The Pantry

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Earlier this year, when the days were sunny and the leaves were still green, CP and I took a nice, long stroll to The Pantry – one of New Haven’s best and most renowned brunch establishments. We had to wait in line, but the weather was nice and the wait was nothing too extreme. The food was well worth the wait.

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The Pantry is known for their Cinnamon Roll pancakes. If you go to Yale, chances are you’ve seen at least a few Instagram’s of one of The Pantry’s Cinnamon Roll pancakes. The pancakes are huge, delicious, and decadent.

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We also ordered the Eggs Benedict. They were the best Eggs Benedict I have ever had. CP and I both agreed that the Eggs Benedict were, in fact, better than the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.

Together, between the pancakes and Eggs Benedict, we had a fantastic meal that was both savory and sweet.

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Brunchin’ at Zazie

My parents and I have been to Zazie for dinner, which was good not great, but I’ve always wanted return for their infamous brunch. And so, on a rare sunny morning (and my last sunny morning) in San Francisco my mom and I ventured to Cole Valley to enjoy a glorious mid-day feast.

The line was long. What you need to know about Zazie is that they operate on two separate waiting systems. The outside tables go on a first-come-first-serve basis, and the wait list only seats those inside and on the patio out back. We slid into a table outside and had…

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Miracle Pancakes – Bread Pudding Pancakes with grilled bananas and whipped cream

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And the Omelette du Jour – bacon, tomato provençale, fresh basil, and feta cheese

 

Like all San Franciscans, we love to brunch. We left full and fantastically happy.

 

Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332

Semifreddi’s Cinnamon French Toast for Mother’s Day

Like many daughters, every year on Mother’s Day I make breakfast for my mother. This year, I decided to combine two of my childhood favorites (okay, more like lifelong favorites) into one decadently delicious dish. Semfreddi’s Cinnamon Twist, meet French Toast. French Toast, meet Semifreddi’s Cinnamon Twist.

Semifreddi’s is a local Bay Area bakery. I grew up on their cinnamon challah – no joke, I think it was my main source of sustenance for my most important years of growth. Semifreddi’s Cinnamon Twist was a staple in the Lowe household growing up. Their loaves of bread have the fluffy buttery-ness of good challah and the addicting flavor of their cinnamon concoction woven throughout. Think of challah crossed with a cinnamon roll. Nowadays, I only get Semifreddi’s Cinnamon Twist as a treat. My metabolism isn’t quite the same anymore.

But Mother’s Day is, by all means, a special occasion that calls for not just Semifreddi’s Cinnamon Twist, but Semifreddi’s Cinnamon Twist French Toast.

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I used The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book’s French Toast recipe that calls for putting the toast in the oven to dry it out a bit.

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Then the toast is dipped in a combination of egg, milk, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg and placed on a hot griddle. Voila!

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My Mother’s Day meal was completed with bacon and fresh fruit salad on the side.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

 

 

Brunch at Heirloom, The Study at Yale

The Study at Yale is the best hotel in New Haven, and is also home to one of the best restaurants in New Haven, Heirloom.

To be clear – I actually had breakfast at Heirloom on this particular day, and not brunch. The breakfast menu is, from my understanding, just a limited version of the brunch menu and is only available for hotel guests.

Brunch at The Study is notorious and notoriously good – never miss an opportunity to be fed at Heirloom, preferably by your parents or your friend’s parents who are visiting.

I’ll stop with the advice.

 

Study at Kale Frittata – Egg Whites, Milled Tomato, Parmigiano & Burrata, Sunflower Seeds & Farm Lettuces

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Heirloom Oatmeal

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Smoked Fish Plate with Smoked Salmon and Trout Spread Combo

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