Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Talks Food, First Dates and Food

When you get right down to it, there are really only two kinds of people in this world: those who brunch and those who do not. I don’t mean to generalize here but generally, Non-Brunchers are pretty easy to spot in a crowd. They’re the ones who take 17 different spin classes before noon on a Saturday, wear ripped, graphic tees without a shred of irony, and buy a pedigreed Goldendoodle puppy then name him Bob. Brunchers, however, are creatures of a more esoteric ilk, characterized by their adventure-seeking, quiche-loving ways  … and always hungry for more.

Because at its hollandaise-glopped essence, brunch is a meal most unpredictable and Brunchers who indulge in its capriciousness must be prepared for absolutely anything. Will it last an hour? All day? The better half of your festive, holiday-filled weekend? Unclear. The only thing that’s certain is that nobody gets brunch better than its reigning king, Brunch Boys’ founder Jeremy Jacobowitz.

Jeremy’s Brunch Boys website and Instagram page—the latter home to more than 430K followers—are veritable travelogues of the New York food scene, helping diners everywhere discover the inscrutable delectability of an NYC brunch. I recently caught up with Manhattan’s ultimate morning(ish) foodie. Here’s what he had to say …  Continue reading “Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Talks Food, First Dates and Food”

How to Make a Delicious Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your morning has gone anything like mine, then you’ve spent it scraping dried-up cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes off piles of unwashed plates and wine-stained glasses. Why is it that the scrumptiousness of a Thanksgiving meal is directly proportional to the disgustingness of cleaning it up?

Anyway, I’m working my sink hose like a water-spraying serpent in a stainless steel cage of doom — yo ho, you bit of stuffing! You shall not pass! — when it hit me: This leftover food can totally be transformed into an amazing breakfast and you don’ t need anything more than what you already have in your fridge to make it. *Runs to grab computer and sits down at kitchen counter, abandoning half-filled dishwasher of dirty plates to instead write this post.*

Here goes …  Continue reading “How to Make a Delicious Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers”

Sick Soup Cures All

In case you’ve been wondering about the radio silence from me, I currently have the flu. Aches, fever, chills, gang’s all here! Anyway, I posted last flu season about an amazing soup I make whenever I’m feeling sick (or just feeling like I need something healthy and hearty) so I’m reposting it again in case this change of season has caught you by surprise, too. P.S. Another cure for the flu? Binge watching Fuller House. But I digress …  Continue reading “Sick Soup Cures All”

7-Eleven is the New Farmer’s Market (Maybe)

When I imagine 7-Eleven, my thoughts do not immediately go to chef-inspired, locally sourced meals but maybe one day they will. For now, a bouquet of stale energy bars, a Technicolor assortment of Gatorade bottles standing idly behind fogged-up freezer doors, and half-filled carousels spinning with hot dogs more accurately flutter around in my mind.

Although, like I said, those platitudes of convenience-store legend may soon disappear. Continue reading “7-Eleven is the New Farmer’s Market (Maybe)”

Summer French Toast for a Light and Easy Morning

“For Daisy Ree” the bench read, as if there was no one else whose name could find itself etched into the old, snarled wood. June had already breathed in and out of a midsummer in mid-July, the late-night darkness was already glazed with gray dawn. Staying up until the sun rose across the empty beach wasn’t particularly in the plan but it wasn’t out of it either. Now that the feat had been accomplished, the morning sun unhinged from the watery horizon, here I was, alone. Well, except for Daisy Ree.

She could probably be described as the kind of woman who had well-defined eyebrows and deep-set brown eyes. When she spoke, her voice would’ve sounded thick like poured molasses. She needed reading glasses but never wore them, they made her look too much like Grandmother Joanne. And when she met her husband, a spindly part-time parking-meter attendant named Tom, she told him he’d never win her heart. So he spent the rest of his life trying.

He was the one who dedicated the bench to Daisy Ree, I bet, an ode to his girl whose essence was magnetic and reliable as the ocean tide that now lapped at the wood forever bearing her name. Tom visited sometimes, except he was nowhere to be found on this summer morning. Today it was just me, the sunrise and a mind unable to cease wandering, imagining what I’d make for breakfast and if anyone could really paint an accurate portrait of the indefatigable Daisy Ree.

