Where: Cambridge Common– 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138
When: September 2012
I used to be a brunch person going almost every weekend -t was my Sunday equivalent of church. I would roll out of bed, put on my Sunday worst (sweatshirt, sneaks, ponytail) and head down to Sound Bites around the corner for something delicious and typically greasy. This would usually be followed by a few hours on the sofa watching mind numbing tv as I was too full to do anything else. Why did I stop, right?
Well, I moved to a different part of town but I still jump at the chance to go out for brunch so was thrilled when a friend was in town at the last minute and suggested meeting up on Sunday morning. In shorts, tees and ponytails we headed to Cambridge Common to check out their brunch menu. We sat outside in the sunshine which was just perfect. They had me at Breakfast B.L.T.
The Breakfast B.L.T. comes with applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, avocado, baby spinach, and tomato with chipotle mayo on multi-grain toast and is served with home fries and fresh fruit. The combination of the salty bacon and egg with the buttery avocado and spicy mayo is out of this world. It’s a good sized sandwich but doesn’t leave you feeling like you just ate a whole cow. The home fries were good as well – nice and crispy.
Overall, service was good and we got plenty of coffee refills (perhaps too many even). We were happy to able to sit outside as its a little dark indoors (great for nighttime though). Food was crave worthy. I’ll be back, as I always am.
How did Cambridge Common measure up? 3.75 Spoons!
You had me at Bacon Vinaigrette…
I was looking for a salad to make for a Saturday lunch and thought this was perfect. Indulgently rich and salty and yet it is a salad so it gives the impression of being healthy. Yes, sneaky deliciousness.
The bacon vinaigrette was delicious and everything worked really well together. The only thing I will do differently the next time is cook the bacon a little longer as, although it looked very cooked and brown while frying it, it got soft and a lighter in color once it had been made into a dressing. This is a keeper – how great would it be as part of a brunch?
I’ve posted the recipe below the photo for your pleasure!
Spinach Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Fried Egg
From the Tastespotting Blog
makes 4 salads (yeah right)
4 very large handfuls of baby spinach, washed and completely dried
1 large or 2 medium/small avocados, peeled and sliced
Bacon Vinaigrette (see below)
4 eggs, cooked sunny side up
salt and pepper to taste
In each salad bowl or plate, place a large handful of spinach. Divide and arrange avocado slices on one side, then fried egg. Drizzle generously with Bacon Vinaigrette and hit with fresh cracked black pepper.
makes about 1 cup
6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used grapeseed)
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 shallot, finely minced
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each)
Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until cooked through but still soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and shallots and cook until garlic is fragrant (but doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through), about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and drain off as much of the bacon grease as you can.
Pour the cooked bacon, garlic and shallots in a bowl. Whisk in vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I bought smoked Gouda for a soup I am planning on making and knowing I’d have extra I thought it prudent to eat what I could of it right away. I hate wasting. Especially cheese and sweets.
A panini sandwich really doesn’t need a recipe, does it? You basically choose your ingredients, put it between two slices of bread (don’t forget the bread or you’ll make a mess of your panini press!) and press it. Voila! But here’s the recipe anyways.
1-2 slices of smoked Gouda cheese
2 strips of cooked bacon
half an apple, cored and sliced
2 slices of bread
Heat your panini press (or skillet but then don’t forget to butter the outside of your bread!) over medium. Assemble sandwich (I refuse to explain this in more detail). Place in panini press, close, wait patiently until golden brown, about 3-4 mins. EAT. Grumble as you try to clean the melted cheese off your panini press.
Protein, fruit, dairy.. What a healthy meal.