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Weekend Brunch at Bardot Brasserie – Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Sitting down to a boozy brunch with The Astronomer was one of the highlights of our weekend in Vegas. We’ve never been much into gambling, clubbing, or lounging by the pool. Dining and imbibing—that’s #HowWeVegas.

After properly sleeping in for the first time in ages, The Astronomer and I rolled out of bed and headed to Bardot Brasserie for brunch. 

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Located in the former site of American Fish, Bardot is the Chef Michael Mina’s latest restaurant at Aria Resort & Casino. To create the brasserie’s menu, Chef Mina and Executive Chef Joshua Smith drew inspiration from travels to Paris. The menu offers classic French fare executed with a thoroughly modern hand.

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

To start, fruity and bubbly concoctions—a peach bellini for him and a blood orange mimosa for her.
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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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