Sunday Brunch in NOLA: The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits

We were recently in New Orleans for our friend’s wedding and decided to check out one new spot before the wedding festivities began. After doing a little internet browsing we stumbled upon The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits.  If you live in New Orleans or plan on visiting soon, be sure to check this spot out.

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I’ll admit, I go to New Orleans at least once a year, but typically more than that. However, I’ve never really explored the breakfast/brunch scene.

Located at St. Claude and St. Roch this restaurant sits in a unique area of the city. I was amazed by how many people I saw ride by on a bike. I’ll be honest, in all my years of visiting and spending time in New Orleans I rarely see people just scooting around town on a bike.

The breakfast here is good… and when I say good, I mean GOOD (and unique).

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William ordered the Huevos Rancheros with Shrimp. I got a teeny little bit of this meal because he ate it so fast! Needless to say, it was delicious.

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The Huevos Rancheros consists of sunny side up eggs, black bean puree, ranchero sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, avocado puree, and tortilla chips. William also added a side of shrimp to his order!

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When I saw the Miso Bacon Pancakes on the menu I was a little scared. I just didn’t understand how miso could enhance a breakfast item… But, I decided to give this breakfast entree a try and I’m so glad I did. The miso, chives, bacon, and sweetness of the syrup was a perfect combination. It’s topped with a miso butter and it’s to die for!

 

Their Miso Bacon Pancake entree consists of bacon scallion pancakes, miso garlic butter, and maple syrup. I also added a side of sunny side eggs!

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Because the spotted cat is “food and spirits” they also have an extensive bar and breakfast drink menu!

 

Next time you’re in New Orleans be sure to try out The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits:

2372 ST CLAUDE AVE #130
NEW ORLEANS, LA

 

 

Santa Monica Breakfast: Bru’s Wiffle

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I love breakfast foods. I can’t say that I eat breakfast everyday (because I don’t), but I do take every opportunity to include breakfast ingredients in my day to day meals. Add a sunny side up egg to a rice bowl. Include crispy or candied bacon on a burger, and oh man, have you ever have savory waffles? They’re delicious.

This year William and I traveled to Santa Monica and the highlight of many of our trips is always the food we eat. One restaurant that’s stuck with me is Bru’s Wiffle. A great waffle joint located a few blocks away from the pier.

Restaurant: Bru’s Wiffle

Location: Santa Monica – 2408 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

Food Type: Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch

Bru’s Wiffle is a waffle joint that has 2 southern California locations: Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. They use fresh ingredients and everything’s made from scratch. The restaurant serves cute little waffles that are great for kids and they even have gluten free options.

We got to the restaurant just when they opened and were greeted by such nice employees. We sat down and immediately ordered the hash browns stuffed with mozzarella cheese. Although it sounds simple it was absolutely delicious… I’m still trying to figure out how they did it.

William ordered the meat lovers omelette. This ultra filling omelette is made with turkey sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella cheese & avocado and topped with a blazing sauce. He also ordered a standard waffle as a side. The waffle was delicious but probably not something you would want as a “side item” because it’s just as filling as the omelette.

I’ve saved the best for last. I ordered the Golden Goat waffle. Holy cow, it’s 4 of my favorite food items combined into one breakfast entree. It’s a waffle topped with fried chicken, honey, and goat cheese. I’ll be honest, it’s probably one of the best waffles I’ve ever had!

My hope is to come up with a recipe so that you can recreate this entree at home… It’s not like everyone can just zip over to Santa Monica for breakfast!

If you are ever in the LA area, make sure you check out Bru’s Wiffle. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

 

Black Tap Milkshakes: Funky, Famous, & Delicious

 

In late January I had the pleasure of traveling to New York city with my husband and our family for a fun family vacation.

While on the trip my sister-in-law mentioned a restaurant that has been taking over social media — Black Tap. Originally famed for their hamburgers and craft beer, the restaurant is taking over NYC with its outrageous and diet busting milkshakes.

I was pretty excited about trying out the milkshakes, until we arrived and saw the long line. I’ll admit that I didn’t believe any milkshake was worth a three hour wait. My sister-in-law convinced my husband and I to wait out the line with her and I’ll admit it… I’m glad we waited.

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These milkshakes were not only delicious, but are amazingly crafted. It takes a true artist to sling these shakes like there’s no tomorrow… and every single one comes out as beautiful as the one before. For a super treat, be sure to order a side (or two) of fries!

At $15 a pop, I wanted to make sure I was able to enjoy every single ounce. If you’re in NYC make sure you take time to go to Black Tap. They have two locations, one (the original) in SoHo and a second location in the meatpacking district… They’re opening a third location soon!

The customer service here was amazing and I truly believe Black Tap has something special to offer NYC. Oh and if you get a chance, sit down and enjoy more than just the milkshakes.