Brunch- The Parisian Edition

1 08 2010

Ladyhawke pays tribute to Paris 

Paris Creperies- Coolidge Corner 

On a Sunday morning, you should not expect the streets of Coolidge Corner to be anything but populated with young professionals on the go-go, eating at one of the many popular restaurants around the area, shopping at Trader Joe’s, hopping on the T on their way to their next destination, strolling their baby cars or walking their dogs, or enjoying some fresh air outside reading or jogging. It is one busy street, and luckily for Rene and I, it is home to a place that I had been recommended to go to by my friend Mariseli when the line to Zaftigs was aging her by the minute! 

All things Paris!

 

Paris Creperie is the place, a small, hidden jewel that although located on the main street, you would probably miss or overlook if you were just walking by. I have, many times! Personally, my encounter with crepes happened at college, when I believe, my friend Taryn introduced me to this world of savory, but too sweet of a treat even for my sweet tooth. Of course, I am talking about the traditional breakfast crepe, which is usually prepared with Nutella, bananas, and an assortment of freshly cut fruit. It didn’t grab my attention four years ago, so I had never even considered trying it out one more time for breakfast or brunch. Even last year, when I was visiting Paris, mother of the authentic, ultimate crepe, I did not turn around, not once, to purchase one, and rather submerged into my artisan bread, goat cheese, and a bottle of Merlot to have a picnic at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. How I miss the good ol’ days! But, as the French say, “c’est la vie!” (That’s life!). 

So, you might be wondering, why in the world did I step foot into this crepe-and-smoothie modern-style joint decorated with romantic black-and-white pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Parisian breathtaking views? Well, part of it was my nostalgic travel bug and, also because we were looking for a quick brunch alternative since I desperately had to go to the Apple store to purchase a new computer after the motherboard on my HP completely died on me…what kind of mother does this to her children? (think twice before buying an HP, loyal readers!). 

Paris Creperie was the perfect alternative. It is a small place with only around 10 tables, so I would not recommend large groups. They have an extensive menu of specialty crepes that range from your very sweet breakfast options to a variety of European, Mediterranean style crepes with fresh vegetables and protein alternatives. 

 

Rene ended up ordering the Huevos Rancheros Crepe (who would have thought that could be found wrapped in a crepe? Only in America!), and after narrowing it down to the Mediterranean or the Vegetarian crepe, I decided to go for the Veggie option. 

Huevos Rancheros in a French Crepe....who would have thought?

 

The crepes were extremely light and thin, but, nonetheless, very filling! Rene loved the new twist on the Huevos Rancheros presented in crepe form, although, he did admit that they were lacking a bit more flavor to them. Well, you know the French like to keep their waistline small so maybe we will have to settle for this healthier version of your traditional rancheros! I, on the other hand, absolutely loved the Veggie crepe, which had mushrooms, onions, spinach, and delicious sun-dried tomatoes! My favorite! This ingredient should definitely be used more often in everyday cuisine. 

In thirty minutes, we enjoyed our crepes, chatted up, and filled our stomachs for our train ride to the city to check out MACs. It was a quick, but very filling twist to the brunch options that you have available at your fingertips all around Boston, so why not give it a try next time, and even take it to go if you are truly in a rush! 

Other popular options included smoothies (of all kinds), frozen nutella hot chocolate, and the Mediterranean crepe. 

Sun-Dried tomatoes added a delicious flavor to this Veggie

 

And, if you are still not feeling satisfied or if the warm temperatures are just getting to you, cross the street and grab a low-fat frozen yogurt from Berry Freeze, a healthier option to your regular ice cream. What I love about this place is that it is self-serve, and after choosing your ice cream flavor, you get to decide which delicious toppings to put on top, ranging from fresh cut fruit such as kiwi and strawberries to sweet treats such as pieces of Snickers, M&Ms, or brownies. Indulge! 

Voilà and Au revoir! 

Signing out, one brunch at a time, 

Paris Creperie 

278 Harvard St 

Brookline, MA 02446 

Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner 

617-232-1770





Worth the Wait….and the Food Comma!

17 02 2010

Enjoy this song as you read this blog!

Zaftigs, Coolidge Corner

It’s snowing! It’s 10 am, and I have arrived a bit earlier than my sidekick at Zaftig’s Delicatessen located in the always-busy Brookline street of Coolidge Corner. Although the weather is a bit rebellious today, families, friends, and couples of all ages have already found a warm spot inside the establishment, either eating or waiting patiently in line. I was told by my friends that Zaftig’s is popular for Sunday brunch and have not been proven wrong! But, not to worry! My early arrival has earned us a spot on the list! Even from the line, I could smell eggs and pancakes being made, but what caught my attention the most was the elaborate list of brunch options available on the menu!

With my partner-in-crime by my side, we kicked off this mouth-watering brunch series at Zaftig’s. Although my sweet tooth fell in love with the buttermilk pancakes and French toast options, the San Francisco Joe’s Special was my final verdict (San Fran has been on my mind a lot lately! After all ,Full House and Vertigo did call SF home!). I will not disappoint my health-conscious readers…these were made with egg beaters for an extra charge of $1 and the gratification of less pounds to burn off at the treadmill 🙂 .

San Francisco is calling!

The combination of ground turkey, spinach, and onions in The San Francisco Joe’s Special makes all of your taste buds come alive with one bite. It was incredible! Now, the portion sizes for these brunch items are very large and satisfying. So, come with an appetite!

This house favorite came with my choice of bread (toasted rye was my choice), homemade fries and delicious fresh fruit! Cannot go wrong with that!

Of course my partner-in-crime could not resist the waiter’s recommendation to get the house’s specialty and most popular plate: the Banana Stuffed Challah French Toast. This treat was one of the best and most delicious French toasts that I have ever tasted (of course, I forced him to share). The greatest difference in taste came from the texture of the challah bread, a traditional Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath and on holidays. If you ever have the chance to try it, you will not regret it. The challah bread absorbed the maple syrup to perfection. Your taste buds continue to discover new flavors as you bite into the French toast which has a firm banana and, as you go further, a ripe banana, which become the perfect combination between levels of sweetness and firmness. Mmmmm!! I can still taste it as I write this blog.  Big thanks to my accomplice!

In for a Treat- Banana Stuffed Challah French Toast

The presentation of the simple plates that we ordered were very gourmet to say the least. Starting with the green tea presentation on a clear glass flask to preserve the heat of the water to the fruit décor on top of the challah bread topped with powdered sugar to the right proportions for my elaborate egg scramble plate! Ooh la la! Bon Appétit!

We left Zaftig’s under the effects of a food comma, but one that was worth the wait. With the immense list of delicious choices to our favorite comfort foods with a twist, a future visit to Zaftig’s will definitely make its way to our exciting brunch series.

This is a keeper.

Signing out, one brunch at a time.

Zaftig’s Delicatessen
Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner
335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
617-975-0075