Did someone say Brunch?
Brunch is probably one of my favorite things. I’m not overexagerrating. If anything that’s an understatement. Why is brunch one of my favorite occupations to engage in? Well, most people can only partake in brunch two days out of the week, so by default it’s exclusive. And where there is brunch, there is bubbly. Enough said.
Easter sunday used to mean family time, but since moving to Los Angeles and having my entire family reside in Chicago holidays have taken on new meanings. Most often holidays mean working my second job for increased pay. I know what you’re thinking, “Well that’s depressing.” But it actually isn’t, at all. As an occupational therapist at a hospital I have the opportunity to increase their overall participation and quality of life. It’s pretty great.
But, this Easter I decided to attend my regular sunday yoga class and brunch. Sometimes brunch whispers really loudly in my ear and it would be rude to ignore it. So I listened.
It was your average, perfect, sunny day in Los Angeles. A friend and I went to Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. It’s a lovely open space with high ceilings. It has a clean modern feel, but not sterile. Gracias Madre has a great amount of bar and outside seating. We were able to snag a spot on the patio.
It was my lucky day because my friend was ready to feast! Gracias Madre is a plant-based restaurant serving mexican cuisine from locally sourced farms. They care greatly about the quality of their ingredients and the story behind the creation of the food. If you want to know more, you can visit their website here.
Now on to the feasting!
We first started with drinks… it wouldn’t be brunch without a drink right?
My friend had the Boozy Popsicle. Yes, that’s what it is called. It changes seasonally, so it’s not always up to date on their online menu. But I do know it consisted of Mezcal and cucumber. I am not a fan of smoky, so Mezcal and I aren’t friends. I think the whole boozy popsicle concept is fun, but I prefer to drink my drink. And then you only have a short window of opportunity to enjoy it. Okay, okay, I am overthinking it.
I had the La Belleza. It had tequila, blanco, strawberry balsamic shrub, lemon, and rose wine. It was delicious. I was led to believe by our server that the rose was sparkling, but it wasn’t. I did say brunch is all about the bubbly. Surprisingly, I didn’t even mind.
The warm lemon scone melted in your mouth along with the perfectly textured strawberry rhubarb jam. I have some left over for tomorrow!
We went from sweet to savory to sweet. The chimichanga was full of flavor and I appreciated the amount of guacamole served with it. The black beans are refried, which I personally love and the red peppers and chorizo added excellent savory flavor. And the cashew chipotle aioli was on point.
Now, french toast doesn’t happen for a vegan very often. But when it does, it better be good. Dont worry, it was absolutely delicious. The bread had the perfect thickness and even though it was served on top of syrup it didn’t get soggy and become a texture nightmare. The pecans were a lovely touch and honestly, I didnt even need the cream.
So now let’s talk about the most important thing; Chips. Yes, chips are an important part of my diet. I take them very seriously. The chips are hand-made from maiz aka corn. The chips are just the right amount of crunchiness and salt. On my way home I was wishing I took some home. My pants will thank me later.
Would I go Back?
All around everything from the food to the service to the beautiful sunny day created a stellar brunch. I will most definitely be back. I had been to Gracias Madre for dinner during the first few months they opened, but the service and food had some shortcomings. But it appears they have worked out a lot of the kinks.
If you’ve learned anything from this post, it’s that you should brunch more often.
How did you spend your Easter? Have holidays taken on new meanings in your life? Or do you have a food that you just have to have on Easter?
Over and out,