All posts tagged: brunch

A Brunch Affair at the Commune Social

The Commune Social is my current go-to spot in Shanghai. I love their beautifully-curated brunch menu and the restaurant’s desserts are simply to die for. Plus, it’s located in a stunning space designed by famed Shanghai-based architects Neri & Hu. Good food and a trendy vibe? Be still my heart. For brunch, the set menu is 188RMB for 3 dishes of your choice. Plates are brought out tapas style and great for sharing. I like that you can add additional plates for 68RMB, which is overall a steal for the quality of food you get. I’ve been wanting to share this restaurant for a while now because a lot of readers visiting Shanghai have asked me what are some of my favorite spots. The team behind Commune Social (led by Chef Jason Atherton with Kim+Scott Melvin) are incredibly talented and I genuinely love how well crafted each dish is. The Commune Social doesn’t take reservations, so queues on the weekend can be 1hour+. If you don’t like waiting, either go early on weekends or visit for their …

Brunch in Style at Blackbird

Brunch is T H E trendy thing in Shanghai right now, and there is no place more chic than Blackbird. A cafe+bar serving fun Italian dishes, Blackbird is an Instagram heaven. The cafe exudes a really charming vibe, and I especially liked the floor to ceiling windows and sleek interior design. Good coffee was a plus, so I found myself spending the afternoon there working without being disturbed. I didn’t get to try out the extensive drink list, but I saw lots of hipster cocktails I can’t wait to go back for. By the way, happy Chinese New Year dear readers! May this (lunar) new year be full of delicious foods and auspicious adventures. This is the big holiday season in Shanghai so bundle up and brace the crowds. Located on Wulumuqi Road, Blackbird has a gorgeous view and some really tasty bites. I recommend the Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms for those who want a filling but healthy main. OH! But I saw all the tables around me ordering Thick Cut Fries so I suspect I missed out on a customer favorite. Other favorites include the Black Truffle …

Polish Your Brunch Game With These English Muffin Recipes

Hi Readers! I’ve recently become an Editor for SpoonUniversity, a student-led website that “covers everything from the best local restaurants to how to navigate your first kitchen and recover from a hangover, all written by people under 25.” My most recent post was on 7 Awesome New Ways to Eat English Muffins. Need help stepping up your brunch game? On a limited student budget? Check out the post and let me know how the recipes are!   love, eatprayjade x.

Woodberry Kitchen: Farm to Fork

Woodberry Kitchen is a Charm City favorite that follows the recent farm-to-table trend. With many Universities’ graduation dates coming up, families have been scrambling to make a reservation for this wildly popular restaurant. But is it worth the hype? Without a doubt, yes. Head Chef Spike Gjerde and his team behind Woodberry Kitchen are fantastic. They work wonders with their locally-sourced ingredients. From coveted Chesapeake Oysters to ‘Meatless Monday’ favorites like Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, Woodberry Kitchen boasts a delicious and seasonal menu. Sunday brunch is my favorite meal at Woodberry Kitchen (in general, it’s my favorite meal of the week anyways). Whoever came up with the Morning Flatbread, a tasty breakfast pizza finished with a cracked egg on top, is genius. And don’t even get me started on how brilliant those crispy potatoes on top of the caramelized onions are. Other interesting brunch choices include the Cast Iron Pancake garnished with sweet potato butter and nectarines. Yes, you read right. Pancake. Singular pancake! That’s because the cast iron skillet pancake is incredibly fluffy and dense (and filling). But for those that might not want a carbo-brunch …

Holiday Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co.

Happy New Years! Top of my 2015 New Years Resolutions List was exploring more popular food spots so in the spirit of that, I squeezed in a holiday brunch with my family at Clinton St. Baking Company recently. This popular Lower East Side shop is known for its delicious blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, and brunch overall. I first heard about Clinton St. Baking Company in Tokyo this summer actually. But I also quickly learned that Tokyo’s pancake craze means delicious pancakes only if you can endure enormously long waits–after all, lines can go for hours at this popular brunch spot! But, what girl doesn’t love a delicious stack of pancakes? I seriously appreciate brunch with great pancakes, especially if they fit my golden rule: fluffy on the inside with slightly crispy sides. So this time, despite the hour wait (which was much shorter than the one in Tokyo I’m sure!), I persevered. A new year means renewed strength to wait for good brunch right?                             Hands down, Clinton St. Baking Company is delicious–the …

