The husband hasn’t been feeling so great the past few days (head cold), so we’ve been keeping things pretty close to home. This morning we were both feeling a tad shut in and decided to get out for breakfast. We’ve driven past the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club dozens of times, and keep meaning to stop in and try it, so today seemed like as good a day as any to make good on those intentions.
The twenty-minute wait wasn’t surprising, as the space is quite small (and cozy), but we quickly found that it was well worth it. The country decor reminds me of so many diners back home in Vermont, but the food is definitely on the next level.
Everything on the menu sounded so good it was actually hard to choose. I ended up ordering one of the specials: The Root Vegetable skillet (root vegetables in a crepe served with two eggs, chicken apple sausage, and creamy maple polenta). It was delicious. The veggies (beets, sweet potatoes, leeks) were perfectly cooked in some sort of balsamic glaze and, until today, I’d never even really liked polenta, but maple polenta? Yum 🙂
Eric also chose one of the specials: Lemon crab cakes benedict. I’m an anomaly in that I don’t like seafood. I want to, and I’ve even tried to force myself-but it just hasn’t happened. That said, I sampled the crab cakes and they were pretty scrumptious (it could have also been that they were smothered in hollandaise and butter makes everything better). Nonetheless, Eric was pretty happy with his meal as well.
I heard a rumor that nearby Northeastern University might be purchasing the entire block to develop student housing. I sincerely hope that isn’t true, as it would be a shame to lose such a great local establishment. After that meal, I’m definitely planning on doing my part to help keep them in business. Who’s with me?!
After stuffing ourselves to the gills, we drove over to nearby Bohemian National Cemetery to look at the snow-covered headstones and take some photos. If you don’t already know this about me, I love cemeteries. They’re beautiful, and an interesting way to see the history of a community. Bohemian National, for instance, was founded after many Bohemian settlers (people from a region of the Czech Republic) were denied burial in several local Catholic cemeteries.
Since it’s founding, it’s played a prominent role in several Chicago events, including the infamous Eastland Disaster. There is even a special memorial for Chicago Cubs fans called “Beyond the Vines” that is made to look like a piece of Wrigley stadium.
The snow, coupled with the uncharacteristically beautiful midday light, gave the cemetery an almost ethereal feel and I couldn’t help but dig out my camera and snap away.
How about you? How do you like to spend a nice, lazy Sunday?