All posts filed under: breakfast and brunch

Kissaten YOU

Westernized Japanese food, or Japanified Western food? There’s no good answer to this seemingly odd question. But, whatever the answer, the food that’s typically served at old school Japanese kissaten, or coffee shops, has become a distinct cuisine unto its own in Japanese culture. There […]

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stacks

Hayes Valley is one of our favorite neighborhoods to explore; some of our most loved eateries are here… Absinthe, Suppenkuche, Stacks, and Christopher Elbow for chocolates and hot cocoa so thick and creamy (it is pretty much liquefied chocolate). I love a good, hearty brunch, […]

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jian bing: beijing street food

Ever since I was little, my parents treated street food in Beijing like the bad boy in high school; they barred me from even getting within a 10 feet range, they covered my eyes, telling me how it was dirty, cheap, and would give me […]

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monkey-ing around

My mom used to make a version of monkey bread for me when I was little in her trusty bundt pan that we bought together at a yard sale. We didn’t even bother removing the bread from the pan after it was done; we’d pick […]

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yóu tiáo

I’ve talked about yóu tiáo before. These Chinese style crullers are solely responsible for making my childhood deliciously greasy and thus memorable. I would gladly get out of a warm bed at 6 in the morning to pick up a bag of these from a […]

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savory cheese scones

The lovely hostesses Julie of Kitchenography and Meg of Pigtown Pigout held a brunch last weekend for some local bloggers, many of whom are designers and foodies. In my opinion, the two groups of peoples with the best taste. It was potluck style, and we […]

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millet oatmeal with golden raisins

a big bowl of morning comfort  millet – golden grains of nuttiness I grew up eating congee everyday for breakfast, and on some days for lunch and dinner too. Congee is Chinese rice porridge, usually made with short grain white rice, but can vary from […]

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yeasted buckwheat waffles

Breakfast for me is usually pretty simple, a bowl of cereal, sometimes a hard boiled egg with a piece of toast. Very rarely do I plan out the meal starting the night before. But I knew in advance I’d have the day off, so I […]

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maple pecan scones

Maple syrup is such a seductive flavor. It’s deep and sensual, subtly sweet as it wraps its way around your tongue. Growing up, my family never ate maple syrup on anything. In fact, we never had pancakes or waffles for breakfast; they were considered too […]

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cucumber tea sandwiches

Yes, cucumber sandwiches, the kind that you must eat with your forefingers, and with your pinky finger sticking up into the air, along with your nose. We attended a potluck champagne brunch on Sunday to which I brought these cucumber finger sandwiches and a batch […]

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the bel-loc diner

Before I write anything else, I have to say that I’m really loving Scrapple. In all my years living in Baltimore, I’ve never disliked it, just never had the chance to eat it very often. It’s hard to describe exactly what it is without turning […]

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b bistro, sunday brunch

Traditional Eggs Benedict (above) It was like going to your grandmother’s house for Sunday brunch. Sitting by the window of a renovated townhouse, sipping on a big mug of coffee, wrapped in a big chunky sweater, something like your grandfather would putz around in. It […]

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dorie greenspan’s corn muffins

Warm, out of the oven, and drizzled with honey. I have a certain weakness for corny baked things, especially when stone ground cornmeal is used…the grittiness that turns sweet and full of texture when cooked. Imagine such a muffin that crumbles when split, and soaks […]

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oven baked bacon

Oh how I love being totally indulgent at breakfast. I’m currently going through a phase of eating lots of fried eggs, preferably runny, with toast and bacon. These gluttonous breakfasts (a habit I picked up on my trip in China) usually hold me over until […]

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the red star

Today, as I was reading fellow Baltimore food blogger Marginal Foodie‘s recent restaurant reviews (and there are many!) I came across a mention of the Red Star in Fells Point. This jogged my memory…I was there two weekends ago for a lovely Sunday brunch. I […]

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platanos maduros

platanos maduros

I was happily surprised while making my morning coffee today. I reached behind to find… a ripened plantain! One I had bought about two weeks ago, set on top of my coffee maker to let ripen, and must have accidently slipped off. It was nicely […]

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fried duck egg with french green lentils

fried duck egg with french green lentils

I must have been a French farmer’s daughter in another lifetime. I have the fondest affections for simply prepared rustic French dishes, even if it’s only a crusty baguette and a piece of runny, ripe Époisse, or a simple frisée salad with lardon vinaigrette. Aside […]

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