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Breakfast

Brittaney’s Minty Coconut Date Shake

They’re rich in vitamins, make us more beautiful, is full of protein and more. Can you guess what food this is? D A T E S. Not convinced yet? Here’s a list of 10 benefits from eating dates.

Now dates aren’t the easiest things to eat plain, so what better way to intake them than blending them up in a delicious shake that you can have at any time of the day!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Brittaney’s Minty Coconut Date Shake

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup frozen coconut chunks
1 cup spinach
1 banana
5-10 medjool dates (take the pits out)
15-20 mint leaves
1/2 cup coconut greek yogurt

  1. Chop de-pitted dates into small pieces
  2. Place ingredients into a large blender (ice is optional, coconut chunks should be cold)
  3. Blend away until smooth

And there you have it! If you want to make it extra minty add more mint and you can even add some cocoa nibs to the mix.

Enjoy 🙂

Brunchin’ at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto

 

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen provides an urban dining venue but yet provides a warm and intimate dining experience. The dishes created by Chef Donna Dooher will have you leaving with a new culinary curiosity and memory. Well known for their brunch, I just knew I had to check this place out one day and today is that day!

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 3S3
http://templekitchen.com
https://www.instagram.com/MildredTempleKitchen/

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Grilled Avocado is the New Avocado Toast: Spartina in LA

I love nothing more than a brunch that’s delicious and comforting with an innovative twist. As much as I love classic American brunch cuisines, it’s easy to grow a little tired of them. I was invited in to taste brunch items at Spartina, in Los Angeles recently. Spartina offers Northern Italian inspired dishes with a SoCal twist. After this brunch, I believe I found the next “it” brunch items that could spawn many copycats.

Spartina
7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
http://www.spartina.la/

Spartina opened in 2015 and is owned by Chef Stephen Kalt, well-known for stints at Le Cirque in NYC and Caulfield’s in LA. Executive Sous Chef Gary Caldwell started cooking here last September. He comes from the Las Vegas scene (having met Chef Kalt from his stint at the Sinatra in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas).

This atmosphere feels relaxed with the amount of sunlight and use of sky blue tables. I’m already itching to come back for dinner and seeing if it feels a bit more formal in the evening. Pricing wise, I’d say it’s pretty reasonable for the LA dining scene.

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Can-Can Fatbois Eat All of France?

This May, the Fatbois were STAYIN’ IN PARIS (s/o to The Chainsmokers, more specifically, Drew) TO GET AWAY FROM OUR PARENTS (like… sort of… we still live at home… don’t judge). As we embarked, baguettes, blocks of cheese, and croissants can-canned through our heads.

Upon arrival to our hotel, Opera-Daunou, we ditched our luggage and ventured out into the city. We stumbled onto La Colombe, a cozy cafĂ©, located on 2 Rue de la Paix. We were greeted by the friendliest staff, who excused my pathetic attempts at speaking French. One thing we’ve noticed is that Europe does coffee very differently from the states. It is typically stronger, poured into a smaller serving. Discovering the equivalent to our medium Dunkin iced coffees became a series of trial and error. The key to success is to order either a cafĂ© au lait or a cafĂ© americano. We topped off our cafĂ© with chocolate-filled croissants, which easily became an everyday staple. 761BAC8B-5C5D-483E-B9FB-B5571631029D

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Oh, Yes!: Brunch at O + O Sicilian Kitchen in Santa Monica

Last year, when O + O Sicilian Kitchen opened in Santa Monica, Girls on Food (and our pal Meagan, aka @caffeineaddictfoodie)  had an absolute blast there. I love that the atmosphere is beachy and laid-back, but the food and drinks are high quality. We’re happy to let you know they now have a weekend brunch!

O + O Sicilian Kitchen 
1705 Ocean Ave Suite #11, Santa Monica, CA 90401
http://oosantamonica.com

On the last visit, Meagan and I pestered Head Bartender Sam into creating a caffeinated cocktail for her. Sam took us up on this challenge and instantly concocted the Caffettoso: espresso, Amaro Averna, Kahlua, and vodka with lemon zest. We’re very pleased to see this drink, which will keep you wide awake during your boozy brunch, has since been added to their brunch menu!

