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Something that a lot of you know about me already is that I like brunch. A lot. Like, whoa, baby, big time. I brunch like a boss; some might call me a bross (I’m not exactly sure who exactly, but I am pretty certain I could get Andy to). Anyway, I was absolutely delighted when my brother-in-law and his new wife invited us (and other family members) to brunch with them the day after the ceremony. My favorite meal, on a Sunday Funday, in a new city, with people I like hanging out with? It doesn’t get much better than that.
Sunday, we clown-cared into an Uber with Andy’s mom and dad and headed over to Pearls Southern Comfort to check out some elevated “southern style” food. As a southern girl born and raised, I felt like there was only two ways for this whole thing to go. Fortunately, everything we tried came down squarely on the positive side of things. With a larger group like ours, we got to try a decent number of menu items. Especially since we don’t mind sharing with one another. All said and done, I got to sample the following: Crawfish Cheesecake, Beignets, Blackened Catfish & Eggs, French Toast, and Cornbread with Hot Sauce Honey Butter. It’s hard to declare a clear favorite; the cheesecake was incredible – and not to mention my first savory cheesecake, if you ever make it to Pearls you have to try it -, but if this was going to be a regular haunt for me, I would have to go with the catfish and force someone to split the cornbread with me. Catfish is hard to do well, even in the south, and this was some of the best I’ve ever had. Same with the cornbread. The bread itself was delicious, but that hot sauce honey butter really pushed it over the top.
Not the fanciest place we ate at on our trip, but from food to ambiance, I think this was my favorite. It’s almost a little disappointing when I enjoy something as much as I did this place. When I travel I like to try new places every visit, but now I am going to have to make sure that any subsequent visits to Chicago includes a meal at Pearls or I’ll regret the missed opportunity. First World Problems, am I right?
Category: Sunday Brunch
In an effort to continue trying new places trend, this weekend Andy and I headed over to the college side of town to get our brunch on. For those of you who don’t know, Tallahassee has two very different parts: the areas around the university where bars and fast food abound and then the rest of the city that is less “GO NOLES!” and more farmers markets, funky restaurants, and places to shop. There is a ton of great food to be had on either side, but this week we decided to try out a place that has received great reviews, Prime Time.
When we pulled in to the parking lot, I had to laugh a bit. When I was in college, Prime Time was Buffalo Wild Wings, or B-Dubs as my roommate’s boyfriend affectionately referred to it. It was a nice little nostalgic moment. The inside was a little strange, a sort of swanky sports bar theme that was neither swanky nor sports bar-y enough for things to really work, but it was dim, cool, and the seats were comfy, which I realized was perfect for a large portion of the customers stumbling in – hungover college students. The food was solidly okay; the sweet potato fries and the home fries were amazing, but everything else was just good. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing to make the drive across town worth it either.
We did have a bit of an issue with our waiter (although the rest of the staff was wonderful); he was not really interested in waiting on our table. He screwed up our order and brought us three full meals instead of the two meals and an appetizer we ordered. He begrudgingly stopped by a couple times to give us refills, but most of the time he was hovering around the table of hung over girls next to us. Dude was getting his flirt on hard core, sliding into the booth to explain the complexities of the menu and keeping their bottomless mimosas topped off. Part of me found the whole thing pretty funny, and I kept a running commentary going since Andy’s back was to the table and he couldn’t see everything that was happening, but the other part of me was a little annoyed. Pouring alcohol into four young girls that were hungover, one of which kept excusing herself to the bathroom to throw up, was messed up. All that being said, I don’t think we’ll be heading back for brunch anytime soon. I think this means I am getting old.
Category: Sunday Brunch
I’m very big on brunch; it’s my favorite meal of the week. I am also fortunate enough to have friends who feel the same way and are more than willing to meet up and help me indulge in my addiction. Lately, we’ve been trying to expand our culinary horizons a bit and deviate from our tried and true favorites. This past weekend, we tried out Liberty Bar & Restaurant.
Located in Midtown, I was a little worried about parking, since space is always at a premium, but Liberty is located near Joe Mama’s and Lucky Goat, which have a decent amount of parking. The added bonus was if there weren’t any tables we’d have other food options. 😉
Luckily, we got there shortly after they opened and were seated right away. We did note on our way out, however, that both the indoor and outdoor tables were almost all gone.
The food was really good; we left wishing we’d opted for stretchier pants. Our waitress was very sweet, and she made sure that we understood the menu and was willing to make accommodations for any dietary restrictions.
All in all, I would absolutely come back. I wouldn’t recommend it for larger groups; they have signs posted saying they can not accommodate groups larger than twelve, plus it also is a little dark and pretty loud, which is not always optimal for interacting with the rest of your group. The only other negative I’d add was that some of the staff seemed to have an issue with me taking pictures. No one told me to stop, but I felt the dirty looks from the bar staff were unwarranted since 1 – let’s be honest, we live in an Instagram world, 2 – my camera was never directed at any people, and 3 – most places encourage social media shout outs and online reviews. Oh well, maybe I just caught them on an off day, and it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from wanting to go back.
Category: Sunday Brunch
I really wish I could hit rewind on the weekend. It was a wonderful weekend, but I am not ready to face this week at all. Saturday Andy and I drove down to Gainesville to meet up with my bestie since kindergarten, Stefanie. It was the official meeting of the new boyfriend and I don’t think we scared him too badly. As long as he keeps looking at her like she hung the mood, he and I will be good. Since we spent a lot of Saturday in the car, we kept it very close to home on Sunday, only running out to pick up groceries and a quick trip to the Goodwill to search for some party supplies (I’ll fill you guys in on party plans in a week or so). I don’t know why I decided to play with the camera on my phone yesterday, but here are some shots of my afternoon.
We bought way too much tea at Tevana this weekend, and of course we had to spring for the special tea canisters. How else would we store our overpriced blends? Oh, and did you check out that super awesome Mickey tea ball? It’s Andy’s from before we met. Nothing says rugged and manly like a Disney themed tea ball.
L – My Valentine’s Day flowers are finally starting to wilt, but I think can get another day or so if I give them some fresh water. R – I found this awesome little table caddy on my trip to Goodwill. It’s antique, spins and has holders for salt, pepper, oil & vinegar. LOVE.
Stanley was kind enough to unmake my side of the bed so he and the other cats could take turns sleeping on my pillow.
And this is aftermath of doing prep work for a post I’ll be sharing later this week.
Glamorous right? Do I know how to spend a Sunday afternoon or what?
Sunday brunch is one of the weekend activities I love best; it’s the perfect compliment to sleeping in and bumming around on the last day of freedom before a new work week starts. Andy and I enjoy it so much that we are having a Sunday Brunch themed wedding.
Recently, Kool Beanz Cafe, one of the great restaurants only a few blocks from our apartment, started serving Sunday Brunch. It is the perfect place to get delicious comfort food with a twist. Yesterday, we dropped in on our way to meet our wedding planner. Andy got the most amazing pancakes with peach compote topped with marscapone and accompanied by candied bacon. I ended up stealing some…okay almost all, of the bacon.
I went for a play on the southern classic chicken and waffles. Buttermilk tabasco fried chicken over a sweet potato pecan waffle with honey-chile syrup. And all I can say is YUM! We almost had to be rolled out of the restaurant, but it was so worth it.