Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brunching with the Girls at Elite Cafe San Francisco

Elite Cafe San Francisco
Bay Area Beignets

Before diving into this delicious post, I'd like to congratulate Jessica from The Pyreflies for winning my Click n Curl Giveaway!

Now that Boston is just getting over the big Juno blizzard, I'm getting homesick for the warmth & sunshine of San Francisco back home! When I went back to visit for the holidays, brunch was a must. After all, meeting up with the girls for brunch is always a good idea! We met up at Elite Cafe in San Francisco's Lower Pac Heights, a neighborhood filled with adorable boutiques and cafes that seems like it was created for brunching. 

Elite Cafe specializes in cajun & creole cuisine, so everything is packed with flavor and super hearty! We started off with a couple Bay Area Beignets (above), both of which came out impossibly warm, soft, and scrumptious. 

Elite Cafe San Francisco

Three of the four of us ordered the drool-worthy plate you see above: The Meetinghouse Benedict. This dish came complete with biscuits, ham hock, poached eggs, and a great hollandaise sauce. I wished the eggs were a tad more runny on the inside, but all together it was an hugely flavorful and hearty meal.


Elite Cafe San Francisco

Above is the equally hearty Alabama Scramble, with scrambled eggs, bacon, mashed pot Alabama Scramble potatoes, biscuits & gravy. It's hard to beat a brunch like this!

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking off our brunch and perusing the adorable shops nearby. Wouldn't it be nice if every day could be a Sunday like this!


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Happy Monday readers! I hope my fellow Boston bloggers stay warm and safe tonight through storm Juno.

As most of you know, I've been living in Boston over a year now, but would you believe I had yet to go to any major sporting event until recently! Boston is definitely known for its unending sports pride- local fans root and cheer for the New England Patriots, the Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Bruins Hockey Team.

The hockey games can be pretty pricey, but I was lucky enough to win tickets to a game courtesy of Work Jam and thought I would document the experience for you all! 

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

The Bruins games are held at TD Garden, which also holds Celtics games during basketball season. The stadium is super modern and sleek, which adds to the excitement and overall experience of the game.

I went with two other California natives who, like me, had never been to a hockey game before (it's not exactly the biggest sport on the West Coast)!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Hearing the roar of the fans, the clinks of the puck, and the buzz of each goal, it was easy to get sucked into the game. Basically there are 5 team members from each team, plus the goalies, on field at a time. If a player is put into the penalty box, then the other team has a huge advantage because they have an extra person on the field. It was such a nail-biter when the players got near to their goals! 

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

It was fun being at a Bruins game, because the Bruins are also the mascot of UCLA (my alma mater). Fun fact: a bruin is like a teenage bear - not a baby, but not an adult bear. Save that one for trivia night!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

We avoided paying for expensive stadium food by going to a local pizza joint across the street before the game, and we weren't the only ones with this idea. The shop was filled with die-hard fans in hockey jerseys, watching the pre-game on the flat screens while noshing on pizza slices, sodas and beer. 

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It seems hockey is almost a cultural experience. Especially popular in New England and Canada for all their snow, even Miss Canada dressed in hockey gear on Miss Universe last night!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

It was super amazing to experience such a cultural phenomenon, and get a real Boston experience at the same time. It's great to see a city come together in a common goal and excitement - and reminds me of how San Francisco is with their love for the SF Giants and the 49ers! 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Mike & Patty's Boston Breakfast Sandwiches

Mike & Patty's Boston

Always on the lookout for the best brunch in Boston, we obviously had to try Mike & Patty's. They were voted by Boston Magazine as having the best breakfast sandwiches in Boston in 2014, as well as being the best reason to wake up in 2012. I don't know about you, but if a restaurant is named the best reason to get out of bed in the morning, I'm checking that place out! 

Mike & Patty's Boston

As we strolled to their shop from the T station, we found ourselves walking along these adorable, quaint Boston streets- complete with cobblestones, brick walls and sidewalks, and even a sprinkling of snow. Christmas wreaths were still hanging along the street lamps. It doesn't get much cuter than this!

Mike & Patty's Boston

The shop turned out to be SUPER tiny. We were squished in like sardines, which gave me flashbacks to my morning commute every day. Pushing back the PTSD from daily trips on the green line, we ordered quickly and somehow managed to score two barstools in the corner. 

Whew! Now we could enjoy the chocolate milk that everyone was raving to us about, as we waited for our sandos. This locally-sourced sweetness turned out to be really amazing. It was sweet but not overpowering, and absolutely full of flavor. If the sandwiches were as good as this milk, we were in for a treat.

Mike & Patty's Boston

And of course, they were! Above you see the scrumptious delight that is the Breakfast Torta, which consisted of fried egg, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalepenos, potato, refritos, salsa, and avocado on a torta roll. It was as jam-packed with flavor as you could imagine, and incredibly hearty! Even the bun itself is something to write home about.

Mike & Patty's Boston

I ordered The Fancy, which comes with fried egg, bacon, cheddar, avocado, red onion, and house mayo served on toasted multigrain. I have to tell you, we both agreed that this innocent-looking sando was the best breakfast sandwich either of us has ever had. We also unanimously agreed on the reason, and that is the house mayo. It was just bursting with flavor, with a subtle kick to it as well. I don't know what magic ingredients they add to it, but it's working! 

If I could have one thing to eat for breakfast every single day, I would choose The Fancy from Mike & Patty's. It's impossibly delicious, and has everything you need to start your day- protein, avocado, and that special sauce. My new life goal is to find out how they make their house mayo. Wish me luck! 

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