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Schooner or Later as seen on DDandD

February 24, 2011

We ate at Schooner or Later for brunch on one of our more recent trips to Los Angeles.  Jill said she and her friends eat here all the time after playing golf and Aaron wanted to try it since he had seen it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. (DDandD)

TM loves his breakfast and since I don’t, he doesn’t get to eat much of it.  He had the hardest time deciding what to order… omelette?, corned beef hash?, eggs?, pancakes?, waffles?… all of the above?  There were too many things to choose from.  He ultimately chose “The Mess” with corned beef hash on top.   It’s basically everything you want in breakfast thrown on one plate for consumption.  It has chopped ham, onion, and bell pepper grilled with hash browns and eggs and topped with melted Cheddar cheese.  It is served with sourdough toast.   When his food came out, it literally did look like a big mess on a plate!  They can serve up to 50 or 60 of these in one day since breakfast is served all day long!

Jill went with the french dip sandwich and opted for the skillet potatoes rather than fries.   So healthy!

I went with the crab melt.  It’s crab meat, cheddar and swiss cheese with avocado on grilled parmesan sourdough.   For someone who didn’t like avocados growing up, I’ve become quite the avocado lover lately.  The sandwich was grilled nicely but I couldn’t finish my fries.  It was too much food.

We sat outside overlooking the water and boats.  Apparently, it’s always packed on the weekends so go early or be prepared to wait.

241 Marina Drive  Long Beach, CA

Michael’s Genuine take 2

November 12, 2010

Did you notice that this is “take 2” for this restaurant?   Did you also notice that I said this restaurant was mentioned THREE times on the sweet tooth episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate??  I only covered two of them in my last entry because the last item was on the brunch menu.  Yes folks, we went to Michael’s Genuine for a late night dinner and dessert on Saturday night then went back again for brunch on Sunday morning.  Needless to say, the two hosts recognized me when I walked in.  It was only slightly embarrassing.

The brunch menu here was superb and separated into two main subjects: savory and sweet.  We wanted to try items off both parts of the menu and the blue crab hash was one of the first things we ordered.  I love myself some good, fresh crab and this did not disappoint.

Breakfast pizza with house smoked bacon, egg, monterey jack and onions.  It was just enough breakfast topped on a pizza for me.  Wood oven pizzas are the best!!

Kimchee benedict which was a toasted crumpet, crispy pork belly, kimchee with a kimchee hollandaise all with a poached egg on top.   The pork belly was crispy on the outside but somehow just melted on the inside.

We also ordered the wood oven roasted chicken salad sandwich.  This was actually quite teeny even though the picture makes it look like a decent size.  It was a great finger snack and not too heavy on the mayo.  I love chicken salad sandwiches, I just wish this one were bigger!

Frank Bruni (former NY Times restaurant critic) recommended and swore by the homemade pop tarts at Michael’s Genuine.  Don’t they look waaaaay better than the Kellogg’s ones you buy at the store?!?  They are made with whatever fresh, local fruit is in season.  Our two flavors were passion fruit and blackberry.  I thought I’d like the passion fruit more but I loved the blackberry one!  While we were eating our savory dishes, practically every table got served these pop tarts so I was worried they would run out.

There was no way TM would let the cinnamon roll get passed up.   He is a diehard cinnamon lover and considering everything else we had ordered was spectacular, he needed to try this out for himself!  It was definitely good but it was also definitely not a homemade pop tart.

I love this place and would definitely NEED to go back the next time I’m in Miami.  Michael’s Genuine is a NEED, not a WANT.  Please go there.  Now.

130 NE 40th Street   Miami, Florida

Hundred Acres

September 18, 2009

Randall had mentioned he wanted to take us to Hundred Acres for brunch so we checked out the menu online before we went.  Boyfriend LOVES anything cinnamon (or curry) so when we saw the Cinnamon-sugar Donuts with mocha dipping sauce as a starter, I knew he’d want to try them.


We get to the restaurant and alas, there are no cinnamon-sugar donuts on the menu!  No mocha dipping sauce.  Nothing of the sort.  Poor Boyfriend.  So I went ahead and ordered warm, cream homemade biscuits with honey butter and banana walnut bread. 

