Tag Archives: Brunch

Nommin’ Out: Belga Cafe

23 Jan

Located just one block from the Eastern Market metro on 8th and E st SE, this little European restaurant is a solid, low-key selection for your Sunday brunch plans.  First of all, it should be noted that there are NINE different types of waffles you can order.  Yes, nine, ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between.  Alas, I’m not really a “breakfast food” person once it hits the early afternoon brunch hour.  My eye goes immediately to the sandwich section, in which I found this delectable Lamb Burger.  A grilled spicy lamb & chorizo burger, goat cheese, pickle, radish, garlic sauce, on a multi-grain bun is $16, and you can add both fries and a side salad for another $6.

Belga Cafe- Lamb Burger

This is definitely not a brunch spot you select for a bottomless drink option or one to heavily imbibe for cheap.  They do have several wonderful variations of mimosas, including grapefruit and orange, for $9 each.

I’ll be back in the very near future to gorge on one of their eight variations of mussel pots.

Check it out!

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Birthday Month Round 1: Pancake Birthday Cake!

20 Aug

So as I mentioned in a previous post, my roomie bestie turned the big 2-6 on Sunday! To cheer her out of the “road to late twenties” blues, we had a marvelous idea… make her a PANCAKE CAKE! What better thing to wake up to for a Sunday birthday brunch? I’ll tell you what: nothing.  It only calls for a handful of simple ingredients, but is definitely a labor of love.  I initially found a fancy recipe that called for making the pancake batter AND the roasted-pecan buttercream frosting, and while I love my friend more than anything, I knew by the time I got my butt out of bed on Sunday and made everything, we would be eating at 4pm.  Not fun (especially for her, silly morning bird). SO I resorted to the ever-delicious classic Bisquick mix, an enormous stockpile of fresh blueberries, and delightful vanilla cream icing.  I knew I wanted a big tower of ’em, so I definitely used up all of the batter to make a whopping 10 pancakes!

Use a non-stick skillet and carefully make each pancake, trying to ensure that the batter meets the edges of the pan so they’re all roughly the same size.  Then scatter in a few blueberries and press into the batter.  Cook on LOW heat for 1-2 minutes on each side, checking periodically for doneness.  Make sure when you press down, no batter oozes out from the middle.

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Check out the stack! If you’re making anything else to accompany the pancake monstrosity, let the stack sit in the oven on a low 170 or 180 degrees to keep relatively warm until you’re ready to frost.

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We used a full can of frosting and put a thin layer between each pancake and then around the entire thing.  Pro tip: Stick a few of those super long, skinny wooden skewers in the middle of the cake all the way down so the layers don’t move around while you’re trying to frost the whole way around.  We circled the cake with some fresh strawberries for the final product!

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Don’t be afraid of any oozing frosty.  That’s the good stuff.  Make your own pancake cake rendition and eat up!!

Nommin’ Out: Celebrations at Agora

26 Jan

First, thank you to all of those who have humored me with this blog endeavor; I reached 1500 hits this weekend!! Who would have thunk it.  This blog’s milestone and a good friend’s 25th birthday led a group of us girls to Agora on 17th and R st NW.

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Agora is the second best brunch deal in the district, just behind Local 16 on U street.  Their brunch “is served from 11am to 3pm, Saturday & Sunday. A la carte or pre-fixe. All dishes served as ready. Unlimited pre fixe brunch – $32.99. Choose as many brunch items as you like from our entire brunch selection. (pre fixe menu limited to two hours, seating ends at 2:30pm). Includes bottomless supply of any of the following: mimosa, bloody mary, champagne, house vodka / gin / rum / tequila house gin&vodka martinis”.  Parties have two hours to enjoy literally anything and everything on the menu.  The servers are attentive, pleasant, and your glass will never be left empty.  Below were some of the menu superstars from our Saturday:

Challah French Toast 

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Swiss Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

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Cilbir (two farm fresh poached eggs topped with yogurt, sumac, oregano & spicy oil, gluten-free)

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Htipiti served with Pita (roasted peppers, feta, thyme, olive oil, gluten-free)

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Appease your Mediterranean cravings and check it out!

http://agoradc.net/

1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 332-6767

Nommin’ Out: Shaws Tavern

19 Aug

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Enter the Shaw Burger- one of the finest nommables I’ve consumed thus far in DC.  My friends and I have made Shaws Tavern on 6th and Florida Ave a Sunday brunch habit- it’s not fussy, you can always get seated (granted for parties of 8 or less), the service is super friendly, and they have a $12 bottomless mimosa special that one expects at a great brunch spot.  While the entire menu is impressive, the burger is by far the best thing on it.  I get this bad boy almost every time.  Comes with fries (ask for truffled for an extra couple buckaroos) or a salad (Caesar pictured).  You have a plethora of cheese options, including cheddar (pictured) and goat.  Then there’s AVOCADO, sauteed onions, jalapenos, bacon, mushrooms, and/or a fried green tomato.  I like my toppings a plenty, so granted this adds up.  That’s why I also try and go on Tuesdays when burgers are HALF OFF from 5-11pm.  And that’s just their Tuesday event.  

Shaws Tavern has a calendar on their page that boasts Soul Sundays, Trivia Mondays, Piano Bar Wednesdays, and Jazz Thursdays.   On Wednesday and Thursday nights, sit at the bar, chat with the knowledgeable and amicable bartenders, order a specialty drink and let the tunes sooth you.  For all you gin drinkers out there, I highly recommend the Lime Aviation, which features a splash of Creme de Violette for a twist.  I might be the chick on the stool next to you.

 

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