Anyone who knows me knows I am a) a huge foodie and b) I adore breakfast/brunch. Back home, in Rochester, NY we have this AWESOME diner known as Billy’s that during the summers my family and friends pretty much frequent this hopping joint daily. Breakfast/brunch is a great time to jump start the metabolism and get us ready for the day’s activities. Therefore, logically, when I came across the group “BostonBrunchers” I knew we would be like two peas in a pod and just had to join this wonderful group! For those of you unfamiliar with Boston Brunchers, they are a group of (you guessed it) people who come together for convo+delicious food and then blog about it! You sort of have to win a spot for their events as you don’t always get to attend each and every event. So, when I was selected to attend my first ever brunch event last sunday OF COURSE I was ecstatic and knew I couldn’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. What a great way to network, make new friends, and engage in conversation and delectable food.
And let me say my expectations were met. On Sunday, April 14th, I had the pleasure of joining I believe 8 other ladies for a delicious Brunch in Brookline at a restaurant called “The Fireplace. According to the BostonBrunchers description: ” It is a New England grill and barbeque, with an emphasis on wood-smoked and rotisserie dishes that utilize the freshest ingredients” with a focus on clean, healthy, locally sourced, seasonal food. Of course there is a fireplace right as you walk in and the place embraces you with a sense of warmth and homeyness.
And the wait staff strove to continue that vibe, as they were all so attentive, friendly, and outgoing, upholding the standards expected of them at such a nice restaurant.
As this was my first event, I was unsure of how the ordering worked. Would we all order separate dishes or a bunch to share? I love sharing! Fortunately, because the menu was so daunting (even though I love having so many choices), the girls thought it best to order a few savory dishes to share as appetizers and then we’d also each order our own.
As the waiter brought out a citrus salad with beets and oranges, vegetable hash, Seared Confit Duck and Arugula Salad with Dried Apricots, and my own lobster eggs benedict, I couldn’t help but gaze at the gorgeous food laid out before me. The colors were incredibly rich and bright and really brought the food to life. Not to mention, my satisfaction with knowing this restaurant’s dedication to regional and season ingredients.
I had originally intended to get the pumpkin pancakes with cranberry apple glaze and whipped cream, and still longed to get that, but also desired to get the lobster eggs benedict as it sounded way too good! Fortunately, one of the other girls said she’d split the pancakes with me! (I love these girls already!), so I was able to get both 🙂 Happy Belly. And, I’m glad we got them, because they were by far the best pancakes I have ever had and the maple syrup was that REAL maple syrup that you just can’t get enough of.
The salads as well were light and fresh, however, covered in just a tad too much dressing for my liking. Additionally, I found lipstick on my spoon which led me to wonder how clean the other plates were I didn’t make a fuss over it just simple wiped it off, but it definitely put a dent in the experience for me. Not to complain too much, but I would have preferred my lobster to be soaked in a tad less butter, I’m a nutrition student after all. This place is definitely for those with rich and hearty appetites who are looking for luxurious comfort food, not for the health conscious.
On a positive note I scored seats next to BostonBachelorette and tutusandtea who are absolutely the sweetest! We shared tidbits of information on some of our fav Boston hideaway spots (boutiques, cafes, restaurants), dished on some of the hottest workouts around town, and simply engaged in lighthearted conversation. My favorite part about Brunch I think was getting to know this amazing group of individuals who have such a passion for Boston and all it has to offer just like I do!
I can honestly call some of these girls new friends and of course have to thank The Fireplace for their delicious brunch and for bringing us all together!
p.s. Due to dining with BostonBrunchers, I enjoyed this meal free of charge. My thoughts and opinions were in no way influenced by this.