Brothers and Sisters

7/7/2019

I have been talking about Brothers and Sisters cakes to my family for a while now. So when I asked my mom who is on a strict low sugar diet whether she wanted ice cream or cake, she said cake, quickly. I think she was not letdown. Unfortunately we did not finish the cakes and when we attempted to eat the leftovers, due to the heat, it was all melted. What were we thinking? Not finishing the cakes. Blame the insanity on the heat!


chai Latte
At $6, it was low on the chai spice flavor. I make a much better version myself.

The Brooklyn cocoa / banana / coffee
On the sweet side with a strong coffee flavor. Get it if you have a sweet tooth and love bananas.

The Next Vacation
Second time having this cake. First time it had a layers of mascarpone with pistachios, sponge cake and jelly cherry and apricot. Second time it had cherries mixed with pistachios and mascarpone. The sweet cherries were the highlight. I could eat the mascarpone layer forever.

The Mykonos triple cheesecake
My family all liked this cake. A little sweet for me.

The Song Saa citrus / coconut / makrut lime
My favorite. A nice citrusy cake and perfect for a hot summer day.

CHIKO

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I Have been wanting to check out CHIKO for a while now but every time I read OK reviews and got a cold feet. They recently introduced some brunch dishes and we gave the place a try. It is a causal place and you order at the counter. Service was friendly.


Shrimp & Grits
This was a great deal. Small shrimps were cooked right and grits was flavorful and spicy.

Wagshal’s Chopped Brisket Soy brined soft egg, furkake butter, and rice
At $18, this dish was a total miss. Some brisket pieces were dry and the rice to meat ratio was way off. Where were the vegetables to make it a more balanced dish?

Broccoli Cheese Muffins

I got the recipe from mbg. It was pretty good.

Ingredients
2 teaspoons ghee
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
2 cups almond flour
2 large eggs
1 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 6 wells of a muffin tin with cupcake liners or parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well.
Scoop the mixture evenly into each prepared well.
Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.
Allow to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.

Del Mar

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6/23/2019

The first time we had brunch at Del Mar, our experience was fine. Our second experience left a bitter taste in our mouth. The prices were high and the portions were way too small to make any sense. We will not be back.


Gazpacho de Melocotón Chilled Peach Gazpacho, Roasted Yellow Tomato, Elderflower
We like a good gazpacho and the main reason we decided to brunch here. When the server placed it in front of us, we were shocked. At $14, it amounted to over three dollar per spoon! We should have said where is the other half and sent it back. It tasted pretty peachy and was refreshing but as soon as you started, it was already finished!

Pulpo a la Gallega Classic Galician Style Octopus, Crushed Potatoes, Smoked Pimentón
This was a disappointing dish considering Spanish restaurants are famous for their octopus. It was simply braised without char or anything.

Coca Mallorquina Mallorcan Bread, Manchego Cheese, Crispy Pork Belly, Fried Quail Eggs
At $18 I though you would get a decent portion, but I was wrong. Three tiny pieces. The bread was crisp but it needed more pork belly.