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Cheeky’s – Palm Springs, CA

I’ve heard people rave about this place for a long time now but haven’t been to the desert in quite some time.  I recently stayed in old Palm Springs and made a point to go here on my way out of town.  I think no matter what time of day there’s always going to be a wait so don’t expect to walk right in.  Especially since they don’t take reservations.  They have a lovely deck area where you can sit and enjoy a nice coffee or drink while you’re waiting though.

I had the hardest time deciding what to order.  I honestly I think I could have closed my eyes and pointed to anything and I would have been pleased.  Our waitress pointed out that the top portion of the menu were the weekly specials whereas the bottom half were the items that never rotate.  That definitely helped me narrow it down.  I finally decided on the Thai chili roasted pork over steamed rice topped with fried eggs and sesame.  When do you ever see that on a menu?  My girlfriend ordered the french toast with blackberry, honey mascarpone and black pepper so I felt better knowing I could have a bite of hers.  Both were excellent and couldn’t have been more different.  Mine savory, spicy and hearty, hers sweet with the most perfect balance thanks to the black pepper on top.  Let me also not forget to mention the tots with homemade ranch.  Who could say no to those?!  DE-licious!!!  I can’t wait to go back.

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Thai chili roasted pork over steamed rice, fried eggs and sesame

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French toast with blackberry, honey mascarpone, black pepper

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Tots with homemade ranch

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The Fat Hen – Seattle, WA

Ballard sure has some adorable restaurants tucked into it.  This being one of them.  We went here on a nice Sunday afternoon for brunch.  There was a long wait so I had plenty of time to decide what I was going to order.  I immediately knew – the lentil salad with warm lentils, a soft poached egg (I’m a sucker for poached eggs on just about anything), lardon and celery on top of spinach.  Holy moly this was tasty!  Definitely satisfied my insane hunger after the hour wait and I would recommend it to everyone!  Next time I might try one of their egg bakes…two eggs in tomato with sausage, mushrooms and mozzarella?  Yes please!  Adorable space, lovely staff and delicious food.

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Jackson’s Corner – Bend, OR

What an adorable restaurant!  If I lived in Bend I’m certain the staff would know me by name.  I went for breakfast and had the hardest time ordering. I settled on the Pesto & Eggs, two of my favorites so together this dish sounded like heaven.  The Sparrow baguette it was served on was so tasty and provided the perfect pedestal for the stars of the dish.  I did myself a favor and added bacon to my order.  Excellent!  I normally stick to water but I couldn’t help but notice all their kombuchas on tap.  What?!  Brilliant!  I got the non-flavored one (I can’t remember the name now) and it was exactly what I wanted.  They’re very friendly and let you try as many as you’d like.  I would love to try their lunch and dinner options.  Next time!

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Fremont Diner – Sonoma, CA

Once upon a time this spot used to be a secret but…that’s not so much the case anymore.  The line will prove it too!  But don’t be afraid, people are there for a reason and it’s worth the wait.  Just grab a coffee, iced tea or malt and make the most of it:)

I was there recently for brunch and was overwhelmed by all the tasty options on the menu.  What to order – what to order!  I finally decided on the chilaquiles.  That seems to be my go-to whenever I see it on a menu.  I’m so glad I decided to add the “smoked pork” for $3.50…worth every cent!!!  What a scrumptious breakfast/brunch/lunch!  I couldn’t even finish it but I didn’t leave overly stuffed and I would definitely go back for this again.  My friend got the “shrimp & grits” which were just as amazing.  There was so much more to both these dishes than expected.  Packed with flavor and complexity…the first bite left us moaning, “Mmmmm…Mmmmm!”:)

The “chicken & waffle” and “breakfast toast” had me salivating as well.  Next time:)

Vitea – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This is always a must for breakfast when we make our way down to PV.  Although they’re open for lunch and dinner as well, I’ve only ever been for breakfast.  I get the same thing every time…the chilaquiles with chicken.  It’s large and can easily be shared.  I think about this dish a lot when I’m gone and always look forward to going back when I’m in town.  The beans that are served with it are SO good…I could probably go for two servings of those:)  I almost forgot to mention that with your breakfast you get a selection of sweet breads to munch on.  My personal favorite is the sugar one…yum!  You won’t be sorry you went here.  The food is outstanding, the service is great and the location gives you a great view of the ocean along with some great people watching.  (Dogs are welcome outside!)

Revel (brunch) – Seattle, WA

You wouldn’t think Revel could get much better but if you haven’t been there on a weekend then you’re definitely missing out.  On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm, Revel offers the most incredible and unique brunch.  From your classic eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast to ramen, Kalbi burger and kaffir lime yogurt – it caters to everyone!

Your best bet is to go with a group of 4 so you can sample something from every category on the menu without getting overly full.  All of the dishes are appropriate to share so don’t be afraid to order more than you normally would…take a little and pass it down:)  I promise there won’t be food leftover.

Must haves include the bacon gruyere biscuit, the Revel ramen, the Kalbi burger (you won’t want to share this once you take your first bite), kaffir lime yogurt with mango and black rice puffs, and the short rib rice bowl.  The Abura noodle bowl is also very scrumptious.  More on the savory side for breakfast/brunch – I would love it anytime of the day.  It might sound like most of these things are filling but again…go with friends and share!

Kaffir lime yogurt, mango, black rice puff

Revel ramen, pork belly, kimchi

Short rib and eggs, arugula, chili chimichurri, rice

Kalbi burger, bacon, shallot pickle

Porridge, Meyer lemon, rhubarb, candied almonds

Caramel coffee roll, cocoa nibs

Café Salina – Bronte, Sydney, Australia

Just off the plane in Sydney for the first time, my good friend Lauren picked me up from the airport and took me here for “brekkie”…what they call breakfast in Australia.  The location and view couldn’t have been better.  Situation right above Bronte Beach, Café Salina offers delicious breakfast and lunch options and even have gluten free bread options which you don’t see everywhere.  I absolutely loved what I ordered and would get it again in a heartbeat (Breakfast Bruschetta) but if I were there for lunch I would love to try the Grilled Prawn Salad or the Seafood Platter for 2…yum!

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We started with the seasonal and tropical fruit plate…fruit is so much better in warm tropical places

Breakfast Bruschetta – ricotta, avocado, mushrooms and roast tomatoes served on sourdough (I substituted gluten free toast and added a poached egg)

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