[Brunch] Atlanta Brunchin’ Part II

As you know, I was in Atlanta last month. My favorite part was all the food, besides visiting my awesome sister, of course! Seriously, southern comfort food makes my heart eternally happy.

On another round of Atlanta brunches, today I’m sharing photos from Another Broken Egg, a delicious chain restaurant that left me in a state of happiness and sleepiness, all in one meal.

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Baked brie for breakfast? Sure, why not? We ordered the delicious baked brie delight as an appetizer. It had apples, pecans and raisins sautéed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce over warm Brie cheese with toasted French bread. YES TO ALL THE BRIE.

Another Broken Egg Brunch Breakfast

Another Broken Egg actually has a really nice variety of breakfast options. You can go healthy, semi-healthy or you can go all out like me and order the Bacquezo. This cream cheese & bacon filled omelette with breakfast chorizo, Monterey Jack & green onions is basically heaven and hell on a plate. I never thought a cream cheese-filled omelette would be so good. I actually could not finish this, but that was honestly the best way to go.

Another Broken Egg City Grits Breakfast Brunch Delicious

Now, here comes the best part. We all know biscuits and home fries are great as sides, but nothing beats a nice bowl of grits. Unless of course, you are talking about  city grits, creamy southern grits, roasted garlic, onions & smoked Gouda cheese, topped with baked bacon, tomatoes & green onions. I mean, I think the picture speaks for itself. I’m gonna go ahead and let you drool for a little bit.

¡Buen provecho!

[Brunch] Atlanta Brunchin’ Part I

I love southern food, like LOVE. From crispy chicken to cheesy grits. I find all food so full of flavor and happiness that I can’t help but keep wanting more.

Last month in Atlanta, my awesome big sister took me around and basically allowed me to eat my way through the city. Every single meal we had during the long weekend was simply amazing. I think they all deserve individual attention and contemplation.

Let’s start with Goldberg’s Bagel Co. and Deli. I found it ironic that it’s New York-inspired but oh my, it’s everything a breakfast should be.

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We started with the Reuben egg rolls. Something that, to be honest, I would not have ordered myself but thank goodness that my sister made the call because they were glorious. They came with a 1000 Island dressing for dipping, which basically made them irresistible.

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I ordered the southern eggs benedict. Eggs and turkey sausage on top of a biscuit, crowned with gravy. I don’t ever want to go back to normal eggs benedict.

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My sister went all out and got the fried chicken and egg biscuit sandwich. Please take a moment to appreciate the oozing of gravy and try not to drool.

We basically feasted on great food, for a super reasonable price. It’s nothing too fancy but the food is so good, there is no glamour needed to make this place the hit it is.

[Atlanta] Parks, Cocktails & Tiny Doors

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When you travel, you get a sometimes annoying urge to compare everything you see with something back home. Whether it’s intentional or not, there seems to be a need to call out how certain things remind you of home or mention how you’ve never seen anything like this back home.

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That being said, I really enjoyed my walk through the Atlanta BeltLine. Basically their own special version of the High Line in New York City. 🙂

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I only got to walk a section of the trail, but it was a nice escape from the city. Even though you’re still technically in the city and it’s not that far at all. My sister told me about a series of tiny doors that you can find throughout Atlanta and just the idea of the hunt got me excited. There are currently 8 tiny doors. I was only lucky to find one along the BeltLine, but I was very excited that I did! Learn more about #TinyDoorsAtl here!

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Through the BeltLine we got to Ponce City Market and let me tell you, it’s probably my favorite spot in Atlanta at the moment. Warning to my fellow Puerto Ricans, they pronounce it “Ponz”, I know it’s weird. Still, it’s such a cool spot. It has a trendy, old warehouse vibe with a booming marketplace and food hall. To me, it felt like a better version of the Chelsea Market in New York (there I go again, sorry).

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We stopped at Mineros for drinks and had the best chips I’ve had in a whiiiile. They were the perfect state of crunchy and came with a set of salsas for dipping, all of them delicious. I wish I had had more time and stomach space to go through all the cool food spots in Ponce City Market but hey, I will be back!

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Here are some other pictures of my walk that day through Piedmont Park and stay tuned for more Atlanta posts sharing all the delicious food I ate during my trip!

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[Puerto Rico] Strolling Through Old San Juan

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In anticipation of my next trip to Puerto Rico (this week!!!), here are some pictures of my last stroll through Old San Juan back during the beginning of the year. We were hunting down the sunset and even though clouds got in the way, the journey itself was worth it. Shout out to Señor Paleta, a cool popsicle shop in Old San Juan that offers delicious island flavors like coconut and even strawberry mojito. Their popsicles are great, but I also enjoy their branding. They’ve established a fun and approachable community, go check them out! Can’t wait to be home very soon!!!
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[Brunch] Cherche Midi

Something is French? I’m bound to like it. Ever since Cherche Midi opened, it’s been on my list.

If I’m not mistaken, the place that was there before used to serve breakfast pizzas that we would order at work all the time. While losing a place like that is clearly devastating, Cherche Midi is a wonderful replacement.

As always, I try to make my brunch experience easier with Open Table, which allowed me to comfortably arrive right to a table reserved just for me. The atmosphere is lovely, with a sophisticated touch that is also highly welcoming and cozy.