Bottomless Sparkling and Spritz’s – Mimosa, Aperol Spritz, Bellini

O+O’s Bottomless Brunch Menu (Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM – 3 PM) might just be one of the best damn brunch deals in all of Los Angeles! For $20 per person, not only do you get bottomless Mimosas, Aperol Spritzes and Bellinis, but your table also gets one tasting platter, including an ample amount of Italian cheeses, olives and other delicious starters. It’s one per table, but that’s still a fantastic package that’ll keep you full if you’re sipping the day away.

Bottomless Brunch Menu – Antipasto Tasting Platter

Their mimosa is a combo of prosecco and blood orange juice, while the bellini is prosecco with peach puree… but the Aperol Spritz is my favorite. Nothing beats this combo of prosecco and blood orange juice with a bitter Aperol kick.

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A Clucking Good Morning at Breakfast Republic in San Diego

But first, Lemon Ginger Mimosa!

Having lived in San Diego for well over two years now, I’m ashamed to say I’ve done a terrible job at scoping out the brunch scene. While there are a ton of great spots down here, I am a super early riser and early eater, which means my breakfast happens around 7 am, and If I have to wait all the way until brunching hour and then stand in a line forever, I’m going to get hangry.

Breakfast Republic, who keeps popping up new spots all over the county, is one of those places that I always really wanted to check out, but just driving by and seeing the hungry crowds standing outside would deter me. When I got word that Breakfast Republic was opening up, less than a 10 minute walk from my house in Ocean Beach, I was beyond excited to finally get my brunch on, with my pal Courtney, like the rest of the Girls on Food.

Breakfast Republic
4839 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
http://www.breakfastrepublic.com

Despite seriously scoping this menu out before going in, I was still seriously overwhelmed by all of the choices! Even the drink menu is expansive and full of both nutritious and decadent options. To start, I downed a cup of the Caffe de Olla they serve, which was hot and delicious. Then I also ordered the mimosa special of the day, Lemon Ginger! This mimosa had the tart citrus taste you want in a mimosa, with an extra kick from the ginger, and was perfectly sweet without being too sweet.

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Pacific Dining Car: LA’s Only 24/7 Fine-Dining Restaurant Since 1921 Offers New Specials

Since 1921, Pacific Dining Car, Los Angeles’ only 24-hour fine dining establishment (7 days a week) has been serving their loyal customers the best in steakhouse cuisine. Now on their fourth generation of family-ownership, and spearheaded by Chef Mark Kalenderian, PDC is breathing some new life into their menu, while maintaining all the favorites.

 

Pacific Dining Car
1310 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
http://pacificdiningcar.com
* Santa Monica location: 2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

You may remember seeing PCD in many films and TV shows. Most notably, the 2001film Training Day. Denzel Washington’s character, Alonzo, tells Ethan Hawke’s Jake “Get yourself a Baseball Steak.”

Yes, cinephiles, the Baseball Steak is currently on the menu, you can dine like Denzel.

The second I stepped into this spacious, wood-paneled dining car, I felt like I had stepped into the pages of a vintage Los Angeles-based pulp novel. The lighting is dim, the seating is plush and the décor is old school- my kind of place.

The Astor Room
Main Lobster Tail with a side of Creamed Spinach

There are 6 different rooms at PDC to dine in, I was arranged to taste their new specials in the Astor Room. I was immediately struck by the elegance of this room; everything from the velvet chairs, white linens, fine china and Wallace silverware. I felt a little guilty for not rocking one of my Unique Vintage dresses to dine but the maitre d’ didn’t flinch at my appearance.

Although this is a fine-dining, the dress code is flexible. All walks of life are welcome to dine at PDC- you could be Joe Schmoe and you’ll receive the same high-class treatment as Johnny Depp.

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The District By Hannah An: All About The Noods

Beverly Hills/Grove gets a bad rep among Angeleno’s “foodies”, and I believe a lot of it has to do with higher prices, a serious lack of parking and food that doesn’t always feel inspired. I’ve been seeing many posts on The District by Hannah An, a higher-end Vietnamese restaurant, so I decided to pop in for their brunch.

