Tag Archives: Brunch

Craving Quality Food and Beverage

11 Jul

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Quality is always better than quantity, right? Well, when it comes to quality food, we may tend to crave a lot of it. When having brunch at Quality Food and Beverage in Los Angeles with a group of friends, I learned that a large quantity of quality food is like having the best of both worlds. After hearing so many great things about this restaurant, I was excited to finally try it out. While deciding on what Quality food to order, I drank my Quality beverage: my normal orange and cranberry juice mix. There were a few things on the menu that I wanted to order, so I did just that… ordered them all. I had one of the specials, the Hawaiian Papaya, Blueberry, and Cottage Cheese served with two perfectly poached eggs and a slice of house banana bread pudding, a side of Blueberry Biscuit (with butter), and since I couldn’t decide on the chocolate chip or banana pancakes, I requested chocolate chip AND banana pancakes (with syrup and butter). The server and chef granted my request, and everything was delish! Quality definitely lived up to it’s name, which means the quantity of my visits there will definitely be increasing.

Easter Brunch Cravings at bluEmber

31 Mar

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When we’re craving so many things for Easter brunch, what’s better than a buffet? After Easter Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Mirage, by bf and I headed to meet the rest of his family for brunch at blueEmber in the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. For the first time ever, we had to listen to the sermon outside though a doorway since the church was at maximum capacity. There were over 300 people in the church lobby alone. We had direct access to hear the mass from one of the back doors, but all of that standing in the dessert sun really built up an appetite. Luckily, we had reservations for a brunch buffet and big-time cravers, such as myself, were able to eat as much as our hearts desired.

The seafood station was filled with pacific coast oysters, snow crab legs, crab claws, mussels, poached shrimp, and a selection of smoked salmon. The salad station offered heirloom tomato, buffalo mozzarella, pesto bordeaux spinach, shaved radish, dates, grilled green beans, cous cous, grilled artichokes, olive tapenade, tabbouleh, chopped parsley, cucumber, truffled mushroom, grilled asparagus, baby swiss chard beets, pickled carrots, walnut brittle, blue cheese, chilled seafood, shaved fennel, picholine olives, assorted greens, artisan cheeses, and a variety of vegetables and dressings. The soup station had clam chowder and smoked chicken soup with small bread bowls, and the carving station had a chef slicing pork steamship and beef wellington. There was a station of hot items, including farmers market roasted vegetables, organic squash, short rib hash, roasted potatoes, crab cake benedict, brick oven chicken, pan roasted barramundi, grilled ratatouille, and hedgehog mushrooms. All children ages 5 and under (which applied to the twins) ate free, and there was a children’s buffet with mini pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken tenders, lasagna, and local vegetables. There was also an omelet station, where chefs made custom omelets with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and cheeses. There was plenty of fruit, and the dessert station was out of control! On display were french belgium waffles, seasonal berries, cafe tiramisu, cheesecake, apple tart, white chocolate mouse, mini french pastries, creme brulee, panna cotta, rasberry and chocolate cake, chocolate pralines, chocolate truffles, mini hot cross buns, and chocolate covered strawberries.

The bluEmber Brunch buffet had a great variety, and since the weather was beautiful, dining on the patio was that much more enjoyable. Not to mention, the resort is beautiful and offered an Easter egg hunt for the children (which was the 3rd egg hunt this weekend for the twins). For family fun in the sun, the desert rarely lacks in sunshine and it’s resorts always cater to families so like this weekend, the fun never ends.

Food Soul Mate Double Date At Blue Jam Cafe

5 Mar

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What’s cooler than having a food soul mate? Having a food soul mate whose boyfriend is our boyfriend’s food soul mate. While driving down Melrose in Los Angeles, my bf and I saw swarms of people out on the street. We wondered what was going on and saw a restaurant and it’s name that read Blue Jam Cafe. With that many people waiting to eat there, we figured it must be great. After meeting up Face and Marshall, who both coincidentally frequent the Blu Jam Cafe, we all headed there to get some grub. What’s great about Blu Jam is that is serves breakfast all day, although they close at 5pm everyday. Not to mention, this cafe serves a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. While Face and I both ordered The combo soup and half salad, our guys both ordered the Brunch Burger, which wasn’t a coincidence since we’re Food Soul Mates! We all took advantage of the breakfast-all-day menu and shared the Blueberry Pancakes with fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, butter and syrup. I love beets, so the salad that I ordered was the Beets & Greens with arugula, fresh beets, goat cheese, black currants, candied walnuts (on the side) and a citrus vinaigrette. The soup that I ordered was the Homemade Vegan Split Pea Soup, which is probably the best split pea soup I have ever had. Although we didn’t have any blue jam while dining and Blu Jam, we did get to listen to some cool jams like The Beatles “Hey Jude” and George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set On You.” We now know why this place is so popular, it is definitely a brunch hot spot for more than a few good reasons.

Dim Sum Mania

16 Jan

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What always good for brunch? Dim Sum and you know it! Over the weekend, a group of us went to Hong Kong Lounge in San Francisco at the suggestion of my beautiful Taiwanese Barbie connection, Bananniekins. You can’t be in SF and not eat dim sum, that’s gotta be against the law. But don’t take my word for it. Also, don’t ever let me order for the table, you won’t ever have enough space for all the dishes. Actually what table? When all the food came, I couldn’t even see it anymore, it was completely covered. I’m glad that one of us in the group can speak Mandarin (not I, although, I am attempting to learn) as in my experience, English can be limiting in the best and most authentic dim sum restaurants. Now; however, there are paper menus that can be fill out by writing the quantity next to what you would like to order. After handing the completed menu to the server, some one almost always comes back to ask us, “Are you sure every one can eat all this? Food is too much for you.” When this is said, this person has obviously never met me or my friends… Some of the highlights of the meal include the sliced fish porridge, vegetables and mushrooms in noodle roll, stuffed eggplant, Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, shrimp and chives dumpling, shrimp in noodle roll, steamed special clam, shrimp dumplings, clams with black bean sauce and my favorite desserts: sponge cake, steamed custard buns, fried sesame balls, and sweet tofu. My stomach is growling right now just writing this post. Thank you dim sum for being invented, my life wouldn’t be the same without you.

Craving Einstein Bros Bagels

9 Dec

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What is the perfect Sunday afternoon bite? Bagels! It was a perfect day to get out and grab some bagels to go. I went to Einstein Bros on Foothill in Pasadena and ordered Nova Lox (on Plain) Bagels for me and my boyfriend. I ordered another Asiago bagel with sundried tomato schmear and 4 doggy bagels for the kiddos. The doggy bagels are beef flavored and of course, they loved them! I loved my bagels too! The Nova Lox bagel has just enough cream cheese, lox, onions, tomato and capers. Whenever I crave bagels, Einstein Bros never fails.