Me and my friend started the day with a pot de fromage, a parmesan custard with anchovy butter toast. Although the mention of anchovy threw me off, you could hardly taste it. It was very savory, which I really enjoy at any time, even in the morning. Overall, delicious.

For the main plate, I opted for a classic egg choice. I ordered skillet eggs with tomato, roasted pepper salad and Vermont bacon. Definitely delicious, but I also kept looking at my friend’s eggs Benedict and ended up taking a few bites (duh).

This is a place I definitely want to come back to in order to try even more options in their menu. Service was also great, to me that always makes or breaks a place.

[Puerto Rico] Sunset in Guánica and a Little Bit More

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If you are looking for a romantic and downright amazing getaway in Puerto Rico, you have to consider Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Guánica. It’s about 2 hours away from San Juan, but oh so worthy.

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They have their own beach, but what’s really cool about this place is that you can actually take a small boat out to Guilligan’s Island (official name is Cayo Aurora). This is a small island with white sand and beautiful, clear water.

Also in Guánica, you can find a beautiful sunflower farm. I still have not been, but it’s on my list. A less popular but still interesting visit is a stop at the Guánica State Forest, better know as the “Bosque Seco de Guánica” or dry forest. It does not sound appealing but it’s home to some really interesting plants and animals.

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Back in Copamarina, you have a nice selection of food, although it falls a little short compared to other restaurants in the south that serve delicious traditional Puerto Rican food. The main restaurant was also closed during my stay, so I can only speak for the more casual dining space.

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Although a day trip to Guilligan’s Island is amazing, you don’t even have to leave the resort to have a wonderful day since they have plenty of activities to choose from. I wanted to do paddle boarding but as you can see from the pictures in a kayak, I was not successful. In my defense, we tried to do two in one, didn’t work too well.

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Let’s face it, he was doing all the work. I was busy holding on tight to the GoPro.

Now, let’s get real. Copamarina is now one of the most special places in Puerto Rico to me because right at the beginning of the year, during the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen, my boyfriend proposed. It was a freaking dream and writing about it makes everything feel even more surreal. As I type, I can’t help to notice the ring on my finger shining back at me as a confirmation that everything did happen and I am indeed marrying my partner in crime and love of my life. Permission to gag. Still, not apologizing for being cheesy. 🙂

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Here I am thinking what a beautiful day, how can it get any better? Little did I know…

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Then, this happened…

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So yeah, I’m getting married! I promise I won’t turn into bridezilla… as long as I am well fed. Also MAJOR thanks to the couple that took the picture right in the moment. I don’t know your names but I will be literally forever thankful.

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I’m still learning the ropes on this whole “being engaged” thing so feel free to comment with advice, warnings or recommendations! 🙂

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[Puerto Rico] Vieques Sunset

   
Vieques sunsets are beautiful and breathtaking, all without a filter. I know it’s getting cold for most of us, so I figured we could all use a little sunshine.

I’m spending some days down in Atlanta and I can’t way to eat my way through this city. Recommendations? Comment below!

Follow along on Instagram, don’t be shy 🙂

If You Like Piña Coladas

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How did it get to be 2016 already? I’ve been MIA, I know, all for good reasons though. I’m excited to be sharing some things about my blog and my life, just bare with me! 

In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of a piña colada that I enjoyed during my time in Puerto Rico earlier this month. Ahh, to be sipping frozen drinks by the beach. Those were the days. Also, you can always catch me on Instagram, of course.

¡Feliz Navidad!

  
Whether you are on top of a snowy mountain or basking in the Caribbean sun, I hope you are all happy and surrounded by loved ones. That’s what it’s all about, right? 

Focus on what you have today and cherish it. Take a moment to let those far away know you are thinking of them. Enjoy every second, even if you are in your pj’s watching tacky Christmas movies. There’s no place for hate today, let’s keep that living on. 

Happy Holidays!!

[Brunch] Al Vez

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“Let’s have brunch in the financial district!” is not quite what would come out of my mouth any given Sunday. What’s great about New York is that if you look close enough, there will be an amazing spot anywhere you need to be. That’s how I ended at Al Vez on a Saturday morning.

One of my good friends was visiting and he wanted to go up the One World Trade Center. I used my trusty Urban Daddy app to find a brunch place worth taking a tourist, a balance of quality and excitement. Al Vez for the win!I had been to Al Vez in Philadelphia and had a really nice dinner. Sure, their dinner was nice, but oh boy, their brunch I dare say is even better.

Al Vez Brunch Breakfast Quesadilla - Cristina Nogueras The breakfast quesadilla was toasted to perfection, filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, pico de gallo, cheddar & jack cheese.
Platains Al Vez Brunch Cristina NoguerasWe ordered a side of plantains con queso or like we Puerto Ricans like to call it, amarillitos. They hit the spot.
Al Vez Huevos Rancheros Brunch Cristina Nogueras  My friend ordered the huevos rancheros. The combination of the two eggs sunny side up, chorizo, black beans, guacamole and salsa ranchera over a crispy tortilla was the perfect mix. Topping any bite with the plantains was just glorious.

On top of the great food, it had a really nice vibe for a Saturday morning. Looking forward to trying this spot for dinner some day.

What brunch spots do you recommend around the financial district?