Before we ordered, we were brought a bowl of warm pita-like puffs to dip in Zaatar sauce: olive oil, wild thyme, sesame seeds & sumac.
We shared an order of Fatayir with spinach & feta. We were expecting these little pies to be more flaky, like Greek-style spinach-feta pies made with phyllo dough. Instead, these were more like soft stuffed pockets, sort of like empanadas and made with the same dough as our bread basket.
There were so many tempting items on the menu, so we ultimately each decided to order our own sampler plates and try four different things. I chose grilled haloumi, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and baba ghanouj.
Everything was so delicious! I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu, like the pitza that is featured on a significant portion of the list. It would be a great first date spot, a good place to bring vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
After dinner, we headed to Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, a dairy-free ice cream shop that is so old timey and charming that even if the dessert was terrible, I’d still have a hard time giving it a bad review.
Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about that.
This was literally some of the best ice cream- be it dairy-, soy-, coconut-, fruit-, goat-based- I’ve ever had. The Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor even gives Oink’s a run for its money! The line was long but worth the wait, and I’m glad to have another place to get my fix.
On Sunday morning, Ari and I had a morning date we’ve been planning since before I went to Michigan. To put myself in the festive mood, I wore my Coney Island dress, which always makes me happy. As do these shoes.
We got to Pachanga Patterson right as they opened… I’d already been wide awake for the past two hours, heart palpitating with thoughts of their “Mexican Breakfast.”
When Ari was in college, he lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A few blocks from his apartment was a restaurant called Bonita, which, according to Bon Appétit magazine, thought it had the best fish tacos east of San Diego. I’ve never been to San Diego (or Mexico, for that matter), but Bonita’s fish tacos will forever be the gold standard to which every fish taco will forever be held to until the day I die. Sadly Bonita has since closed, but Pachanga Patterson may very well be our new substitute.
The Mexican Breakfast was not, as we’d pictured, a rendition of huevos rancheros (a combination of eggs, hot salsa and cheese served over corn tortillas, often with black or refried beans) we were familiar with. Still, it was fresh, delicious, and filling. It’s scrambled eggs with potatoes, tomatoes, and jalepeños, served with fresh (and warm!) corn tortillas and a side salad with butter lettuce, cabbage, and roasted corn.
And best of all? The “Brunch Completo” (served with cocktail) is ten dollars. Ten! We’ve only been to the restaurant twice, but it’s already reached favorite status.
After breakfast, to celebrate leisure time and the hard work that preceded the days before it, we watched several hours of television and movies. And we did so guilt-freely.
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
What have you taken time for recently?