Perhaps my favorite weekend pastime is sleeping in and enjoying a late breakfast, or as I so fondly call it, brunch—a boozy one in particular. If you haven't figured it out yet, this is not the blog of a world-class chef, but a loaded breakfast is something even I can DIY. First, I always like to have something savory (like eggs and potatoes or ham) and something sweet (fruit, muffins, pastries). Last week I made quiche cups in muffin tins that are easy and fun to experiment with. I started with this recipe from Gimme Some Oven and put my own twist on it (see GSM's 15 Easy Bruch Recipes for more ideas). The beauty of these is that you can toss whatever you have laying around in the mix, and they cook in 20 minutes. Then, the leftovers make easy to-go breakfasts for work.
The second part is the drinks. Mimosas are easy—OJ + champagne (add vodka if you're feeling feisty)—but I love a good bloody Mary. I'm no mixologist either, but my secret is to use good vodka—I like Titos, and it's made in Connecticut—and a pre-made mix; Trader Joe's makes a good one. Then, add a ton of fixings: lemons, limes, olives and celery stalks. It will look darn close to professional without much effort.
The final step is to set the scene. A sunny spot is key, as is a cute tablecloth and some flowers. Put fruit in a pretty bowl and orange juice in a glass pitcher. For drinking glasses, I prefer mis-matched cups and mason jars. Wah-lah! Like I said, easy. But, since weekends are for ultimate laziness, going out is another option. I've listed my favorite brunch spots in Southern Connecticut below. Either way, you had me at, "Let's do brunch." Happy Friday!Tula's in Monroe // Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport // Source Coffeehouse in Bridgeport // Donahue's in Madison // Rainbow Gardens in Milford // Fire Engine Pizza Co. in Brigeport // Photos from Instagram @style_me_annie