Has anyone else ever noticed that? Perhaps it’s a sign I’ve been food blogging too long 😉
I woke up early this morning and went to Easter Mass with Bobby and one of my gal pals. It was packed! During the announcements, we found out that there was an egg hunt, but it was for kids under 10. Bummer! (I’m kidding, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have joined in if I could have!)
Instead of egg hunting with all the kiddies (I can get my “awws” and “so cutes” anytime by reading Sarah’s blog), I came home, grabbed one of my two favorite “K’s” (you know the other one), and made the long and exhilarating walk to Jilly’s Cafe for Easter brunch.
Yes, this place is really that adorable. It seats maybe 50 people and is perfect for special occasions! As you can see on the left side of the picture, upon being seated you are immediately greeted with a “bread basket” filled with scones, corn muffins and lemon poppy seed bread. I grabbed a scone immediately – I was so hungry!
Trust me when I tell you, it was everything a scone should be As we were perusing the menu, our waitress was kind enough to bring us a refreshing kick-it-up-a-notch mimosa.
I had two throughout the course of our meal 😉 While sipping on champagne ‘n’ juice, I had a hard time deciding what to order! For Easter brunch, you are given an appetizer, entree and dessert choice for a fixed price. Just look at the options:
I’m sorry, I’m only supposed to choose ONE from each list? Impossible! Eventually, I had to make a decision. While the smoked salmon and crab cakes were tempting me from the appetizer menu, I ended up going with the White Bean and Vegetables Soup. I’m glad I did!
This soup was light but at the same time, filled to the brim with beans and veggies. I enjoyed every spoonful! I also snagged a corn bread muffin from the basket and topped it with some grape jam.
And because it was Easter (um, no, actually because I just really wanted it), I also had to try the lemon poppy seed bread. This is one of my favorite sweet breads but I rarely get the chance to have it. What better way to enjoy it than when I know it was made fresh?
For the entree (another tough decision), I ended up choosing the Shrimp Frittata with Tomato, Scallion, Swiss Cheese and Country Potatoes.
Look at that melty cheese Every bite of the frittata had another ingredient – it was never just eggs. They packed it full of tomatoes, scallions and shrimp, and the potatoes were seasoned perfectly.
At this point, I suppose I had consumed the volume equivalent of three square meals! But somehow, there is always room for dessert. After perusing a menu that included creme brulee, chocolate mousse, stuffed profiteroles and lemon tart, I ended up choosing my ultimate treat: fresh strawberry ice cream with chocolate sauce, fresh berries and whipped cream.
Heaven in a wine goblet The ice cream was at that “just right” temperature between super cold and slightly melted. The whipped cream tasted fresh and the chocolate sauce was rich and definitely not your average bottle of Hershey’s. The strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries added a somewhat “healthy” twist, and the pirouette cookie was an unexpected “icing on the cake,” so to speak.
As you can imagine, both my roomie and I walked out of Jilly’s Cafe feeling completely stuffed but satisfied with our dining experience and somewhat sad that it was our last official campus Easter together. It was our second time setting up this brunch, and I enjoyed every minute I was able to spend talking with her about the past, present and future When we got back, K was kind enough to let me turn on the Masters while we made albums from our Emmy trip to L.A. I was kinda bummed for Tiger and Phil, but congrats to Angel Cabrera, of course.
Today was also the first day of Leng’s Salad Challenge. I will post a recap of my salad from today with tomorrow’s post! For now, I’m a bit tuckered out and ready to settle in bed with one of the three books I am currently reading!