In a March blog, I raved about a fantastic new brunch spot called Origin Kitchen and Bar. I loved that they serve Cultivar coffee and the menu was interesting. The venue was small, but lively and it was a place I would recommend to anyone who wanted to brunch.
After so many months, I decided to revisit and brought some good friends with me. This particular morning I just wanted something I knew was going to be delicious and wasn’t quite in the adventurous mood for something new.
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.
This past weekend, my appetite took me to Houston. I spent most of my time stuffing my face and being stuck in traffic trying to get place to place. Despite the crappy, rainy, muggy weather that is so Houston, I had a lot of fun. Luckily for me, my hosts/foodie tour guides did a fantastic job of feeding me great stuff. Asian food is exceptional in H-town so that was basically the theme all weekend.
Aka Sushi’s Reverse Happy Hour: This is probably one of the best reverse HH menus I have ever seen. Everything is so cheap. An average of $5 for a variety of rolls, drinks, and appetizers, it was great. We got in a bit late and this place was so packed. But for $20, I had the Negihama, tuna, and spicy salmon rolls, a Lychee Blossom drink (made of lychee liquor and sake) and some pork belly yakitori. My belly was happy. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy sucking down all those lychee blossoms to care. Pork belly however…very pic worthy.
Duc Chuong Bun Bo Hue: This place only serves bun bo hue, the popular noodle counterpart to pho. The consensus remains that Pho Tay Do in Dallas still has the better flavor and recipe. It was still pretty delicious though.
Brunch is one of my favorite events. Yes, I say event like it’s some special RSVP, be there or be square kind of thing. I love brunch. I love eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love brunch. Did I mention how much I love brunch?
So when this lovely place made it on my radar, I was pleasantly surprised. Small, sleek, aesthetically pleasing, a menu with attention grabbing words like “green eggs and ham” and “creme brulee french toast”. Origin Kitchen + Bar has been open for only two months and it’s perfect for those small brunch dates of 2 or 4.
This ugly, cold, icy, snowy Sunday wasn’t going to keep me from continuing my brunch tradition, so Danny and I headed to Origin for a brunch date. Here’s how we tackled the menu.
We decided to share the Creme Brulee French Toast, which was out of this world good. I am not a fan of sweets at all for breakfast/brunch and I loved that the I could taste the creme brulee in the french toast. It wasn’t overpowering or overly sweet to a point where it would give you a mad headache. Continue reading A Brunch Must: Origin Kitchen + Bar→
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!