A Look at Fall Foliage

My favorite season in Boston is here - FALL.

I absolutely love this season. I love the fall weather, the leaves, hot apple cider, the fall activities. One of my favorite things to do is walk around the Commons, Public Garden and the Esplanade to look at all the leaves. Over the weekend, I packed my camera and went for a little walk. Below are a few of my favorites:

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The Painted Burro

219 Elm Street | Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 | Menu

If you're hanging out in Davis Square, pop into The Painted Burro for brunch! The food and drinks are quite delicious. I went with my friend, D, and did not leave disappointed.

The Painted Burro is the {as D says} the older sister restaurant to Burro Bar in Brookline. I was debating on whether I should get something different this time around or order a new dish, but last time the chorizo de la casa taco plate was so delicious that I just had to order it again. D ordered the chilaquiles. I ordered a de la casa margarita instead of my usual mimosa {!!} because I heard the Painted Burro has amazing margaritas. D ordered the iced coffee horchata.

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What our dishes included:
Chorizo de la casa taco plate: 2 corn tortillas, sunny side eg & papas, chipotle mayo, and home fries
Chilaquiles: 2 fried eggs, braised chicken, smoked chile & roasted tomato salsa, pork charro beans, fried tortillas, baja cream and guacamole.

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I simply love the Painted Burro. As I'm writing this, I am wishing I had the chorizo de la casa taco plate in front of me. The chipotle mayo adds a little bit of a kick to the meal. I should add that I am sensitive to hot / spicy things so my opinion may be a little biased BUT although I knew my face was getting a little red I would never ask for the mayo to not be added because it's SO GOOD.

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Tip: If you're gluten free - they do an amazing job of making sure you're food does not have any cross contamination or will let you know if something may be cross-contaminated.

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Overall, the meal was great, D and I both enjoyed our plates. We left nothing on them - which is always a great sign.

Have a brunch spot you think I should go to? Leave a comment below!

Savin Bar + Kitchen

112 Savin Hill Avenue | Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125 | Saturday + Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM | Menu

I have wanted to try Savin Bar + Kitchen for a while - so I am excited to have gone recently!

There were quite a few items on the menu that caught my eye. A couple of the items are not normally on brunch menus so I tried to pick one of those so I can experience a new brunch dish. I was contemplating between the brunch burrito, chicken + biscuits, brunch flatbread, and egg sandwich. After much deliberation, the chicken + biscuits won. Chicken + biscuits included fried chicken breast in honey butter, garlic griddled biscuit, coleslaw, and home fries. You can also add an egg and sausage gravy for an extra fee. The dish can be ordered as a single or a double. I decided to order the double because my waitress had said the single is on the smaller side. I had also added the egg to the dish because eggs had sounded good when I was deciding what I wanted to eat.

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I thought this dish would be a spin on biscuits + gravy - so I was expecting my dish to come out as fried chicken with biscuits, home fries and coleslaw on the side. However, the dish came as chicken sandwiches. I was surprised when they brought my plate out. I wasn't sure if I should hold the little sandwich or cut the sandwich, so I decided to cut it as I ate because it seemed less messy that way. The chicken was perfectly fried - it was nice and tender with a little crunch to it. The bread was airy and the eggs were perfect. As I finished the first sandwich, I realized I should have ordered the single dish. I was not as hungry as I thought I would be and could not finish the whole meal {I tried my best!}. 

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Overall: Savin Bar + Kitchen is great. I recommend going - I definitely want to go back to try a few of the other dishes that caught my eye!

Have a brunch recommendation? Leave a comment below!

Lincoln Tavern + Restaurant

425 West Broadway | South Boston, Massachusetts | 02127

I have ben wanting to visit Lincoln Tavern + Restaurant for quite a while. Guess what!? I have finally made it!

Lincoln Tavern + Restaurant now serves brunch seven days a week. SEVEN. How exciting is that? I know Lincoln Tavern + Restaurant is usually a happening brunch spot - so I went during the week when my parents were visiting.

Side note: Fridays are Brunch Test Kitchen days which mean the brunch menu is different

We went on a Friday and I had completely forgotten about Brunch Test Kitchen, so we had gone to the restaurant thinking we could order one of the items we had seen on the menu. Unfortunately, all the brunch items were not available on Friday - but we all found something yummy to eat.

I ordered the fruity pebble pancakes, my mom ordered the strawberry avocado salad, and my dad ordered the steak and egg sandwich. I was excited about the fruity pebble pancakes - two of my favorite things mixed together? Yes, please!

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When the dishes arrived at our table, they all looked very delicious. The pancakes were great - they were very fluffy. The only thing that was not my favorite was the cereal milk anglaise. I did not like it as much and would have preferred to have butter and syrup on my pancakes. However, overlooking the anglaise, the pancakes were very delicious and filling.

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The strawberry avocado salad looked amazing! The salad was made with spinach leaves - which were huge! The cheese also came as a slab so my mom had to cut down the leaves and the cheese - but she said the salad was delicious. I had a little bite and thought it was very summery.

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The steak and egg sandwich looked delicious. I love egg sandwiches, so I was a little envious that I did not choose this as my dish when it came to the table. My dad enjoyed the sandwich. Since the egg was a sunny side egg, he couldn't hold it, but cut into it. The sandwich was served on an english muffin.

Overall: Brunch Test Kitchen is great, but I will have to go back for regular brunch!

Have a brunch suggestion? Leave a comment below!

A 30th Anniversary

This year, my parents celebrated their 30th Anniversary! They happened to visit me a week after their anniversary so I took the opportunity while we were out and about to capture some photographs.

See a few favorites below:

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Aren't they adorable?

Here's to many more years!