The biscuits were good but pretty dense.  They really expanded in my stomach later on.  The star of the plate was the honey butter.  Randall likes this honey butter so much that he stole a bite of it and licked it right off his knife!


Boyfriend went with a chilaquiles dish that was very filling. 


I chose the blueberry pancakes with creme fraiche.  The pancakes were light, fluffy and scumptious but I was so full from my biscuit that I barely finished one!



Randall and Vu both went with Poached Eggs
house-made biscuits, smoked salmon & hollandaise sauce






 Horace went with the French Toast on
semolina-raisin bread, caramelized pineapple & honey yoghurt





 Horace’s cousin Derrick went with one of the specials.  An open faced sandwich.  It must’ve been good because his plate was wiped clean when he was done!




 Horace’s other cousin Ehrlick went with the Acrs Scramble which came with a side of corn bread and salad.



Hundred Acres had a really nice atmosphere and comfy decor.  I feel like I hardly ate anything though because the biscuit made me so full.  I’ll have to not order a starter next time and stick to a main dish!

38 MacDougal St.  (between Prince and Houston St.)  New York, NY

Our nook at Sarabeth’s

September 11, 2009

We went to Sarabeth’s Kitchen for brunch and I came out eating lunch.  We waited a good 45 – 50 minutes to get a table here but the food was definitely worth the wait.  We got to sit in a nook at the restaurant!  The five of us had our own nook in the corner to feel special and cozy in.  Loved it!!


Joy decided to be brave and eat her first eggs benedict.  She went with the Classic Eggs Benedict with authentic canadian smoked ham and hollandaise sauce.  Her first experience was “very yummy!”


I was actually eyeing this dish but Randall got it instead.  He went with the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich on an english muffin with matchstick fries, tartar sauce and a salad of frisee, watercress & apples.


Candace got a Vegetable And Gruyere Frittata.  I didn’t even know what a frittata was but it looks so beautiful.  It looks like an omelette but apparently frittatas are finished off in the oven, whereas an omelette is cooked entirely on the stovetop and folded.


Boyfriend is a big part of this website.  A loyal eater, faithful photographer and encourager of the blog.  The truth is, Boyfriend doesn’t always get what he wants at restaurants.  In fact, he often chooses something the restaurant has run out of… or has decided to discontinue altogether.  It’s happened so many times recently that it almost seems normal for him not to get what he wants.

Boyfriend went with Farmer’s Omelette: leeks, ham and chunks of potato with gruyere.  He had the option of choosing what kind of muffin he’d like on the side and chose a pumpkin spice muffin.  Perfect choice as this is one of my favorites and I assumed I’d get to steal a bite or two.  Of course, they had run out of pumpkin spice muffins!  So the story of his saga begins…


I went with a club sandwich.  It sounds boring, I know.  This one was NOT boring though and was very special as it had fresh mozzarella cheese in it!   It came with roasted turkey breast, fresh mozzarella, virginia ham, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing on 7-grain bread.  The bread was excellent with wonderful flavors trapped between.  The salad on the side was light and a perfect complement to the sandwich.


I wish I had taken pictures of the decor at Sarabeth’s.  The restaurant was very open and bright and much larger than I originally thought because there is quite a large eating area in the back.  It’s in a great location because Central Park is waiting to be explored across the street and there is also great shopping on 5th Ave. 


What a beautiful day for a stroll in the park!  It’s like visiting the countryside in the middle of the city.  It was also a wonderful way to walk off some of the calories we had just consumed!

40 Central Park S.  (Between 5th and 6th Ave.)  New York, NY

Back to the Westside!

September 9, 2009

 NYC was amazing

The food, as you can see, was also amazing.

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today…

September 4, 2009

I am off to The Big Apple today!!  We are headed there for 3 full days which is a very short trip.  It does not give us nearly as many meals as I would like but it will have to do.  I’m so glad it’s the city that never sleeps and always eats.  I’ll update when I get back… I will probably need to be on a diet by then.


We’re definitely headed to Peter Lugar’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn on Saturday night after the U.S. Open!  I think that should be the last time I eat red meat until at least Christmas.  Hopefully also going to Serendipity, Sarabeth’s, Calle Ocho, Balthazar’s, Pommes Frite, and many, many others. : D

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