixe brunch’ menu (because I always love a good bargain–especially when it comes to food). That included a fresh, warm, gooey cinnamon roll, bottomless coffee, orange juice, and an omelette served with breakfast potatoes and toast all for about 10 dollars. Talk about a DEAL. I ordered the mushroom, leek, and Boursin omelette–I practically licked the plate clean! I can proudly say I was a member of the clean plate club today–something I’m never ashamed to admit. There was the perfect amount of mushrooms and leeks to cheese. Everything was cooked to a T. Trust me it’s going to be hard NOT to become a member of the clean plate club.

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I would go back in a heartbeat and honestly probably order the same thing–(hmm maybe a different omelette just to be adventurous). If you ever have a lazy weekend and don’t want to cook for a change, I can’t recommend Aquitaine enough–kudos to my friend for finding it. But until next time, keep eating!

Better Than Your Average Cup of Joe

My recent spring break adventures landed me in Miami. Particularly to this authentic Cuban restaurant. One thing about me is that if I don’t get coffee in my body first thing, I get a migraine–talk about a dependency. My friend was raving about this special coffee she saw on Kourtney and Kim take Miami and I figured what the heck I need to try this.

It’s called a Cortadito–an espresso shot with steamed milk and sweetened with sugar. Simple but utterly delicious. It came in a tiny cup (which was unfortunate because I really wanted a vat of it) and I made sure I got every last drop. Too bad I had that on my last day in Miami, otherwise that would have been a daily purchase for me.

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This heavenly drink goes well with all sorts of breakfast foods. The sweetness of the espresso seemed to pair ever so nicely with my authentic Cuban breakfast of fried plantains (which I’ll save my love for those for a later post), eggs, Cuban toast, and home fries–but I can only imagine it would compliment any breakfast food whether it be french toast, eggs, or pancakes.

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If you haven’t tried this simple yet spectacular drink you must! I want to find a place in Boston that sells them, so if anyone knows of a place PLEASE let me know (because I will literally buy a vat). Try it with any breakfast food and I promise you won’t be disappointed. But until next time, keep eating!

Love for Lox

If I could live off one thing for the rest of my life it would be smoked salmon (aside from Jamaican barbeque and tzatziki of course). I know it’s an acquired taste for many, but man I could eat it for days—and that’s what I did.  Over the past week and a half, I had smoked salmon for either breakfast or lunch (and sometimes both).

It pairs so incredibly well with cream cheese (I tried it with an herb cream cheese, which may just beat plain old cream cheese), fresh tomatoes, red onion slices, capers, and a soft, doughy, plain bagel. As if this couldn’t get any better, you must top it off with some fresh lemon juice—seriously you won’t want to eat anything else.

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While I haven’t truly explored to find the best smoked salmon in Boston, I must say that Espresso Royale Café on Commonwealth Avenue, part of Boston University’s campus, does make a mean smoked salmon bagel–the Santa Monica. If consuming that much raw fish wasn’t bad for you, I would eat it all day, every day, breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Some would say that’s excessive, but I beg to differ. The thing that I like about that sandwich is that they add an avocado spread, which makes the rest of the flavors of the sandwich pop (particularly the smoked salmon).  Discovering the Santa Monica has made my college experience that much better (but can’t say the same for my wallet).

The funny thing is, is that while I absolutely love smoked salmon, I don’t ever buy it when grocery shopping. How strange. They do say there is a first for everything, so maybe I should start now? If you haven’t already experienced the wonderfulness of smoked salmon, I strongly recommend you do (especially with a bagel)—I now can’t imagine my life without it. But until next time, keep eating!