2014 in Review: Eating, Traveling, and New Year Resolutions

Goodbye 2014! 2014 was the year I finished my year abroad in London, traveled to Greece and Italy, spent a summer in Tokyo interning for a NGO, and started my last year of University back in Baltimore. I’ve pursued so many of my passions in 2014, it’s surreal this whirlwind of a year is coming to an end. Throughout everything, starting eatprayjade (and buying my coveted camera!) has been a concrete reminder of places I’ve loved, food I enjoyed, and why it’s worth pursuing all your passions–even if it’s the desire to start a food blog! I’ve always believed in the cliche ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ so here’s my 2014 in review through a collage of photographs. Top Moments of my 2014: 1. Turning 21 in London My birthday brunch at Duck and Waffle with girlfriends that made my year in London incredible! Girls that love to brunch are always the best ones right? Check out my fabulous fellow blogger Lilybelle and her blog post on our brunch here.  2. British Afternoon Tea with a Twist Celebrating Talia’s birthday with afternoon tea at Bake-a-Boo …

Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle, located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, boasts an amazing brunch menu and a panoramic view of London. Featuring modern European cuisine, it’s a gorgeous spot to spoil yourself for special occasions. I visited Duck and Waffle with my best girlfriends this past spring to celebrate my birthday and it quickly made its way to one of my top favorite brunch places in London. Its signature dish is like its name–crispy duck leg confit with a fried duck egg, drizzled with mustard maple syrup. Sounds good? It tastes just as good as it sounds! But you really can’t go wrong with anything–from Belgian Waffles to English Breakfast–Duck and Waffle’s seasonal menu is a treat. The elevator that whizzes you up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower feels like part of the dining experience–it’s incredibly fast, and there’s no denying the rush of adrenaline only makes you more excited to eat! Once you stet out, you’ll see coat check up front, with a nice bar area next to the main dining room. It’s easy to drop off your coats, and head straight to …

Fall Weekend Holiday in New York

Gourmand (one who takes great pleasure in food) is a word I’ve been called by some of my close friends and it’s most definitely the best word to describe my recent long weekend. After all, Fall Weekend holiday was the perfect excuse for a girls getaway in New York City! Luckily, with a lovely airbnb booked in East Village, my best girlfriends and I were ready to start on a long list of delicious places to visit. Unsurprisingly, right at the top of our list was The Fat Radish, Ippudo Ramen, and Chelsea Market. The Fat Radish was the newest addition to our list of must-try brunch spots–curtesy of my friend Ellie who constantly scouts out amazing finds for me! As for Ippudo–I just couldn’t wait for a bowl of their spicy Tonkotsu ramen. It sounded like the perfect throwback to Tokyo’s noodle shops I miss so dearly (oh but of course, Ippudo’s Hirata pork belly buns are to die for too!). And last, but definitely not least–Chelsea Market. Does it need any explanation? Oysters, donuts, crepes, beef pies, anything and everything. We were even lucky enough to grab a table …

Brunching with Gorgeous Blooms at Nicolai Bergmann’s NOMU Cafe

Claude Monet was famous for referring to flowers as the raison d’être for many of his masterpieces. As he once said, “I must have flowers, always, and always.” Stepping into Nicolai Bergmann‘s store in Aoyama would convince anyone that is true. I don’t have much experience with flower arrangements but it’s easy to be awed by Nicolai Bergmann’s signature flower boxes and contemporary floral arrangements. A short walk from Omotesando Station, NOMU Cafe is a popular weekend brunch and afternoon tea spot located right in Nicolai Bergmann’s flagship store. Not only do you get to peruse gorgeous arrangements before your meal (check out his signature flower box if you’re looking for a nice gift), you’ll also get to dine amidst all the vibrant blooms! Alternatively, outdoor seating is also available in the flower-pavilion if you want to soak in the Tokyo sun on a good day. Mizuha and I met up again to go have a light brunch this Sunday–having explored Kagurazaka last weekend, we opted for the Scandinavian-style NOMU Cafe in order to explore the Aoyama area afterwards. Walking into Nicolai Bergmann, we instantly fell in love …

A not-so-secret Secret Garden: Daikanyama’s Ivy Place

Iadore Tokyo’s Daikanyama area. From its many outdoor cafes to weekend markets, Daikanyama has everything I want on a lazy Sunday. In particular, I find myself spending most hours after my internship at Daikanyama’s T-Site Garden and the connected Tsutaya Bookstore. Since its opening, Daikanayama’s Tsutaya has been applauded by many critics as one of the must-go-to bookstores in the world. So whether you prefer old bookstores or sleek modern ones, Tsutaya is definitely a gorgeous bookstore in Tokyo book lovers should not miss. Given Daikanyama’s many embassies and large expatriate population, this Tsutaya branch also holds a large collection of books and audio in multiple languages–vintage magazines, travel guides, jazz collections, etc. Just to quote disney, ‘You want thingamabobs? They’ve got plenty!’ So this past weekend, Sam and I decided to meet up for another brunch session–at this point, it certainly has become a weekly tradition for us! Ivy Place is a gorgeous restaurant located in the Daikanyama T-Site Garden with a large terrace and many surrounding greens. As with all lovely restaurants in Tokyo, there’s always a wait on weekends. However, Ivy Place allows you to leave your phone number so that you …