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The Breakfast of Gods

13 Feb

Fresh Eggs

I love breakfast. I really love breakfast. Not on a daily basis mind you, as most days I can’t even manage a bowl of cereal.  Weekends, however, are made for it.  Crepes with Nutella, waffles and some warm maple syrup or freshly made scones are all on our family menu card, but my breakfast of choice is my wife Susan’s cheesy eggs.  Add pork sausages or some bacon slices it becomes literally The Breakfast of Gods.

Pork Breakfast Sausages

Eggs have been eaten by people since the beginning of time.  They are simple, provide protein and vitamins, and are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.  And they taste so good, and Susan, my wife, makes the best eggs ever.

Adding Land O' Lakes American Cheese to a pan of eggs

The key ingredient to Susan’s cheesy eggs is Land O’ Lakes American cheese.  Cubed and added to a pan of scrambled eggs cooking in a non-stick pan, the cheese melds with the eggs as the eggs begin to solidify and the cheese starts to melt.  Stirring continually at the beginning and then intermittently once the curds begin to form,  the consistency becomes large curd scrambled eggs with an invisible but ever-present cheesy flavor.

Large egg curds and cheese coming together

The Breakfast of Gods

Cheesy eggs, breakfast sausage and some toast, and Sunday morning is complete.

Remember, Food is Love!

Cheers,

Justin

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Sunday at Dorado Tacos

8 Feb

Brunch at Dorado Tacos at 401 Harvard Street in Brookline

The Boston Brunches is a group of folks who like to eat, take photos, and to talk all about it.  This past Sunday I was fortunate to enjoy Sunday Brunch with a number of Boston Brunchers at Dorado Tacos of Brookline.  Both brunch with BB and the visit to Dorado Tacos were firsts for me, and happily the food and company turned out to be equally exceptional.

Dorado’s is an intimate place located at 401 Harvard Street, between Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton and Coolidge Corner, Brookline. There are a ton of places in the neighborhood, but Dorado’s unique mixture of Mexican street food and Baja California-style offerings make it stand out in the crowd.

On the line inside Dorado's tiny kitchen

When our group arrived – an hour earlier than Dorado’s normal Sunday opening time of 11 AM, I made my way into the kitchen and met owner Doug Organ.  Organ, a transplanted west-coaster from California and a veteran of the restaurant industry explained that the inspiration for Dorado Taco & Cemitas came from the introduction of fish tacos to the menu at a previous establishment in Jamaica Plain.  “It just took off”, he said, and so far, it appears to be working at his current place as well.

Dorado's not only offers Mexican street food, but beer too!

Brunch to me is normally an extended period of  time where you linger and sample a number of different foods, typically spread out on a buffet table under heating lamps or on ice.  These would include items you would find on a breakfast menu or lunch card, but this is not the case at Dorado. Once I realized that and mentally made the switch to “breakfast mode,” I was excited to see Huevos Rancheros, among various other options on the menu.

Amenda of http://www.kitchenmisfit.wordpress.com, left, orders her brunch at Dorado's

I spent two years in the Peace Corps in the highlands of Guatemala, and a version huevos rancheros was a staple for me at that time. I also ordered a cup of English Breakfast tea, and was pleasantly surprised to see an electric hot water kettle behind the cash register.  As I’ve said in previous posts, it is often very difficult to get a good cup of tea at most places, but Dorado’s offers MEM Tea and the fact that they use an electric kettle is key.  There are numerous other things to drink including Mexican Hot Chocolate (a number of brunchers had this and liked it) as well as Agua Frescas, and, as I mentioned above, they have beer.

Aguas

My huevos rancheros were a perfect combination of two wonderfully runny, sunny side up eggs smothered in a spicy salsa, atop a lightly fried corn tortilla and topped with queso fresco and some fresh chopped cilantro.  Also included on my plate were black beans, spiced but not crazy hot, that complemented the eggs and salsa that reminded me of my time in the highlands of Guatemala.

Huevos Ranchers and black beans

Simple food, as it should be

My meal cost me a Hamilton, including a second cup of tea, and I left Dorado’s completely satisfied.  I’d shared a great time with new friends who share a love and passion for food that I understand well, and found a new local establishment that shares that same love and passion that I do.  Thanks to Dorado Tacos and my fellow brunche KimmyLaraBrianJoshAmandaMeganMeeshKatherineKatyNicoleJackiKathy,  EmilAthena, and of course Boston Brunchers organizer, Renee for a great time.

Thanks for taking a look.

Remember, Food is Love!

Cheers,

Justin