Category Archives: Breakfast

Over the Overpriced Brunch

Making brunch at home was fun, cheap, and most importantly delicious.
Making brunch at home was fun, cheap, and most importantly delicious.

Breakfast, brunch, breakfast for lunch, or breakfast for dinner… I’m all for it. I’ve said many times how much I love breakfasts foods, but recently I keep running into the same situation: over-paying for my eggs, side of bacon, side of hash browns. Totally unacceptable.

While smaller diners tend to be more bang for my buck, these new trendy brunch spots are scalping me. Seriously. $10+ bucks for a simple breakfast platter of eggs and bacon and extra for add-ons or healthier options such as turkey bacon, turkey sausage or egg whites (really you’re charging me more for less egg??). Enough is enough.

Recently, I’ve been cooking at home more. Making dinners for my brothers, lunch for the next day, basically anything that will save me money and keep me on track with my fitness goals (Vegas in 3 weeks!!). Instead of going out on Sundays, per the usual, I made the heartbreaking decision to skip out on brunch with my friends, and make it at home.

Just to be a little more health conscious, my wonderful brunch platter consisted of turkey bacon, turkey sausage, 2 eggs, a side of sweet strawberries, and a small portion of hash browns. All were cooked using a healthy non-stick spray and gobbled up quickly. The crappy weather we had this past Sunday made this a pretty fun lazy day staying in.

I’ll always enjoy my Sunday brunch ritual, but instead of paying $30-$40 bucks for a day out, the $12 it cost to make a simple brunch for two people, plus extra food leftover was really sobering. It won’t keep me away when I need my chicken and waffles fix, but it’s definitely some food for thought.

Minute Review: Crossroads Diner

Eggs Florentine
Eggs Florentine

Deep Fried Minute Review: Crossroads Diner is a favorite go-to diner for some pretty solid breakfast foods. When you need a break from the sleek and hip breakfast and brunch places with eternal waits or don’t feel like lowering your standards to the 3am drunk usual at iHop (which is probably just as packed anyway), definitely stop by this place. This is the kind of place where you can see hip old people, reading newspapers and thumbing through an iPad. Menu is pretty extensive and slightly on the pricier side than you’re average diner, but worth it. I love that the place is clean, bright, and for the most part pretty efficient.

The Eggs Florentine were on point. The English muffin was toasted perfectly, the spinach sauce was so delicious and it brought everything together for the perfect bite each time.

Previously, I’ve ordered the corned beef and chicken hash and I’ve for the most part enjoyed everything there. Clam Chowder is a bit bland, frittatas weren’t my fav, but the eggs florentine definitely take the cake. Enjoy all!

Cindi’s Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings from Cindis
Chicken and Dumplings from Cindis

Deep Fried Minute Review: I’m a huge soup/stew person and I fell in love with Cindi’s NY Delicatessen because they tend to have pretty good soups that warm you up. I definitely like their chicken noodle, beef stew, and if you are lucky, Clam Chowder (only at the Central location on Fridays). The dumplings are more sliced versus dough-ey balls, but the chicken is usually tender. Pretty tasty and perfect for the recent cold weather. One of five locations in Dallas, get you some.

Katy Trail and Hypnotic Donuts

Running 4 miles in the morning. Done.
Eating delicious donuts and chicken biscuits. Done.
Ruin workout with donuts. Story of my life.

Went on a run this cold sunny Saturday morning with a group of friends. Had the lovely opportunity to bring a newbie and get her into the running addiction. It was great seeing everyone and definitely the best way to start the day. Dave also put everyone to work doing box jumps, lunges, and squats. Leg day! Progress!!!

Of course, after a good run, I’m hungry. I need food or I’ll pass out. The sick and twisted thing I love about running is how much more delicious my food and beer… er…water tastes. So my description of Hypnotic Donuts will be a bit biased because I was freaking starving and everything tastes better when you are on the verge of passing out.

Instead of hitting up the usual KT Ice House or Max’s Wine Dive because they were close, we decided to head toward the Lakewood/Lake Highlands area for some donuts and chicken biscuits. My friends have raved about the donuts and the chicken biscuits and I was eager to try something new.

The spot was pretty tiny and we got there before the line began forming out the door. I love the different selections they had for donuts and biscuits. I got the Mari Beth Chicken Biscuit, which is a huge sandwich with chicken, smothered in gravy and layered with tater tots. Apparently, the chicken is marinated for 24 hours before cooking and the huge biscuits are made in-house. The beauty to those biscuits is whatever magic they do to it, keeps the sandwich from crumbling into pieces while eating (think Chick Fil A chicken biscuits).

For fun, I ordered an apple fritter, regular glazed donut (if they screw up a glazed donut, it’s over), and a Canadian Healthcare donut. The apple fritter was pretty decent, but not overly amazing. I definitely enjoyed their glazed. It was dense and doughy and near perfection. I mean…if you are boasting donuts, you can’t screw up the original. The Canadian Healthcare, I got for kicks. It was a eclair with a maple icing smothered in syrup with a strip of bacon on top. It strangely worked well together. I didn’t hate it.

My friends also got a pistachio donut, The Breaking Bad donut, the Evil Elvis, and a few other deadly delicious donut creations. This is slightly pricier than other mom and pop donut shops, but rightly so for their creative variety. My specialty donuts ranged from $1.50+, while my glazed was $0.85. The chicken biscuits range from $6-$8, so it’s definitely not bad at all.

Eating good in Vegas!

I’ve worked hard on my Vegas body just so I could pig out like no other when I am there. My only disappointment was the buffet at the Aria. People can pay $40-$50 for buffets at any of the hotels and sometimes, it’s just not worth it. Hate wasting good money on bad food, but I did find a few places that hit the spot.

Hash House a Go Go is a popular place to visit. It’s located at this super sketchy and gross looking hotel called The Quad, but the food is good! The first time I went, I had the chicken pot pie and chicken and waffles. This time, I was in the mood for breakfast. The servings are huge so definitely be prepared for the itis.

Earl of Sandwich had some pretty decent sandwiches and they are open 24/7. The line was ridiculous. A good sign the food is good.