A Beacon Birthday Brunch

13 09 2011

One of my favorite meals is brunch. Anyone else out there love a good brunch?

This weekend, my friend Leah was in town and we met up with some of her friends from law school for brunch.

Back row: Leah, Sean, me; Front row: Andrea, Jenny, Marne

It was Jenny’s birthday, and Marne had made us reservations at the Beacon Bar and Grill. When I lived in the city, I used to run down Rhode Island Avenue all the time, right past BBG, but I had never been inside. I was excited to try something new!

What I didn’t realize was that it was a hotel bar/restaurant with a massive brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas! Now that’s what I call a Sunday brunch!

The waiter led us to the buffet room, which was PACKED with different stations. There was a chicken fajita station, a variety of salads, piles of pastries and muffins, several different warm entrees like fish and pasta, and of course, your typical breakfast eggs and bacon. I made a beeline for the create-your-own omelet station.

cheese, bacon, tomatoes, red peppers, green peppers…

spinach, mushrooms, more cheese!

I got a veggie-licious omelet with red peppers, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, and feta cheese.

I also had to pair my savory breakfast items with something sweet, so I got a Belgian waffle topped with fruit syrup and whipped cream, and a cheese blintz and fresh fruit compote. The blintz and waffle were delicious, but unfortunately, I could have made the omelet better at home, and the breakfast potatoes looked and tasted like they had just come out of a pre-packaged frozen meal. 😦

All wasn’t lost though, because I had space in my tummy for dessert:

Holy cake! There were so many different options, it was hard to choose! It definitely crossed my mind to skip the whole breakfast thing and just eat dessert. I didn’t think my stomach would be too pleased with me afterwards though, so I opted to only try a few things after I ate a real meal.

I grabbed some of the fudgey brownies and the tropical bread pudding. The brownie was SO RICH, but quite good. I really liked the bread pudding, which had a gooey caramel sauce and dried apricots. YUM!

And this carrot cake was AH MAZING. I said I wasn’t going to eat it all, but it was too good not to finish! I love carrot cake. It’s healthy, right? 😉

I stuffed myself pretty good, so Leah and I walked around DC for a little before heading back home to watch some Dexter (and check in on my beloved Eagles) before I took her to the airport.

Later in the evening, when I finally regained my appetite, I wanted to cook. I had some potatoes from my CSA box that needed to be used, so after being severely disappointed by my potatoes at breakfast, I decided to make my own version.

Enter: Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Blue Cheese.

BAM! That’s how you take it up a notch 🙂

Yes, I know, not exactly the healthiest day of eating…but, sometimes, a girl just needs some good roasted potatoes!

Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Blue Cheese


10 small potatoes, washed
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic
4-5 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 2 inch long pieces
chives, roughly chopped (to taste)
blue cheese crumbles (~1/3 cup, or more)
olive oil
salt and pepper

How to:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Clean your potatoes! Especially if you get them right out of the dirt from your awesome CSA 🙂

Chop the taters into eighths or quarters, depending on how big they are.

In a bowl, put your potatoes, onion, garlic, and bacon.

Drizzle on only a teaspoon of oil, and season with salt and pepper. Stir the potatoes around, and then pour them all onto a greased baking sheet or pan in an even layer.

Pop them in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring them up every 15 minutes.

When the potatoes start to brown (you can brown them more than I have if you want!) take them out of the oven and top with chives and of course, the blue cheese!

Cheese makes everything better, don’t ya think?

Grab a fork and dig in!

Much better! You’ll want to make these for your next brunch:-)

Question of the day: What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch? Or, what’s your favorite brunch spot? What do you get there?



7 responses

13 09 2011
13 09 2011

That table full of goodies looks so yummy! and I think I’m going to try this recipe 🙂

13 09 2011

It’s really easy, just takes a lil patience:-)

13 09 2011
Life's a Bowl

That stinks the omelet wasn’t that great- I probs would have chosen the same ingredients! P.S. Oh em gee, I’m drooling over the carrot cake!

14 09 2011

I really need to try and make carrot cake sometime!

13 09 2011

OMG!!! Brunch is like my all time fav meal!!! That place looked amazing! makes my stomach rumble just looking at it! Your potatoes look oh so scrummy as well!!

13 09 2011

YES. Best. Meal. Ever!!

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