Category Archives: Travel

3 Days in Savannah


“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, ‘What’s your business?’ In Macon they ask, ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is ‘What would you like to drink?'”

Several years ago I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and immediately fell in love with Savannah.  I had never been there but felt like I had, and knew I needed to make a trip to see it in person one day.  So when a friend and I were recently looking for a long weekend road trip, Savannah ended up high on our list and ended up being the chosen destination.

We drove down, arriving with enough time to relax for a few minutes on the hotel balcony before going to our first of many dinner reservations that weekend.  Fair warning to anyone who travels with me: in my book, exploring the local culture starts with exploring the local cuisine.  We will eat a lot and will likely come home several pounds heavier.  As soon as we started making our plans for this trip I reached out to everyone I knew who had visited Savannah to get restaurant recommendations.  I had so many recommendations on my list I was ready to demand we extend our stay by several days. Continue reading

brunch in Austin

Breakfast tacos!

By Burger Baroness on Flickr

I was fortunate enough to find myself in Austin, Texas this past weekend for the South by Southwest Interactive festival.  It was a quick trip with a lot of work-related things keeping me from being a tourist, but I did spend enough time wandering around downtown to quickly fall in love with city.  I cannot wait to go back when I have plenty of time to shop and eat.  Oooh the food…great music and great food.  How can you not love it?

In an effort to pack light (at which I failed miserably), I did not bring my camera along.  But my colleague who writes Dear Heart brought hers and posted some great shots.

While I didn’t have time for a gluttonous sit-down Sunday brunch, I did make time for something Austin is famous for: breakfast tacos.  I discovered that getting just the right mix of cheese, egg, bacon and hot sauce in that tortilla roll makes for a very happy start to the day.  Continue reading

The Holiday

passing byYes, I’ve had a bit of a hiatus.  No, I have not spent the last two months in London (although that would be awesome and I would love to convince my job to let me transfer to our London office for a while…) but it was one of many things that has been keeping me busy the last couple of months.  Other things included some big projects at work (I can’t afford my brunches without that paycheck!), a kitchen renovation (almost done!), some work on my other blog (The Hill is Home), and some much-needed quality time with family and friends.  Most of that is not fodder for this blog, but this London trip, and some of the restaurants we went to, was worth sharing. Continue reading

Pink Brunch at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy a Saturday brunch while donating to a good cause this weekend at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge.

Buy a $25 voucher from Gilt City DC for admission to this weekend’s Pink Brunch, which follows the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk.
“A hearty serving of pumpkin waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream from the waffle station, an omelet with smoked salmon and fresh vegetables, or a plate piled with fresh fruits and granola provides the perfect finish to a morning spent walking in honor of women who have battled breast cancer.”

25 percent of the brunch’s proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the organization leading the fight against the disease.

brunch at Pamela’s Diner

You know how wherever you travel, people love to tell you, “you have to try X, it’s an institution!”  Sometimes you immediately see the charm, and sometimes you find yourself in the middle of an overrated tourist trap.

A few weeks ago I went to Pittsburgh for a friend’s bachelorette party.  After a night out on the town, we all needed some good food before hitting the road back to DC.  The Pittsburghers I know love to show off everything they love about their town, and suggested Pamela’s Diner.  With a diner feel, and old photos of celebrities and politicians covering the walls, I wasn’t sure if they were walking me into something authentic or just another tourist trap.  Two bites of my pancakes and I had my answer: authentic and great greasy spoon. Continue reading

brunch at Brasserie Beck

For my second birthday brunch, I headed to Brasserie Beck, which had come highly recommended from a friend who is one of the toughest restaurant critics I know when it comes to the quality of food.  Brunch certainly did not disappoint; in fact, I think it is has earned a spot on my list of most recommended places.

There are so many things I love about Brasserie Beck – the food, the décor, the energy – it’s nice and feels upscale, but without being stuffy.  It’s noisy but not to a point that you can’t hear the people at your table.  It’s just got a great energy.  As for the food…well, pretty much everything on the menu sounded amazing. Continue reading


view of Barcelona from Parc Guell

Vacations, it what gets me through the work week.  Okay, not the only thing — I do love my job, but I also love traveling and life is too short to focus on nothing but work, blogging and brunching.  So last weekend I took advantage of a great opportunity to go to Barcelona for a long weekend of sightseeing and to visit a friend who is in grad school there.

So, the highlights… Continue reading

brunch at Stanley Restaurant in New Orleans


image by alykat on Flickr

For Thanksgiving this year my family and I headed to New Orleans to visit my mom’s relatives.  Every few years we go down for a big visit to see our relatives…and to enjoy a lot of great food.  There are a lot of things NOLA does well and food arguably tops the list.

While we have a few old favorites that we almost always visit, we try to go to a few new places each time we go down.  And on this last visit we hit the jackpot —  Stanley Restaurant.  My sister declared it to be one of the best brunches she has ever had, and I have a hard time disagreeing. Continue reading

brunch in Peru

Okay, I didn’t actually have brunch in Peru.  From my experience, brunch isn’t quite as big in other countries as it is in the US.  But I did go to Peru, and have been very busy catching up on work and life since I have been back, which is my lame excuse for neglecting my brunch reviews.

A year or so ago, my sister encouraged me to make a “30 Things Before You’re 30″ list.  I started it, but quickly decided to make it a bucket list with no hard deadlines since a year didn’t seem like enough time to get such an ambitious list done.  But I figured I should pick one cool thing to do before my 30th birthday this summer.  Hiking Machu Picchu stood out as a perfect choice — they are restricting access to the trail and ruins more and more every year, which means it will likely become harder to secure permits to enter the trail;  I’m in good enough health to not worry (too much) about my ability to survive a four-day hike; and I have very few responsibilities keeping me from taking off to another country for a week and a half. Continue reading

Permanent Brunch

permanentbrunchLast year I wrote about a restaurant that would be opening up in New York City that had two of the best concepts I could imagine: it always serves brunch, and it has an entire list of bacon to choose from.  Well, the wait is over!  Permanent Brunch has officially opened it’s doors!  I don’t think I’ll be able to get up to NY until October, but I already know where I’m going to want to eat while I’m there.

For a full review of the new restaurant, I’d recommend I Heart Brunch.