The Art of Brunching

Good afternoon to all of our FAB readers!  It’s 11:00 AM on a Sunday, so you know what that means…it’s brunch time!!!  As brunch enthusiasts, we have been to our fair share of great brunch spots and here are some of our favorites:

1) Blu Jam Cafe – Los Angeles

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If you’re an LA local, you’ve most likely heard of Blu Jam since it’s a popular and hot brunch spot that always has a long line, so be sure to go early!  A Blu Jam MUST is their crunchy french toast because the texture is amazing and the berries on the toast paired with the vanilla bean syrup make this dish delicious and leave you wanting more.  Personally, my favorite brunch food is eggs benedict so my next recommendation is Blu Jam’s Norwegian benedict: poached eggs and smoked salmon on an english muffin.  With crunchy potatoes on the side, this hearty meal will leave you stuffed and satisfied.

2) Republique- Los Angeles

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For a more classy and formal brunch place, you absolutely have to go to Republique because the atmosphere is delightful and aesthetically pleasing.  This spot has French inspired architecture with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that let light in, so it’s perfect for cute pictures and great conversations.  One of my favorite dishes from here is the Mushroom Toast which is toast with scrambled eggs. House-cured ham, mushrooms, and spinach on it.  This dish is very flavorful and rich because the mushroom pairs very well with all the other ingredients.  Another noteworthy dish is the Kimchi fried rice which has rice, beef short ribs, soft farm eggs, and kimchi.  This asian fusion dish is scrumptious because the beef short ribs are tender and the slightly sour taste of the crunchy kimchi pairs well with all the other flavors.

Now that you know where to brunch let’s talk about a few outfit ideas that are sure to be instagram worthy!

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A brunch outfit should be the perfect combination of laid back and chic. A sure fire way to accomplish this is to have one article of clothing be your main focal point. Think of Brunch as the perfect excuse to break out your fave sun dresses and over the shoulder tops. Both of these items can be easily paired with cute flats or high heels depending on the look you’re going for. Finally, keep accessories to a minimum by simply adding a statement watch or a dainty necklace and of course your fave sunnies. And just like that, you are ready to head out the door and brunch to your heart’s content!

Finally, we’d like to give a shoutout to all the DIY lovers of the world and give you a few tips and tricks to nail your next DIY Brunch get together! When we think of Brunch the first thing that pops into mind is food… and lots of it. So here we have for you guys a few easy recipes that are sure to be a hit!

 

  1. Tomato Bruschetta with a Balsamic Glaze

 

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What you’ll need:

  • 5-7 Fresh Basil Leaves, sliced
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • Ciabatta Bread, sliced
  • Balsamic Glaze

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes, dried basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, seasoning salt and ground black pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or if possible overnight.After that, simply scoop a spoonful onto each slice of ciabatta bread, add a light drizzle of balsamic glaze and they are ready to serve!

Of course no brunch would be complete without some drinks to get everyone happy and a lil’ bit buzzed.  Mimosas and brunch pair together just like peanut butter and jelly, so here is a simple mimosa recipe to quench your thirst and get the brunch party going.

  1. Strawberry Mango Mimosas

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 bottle champagne

Directions:

Add mango, strawberries, and orange juice to blender. Blend until smooth.  After the fruit is blended, pour the fruit mixture into champagne flutes until about 1/2 full.  Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and enjoy!

Now comes my favorite portion: dessert! This next recipe will be the perfect way to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth and have them coming back for seconds.

  1. Vanilla Berry Parfait

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 (8 ounce) containers of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 (10 ounce) package of frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed granola
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

Cover the bottoms of two small glasses with a layer of yogurt. Cover layer with berries. Simply repeat until both glasses are full, ending with a fruit layer. Sprinkle with the granola and nutmeg and just like that you’ll have the perfect treat to end your fabulous brunch with!

We hope you liked our tips and tricks to nail your next brunch! Leave us your favorite spot in the comments below! We always love trying new places. 🙂

The FAB team,

Edith & Itzel

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