Scion Mimosas
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You have to make it your business to visit Scion in DC just for the loaded potatoes because that’s an experience worth bragging about. Scion is a bottomless brunch spot that I’ve seen people host their wedding after parties at, during regular service! Sometimes, the brunch is just too real and you have to feed those cravings. Which is exactly what I planned to do when I found myself here again.

Scion Mimosas

Fried pickles were on the menu and I’m not one to resist. If you have yet to experience fried pickles, you should make plans to visit Scion for them because they’re doing it the right way. Pickles already have a great crunch, but having them fried just adds an additional layer to the experience. The acidity of the pickle is toned down with by the fried coating but still waiting to dance across your tastebuds. At Scion, they pair it with ranch dressing but they’re good enough to eat on their own.

Scion Lobster Hash

Unable to resist the lobster hash, my boyfriend was served the loveliest looking plate. The eggs along with the all the starch from the potatoes made it for a heavy meal, not to mention, the chunks of lobster that were in between. He felt it looked better than it actually was but he did end up cleaning the plate. Must have been a little better than he leads on no?

Scion Crab Cake Benedict

In an effort to avoid getting the same dish, I went with the crab cake benedict that came with a side of potato chips. I could have went without the chips as they were over fried for me and didn’t really fit with the dish. The crab cakes however, were soft but kept up in shape on their own. I wish the dish was more filling, I found myself still wanting more food but was able to fill up on the mimosas. When all else fails I know who I can count on but maybe you’ll decide to get a dish with some more depth.

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Caribbean Jerk and Reggae Fest

In the mood for some Caribbean spice in your life? Well you’re in luck.The Caribbean Jerk and Reggae Festival is here to fulfill all your taste bud’s desires.

As Brooklyn is known for its heavy Caribbean influence, The Hall at MP is hosting the 12-day event in the infamous borough we know and love. Still going strong in the heart of Williamsburg, mark your calendars as there is only one week left! The fest will come to a close next Saturday on September 3rd, so indulge in handmade spicy Jamaican beef patties, slow-roasted jerk chicken, and braised spicy oxtail under the tutelage of Executive/Owner Michael Psilakis, Michelin starred chef and cookbook author, while you can!

 

Caribbean Jerk and Reggae Fest

Good vibes are also in order featuring the sounds from Brooklyn based The Far East, NYC’s InDaze and Long Island’s Soul Junkies to national sensations like Challenger, Raj Majesty & The New Vibration, and Top Shotta.

Head to The Hall Brooklyn to purchase tickets now but hold out at your own risk as tickets at the door are dependent upon availability. Attendees can opt for a GA ticket à la carte at $15 or go full throttle and pre-purchase a ticket that includes the Caribbean Jerk Platter for $37.

Doors open at 6pm for an hour long, half-off Happy Hour and the show begins at 7pm. You can join in on the fun this weekend or join us next week, when we will be in attendance!

See you there!

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Yatenga Brunch Steak Sandwich

Because I’m from Harlem, people are always asking where I eat in the neighborhood, and Yatenga has our stamp. I’m not sure if people know how great the food is up here because I’m always able to grab a seat but I am not mad at that, at all.  I’ve been a few times, and the service is pretty decent on average. I love the brunch staff at Yatenga though, and find them to be the most pleasant and attentive. Who wouldn’t think so, when you can get a mimosa pitcher all to yourself?

Yatenga Mimosa

Decor wise, Yatenga is full of vibrant colors and even more vibrant food lovers. They’re somewhat tucked away on Adam Clayton unless you’re familiar with Shrine which is run by the same owner. I know it took me too long to get up there so I encourage you to try it out now that you know about it. Yatenga is also great in the evening time when it’s full of Harlem’s night owls vying for drinks.

Yatenga Harlem

I actually ended up looking it up on foursquare before coming by and saw that Joy from Joblogues had the steak sandwich which was all the rave. How could she steer me wrong? Now every time I go, I try not to order it. It’s so amazing you won’t even look at the other menu items. The steak is served on ciabatta which is a thicker bread but it’s great if you’re looking for a hearty meal. The bread isn’t stiff either and the steak which is a grilled hanger steak, is a burst of smokey textured greatness.

