Deck Upgrade + Favorite Finds

As many of you know, my husband and I purchased a home about a year and a half ago. Slowly we’ve been upgrading, remodeling, and decorating.

Although kids are going back to school, we still have about a month and a half of the real summer season left. I figured there was no better time than now to get some furniture for our back deck.

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Our deck is actually pretty big, and purchasing fancy deck furniture such as sofas, side tables, and picnic tables isn’t a priority right now. I did however want to add a little something to our huge deck.

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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.