Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Brunch by Ballyhoo

"To invite someone is to take charge of his happiness during the time he spends under your roof." - Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Three great friends took charge of my happiness during the past week when they invited me to their houses and cooked two incredible meals for me! When I'm given the gift of a home-cooked meal, I feel taken care of in that moment and it reaffirms to me what a lucky girl I am to have friends as great as mine. What better way to honor them than plastering the pictures all over the Internet, right?

So Ballyhoo and J invited me to brunch at their place in center city last Sunday.
finnegan with ball
This is the famous Finnegan! We worked up an appetite fighting over this ball and a small rubber tire. He's just gorgeous.
Back to the food. I knew I was in store for something, but I could have never imagined how gluttonous a brunch this was to be.
We started with a pepper stuffed with cheese and herbs, fresh tomato, sun dried tomato, and mozzarella stack, as well as baby greens with balsamic vinaigrette.
While we were eating our delicious salads, the fritata came out of the oven. Two kinds of sausage, spinach, cheese and tomato. It was hands down the best fritata I've ever had. I think he took it out of the oven a minute or two early and then let it set the rest of the way in front of us on the table while we munched on salads. Then when we couldn't' wait any longer, we devoured it.
And then there were the cookies! Quite possibly as good as my mother's oatmeal cookies. (To be honest, I had a cookie as the precursor to the whole meal when I saw the in the kitchen after first arriving, amuse bouche perhaps?)
oatmeal raisin cookie
This was no small bite before dinner though, these cookies were huge and were packed full of three kinds of very lush raisins. This picture shows no actual raisins unfortunately, but you can see the large crevice that remained after I picked a raisin out. In the background you can also catch a glimpse of the mango mimosa with blueberries I drank throughout the morning. Can you believe all this?

I was stuffed with food and pleasure to be in such good company.


  1. Taylor said...
    Those friends are keepers.
    Toni Narins, L.Ac. said...
    Love your friends! Also love the Brillat Savarin quote. And the dog!
    Chris said...
    What a great meal! And - the dog - so handsome! :)
    sher said...
    That's a gorgeous dog! And the pictures are fabulous. Not just the food--the pictures themselves.

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