Welcome BACK Brunch at North Street Grille!

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It’s been 2 months and 22 days since I’ve written about my love of food and I apologize for the wait (life…oy vey).

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Kicking off my return to writing I came prepared with a fork in the left and a drink in my right to tell you about a semi secret, yet not so secret spot in the bustling North End perfect for your brunch munch cravings, North Street Grille!

Opened back in October 2010 on North Street, dinner is served 5 nights a week from 5pm to 11pm and brunch from 8am to 3pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays! A new addition to my Friday Brunch line up! On street parking around here is a bit tough, but there are lots close by or one can take the train in and walk from Haymarket.

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Whoop Whoop!

 

It’s the perfect, cozy location for a chill brunch; whether you’re coming from working out and wanted to grab a bite while unwinding with pals or you’re hungover and literally dragging your bum through the door.

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The menu is broken down into generous sections providing eaters to sample and indulge in some tasty treats. Prices vary from $5 to $17 for entrees with wine, beer, and cocktails varying from $5 to $10. Very inviting for many budgets!

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For my homecoming feast I went for the Banana Bread French Toast and washed it down with the Flirtini cocktail. Need I say I was also on a date (wink wink). I think I would have picked something different if I knew they gave you FRESH BANANA BREAD as a starter snack. So moist and chewy; a nice way to start off any brunch.

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My Flirtini was a blend of Cruzan Raspberry, Champagne, Chambord, Pineapple and Cranberry juice. Absolutely Re-Freshing! I had to have two, with no guilt! I must admit it’s been a while since I’ve had fruity drinks but this one was even blended and with the use of champagne it made the drink more like a punch, which I enjoyed.

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My Banana Bread French Toast was to die for! Sitting in it’s already soaked goodness of a caramelized banana sauce this lovely thick Texas toast style bread was decorated to the nines with fresh bananas atop, confection sugar, and whipped cream.

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This place Knows Bananas!

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Each bite better than the first, and with little need to add extra maple syrup, one can eat continuously unless needing a drink break. It happens.

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Sadly I couldn’t finish my plate 100% but I managed to get ‘er down to a solid 85% devoured!

 

Next time I visit for brunch I’m going with their ‘Benedict in Bed’, which is a French Toast stuffed with Canadian Bacon & Cheddar topped with Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce. Sounds dangerous I know, but with my stomach up for the challenge I KNOW I’ll get to the bottom of it!

 

I can’t say the date was a hit, but at least my potbelly was visible. Xo.

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North Street Grille

 

229 North St.

 

Boston, MA 02113

 

(617) 720-2010

 

http://www.northstreetgrille.com/ordereze/home.aspx

Pizza Express in Haymarket!

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I LOVE London.  Something about the culture there fascinates me.

The food there? Usually not so much.

But like they say, “Third times a charm” and that can be applied to my recent U.K. experience.  On my first two visits to the country I didn’t create the opportunity to explore tasty options, in fact I mainly ate what was given to me or dined at the usual pub.  In 2013 however, that would be unacceptable behavior.  Recommended by a family friend, Pizza Express was exactly what I needed to experience in the city.

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Being more popular than I could imagine, Pizza Express has over 400 restaurants within the United Kingdom with each one being unique in their decor.  Their concept was developed in the sixties and inspired by, “fresh thinking”.  This West End location around the corner from Piccadilly Square and Regent Street has two floors for comfortable seating, a meeting room, and is open Monday through Saturday 11:30AM to 12AM; On Sunday they close at 11PM.

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Now although I don’t love pizza, I enjoy it from time to time and today was London’s chance to satisfy my craving.   I went with the Pollo ad Astra which consisted of Chicken, Sweet Peppadew Peppers, Red Onions, Mozzerella, Tomato, Cajun Spices and Garlic Oil.  I’m drooling just thinking about this crafty Italian dish.  I sipped some red with this one (although white would have been better with chicken) of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

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Diners can experience decently priced meals in Pizza Express’s laid back, contemporary location.  The pizzas come dressed to impress so you don’t have to.  With a reasonably priced menu patrons can get a meal and a beverage for £20.  Not too bad, and converts to about $30.85 according to today’s pound to dollar rate.

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Not interested in pizza?  There are many other Italian favorites like pasta, calzones, and salads. Got an allergy? Their menu has “gluten-free” options to work with.  They even have an “Intro” that you can have BEFORE your “Starter”. Love it.

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Upon arrival of my pizza and wine (always a winning combination) I noticed my pizza was uncut.  I thought that was pretty cool!  My pizza cutter and I had a GREAT Time together!  As I ran the cutter across the pizza and divided up my uneven sections I liked that the pie stayed together.  They didn’t serve it too hot-the cheese wasn’t sliding all over-making it perfect to work with as a newbie cutter.

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iPhone’s can’t Always capture delicious. So good!

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The taste was very, very, satisfying.  The Cajun sauce wasn’t overbearing, but gentle with the spice being used here more for flavor than warming the mouth.  The veggies and chicken blended well and had a nice balance.  Not too much sauce to drown in on a thin crust.  I can see this thriving in New York.  Very tasty Pizza Express!  My wine, although dry, had nice cherry notes.  I did enjoy this bottle and must buy one in the states.

 

 

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With a phone app for Android or iOS, online table reservations, and a take away option Pizza Express makes it easy to get the food you want, when you want it.  Can’t make it to the restaurant?  They have option to prepare at home in your location U.K. Supermarket.  Maybe one day they’ll hit America.  Boston First I hope.

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YUM!

 

Pizza Express in Haymarket

26 Panton House,

Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4EN

020 7930 8044

http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/london-haymarket/