Screendoor

Southern food is not really my favorite food.  The food is just too heavy and low on the vegetable/high fiber component.  I’m not a healthnut really, but I prefer balance in my diet and Southern food represents everything wrong with the American diet in this country.  So you’ll rarely see my seek out Southern food,…

Tupelo Junction

Santa Barbara is truly an idyllic little town.  Such a contrast to the recent tragedy that occurred there recently.  But I don’t want to bring down the mood, so let’s stick to what makes most people happy.  The Mom, HemaSh, and I took a quick weekend getaway to Santa Barbara.  We didn’t do much, just…

Havana 1957

What’s a trip to Miami without taking in the Cuban culture of this heterogeneously Latin city?  We went for a quick brunch at a chain of Cuban restaurants called Havana 1957.  Bruin Bear took an earlier flight out, but she was raving about the flan here, which unfortunately they were not serving, it being 10am…

Little Goat

Stephanie Izzard’s first restaurant, Girl & The Goat, is probably one of the hottest tickets in town since it opened in 2010.  Reservations are still hard to come by and sometimes can’t be snagged even months in advance.  I dined here some time ago and was very pleased with my meal here, though I feel…

Pine State Biscuits

So this post marks a FIRST.  I used my iPhone to take these pictures!  You may have noticed, but I ain’t eating out as much these days.  So I don’t just leave my camera in my purse anymore because it’s just too heavy even though it’s just a point and shoot.  People rave about this…

Brenda’s French Soul Food

I like brunch, but I don’t love it.  As a result, I am never too keen on waiting the 1-2 hours that some really popular brunch places command on the weekends, the only time most people, including myself, can enjoy brunch.  Fortunately, if I go in with the right mindset and pre-eat, waiting isn’t such…

Papa Haydn

Papa Haydn is a restaurant that falls on the many different lists of “Top Portland Restaurants.”  It’s probably misleading because the food really isn’t all that good.  I think the “must-try” eats at this restaurants is the desserts, which unfortunately isn’t all that good either, unless you like cake.  I have a sweet tooth, but…

The Mission

For our last meal in San Diego, we decided to brunch it up at The Mission.  What’s up with brunch places always having some crazy wait?  Why does everyone love brunch soooooo darn much?!  It’s just breakfast, but at lunch time.  For some crazy reason, people get way too excited about eggs and pancakes at…

Pambiche

After successive, yet delicious, New American meals, I was craving something with just a little bit more oomph and flavor.  Perhaps some Asian fare?  But of course, Portland isn’t the place to be when you’re craving a salty umami rich bowl of ramen or spicy cold Korean noodles.  It was brunch time, and I think…

Lola

So in Seattle, Tom Douglas is King.  You may ask why?  Well when you own 6 restaurants and 1 bakery that garners outstanding reviews and is wildly loved by the masses, then you can be king too.  Oh, when you stick all those restaurants within a 1 mile radius of each other, that just shows…

Mother’s Bistro Bar

I like brunch.  I don’t love brunch.  Aside from Norma’s in NYC, I can’t say I’ve had a mind blowing experience when it comes to this very popular meal.  Granted, most of the places I’ve tried are not in the same price range as Norma’s so it may be an unfair comparison.  I’ve done Doughboys,…

Break of Dawn

In an attempt to be more adventurous in the OC, my family and I tried a Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Laguna Hills for brunch.  All of those descriptors are totally atypical for the H.o.P.  We don’t eat “Vietnamese fusion.”  We certainly don’t do brunch.  And who the heck eats in Laguna Hills? The chef/owner of…