The last thought remains unanswered but here’s what I made to eat: Continue reading “Summer French Toast for a Light and Easy Morning”

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest in Words and Pictures

If you ever want to make a real splash at a summer-themed food and drink festival, I recommend grabbing your cutest dogs, (preferably ones belonging to you and/or your friends), sticking them in a wagon, adding adorable shirts or handkerchiefs as necessary, and wheeling ’em around the extravaganza while attendees watch with glee.

This is precisely what my crew and I did a few days ago during OC Weekly’s Summer Fest in Newport Beach, CA, and in lieu of my usual word-barrage on the subject, I figured I’d switch things up and let you experience the fest through photos instead …  Continue reading “OC Weekly’s Summer Fest in Words and Pictures”

In Goop Health Was a Full-On Wellness Rager (Or So I’m Told)

I didn’t go to Gwyneth Paltrow’s In Goop Health event in Culver City, CA this past Saturday. I didn’t even contemplate dropping the $500 (or at its most vegan-ly indulgent, $1,500) required to attend. To be honest, I’m still recovering from her first cookbook’s blatant impracticality, discovered years ago as I was salivating over a pizza recipe only to realize it called for imported tomatoes from a sustainable farm in Southern Tuscany manned by a woman born on the third Wednesday in July and also a wood-fired backyard oven.

Adore me some Gwyneth, (hello there, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shakespeare in Love, and even Country Strong), but not all of us have Mario Batali listed as a favorite in our phone.

Anyway, because I wasn’t IRL at the fête, I’ve combed through the #InGoopHealth tweets and am listing the most ridiculous things uncovered during this digital excavation. My hope is that the below observations afford us casual, delivery-pizza folk the opportunity to understand what it might have been like to hobnob with the finest Goopists in Tinseltown …  Continue reading “In Goop Health Was a Full-On Wellness Rager (Or So I’m Told)”

Lido Bottle Works Does Farm to Table Right

 “5:30.”

 “In the morning?”

“Yes. And everyone showed up.”

I was sitting in the corner booth at Newport Beach’s latest bay-side dining experience, Lido Bottle Works, about to dive into an expertly seared halibut set before me moments before by Executive Chef Joel Harrington.

From what I could already tell, the chef commands his kitchen with a quiet, almost reserved confidence and judging by the chorus of mmmms resonating inside the sleek, darkly wooded, 1,235-square-foot space; it’s all working just fine. Continue reading “Lido Bottle Works Does Farm to Table Right”

Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Heats Up the Foodie World

When you get right down to it, there are really only two kinds of people in this world: those who brunch and those who do not. I don’t mean to generalize here but generally, Non-Brunchers are pretty easy to spot in a crowd. They’re the ones who take 17 different spin classes before noon on a Saturday, wear ripped, graphic tees without a shred of irony, and buy a pedigreed Goldendoodle puppy then name him Bob. Brunchers, however, are creatures of a more esoteric ilk, characterized by their adventure-seeking, quiche-loving ways  … and always hungry for more.

Because at its hollandaise-glopped essence, brunch is a meal most unpredictable and Brunchers who indulge in its capriciousness must be prepared for absolutely anything. Will it last an hour? All day? The better half of Memorial Day weekend? Unclear. The only thing that’s certain is that nobody gets brunch better than its reigning king, Brunch Boys’ founder Jeremy Jacobowitz.

Jeremy’s Brunch Boys website and Instagram page—the latter home to almost 400K followers—are veritable travelogues of the New York food scene, helping diners everywhere discover the inscrutable delectability of an NYC brunch. I recently caught up with Manhattan’s ultimate morning(ish) foodie. Here’s what he had to say …  Continue reading “Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Heats Up the Foodie World”

Taco Tuesday at El Mercado Modern Cuisine is a Game Changer

The day: Tuesday. The time: 8 p.m. (ish). The mission: Tacos.

We stepped out of our Uber and arrived at an empty parking lot in downtown Santa Ana. To our immediate left, bright street art, painted with neon abandon along one side of a stout, brick building. Strings of street lights twinkled up the otherwise dark corner, a truck hummed nearby, its bed full of old, wooden cabinets.

I smiled. It was strange but also strangely wonderful and though I wouldn’t know it yet, the distinctive scene was thoroughly befitting of what was about to go down that night.  Continue reading “Taco Tuesday at El Mercado Modern Cuisine is a Game Changer”