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Friday, May 02, 2008


I got some help reviewing brunch for today's Weekend. (Doesn't Joanne Drilling look great in that photo with those delicious ricotta lemon pancakes?) I do like brunch. it's funny, though, brunch is either too much or not enough. Buffets always seem like they have too much to choose from, while a la carte brunches are never quite enough food. Buffets are nice because they stretch things out, and the very idea of brunch is that it should be leisurely. That's its best feature--you know you're not at work if you're relaxing over your third cup of coffee in the middle of the day. And that's why brunch is a nice thing for taking your mother out to eat. She wants to spend time with you!


at 8:20 AM Blogger Julie said...

I had brunch at Lavo last weekend-- the croissants were horrible, a la Kroger's on half price day. Everything else was great. What gives, Lavo?

at 8:39 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I know! you'd think they'd be better. Same at Greenup last time I was there.

at 10:57 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

I have had the croissants in the morning at Greenup maybe a half dozen times in the past year, most recently a couple of weeks back, and they are consistently good. That said, I think you're talkign plain croissants? I always get a filled one.

at 11:19 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I get the plain ones. They look like croissants on the outside, but they don't seem layered on the inside at all, they're not buttery, not crisp and falling apart into buttery shards the way they do in France.

at 12:50 PM Blogger Julie said...

The Greenup ones, plain or filled are perfect. The Lavo ones are obviously not from Greenup.

at 1:51 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I'll go to Greenup Street right away and re-test.

at 3:44 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

It's a hard job, eating all that french food, but somebody has to do it. Thank god for Polly :-) Takin' one for the team :-)

at 1:27 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I am with Polly and also think I need to check them out...this is for "research" purposes only!

at 1:22 PM Blogger Julie said...

Checked out the croissants yesterday-- totally different than Lavomatic. The Greenup ones remind me of the ones I got in Paris from Des Gateaux et de Pain in Montparnasse. The ones from lavo remind me of bad Kroger croissants. Yuck.

at 6:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have NEWS for you folks, the pastries at Lavomatic and Greenup are indeed and without question THE VERY SAME made by the same folks!! Try again folks!

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