Chicken Shawarma

You know when you set up brunch at a restaurant you’ve never been to and you get there only to find out they don’t serve brunch? No? It’s just happened to me at Silvana?

Luckily, my date was the “Shawarma Gawd” himself, Brandon, whose blog you can find here. It was a first time for the both of us, checking out Silvana’s in Harlem. Refreshing cucumber water at your disposal and plenty of trinkets, bags, home wear plus more to peak your interest, Silvana’s is comforting. I could hardly stay in my seat because I wanted to look at everything. However, the arrival of Brandon’s tea wasn’t something I wanted to miss. I’m no tea guru; I barely like tea. Brandon on the other hand, could drink tea everyday of his life. They have a French press for the variety of teas they offer and I was simply fascinated at how these things work.

tea press

Then our shawarma arrived! I ordered the chicken on some kind of bread and it was stuffed with hummus, salad, garlic spread, and a few other items I couldn’t even pronounce if I tried. Yes, there was a party in there and I didn’t know what to do about it. I tried to consume it like a sandwich and when that didn’t work, I just used my fork. I’m not too big on hummus but the chicken was really fresh. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t make the huge mess I made, however, it was all right for my first experience.

Chicken Shawarma

I saw my future briefcase at Silvana’s so I do need to go back but I definitely would try something else on the menu here.


Lobster macaroni and cheese - Poco

A great brunch does not compromise. For me, a great brunch is good music, great service, amazingly delicious food and an abundance of drinks. It would only be a plus if the people in attendance were fun, wonderful beings but I’m not there for that. Don’t compromise my brunch Poco.

I went to the popular Poco a few weeks ago and I truly underestimated how popular they were because it was an hour wait. I really have to get back into the habit of making reservations. Nonetheless, once we were seated, I was handed one of those menus that just makes you want to have everything. I opted for the lobster mac and cheese considering that’s what they’re really known for and of course, the waitress started to bring out the Sangria.

 Sangria - Poco

They offer white and red sangria here which I wound up mixing. This place is known or being a boozy brunch, all the way, through and through. The music is really good and the place remained packed the entire time. Everyone was carrying wine, mimosas, or sangrias and singing along to the G-UNIT records that were blasting from the speakers.

 I just kept drinking….

Red and White Sangria - Poco

Once my food arrived, I was surprised to find these huge lobster chunks in my dish. If you’re going to offer something on a menu, don’t be stingy about it and they aren’t! However, and I’m no mac and cheese guru, the dish just wasn’t for me. I found it to be too cheesy, almost like soup and the consistency wasn’t peaking my interest. I would return to Poco though for something else on the menu because there were other options that looked great and their drinks were really good too. Make a reservation if you plan to check it out yourself.

Lobster macaroni and cheese - Poco

Red Velvet Pancakes - Green Eggs Cafe

Thank you Genius in HD for accompanying me on a 6-hour trip to Philadelphia just for brunch at Green Eggs Cafe.


Wasn’t it worth it?

As I jumped into my dress for a birthday shindig that evening, exhausted from traveling and possibly still mimosa-drunk, that’s all I kept telling myself.


I had been to Green eggs before and as you may recall, the pancakes left a lasting impression on me. Possibly some of thee best red velvet pancakes I have had to date and I wish someone could tell me different. This is what pancakes for two looks like, because seriously, you cannot finish this alone. Three huge pancakes hugging one another with delicious mascarpone in between and oozing out of the sides…I have died and gone to heaven.

Red Velvet Pancakes - Green Eggs Cafe

But the great thing about Green eggs, aside from it being BYOB, is that ALL the food is pretty amazing and my fork was on every plate at my table.

Brunch - Green eggs cafe

About 7 bottles of Andre later…I was full and the waitress, Logan, who’s a doll, just knew I wasn’t going to make it. So she shared with me what I thought at the time was the craziest idea ever; take the pancakes home and make it into a milkshake. Is this lady for real? And she was, so I listened to her because these pancakes man, they really are THAT good.

Creme Brule French Toast - green eggs cafe

Not going to lie, I was nervous. Pancakes? Into a milkshake? That’s suppose to taste good? HELL. TO. THE. YES. I whipped up my milkshake and haven’t looked back since. When I tell you it was amazing though…Logan, I owe you. I put half of the pancakes, with one scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, a cup of milk and a tablespoon of syrup into the blender to make it. Can’t wait to head back to Philly to do this all again.

Marcy & Cass