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For the Love of the Bottomless Brunch: Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena

I love to eat (and drink), it’s just that simple. Nestled in Alphabet City is a New York City treasure, Yerba Buena, named after a herb in the mint family with a weekend brunch any self respecting brunchaholic will love.

Yerba Buena

When I moseyed my way on over to Yerba Buena, the delectable plate of huevos rancheros and the glass-never-empty mimosas (jalepeño bloody Marys or bellinis) seemed to have just been waiting for me. The posh space with its dim lighting and exceedingly attentive staff was utter perfection. It’s safe to say Yerba Buena has perfected my favorite weekend past-time, and with Mexican hot chocolate and mini churros on the menu to add to the scrumptious brunch offerings, I’m planning to become a frequent bruncher. In the words of Rachel Ray – “Yummo!”

Yerba Buena
23 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-2919
YBNYC.com

Brooklyn Brunching: Cafecito Bogota

Cafecito Bogota

I’d been dying to try this place Cafecito Bogota in Brooklyn, because I’d read somewhere or other about their Colombian Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Bolivarianos features Colombian salami instead of peameal bacon with two poached eggs on arepa halves with passion fruit sauce instead of hollandaise, sounds good right?

Well with one perfectly poached egg and the other wildly overcooked, I have to say I was disappointed with my meal’s main star. It didn’t help matters that the salami’s flavor was so strong, my arepas weren’t toasted and everything else needed salt (something I refuse to add to my food once it’s been cooked). The passion fruit sauce, Maracuya, it just didn’t have the pop of flavor that a passion fruit is supposed to have: wonderfully tangy and sweet, divinely delectable. The flavor composition just didn’t melt in my mouth the way I desperately wanted it to. At $15.50 for the entire brunch (even though their website menu says brunch is $14.50), my three glasses of passion fruit sangria were the best part of my meal. I’d go back for the cocktails perhaps, but I’d only eat there again if their chef learned the art of using a little salt or spice to better develop the flavors that simply fell flat on my cute banana leaf shaped plate.

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Ave.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
718.569.0077
CafecitoBogota.com

Zac Posen Hosts Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch at Le Caprice in New York

Zac Posen has been a man about town, jet setting from London to NY and throwing lavish brunches in both destinations to celebrate the launch of the Belvedere Bloody Mary maceration. Yesterday, Zac hosted his Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch at the Pierre Hotel’s restaurant – Le Caprice. Lynn Whitfield, Bevy Smith, Derek Blasberg, Leigh Lezark and Genevieve Jones were some of NY’s finest in attendance.   Ever thought your vodka could have all the flavors of your favorite hangover cure without all of the added necessary ingredients. Enjoy the Belvedere Bloody Mary straight or mix it in a cocktail or two as per these recipes.

Belve Bloody Mary

Belvedere Bloody Mary
• 60ml Belvedere Bloody Mary
• 60ml tomato juice
• Dash lemon juice
• Tabasco to taste (optional)
Combine ingredients in a highball glass over cubed ice.
Garnish with a lemon wedge and/or celery stick

Pineapple-Mary

Belvedere Pineapple Mary
• 1.5oz Belvedere Bloody Mary
• 3oz Fresh Pineapple juice
• 0.75oz Fresh Lime juice
• 2 bar spoon Simple syrup
• 2 dashes Orange bitters
• 1/8 bar spoon Smoked paprika (hot)

Shake and strain all ingredients into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice.