• One of the Most Eggciting Brunch Places! Egg Shop

    Hi, LoDown fam! I hope you’re having an eggcellent week so far—yes, I did just make that pun! đŸ˜‹ 

    I’m about to guide you through another one of my super awesome brunches. This time, we’re headed to SoHo to eat at the Egg Shop on 151 Elizabeth Street. If you’re a fan of eggs, you’re definitely going to be a big fan of this place!

    Brunch Menu

    I’ve never seen an all-things-eggs menu like the one they have here. Their Sandwich and Cruiser options are endless. If you don’t see anything that tickles your fancy, you can go for the Custom Egg & Cheese option. They also have delicious (non-egg) Sides that pair really well with all their eggciting entrees. My boyfriend and I decided to “go big or go home” when ordering so in addition to choosing an entree each, we also decided to pick our own sides as well!

    Buttermilk Biscuit with Honey Butter and Seasonal Jam

    Absolutely no regrets with this starter. The Buttermilk Biscuit was fluffy and already full of flavor, but the Honey Butter and Seasonal Jam gave it a huge upgrade, making my taste buds dance with joy.

    Steak and Egg Sandwich

    My boyfriend ordered the Steak and Egg Sandwich, which is made with grass fed tenderloin, sunny up, chimichurri, caramelized onion aioli, fresh pickled jalapeno, farm greens, and fresh hero. Truth be told, I did not get to try this one out because he devoured the whole thing—a really good sign of how tasty it probably was. I mean, you can never go wrong with steak and eggs.

    Scrambler

    This was probably my second or third time ordering the Scrambler—a mixture of soft scramble, roasted mushroom, tomato confit, scallion, and pecorino. Why do I keep ordering this? Well, I’m actually a hardcore fan of anything with mushroom. I knew I had to revist the Egg Shop when I first ordered the Scrambler back in September. It’s like a deconstructed omelette, but better. Everything blends well together and every time I finish the bowl, I wish there was more to devour. Tip: eat with Egg Shop’s hot sauce!

    Fried Chicken

    My next favorite thing after the Scrambler – a side of friend chicken. I didn’t have any expectations, I honestly ordered it because I wanted some meat. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I thought Popeye’s had the best fried chicken in the world, but not anymore. You’re looking at the most delicious piece of $7.00 fried chicken, drizzled with honey, dutifully devoured by Courtney.

    Stay tuned for my next food adventure! 

    xx,
    Courtney Xu
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  • Brunching at Eugene & Co. Let's hear it for Brooklyn!

    I’m not really a Brooklyn kind of girl, but when I do make my way there, I get my boozy brunch on!

    While visiting Bedford Stuyvesant, I decided to stop by Eugene & Co., an organic restaurant and bar. I immediately fell in love with the place as soon as I walked in. All about its rustic aesthetic, ya feel?

    I had such a hard time choosing a drink from the drink menu—everything looked so good. Even though I usually get a Mimosa, I decided to get something different this time around!

    And so, I decided on the Coloniala cocktail formulated with gin, grapefruit, honey, lime, and bitters. It was on point! My boyfriend also ordered a cocktail, The Earl, which was infused with gin, earl gray, lemon, and prosecco. Yes, mine was delicious, but The Earl was way better. I loved that they sprinkled what seemed to be earl gray tea leaves on top!

    I ordered the Brown Rice Bowl, a blend of black beans, corn salsa, avocado, pico de gallo, and cilantro vinaigrette, topped with a sunny-side up egg! It was divine (especially with some hot sauce)! All the ingredients were fresh and healthy. I totally recommend this dish if you want something light, but filling. Best of all, you won’t feel bad eating it!

    The boyfriend ordered a Meatloaf sandwich—a mix of angus beef, aioli, smokey tomato jam, bacon, and crispy onions. This is probably the restaurant brunch favorite. I mean, just look at the thing! That bacon, though! Truth be told, I was a little jealous, but he let me have a few bites! Yum. I will definitely come back to try some of their meatier options.

    Totally recommend checking this place out if you’re in the Bed-Stuy area! Even their bathroom was super fun. It felt like I was in an art gallery in a completely different era. Stay tuned for my next foodie experience!

  • How to Make Sweet Potato Toast

    Toast is an easy, fail proof, and delicious way to enjoy breakfast or brunch and can be made savory, sweet, or with avocado! Unfortunately, not everyone can eat toast as frequently as they would like to. Some people prefer to eat whole, unprocessed foods, while others are gluten-free, paleo-friendly, or too nutrient dense to indulge in toast.

    Enter: the sweet potato.

