Archive for the 'Breakfast / Brunch' Category

Brunch at Winsome – Los Angeles (Echo Park)

Winsome - Los Angeles (Echo Park)

Not last Sunday but the one before that, a most lovely brunch was enjoyed at Echo Park’s Winsome. With spring weather in full effect and the jacarandas in bloom, the setting could not have been any more perfect. Dining al fresco was a must.

Winsome - Los Angeles (Echo Park)

Opened in February of this year, Winsome serves a new American menu by former Rustin Canyon chef Jeremy Strubel, and pastries and desserts from former Republique chef Leslie Mialma. This team is stacked.

The interior, which made me swoon with its swivel stools, open kitchen, and idyllic patio, comes from Wendy Haworth Design. Whether you’re dining inside or out, Winsome’s space feels great to be in. 

Winsome - Los Angeles (Echo Park)

The Astronomer and I sipped on house-made agua frescas ($5 each) while we perused the menu. I selected the horchata made from quinoa, wild rice, and toasted almonds, while he went for the cucumber and kaffir lime.

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{swoon} Sarah Lange’s Morning Pastries at Elysian

Sunday Brunch at Elysian - Frogtown - Los Angeles

It’s no secret that Sarah “Bearclaw” Lange‘s pastries are the very definition of swoon-worthy. From Eat My Blog to Hart and the Hunter and Field Trip, wherever this gal bakes, I’m usually not too far behind.

Sarah’s most recent gig is in the heart of Frogtown at Elysian, a gorgeous event space that moonlights as a restaurant several odd days a week. Here, she draws inspiration from Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions, baking up gorgeous pastries that are rustic yet elegant.

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Brunch at Taco María – Costa Mesa

Taco María - Costa Mesa

My initial reaction to Jonathan Gold naming Taco María in Orange County the second best restaurant in Los Angeles was, “Wait, what?” My second reaction was, “I gotta get a reservation.”

Taco María - Costa Mesa

Chef Carlos Salgado opened the restaurant in the summer of 2013 following stints cooking in the Bay Area at Coi and Commis and running a food truck by the same name in Orange County. Serving Chicano Cuisine, Taco María’s menu is market-driven, modern, and well… Mexican.

While dinner would’ve been the ideal scenario to experience Chef Salgado’s cooking, Sunday brunch was a better fit for the Astro-Gastro family’s schedule. We met up with my O.C.-dwelling friend Courtney and her family to feast.

Taco María - Costa Mesa

Brunch, which is served only on Sundays, is a three-course pre-fixe affair priced at $36.

To start, both The Astronomer and I zeroed in on the molletes, grilled bread slathered with refried beans and topped with crumbles of queso fresco.

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Union Square Donuts – Boston

Union Square Donuts - Boston

Following our stay in New York, The Astronomer, June, and I boarded a train and zoomed to Boston for high-quality family time with a side of high-quality doughnuts. For the latter part of the equation, we visited Union Square Donuts in Sommerville.  

Union Square Donuts - Boston

Heather Schmidt and Josh Danoff opened the shop three years ago. Legend has it that he had an idea and she had a recipe. The rest, as they say, is history.

Union Square Donuts - Boston

Union Square offers both sweet and yeasted rings, as well as denser cake doughnuts. Between The Astronomer, The Astronomer’s dad, and me, we ordered half a dozen doughnuts to share including a Fluffernutter, Butter Hazelnut Crunch, Sea-Salted Bourbon Caramel, Boston Cream, Apple Crisp, and Vegan Apple Spice.

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