Life as an actor has been rather dead lately. Luckily, life as a food blogger is bustling! From organic food delivery to hand-crafted tarts, I’ve had the opportunity to sample a lot of tasty tidbits for free.
Today Abe and I were treated to my favorite meal – brunch! Crescent Beverly Hills, a boutique 90210 hotel, invited us for the launch of their weekend menu, cooked by their brand new chef.
The restaurant space is on a small outdoor terrace, chicly shaded from the sun….
…with pillows galore!
I made myself right at home…
…while Abe enjoyed an iced coffee
Ameliana, The Crescent Hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager, vegetarian-ized a sampling of the menu for us to share. Here’s what I ate!
Blueberry Scone, spread with whipped maple butter and a mini cream-stuffed Profiterole
Creme Brulee Banana Pancake, with candied pecans. I only needed a drizzle of maple syrup and left off the butter.
Fried Piquillo Peppers – these are usually stuffed with eggs, chives, chorizo and goat cheese, but we got them with soyrizo, and cheese-less
Even without the meat/cheese, it was still great!
Brunch Salad – farmer’s market greens, roasted Peruvian potatoes, egg, avocado, balsamic maple vinaigrette, and caramelized onion (the bacon was left off)
The Hangover Burrito – a flour tortilla stuffed with mushrooms, french fries, cheddar, egg, and charred salsa (this regularly has turkey sausage)
I ate 1/4 of the burrito, plus a serving of both salads. Everything was wonderful – the only thing I needed was some additional salsa for dipping!
Ameliana’s favorite dish was the first one that caught my eye on the menu – a Kabocha Squash Omelette with kale, tomato confit, and corn avocado relish. There’s goat cheese too, but since neither of us are fans, it arrived on the side
By this point I was pretty stuffed and could only manage a taste off the end…
…curiosity got the best of me and I added a little goat cheese too.
It’s been confirmed. I just don’t like goat cheese!
But both Abe and I were completely blown away by this dish -
Brunch Sliders! The chef replaced the turkey breakfast sausage with chickpeas, and added caramelized onions. They came out fried to a crisp, with smoked maple aioli on a fluffy brioche bun…
…and a sunny-side up quail egg. I’ve never had one before so I ate it alone. A little more delicate and less intense in flavor than a chicken’s?
You can order those babies (or the stuffed peppers/mini pancakes) with a Brunch Cocktail during the 11am-1pm Happy Hour at the Bar for only $12! What a deal!
In fact, most of the menu items are very reasonably priced, which is surprising, given the area it’s in. And, as you can see, there’s a lot of meat – so we were really impressed with all the vegetarian versions that were whipped up.
Ready for my nap now!