    Sweet potatoes are a great alternatives to toast. High in beta-carotene, they can help keep your hair, eyes, and nails healthy—just like carrots! They, of course, are also super delicious and much better for you than the standard bread.

    This sweet potato toast trend went viral a while back and still makes an appearance on Instagram and Pinterest so today I’ll teach you how to make your own with 4 vegan topping suggestions!

    TOPPING SUGGESTIONS

    • almond butter + banana + cinnamon
    • tahini + fig + agave
    • avocado + chili flakes + lime
    • crunchy almond butter + frozen mixed berries + hemp seeds
    • hummus + cucumber slices + paprika

    Sweet Potato Toast


    • Prep Time:
      5m
    • Cook Time:
      10m

    Ingredients

    • 1 Large Sweet Potato
    • Toppings of Your Choice!

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your sweet potato, and peel the skin if you prefer.
    2. Make lengthwise slices about 1/8 to 1/4th of an inch thick. If you have a mandolin, using one will make this much easier! If not, slice as thinly as you can (the thicker the slice, the longer you will need to toast it for).
    3. Toast the slices in a standard toaster, or a small toaster oven, for about 5-8 minutes. If your slices are on the thicker side, you may want to flip them and cook for another 5-8 minutes. You can also use a toaster and just keep pressing down to re-toast until you reach your desired texture. You can enjoy these a bit crunchier, or toast repeatedly until they are more on the soft side.
    4. Enjoy with your favorite toppings and get creative!

  • Twice-Cooked Bacon is the Best Kind of Bacon

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  • Why Is No One Talking About This Incredible New England Doughnut?

    Fishermen are known for their superstitions and lobster fishermen are no different from the rest. Maine lobster fishing superstitions differ from harbor to harbor but when I researched them for my book I found five common themes.

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  • Holiday Brunch Spots

    Holiday Brunchin’

    Lazy Morning Goodness

    The best things in life come in pairs. We love the holidays and we love brunch. Put them together, and what do you have? Holiday brunch goodness, of course!

    If you’re living in NYC or planning a trip, these holiday brunch spots are your must-visit locations. Eat and be merry!

    CarolersBrunch

    Brunch and a Show

    The Lamb's Club

    Every year, The Lamb’s Club hosts the oh-so popular Carolers Brunch on four different dates (December 6th, December 13th, December 20th and Christmas Day). Brunch and carolers– Can you get any more Christmas vibes than that? Enjoy some good singing while chowin’ down on stuffed french toast or eggs en cocette.

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    Brunch and the Best Deal

    Jack's Wife Freda

    For the best deal and perhaps the most Instagrammed brunch spot in NYC, head on over to Jack’s Wife Freda in SoHo. Located at Lafayette Street between Kenmare and Spring, you’re in the perfect location to put a serious dent in your holiday shopping list. Of course, before braving the holiday shopping, energize yourself with Jack’s Breakfast (2 eggs, grilled steak, tomato & sourdough toast — yum!), rosewater waffles or grilled haloumi.

    Photographed by yours truly

    Photographed by yours truly

    Brunch and a Holiday Stroll

    Bubby's

    Bubby’s at the Highline has some of the most delicious brunch options in town. Not only are their pies world famous (like, craved-around-the-world famous), but their Highline location is perfect for a family stroll after a delicious meal. Walk through the Highline and see holiday decorations all the way from Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street in Midtown.

    Bergdorfs

    Brunch and Holiday Shopping

    Bergdorf Goodman

    With the December weather, who wants to brave wind, freezing temperatures and possible snow? Nobody. At Bergdorf’s, you can brunch with a view (overlooking Central Park!) and shop for your loved ones immediately after without even leaving the building. Now that’s my idea of holiday brunchin’.

    Plaza

    Brunch and the Best Holiday Decorations

    The Plaza

    The Plaza is magical year-round. But, during the holidays? It’s truly an experience. Enjoy brunch at their Palm Court while taking in the magic that is their Christmas Tree. After? Enjoy a ride around the park in a horse drawn carriage. You’ll really be able to hear those sleigh bells ringing and jing ting tingling too.

    Rockefeller

    Brunch and the Rockefeller Tree

    Norma's at Le Parker Meridien Hotel

    Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien Hotel loves kids more than they love whipped cream (their exact words– gotta love them!). With a menu that includes “bing popping waffles,” eggs benedict and mango-papaya brown butter cinnamon crepes (what a mouthful — literally!), you’ll be ready to head over to Rockefeller Plaza to skate and enjoy the Rockefeller tree just several blocks away.

    Where will you be brunchin’ this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!

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