The Kitchen, Boulder

The Kitchen was one the highlights of our visit to Colorado. The space was open, light and beautiful. The food was quality. Yes this is weird, but visit the restroom. We learned that The Kitchen is owned by a former colleague of British Jamie Oliver, and we even loved the Pangea Organics Canadian pine and white sage bathroom soap!

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The chandelier in the enter of the dining room was eye catching and just lovely._MG_5517

We love that The Kitchen donates 20% of sales from Monday night Community Night._MG_5518

We enjoyed a glass of fresh squeezed grapefruit and organic orange half and half per our waitress’s suggestion. It was perfectly sweet and tart for $4.50.

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The highlight of our Colorado visit and the best meal we had was The Kitchen’s Lamb Burger with Colorado lamb, pepper relish, al latte bun and perfectly seasoned steak fries for $15. We got a side of mayo and those fries were some of the best steak fries we have ever eaten. The salad was lemony and lightly dressed, perfect to compliment the juicy slightly sweet burger. Bar none one of the best burgers ever eaten. Best lamb burger ever eaten hands down._MG_5527

The rest of the menu looked so good and we would certainly return to try the rest of the menu another visit.The Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Snooze, Denver

After researching brunch spots, we decided on Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. As we waited for a table, we enjoyed fresh cup of coffee.

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We couldn’t decide on one pancake style so we chose the Pancake Flight and choose three pancake flavors. Our favorite was the Sweet Potato Pancakes. The sweet potato buttermilk pancakes topped with caramel, pecans and ginger butter were out of this world. They were super special and tasty. Our second favorite pancake was the Chestnuts Roastin Pancakes. The buttermilk pancake was filled with spiced pears and topped with roasted chestnut caramel, sweet cream and citrus butter. Finally, we tried the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes s with caramelized pineapple chunks, vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter.

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We had to order the Sandwich I Am breakfast sandwich. The Udi’s soft pretzel roll was too  much so we took the top off as an open faced sandwich. The eggs, cheddar cheese and a sausage patty was served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise and hash browns. That smoked cheddar hollandaise sauce could make cardboard taste delicious. The breakfast sandwich awesome.

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The cornbeef hash was nicely done, the shredded hash mixed with locally made corned beef, caramelized poblanos and onions was topped with two eggs and toast._MG_5445

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Gather, Berkeley

Our colleague mentioned she wanted to visit Gather and we were unanimously interested. The space itself is very interesting, vines hanging in front of the open kitchen and nets from the high ceiling.

_MG_4905_MG_4912We were accidentally served another table’s warm Kale Salad with carrots, pine-nuts, capers, Fiscalini cheese (v, gf) for $11. We would definitely try this one time.

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We enjoyed the Local Lettuces salad with beets, citrus, pistachio, burnt honey vinaigrette, fine herbs (v, gf) for $11. The combination of the sweetness from the red beets and honey along with the citrus was lovely and we loved the texture of the pistachio. This was a solid salad and would order this again. Our only suggestion was more slices of beets and citrus, because we split one slices of beet and citrus amongst three people!

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We deeply enjoyed the Nettle, Ricotta, Etna peppers, Meyer lemon, mint, Lucques olive pizza for $18. The crust was very decorative and shape provided an element of texture. The balance of the ingredients were delicious and we found ourselves having no problem polishing off and wanting to split the final slices.

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Next time we return to Gather (and we will) we will order the egg,  bacon, caramelized onions, oregano pizza for $18 and the Yellow Foot Mushroom Scramble with melted leeks, nettles, thyme, toast (gf) for $14.

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Aquitaine Revisited, South End, Boston

We love stopping by Aquitaine (BMH review of Aquitaine) for the $9.95 prixe fixe brunch. $10 brunch is on Saturdays between 10-3pm and for an hour 10-11AM on Sundays.

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We love when we are served the warm House-Made Cinnamon Bun, unlimited coffee and choice of orange or grapefruit juice along with our eggs.The cinnamon bun is nice and flakey and covered in glaze.

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After chatting about our friend’s recent honeymoon and favorite moments of her wedding, we toasted with belllinis. We are done with our bridesmaids duties. C’est finis! The Bellini with White Peach Puree and Sparkling Wine for $8.00 was a great accompaniment with our breakfast.

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There are two omelettes always ordered la Maison and Alsacienne. The omelette de la Maison with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Gruyere Cheese is served with a side of toast and potatoes.

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The Omelette al Sacienne with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Boursin Cheese was earthy and the creamy tangy cheese was delicious.IMG_3009

We can not get enough of Aquitaine’s brunch. Still good.

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Campton Place Restaurant, Taj Campton, Union Square, San Francisco

Holiday time is here and Union Square was packed. Campton Place Restaurant at the Taj Campton was equally busy. Upon entrance, we noticed all the tired shoppers and hungry diners. We were greeted by very friendly, properly dressed staff and the dining room had an inviting ambiance and the wreaths brought a  touch of holiday cheer. _MG_3665 We decided on the Holiday prixe fixe and a few of our dining companions decided on the wine pairing at an additional $34/person. The restaurant serves New American cuisine with hints of Indian and exotic spices. _MG_3667 The beginning of our meal kicked off with an amuse bouche complimentary of the kitchen. The airy burst of of arugula, apple and avocado foam was a palate awakener. We are huge fans of green smoothies and this was an elegant and refreshing version. _MG_3669The spiced shrimp with young potatoes, mint reliish, yogurt and mustard greens was one of the most elegantly plated dishes we have ever seen. Our dining companions absolutely loved this salad. The shrimp tender and accoutrements very fresh. We absolutely loved the mustard greens and color._MG_3672The butternut squash veloute vanilla and coffee was the least unique dish of all the plates and yet it was still warming and very simple. The hint of vanilla and coffee was fragrant, but ultimately something that will not be savored or ordered again._MG_3674Our favorite dish was the Black Cod Pan Seared with Cauliflowers Composition, Mussels, Red Radish and Coconut Curry. The plate was gorgeous and the curry sauce was flavorful. The black cod was tender and the mussels perfectly cooked. The paper thin radish slices and cauliflower were hints of brightness and offered a bite. The black rice offered great texture and pop. _MG_3676Our dining companion ordered the Liberty Farm Duck “Samosa” Spiced Tomato Butter and Chilled Vegetables. Unfortunately, we did not get the verdict on if he would order it again, but it certainly looked tantalizing._MG_3679We rushed to the Legion of Honor for Rodin’s The Thinker, Royal Treasure from the Louvre and an afternoon of art and an organ concert. Although it doesn’t compare with visiting Musee Rodin itself or Musee d’Orsay, it was a perfect way to “travel” for an afternoon and absorb some culture._MG_3684

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