“But it Tastes So Good”

This is a photo dump of how that seemingly innocent title phrase has gotten me in trouble this past month:

Was it really a good decision to order the entire brunch menu?
…but it tastes so good

Should I have consumed three servings of that milkshake in one sitting?
…but it tastes so good

Maybe the fruit cup was a better side option than the deep-fried tots?
…but it tastes so good

See what I mean?

Here we go:

Homemade shamrock shakes! In Mason jars! I don’t know why I’m so excited about this! They just look so darn cute. These are courtesy of my little brother. A.K.A my chauffeur, personal assistant, shamrock shake maker, etc. God, I’m going to miss that kid when he goes to college.

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Screw McDonalds…I can have shamrock shakes year round!

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Drunken Noodles:

I still have yet to find a Thai place that can whip up Drunken Noodles better than my beloved Cambodian/Thai (yes, that is the actual name of the restaurant) in South Bend. I ordered my usual Thai dish with the spice level at three chili peppers. I wanted to go whole hog and do the four chilis, but was advised against it. Thank God I listened. Two bites in and my eyes were watering, my lips were tingling and my throat was slowly closing in on itself. And yet, I kept eating.

Also, I was being sneaky and caught Mama Nguyen in action. She would not approve.

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So delicious, yet so painful to eat

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Brunch at The Getaway:

Before I delve into the details of what I ate, I would just like to say that in order to get to this brunch, I had to drive, take a bus, hop on the metro and then walk. It took almost two hours to get to Columbia Heights, and that is called dedication. Bottomless mango mimosas and Eggs Chesapeake definitely made up for my lengthy commute. Avy got both variations of tots with her Eggs Florentine (regular and sweet potato). Man, why didn’t I think of that.

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Brunch at Zengo:

After brunching at Masa 14 back in May, we decided to try out another one of Richard Sandoval’s restaurants. Pretty good call, since I’m all about the bottomless food and drink deals. However, we may have taken it to another level by ordering EVERYTHING off of the brunch menu. And I do mean everything. For those of you counting, that’s 25 menu items, not including the four mimosa varieties and two bloody mary options (all of which we obviously sampled as well). We munched on everything from sushi and lobster grits to Peking duck chilaquiles and fried plantains. Yummm. Minus one small and unfortunate mishap (I’ll spare you the gory details), brunch was delicious! Now to finish off the Richard Sandoval trifecta and brunch at El Centro….

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Blood Mary/Maria and Guava Mimosa, Angry Zengo Roll, Angus Beef and Pork Meatballs

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Chicken Empanada, Mango Mimosa, Lobster Grits, Lotus Salad

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Fried Plantains, Peking Duck Chilaquiles, Mini Waffle

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Happy campers, post-brunch

In the past few weekends we’ve also been trying out some new recipes, in addition to making a few tried and true favorites:

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For a couple of days straight, all I ate was homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza and Cucumber/Red Onion/Cherry Tomato/Balsamic Salad (sorry, I couldn’t think of a better, shorter name). Oh, and we made eggrolls and fried wontons. Just because we wanted to. No special occasion needed.

A second chin and 30 pounds later, I’ve finally found the time to share this with you all. Now, please excuse me as I go on a 15 mile run.

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One thought on ““But it Tastes So Good”

  1. Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more excited about hanging out with you in DC, Lans… Now I’m salivating! Although I doubt any brunch’s fried plantains are going to beat the ones here 😉 Slash thank you for the mango mimosas idea… I need to incorporate that into our next Epic Brunch.

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