Category Archives: Brunch

Holes in the Wall

OVERSEAS CHINESE

Round two. London style.

I’ve never waited so long for dim sum.

The Californian in me is used to early brunches (early enough that they should probably be called breakfast) and dim sum is no exception. Dim sum can start as early as 9 a.m. with most of the morning crowd arriving by 11:00 a.m.

That was not the case of Overseas Chinese or, in fact, any dim sum restaurant in London’s Chinatown. Everything was closed – boba shops (understandably), dim sum restaurants, and even the Chinese buffets! The only two things open were Chinese bakeries (which nearly tempted us into spoiling our appetites) and cafés.

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Dim Sum for Beginners

Jing fong

Dim Sum. New York style.

One does not simply eat dim sum alone. Well, actually one can, but when typical orders of a dumpling or dish come in threes or fours, it’s very easy to get full without trying much of the menu. So when one of my grad school classmates offered to get dim sum with me before meeting to work on our project, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading Dim Sum for Beginners

Where Miami Meets Manhattan

CALLE OCHO

On weekends, you can find me here.

Calle Ocho does not mess around when it comes to boozy brunch.

You know a brunch place is serious when you are immediately presented with house rules. When they immediately place a basket of delicious, freshly-baked latin breads in front of you and ask you which sangria you would like to have first.

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The Pleasure of Good Food

Buvette gastrothèque

Pint-sized bistro. No reservations.

On a whim, my friend decided to spend 12 hours in New York City and entrusted me to be his guide. Absolutely drained from the week prior, I could not promise him much but good food and an itinerary constrained to one part of the island.

I chose Buvette for purely selfish reasons – I hadn’t been there in a while, and I knew we wouldn’t have to wait if we got there early. So Buvette it was.

This used to be a secret brunch spot that no one knew about. Now, unless you come before 10:30am (far too early for the average New Yorker) expect to wait a while to be seated at a small table, eating off small plates and using far-too-small utensils.

In fact, you can expect that not everything will fit on the table. It’s much like being invited to the tea party of five-year-old. Continue reading The Pleasure of Good Food

Defending the American Table

Bubby’s Highline

Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits.
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Grapefruit Toddy | $14

I love biscuits. I love bread. I love basically any baked carb (ask my friends and they’ll confirm this).

But biscuits…

But biscuits are my weakness. Whenever I see that word on a menu, I order it, no questions asked. If I see it in a description of another dish, I’ll ask if they can put a biscuit on the side, even if I’m already eating fries. I eat too many carbs. Sue me.

In fact, biscuits are one of the reasons I discovered Bubby’s. Bubby’s may actually be the first official brunch I ever had in NYC. I can’t remember, nor do I really care to remember. All I remember are the biscuits. The flaky, buttery, utterly-delectable biscuits of Bubby’s.

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