As I probably already mentioned, I love brunches. Just the fact it combines two meals into one. You can also have your choice of breakfast or lunch items. The combination is endless. Plus, I'm not usually a morning person, Sure I wake up early, but my mood is sometimes something else to be desired. But mention the word brunch (occasionally breakfast) and my mood perks up like Christmas morning.
Brunch #1. Early this week, I had a little outing with one of my bestest friends at Fred 62. It was a lovely day out so we opted to eat on the outside tables. The place is a little trendy 24-hour eatery in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area. You can go there at 3am and order yourself their awesome mac and cheese balls. We spent some chatting it up before making our order. Their service is pretty fast.
My friend orders the Fred McMurray. Scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and hash browns on a buttery bun. Mouthwateringly good. Simple breakfast sandwich.
I ordered the New Amsterdam. Another breakfast sandwich. Scrambled eggs, bacon strips and hash browns on a buttery bun. I had to have my bacon. As much as I enjoy a good breakfast sausage every now and then, you can't beat the bacon. Plus a few dashes of tobasco and it made for satisfying meal. To wash it down, I had myself a cup of joe with free refills. My mug patiently sneaking into the shot in the back. I love the inhouse chip skewer holding it all together, too. This definitely trumps the Egg McMuffin any day!
Brunch #2. Panera. Well, I still had a couple coupon I need to use up. They're actually near expiration and I figured I'd take advantage of the opportunity while it was still here. This time it was for their Grilled Breakfast Sandwich. A buy one, get one free. Can't beat that right. If you see those kinds of coupons, use them. They're really a great deal. I took my mom with me before we headed out to the farmer's market to get this week's produce picks.
It was a good sized sandwich. Just enough to hold me over. We both went for the fried egg, bacon and cheese on ciabatta. That was pressed like a panini. Again a simple sandwich. I haven't been disappointed yet by the quality of food served at this branch. Again, I washed it down for a hot cup of their dark roast coffee.
On a little side-note -- Congrats to Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao!! ;-D