I’ve been missing L.A. a lot recently. Like A LOT. I miss my friends and I miss the FOOD! So I thought it would be fun to take a drive up there for Sunday Brunch at one of my favorite spots: Gracias Madre. I dragged my mom along with me even though she’s not a huge fan of the city (but she does love brunch, sooo…)
My good friend Lynn met up with us at the restaurant. It’s been almost 6 months since I last saw her and it was great to catch up over good food. Both of our men are oversees for work right now, so we swapped coping mechanisms and stories of texts and Facetimes that happen at crazy hours. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone who totally gets how you’re feeling.
On to what we drank and ate! I told myself on the drive up that I wasn’t going to order a cocktail because I had had WAY too much wine the day before (my bestest friend of all time was down for a visit and we went to the winery). But as soon as we sat down and I saw the drink menu, I kinda had to try the Mexican Mimosa. I mean, habanero infused elderflower liquor, gran classico, and blood orange…how could I NOT?! It was delicious and the bubbles kinda burned my nose as I sipped but I didn’t mind. My mom got the Madre Maria which is their take on a Bloody Mary. Let me just say that I am not a Bloody Mary fan, I think it’s the tomato juice that’s a total turn off for me but this drink was fan-frickin-tastic! They use mezcal, heirloom tomatoes, vegan worcestershire, and escabèche. I was a little sad I didn’t order that instead – the fresh tomatoes make all the difference!
My mom and I split an order of the Avocado Toast to start. It came with 3 pieces of gluten-free toast topped generously with guac, cashew queso blanca, sprouts, and chili. Sublime! Then I followed with the Chimichanga which is basically some of my favorite foods (potatoes, tempeh chorizo, and black beans) wrapped in a tortilla and fried (one of my favorite food preparations!). I don’t indulge in food that heavy and rich very often so it was quite the treat! I was able to finish half of it and I had the rest for dinner later.
Mom ordered the Potato and Chorizo Hash and it was pretty tasty as well. Even though the food tasted divine, I realized once all of it was on the table that everything we ordered was brown! Thank goodness for the green of the avocado to help the pics out a bit!
After brunch we parted ways with Lynn and headed over to my other good friend Agatha‘s place to meet her beautiful brand new baby boy! It had been a few months since I had seen her as well and its always great spending time with her and her husband. Their baby is precious and I know they’re going to be the best parents ever. I’m also selfishly excited to be an honorary Auntie again! As I was holding him I was telling him how I was going to buy him beer when he’s older and he actually smiled!! Smart boy!
There was so much friend love this weekend that I’m ending my Sunday with a smile on my face, my heart filled with gratitude for the people in my life and my belly full of amazing vegan food!