One of the things that I love about LA is the beautiful weather, and I don’t think that I am alone on this, and I have always been a fan of considering Sunday as a day of rest. Lately, I have discovered the wonderful world of Sunday brunch. Its a special meal that combines many of things that I love on the weekends: sleeping late, eating, friends, being outdoors, and having a drink without guilt of anyone telling you shouldn’t be drinking before noon. I remember that I got yelled at once for drinking a beer at 11am at my parents house when I was in my 20’s. I didn’t hear the end of that for a while, actually, they still bring it up. So I hope that my parents read this. Anyway, but I think one of the deciding factors is being outdoors. I don’t know what it is, but it definitely changed the feel of the meal for me. Anything other way.. is just lunch.
In the past couple weeks, I have had the pleasure of sharing meals with couple friends at restaurants at the opposite ends of the spectrum. My friend Monica and I ended up at a place called Food+Lab which is quintessential California; organic, organic, organic.
The meal started off with a cheese plate, which is something that I couldn’t pass up, which included gruyere, blue, and chèvre cheese, nuts, fruit and crusty bread. This is always a good start, although the blue was rather potent, kinda overshadowed everything else I had on that plate, but cheese no less! And a small chicken sandwich rounded out the sitting. Although there was no alcohol involved, the fact that we were sitting in the back patio enjoying the day made it worth it.
On the other hand, my friend Nicole and I went to a place in Pasadena called Mirajes for a margarita lunch. Unfortunately, it was a cold overcast day, so we sat inside, which made the mariachi band playing next to our table rather deafening, my voice became a little strained after lunch having to shout at her.
The cheese smothered plate of something, I think it was supposed to be a burrito and chile relleños, was second to our conversation, and of course margaritas. I wouldn’t necessarily call this brunch, if we would have sat about 25 feet towards the other end of the doors, then yes, but the margaritas helped it out a lot. Did I mention margaritas?
In the wake of football season, and working our way into another one, enjoy the beautiful southern California weather, eat well, and enjoy time with your friends.. Cocktail in hand of course.