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Al Fresco Brunch At Frjtz

On a weekend in the mission, everyone does brunch. And because we’re not super early birds, by the time we want to go eat brunch, it’s when everyone else also wants to eat brunch. This all leads to long waits. I hate waiting. We attempted to go to Maverick but there was about a 45 minute wait there, so we kept on walking. We walked back to Valencia and saw a sign in front of Frjtz for belgian waffles. I had just mentioned wanting one so we decided to stop here. We had gone here before for dinner and had a great time, so things looked promising. We got a seat outside on this beautiful day. They have fresh lemonade and iced tea. J decided to literally mix it up and ask for a half lemonade, half iced tea, which they obliged.

Frjtz does brunch just on the weekend. Here’s the Rijks, which is two poached eggs on english muffins with prosciutto and chipotle hollandaise, served with home potatoes and corn bread. J found the prosciutto a bit too much on the salty side, but otherwise enjoyed this dish a lot. I particularly liked the home potatoes, which ended up being like an onion-y home fry fritter. It was really great! And although this cornbread was plain, I still liked it.

I wanted something a little sweet so I went with le Pompidou, which is brazilian style french toast (rabanada) served with date butter, maple syrup, strawberries, and mango. Whoa, this thing was decadent and delicious and beyond sweet. Everything is super sweet as the ingredients include tons of sweetened condensed milk, straight up sugar, etc. But damn, this is good. And the date butter is extremely rich but worth it. The fruit was also of high quality and especially ripe. Frjtz has never been busy either time I’ve been here. But I’ve enjoyed both my experiences. And hey, I love not having to wait for a table!
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Boogaloos Brunch

I’m not exactly a brunch person, but when I’m visiting somewhere, I happily become one. After trying several times on previous visits to get brunch at Boogaloos on a weekend, I decided that the weekday was the way to go. So on a Friday during prime lunch time, we gave it a shot. Well, there was still a wait, but it was really nice and short. Finally, success!

The inside is just absolutely crazy. There’s odd art on the walls, truly odd. But you don’t go there for the decor. J got the Zydeco Breakfast, which was 2 eggs served with spicy andouille sausage, black beans, fresh salsa, sour cream, cabbage salad, and a corn muffin. He substituted the chicken apple sausage for the andouille.
I went with the Polenta-n-eggs. Like its name suggests, it is two sizeable hunks of grilled polenta with a salsa ranchero, served with 2 eggs, black beans, sour cream, and cabbage salad. Everything on both of these dishes was fantastic! And the food came out amazingly fast! I loved my beans and the zesty cabbage salad. The salsa ranchero was warm and went with everything, including the eggs and the polenta. If you love polenta in general, you will especially enjoy this version. The chicken-apple sausage was also great, and really, it doesn’t taste chicken-y or apple-y, it just tastes like straight up breakfast sausage, but is theoretically better for you. And we both loved the corn muffin. This one had some extra stuff in it, like jalapenos and other spices, and wasn’t really spicy at all, just good. Now I can see why this place is so popular. Once you get in, you get tons of tasty food really quickly. And the prices are quite reasonable.
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Italy Hotel Eats – Breakfasts And Dinner

The breakfasts at my hotel, Hotel Castelbarco, in the middle of nowhere Italy, were stellar. They were everything I could ask for, other than being able to make my own waffles. Here’s some bread for toast (only white bread here) and some pastries. I never tried one of these, but was told they probably had chocolate in them. I’m not sure I would have been able to eat chocolate so early.

There’s the obligatory yogurt. And of course, frizzante water!

There’s also a plate of fruit as well as fresh cut fruit, including blood oranges, kiwi, and pineapple. This was my first experience eating blood orange, as I’d only had the juice before. I love me some blood orange! Those grapes by the way, were ginormous.

They also have a giant bowl of essentially, cookies. And for your toast, butter and jam, but also nutella and other sweet spreads.

I loved the fresh juices. I mostly stuck to orange and then ventured out to try the orange/carrot on my last morning, and I really dug it! What was I thinking waiting so long?

There’s also egg and some hot foods. The egg yolks are so orange (or at least in real life), that’s good, right?
And as it seems to be everywhere in europe, there’s always some kind of cold cut and cheese. We have a couple of hams here.

By the time thursday night rolled around, which was everyone’s last night at this hotel, we were all too tired to venture out to eat. So we just stayed in and let Jimmy cook for us. The food menu here is very small, but that was fine by me. I got a mixed salad and a pasta with garlic, oil, and hot pepper oil. It was so simple and delicious!

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