Yatenga Brunch Steak Sandwich

A fried egg is served on the sandwich and you can order with or without it. But the real winner here are the mixed green which I’ve gone back and ordered just a side of. I’m not sure what dressing is on this salad, it’s probably a lot simpler than I think it is but it’s amazing. When do you know me to brag about greens? But Yatenga has made them refreshing, fun, and dare I say, addictive. If you’re going up to Harlem, keep them on your radar.

 

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Bodega South Beach Tacos
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It’s no secret that I love visiting Miami for one of my favorite places to brunch over and over again. However, on my last trip, I made it my business to check out Bodega. This funky spot is perfect for the laid back types who love great tacos and cold drinks. Also known as me, me, me and me. The food here is served out of a truck that is actually on the inside of the spot. Yeah, I mentioned it was funky.

Bodega South Beach Margarita

In addition to the dope set up, the outside seating is great for people watching and catching some rays. They even have a speakeasy type area that you can access in the evenings if you know how to get in…

Bodega South Beach Hot Sauce

It was a hot day in South Beach which called for margaritas that Bodega had on demand. Nothing like self-serve Margarita’s while you decide which tacos you want to dig into. We went for the Al Pastor, the chicken tacos, BBQ carnitas and the specials of the day. They hand you a buzzer to notify you when your food is ready so we hung out with the guacamole and chips while we waited. The guacamole couldn’t compare to the tacos as it was your typical guacamole and chips but it certainly gave us a chance to try all the hot sauces at Bodega, which are plenty.

Bodega South Beach Guacamole

Bodega South Beach Tacos

Once the tacos came out, I think the sun started shining brighter. I need to even add Bodega to the 4 places in Miami you have to try because the tacos are straight sinful. Whenever there’s a special at a place you’re going to for the first time, try it. It’s called special for a reason! I’m a super taco snob and this is because tacos can really be hit or miss and to make a great one, everything has to be right. From the softness of the tortilla, down to the sauce and the combination of flavors which Bodega has in the bag. If you’re headed to Miami or South Beach anytime soon, stop in.

Bodega South Beach Tacos

Casandra Rosario at Bodega South Beach

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Sweet Chick Brunch

It was only right that we celebrated my brother’s birthday at Sweet Chick, because he’s something else and Sweet Chick is for the culture. I knew he would fit right in with the crowd and the menu would be his style. I had heard enough about this place, to know it’s where you want to brunch on the weekends and was ready to find out first hand.

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The wait was about a hour but luckily, there’s enough to do Williamsburg to kill time. There was no way that I was going to another restaurant anyway and the way this place stays packed, I knew they had more than one reason to stick around. After my party of 5 got seated, we ordered spiked lemonades immediately. The seats are more like benches that you have to climb into so it’s unlikely that I’ll be bringing mom back here but friends? For sure. They also have hooks for all of your crap  things, thought it’s pretty close to the table behind you. If you’re not a snob about this, you can make it work.

Sweet Chick Berry Lemonade

The berry lemonade seemed to be a feature as they don’t host it on their every day cocktail menu. The drink was blended a little too well and I ordered another shot, just to get an extra kick. Still couldn’t taste the alcohol in it after that and I’m not even upset, they have a good ass bartender Sweet Chick and I tip my hat off to that guy/girl. Everyone could hear each other, started having a great time and in moments, preparing to dig in.

Sweet Chick Shrimp and Grits

Considering my poor eating habits where I think I can order everything I set my eyes on, I went for a biscuit, the macaroni and cheese and the shrimp and grits. I figured, when was the next time I can make it back here? Might as well try it all. My brother went for the chicken and waffles and it almost made me regret what I ordered. The chicken was the perfect amount of crispy, juicy and perfection. They know what they’re doing here and my brother was impressed. Win for me.

Sweet Chick Brunch

Out of all the things I ordered, I enjoyed the shrimp and grits the most. Not only was my plate colorful, so were the flavors. The shrimp was fresh, far from over or under done and had the right amount spice to it. The grits were also just the right amount of cheesy, without it being too runny or thick. It was a heavy meal for a woman ready to eat. I ate from almost everyone’s plate and they all enjoyed Sweet Chick probably more than they expected to. I just can’t wait to go back.

Casandra Rosario at Sweet Chick

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