After running my fourth half marathon, I felt like I was sailing through clouds from all of the endorphins surging through my system. After changing into some “proper” street clothes (from my original outfit of a loose-fitted old race tee and shorts) at a McDonald’s restroom, my Dad, the girls, and I made the fifteen minute-ish drive over to Berkeley for lunch.
I thought I was starving, but my friend assured us that her growing appetite was making rocks look appetizing to her. I obviously did not want her to develop pica, so it was a good thing our destination was not too far—literally speaking, that is.
Our “real” destination was a vegetarian-friendly (and vegan and gluten-free) universe with pink-and-black painted walls, that also had a couple of bedazzled columns thrown in.
I was more than ready to join the crowds already feasting away at their Sunday morning brunches/early lunches. We arrived around 12pm,
walking strutting in oh so fashionably late
Once we were seated and settled in, we marveled at the shadow-box-like decor of LEGO scenes underneath the glass of our table:
My favorite was this scary guy with LEGO knobs on its head:
I gave the breakfast/brunch menu a look-see, but my eyes gravitated and were fixed on the appetizer offerings, since they were cheaper and sounded more “fun”.
I decided to go with the nachos but sub-in steak-cut fries instead of having chips. My sis and friend ordered the Saturn Sliders so they could try two mini versions of vegetarian-friendly burgers, as well as some onion strings. My Dad ordered a scramble off the brunch menu.
All of us ordered a variety of dishes, but the portions that came out could have fed about two more people. Even though I ordered a half-portion, the plate that came out was gargantuan—piled high with guacamole and cream:
About a third of the way in, I was already starting to feel full from the starchiness of the steak-cut fries. I still finished my meal, knowing that it would go towards refueling my body after the 13.1 miles it endured.
My sis & friend enjoyed their burgers, and were full themselves after attacking one burger each. After taking a water/onion string break, they challenged themselves with the second burger.
Out of the two flavors, both girls preferred the Space Cowboy burger, since it came with fakin’ bacon and BBQ sauce—it at least sounded more delicious and unique to me as well!
The Onion Strings (and random onion coins that made their way onto the plate) were a table favorite. If they had been onion rings, it might have been even more of a knock-out. The bite-size pieces had the right amount of coating and crunch nevertheless, and I was a big fan of the ranch sauce they came with.
I even preferred the sauce over the salsa that came with my fries!
The scramble my Dad had looked well-balanced and hearty. Who needs sausage or bacon when you have soyrizo?
I was seriously stuffed by the time I cleaned my plate. I didn’t have a food coma, but I certainly felt like I had a food baby—at least it felt like it since I pretty much waddled out of the restaurant.
After walking around for a bit, we decided to get back home around mid-afternoon since we were all exhausted from the early wake-up call for the half marathon, and I was in much need of a nap! Sleeping was next on my list of things to do that Sunday
Do you like partaking in the occasional brunch? Or would you rather wake up early for breakfast/wait for a “proper” lunch?© Copyright 2014 P, All rights Reserved. Written For: Will Study for Food