Chip’s Family Restaurant, Connecticut

So I used to travel to Boston regularly and would pass the place in my travels. One year we went for birthday breakfast for my sister. The pancakes are so good. So good that I travel from Brooklyn to Connecticut at least twice a year for them. I have what’s called White Chocolate Rendezvous, white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and fresh strawberries(which I have on the side). I also get eggs and turkey sausage. The pancakes are the main event. If you’re ever passing through Connecticut, look them up.

Blvd Bistro Brunch

I had dinner here before (see prior post), it was excellent. I was excited to go for brunch. My friend ordered steak and eggs with a side of cheese grits, I ordered the herb omelet with a side of turkey bacon. For drinks we had mimosas and bellinis. The potatoes and grits were room temperature, that was a little disappointing. The food itself was excellent, for sauces they served an African hot pepper sauce, jam and cane sugar butter, fantastic. For dessert we ordered pancakes. The were wonderful, pipping hot, they were served with melted butter and warm syrup. I actually used the cane sugar butter instead, my gosh it was the perfect end to the meal. All in all, this place serves delicious food.

Glow Thai

I saw a picture of a glowing drink online somewhere and followed it to this place. The ambience wasn’t anything special, I almost thought I had the wrong place. The drink menu was very creative, I had two of them. One was a glowy kind of green and the other was smoky and had crushed and vodka infused gummy bears. Both drinks were delicious. For appetizers mussels served with rice, could have easily been a full meal and soy garlic wings. I only had the broth and veggies, not into mussels but it was really tasty. The wings were temperature hot and so crispy, they were perfect. A half crispy duck and basil fried rice with chicken for main courses. The sauce the duck was in was so good, the rice was cooked with the perfect amount of heat I’m glad asked for mild spice. Anymore would have made it unenjoyable. For dessert, fried ice cream!!! I would definitely go back to try some other drinks and dishes.

Magic Hour

I had been really wanting to go here for a few months. Finally got a chance to go for brunch, it was worth the wait. We ordered the pancake stack with cotton candy on top. The actual pancakes were really good, seeved with blueberries apples and bananas. We ordered the frittata and chicken sausage. We split everything, so we had something savory and something sweet. For drinks we had the adult capri sun with grapefruit vodka and a frozen Arnold Palmer with vodka. Both drinks were super refreshing, I’m always a bit concerned with grapefruit cause it can be hit or miss. The mini golf course was available, we just took pictures on it. It’s three holes and a nice addition to your experience. The dj played a great mix of music. I would love to go back for happy hour or at least dinner to try that menu.

Blvd Bistro

Now that I work in East Harlem, I find myself hanging out here after work more. By the time I get back to Brooklyn sadly most happy hours are over. I follow a Harlem based IG page, they posted a brunch picture from this place. I decided to go after work for happy hour and dinner. I absolutely made the right choice. While I waited for my date, they brought me a warm biscuit with maple butter. I ordered a happy hour drink of course. I skipped an appetizer, I had turkey meatloaf, with garlic mash and string beans. Meatloaf was moist, mash was just right and beans still had a slight crisp to them. I went home with just a piece of meatloaf. The meal was priced right, I would definitely like to go back for brunch.

Clinton Street Baking Co

I came years ago, pretty much pre blogging and when they only occupied the one small space. I went on a weekday and there still was about 10 to 15 minute wait. I tried to go in the fall the wait was 45 minutes to an hour for my party of three. This time I ended up with no wait at the bar, the one perk of being a party of one, sometimes two. I ordered coffee, it’s endless which is great. I noticed they had chicken sausage on the specials menu, I ordered that and pancakes. I got my chocolate chips on the side. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by the chocolate. These pancakes were fluffy, edges crispy, the syrup was warm and buttery. I did put some chips in between a two pancakes, I ate that section when they melted. Definitely would go back. I spent about $30 with tip. During the day it’s cash only.

Cupcakes! Brooklyn Cupcakes

For months I have been driving by Brooklyn Cupcakes. It’s on my way to football practice, I always say I’m going. Finally for my sisters birthday, that’s what she wanted.  She wanted a french toast flavor, I thought that sounded interesting. When I got there I was overwhelmed by the different flavors. Coquito, tres leches, flan con quava just to name a few. I got the french toast, they added syrup on top (optional ), samoas, tres leches, guava and one vanilla. They were all amazing. They cake was light, moist and the frostings were not over powering. Definitely going back, there’s more flavors to try. They were also reasonably priced, $15 for half dozen.



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Charles Country Kitchen

I’m in search of great restaurant fried chicken. This was on a random list I found.  Apparently they have unlimited sides if you eat in, I had no time and the seating is very limited.  I ordered a fried chicken dinner, it came with two sides.  I’m always nervous about mac and cheese, so I went with collard greens and yams.  They give you any two pieces you want, that was a nice surprise. The chicken was crispy, hot and moist. It was seasoned like my Aunt Sally’s. The collards were okay, better with hot sauce, yams were on point. Next time I’ll try the mac and cheese. They had some smothered turkey wings they looked really good. Definitely worth the trip uptown.

Penelope Brunch

My birthday was on a Sunday this year.  Brunch is the best way to celebrate.  They had a $20 pre fixe, a main dish and a beverage. I ordered Nutella stuffed french toast and a white peach bellini. It was french bread, it was okay. I was much more impressed with the chicken apple sausage and bellini. They had some other interesting items that were unavailable. I would go back to try something else.