Brunchy Bacon

Well this weekend turned out to be a food-filled couple of days! Saturday started with a long run along the West Side Highway…have I mentioned how much I love that route? And there was actually a welcome cool breeze when I first set out! Is it possible that cooler temps are around the corner? (I absolutely love the city in the fall!)

When I got back from my run, AJ suggested brunch, and being that brunch is probably my all-time favorite weekend activity, I jumped at this brilliant idea. We decided on the Upper West Side location of Tarallucci E Vino. We were seated at an outside table and after a bruschetta appetizer, I opted for the bacon quiche with an arugula side salad – so tasty!

quiche

Late afternoon came and we meandered on over to the Boat Basin Cafe, which is my summertime NYC happy place. Rain or shine, it’s perfect to hang out with friends. I love that it’s kind of hidden – I swear, every year I forget where the entrance is and find myself wandering along West 79th street scratching my head and muttering, “I know it’s here somewhere…?”

boat basin

Their margaritas aren’t half bad either 😉

margarita

While enjoying our chicken wings and drinks at Boat Basin our group made plans for Sunday afternoon brunch – 2 brunches in 1 weekend? Challenge accepted!

This time we headed downtown to Swine for a bacon-infused brunch. We all started with cocktails, their March of the Pigs (aka – Bloody Mary) was deliciously horseradish-y with a bacon flavored rim!

bloody mary

We decided on the Flying Pig for the table, which is basically a flight of 4 different bacons. I was literally drooling by the time it arrived at our table and completely forgot to take a picture! Fortunately I found a photo on Yelp so I can show you this crunchy, mouthwatering platter.

bacon
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I followed this up with their Hangover Sandwich, which was a fried egg sandwich with even more bacon, avocado and a harissa aioli (which is basically a pepper aioli, but was not too spicy).  We are now spending Sunday night in a bacon coma watching Bride Wars, and I think I’m about to go eat some vegetables. Whew! Hope you all had a lovely (less cholesterol filled?) weekend!

Question for you:

What’s your favorite brunchy indulgence?

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