Anniversary brunch

17 Jan

Our schedule was a little complicated this weekend, and as a result, we didn’t really have the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary as we intended. Instead, we injected a little bit of celebration into everything we did. It pretty much started with brunch on Saturday morning.

We decided to try a place we’ve been talking about checking out for a while now but never have: Cat & Fiddle. It’s super-cute:

As was the company.

It was the 14th of January in Hollywood, so naturally the weather was perfect for eating in the courtyard. Their brunch menu is fun and varied, featuring foods from “around the world,” namely Europe and Mexico. The thing that really drew me to the place, though, was the full English breakfast with a vegetarian option. I couldn’t resist:

Sourdough toast, Heinz beans, sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomato, two poached eggs, and “chips.” I handed the tomato off to Mr. X, drizzled some hot sauce into the beans, and doused the chips in malt vinegar. I also had a mimosa on the side, which I didn’t think to photograph. In all, it was prepared well and was a ton of fun, but it was only ok . . . as a full English breakfast always is to my taste buds. The poached eggs were lovely, the toast was tasty, and I loved the vinegar-y chips. The beans just are never much to write home about, honestly, and I don’t at all fault Cat & Fiddle for that. The service was spectacular — seriously, maybe the best I’ve had in LA — and the view was just perfect. We decided to split a dessert, it being an occasion and all:

Apple crumble with pumpkin pie ice cream. The crumble was good — though I had to dodge raisins, ack! — but the ice cream was divine. Pumpkin remains one of my top five favorite ice cream flavors.

It was a perfect start to a day that later included watching football at a sports bar, eating an unphotographed dinner at Off Vine (so good!), and catching the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (preferred the original, though this one was good, too). I’m such a lucky lady to have found such a great guy, and though we didn’t have a normal dinner-and-gift-exchange celebration, I wouldn’t trade Saturday for the world.

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2 Responses to “Anniversary brunch”

  1. southernpurplevegan January 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I agree with you about the Girl with Dragon Tattoo the original was better than the one that came out recently but it was still good.

    • Brigid January 18, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Yeah, I think I need to re-watch the Swedish one to capture exactly what I preferred about it, but I know for sure that it ended better. The American version was about 30 minutes longer than it needed to be.

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