Boston Brunch at Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be sent to Boston for a conference. My work best friends and I made a mini-vacay of it and even added a few days to the beginning for adventures.

Being a lover of brunch, I made my ladies fuel our first full day in Beantown with a brunch from Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro.

Lindsay and I both ordered the cider braised apple french toast, and Meagan had the frittata. Sorry for the weird cropping as I had to snap this photos quickly. I just couldn't wait to eat it.

Brunch was the perfect start for a historical day on The Freedom Trail.

Note: Brunch was also where Meagan began reading The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail to us. Get your own copy here. Meagan's book on tape isn't available...yet.

Macondo

I had the pleasure of going to brunch with one of my best friends, Phuong at Macondo Bistro in Houston last November. She's not always this emo-looking, I promise, I just liked this photo. After a weekend of bridesmaid dress shopping for her double wedding extravaganza (more on this later) we were pretty tired and we chose something close to her house.

By double wedding, I don't mean she's getting married simultaneously with another couple, and I certainly don't mean it's like that Mowry sisters Lifetime movie. She's having not one wedding, but two - to the same dude, too. She was a wedding planner for a while and is now a florist with her own little studio called Mi Bella Rosa. Two weddings means twice the awesome flowers, right?

It was one of those breakfasts where the company was more memorable than the food, so I'm struggling to recall the particulars of the meal itself.

I had an omelette with black beans and hashbrowns with a chai latte, while Phuong had the sausage, scrambled eggs, and plantains. I remember it being decent, but it was really more about hanging out with a good friend than anything else.

Oh yeah, Macondo is next to this joint. Remember Spaghetti Warehouse? Is anyone else amused by the fact that they own meatballs.com?

Kafe Leopold Brunch with Special Guest Fran

After posting an iPhone picture of the Lincoln Memorial on Facebook, my friend Fran excitedly replied that he, too, would be in DC for a wedding that weekend. Yay!

We decided to meet up for brunch in morning. After a little bit of Yelping and looking over a list of things to eat from my friend Carole, we decided on Kafe Leopold in Georgetown.

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photo by Tina Phan

Boy were we glad we chose Leopold's. There I had the most amazing almond croissant I've had in my life. It wasn't flaky like La Boite (my now second favorite almond croissant). Instead it was dense, moist, and somewhat sticky. Lil Phan got 2 more for the road.

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photo by Tina Phan

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With so many choices, lil Phan had a hard time deciding. I think she's using her phone to look up some of the menu choices. She seems terrified of making the wrong decision.

She ended up going with this:

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photo by Tina Phan

I had lemon souffle pancakes.

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photo by Tina Phan

At some point, I got greedy and started stealing other people's food. I mean tasting other people's food.

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photo by Tina Phan

Look at the bakery case. Drool.

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Yay Fran and Yay brunch.

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photo by Tina Phan

I'm not sure why the redhead's smile is so forced.

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photo by Tina Phan

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Gourdough's Is Making Me Feel Quite Gordo

After reading many happy reviews on Yelp, and driving past the Airstream Trailer with super cute retro graphics after close, Lil Phan and I checked out Gourdough's on South Lamar this afternoon.

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It was a foggy and generally icky day until Miss Shortcake arrived at my table. Wow. Warm just-fried almost funnel cake-like smell, rapidly melting cream cheese icing and fresh sliced strawberries--it was hard taking these pictures. Sensory overload. I should have stopped at half a donut. Miss Shortcake was so delicious, I had 7/8ths and wanted to explode.

would you like some Sara's Joy?

Lil Phan had the Sara's Joy and I ordered the Heavenly Hash to go for Chris. Both enjoyed their gooey chocolate deliciousness.

For more pics of Lil Phan stuffing herself full of donuts check my flickr.

Yum. Yes, $3.95 per donut is a little pricey. BUT, you're getting much more than just a donut. It's more like $3.95 for an entire dessert. Or for me, $3.95 for Sunday brunch. Sounds like a steal.

I still have donut frosting all over my jeans. These markings are a status symbol...maybe I won't wash them.

they're open

P.S. They open at 10 am on weekends.