 

The District by Hannah An
8722 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
http://thedistrictbyha.com

Restaurant ownership runs in Hannah An’s blood. Hannah, is among one of 5 sisters who run House of AN, a restaurant group with spots all over California. When I entered, through what appeared to be 19th century panel doors, The District felt as if Lisa Vanderpump had opened a Vietnamese restaurant. Hannah An shares a specific eye for elegance with Vanderpump. Not only is the ambiance romantic but it does have a strong colonial Vietnamese influence as well including wood block walls, high ceilings and Eidson lights, which separates it from the other Beverly Hills/Grove spots.

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Ad Hoc: A BTS Look at Yountville’s Family Style Favorite

Recently I was asked to cover Yountville Live and although any time off from the event was limited, I couldn’t resist sneaking a few places in.

My experience at Ad Hoc was made extra special with the manager allowing me to go behind-the-scenes, I wanted to share with all of you. So put on your stretchy pants for a family-style feast!

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
https://www.thomaskeller.com/adhoc

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Brunching With Best Friends at D’kĂ­rico in San Ángel

San Ángel is a colonial neighborhood in Mexico City with lots of tradition, its cobbled stone streets and colorful facades take you back in time. But on the inside things are entirely different, restaurants and shops occupy the place of what once was bedrooms of the richest people in Mexico City. One of these restaurants is D’kĂ­rico. 

D’kĂ­rico
Plaza Grand San Ángel
Calle de la Amargura #17, Álvaro Obregón San Ángel, 01000, Ciudad de México, CDMX
http://www.dkirico.com

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Make a Dash to Holler & Dash in Celebration, FL

Holler & Dash Biscuit House
6288 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Celebration, FL 34747
http://www.holleranddash.com

On a recent trip to Florida, I stumbled upon Holler & Dash Biscuit House…a quick glance at the menu and I knew I needed to put some south in my mouth! The brand currently has 4 locations in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, and is a fast-casual concept from parent company Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
Holler & Dash Biscuit House
Tucked inside a small shopping center, Holler & Dash is conveniently located near Orlando-area attractions and theme parks, while being off the beaten path.

They serve up a variety of Southern-style biscuit sandwiches, and other specialties like grit bowls, tot bowls, and beignets. While hearty options abound, they also offer lighter options, such as half biscuits, or a bed of kale in place of biscuits on their signature menu.

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The Morning After, A Dallas Observer Brunch Event

The Morning After
A Dallas Observer Brunch Event
http://www.dobrunchthemorningafter.com/

morning after brunch, Dallas ObserverIt was a picture perfect day here in Dallas for the inaugural Morning After, a Dallas Observer Brunch Event hosted by Whole Foods Market.  I am here to tell you these people know how to put on a food festival. This venue was the best. The brunch was held at the Dallas Farmers Market. The shade from the open-air shed was needed on this unseasonably warm and sunny February Saturday. More than 20 of Dallas’ shining brunch stars were out cooking up free samples to chow down on. Oh, did I mention free drinks and music too.

Here are just a few of my faves…in no particular order!

Lucky’s Cafe: Chicken and Waffles with a side of gravy AND syrup. This boneless chicken needed nothing. What was in that crust?

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff: Peppered biscuits, peppered gravy and kabob of smoked sausage, ham and bacon glazed in coffee. GLAZED IN COFFEE. Am I in heaven?

Asian Mint: Fried rice for breakfast? Well, of course! Especially if it is loaded with bacon, eggs and a little sriracha sauce.

Full Circle Tavern: Biscuit with sausage gravy and candied peppered bacon. A perfect bite.

Hypnotic Donuts: The Canadian Healthcare will put you in the hospital it is so good. This maple-glazed donut is topped with…wait for it…BACON. 

Ida Claire: First up, mini blueberry pancakes, blueberry-cardamom compote, butter and yogurt whipped cream. Followed up with superseed granola, honey greek yogurt, seasonal fruit and basil. Neither with bacon…they were sublime without it.

Amazing food, amazing venue. Can’t wait until next year. I might not eat until then!