Brunch Chronicles: Biggity

Hello Lovely,

Last week, I had the company of my best friend, Doran and I was super excited. He had never been here before so I wanted to make sure he had fun and most importantly, ate well. With my work schedule, I couldn't exactly take him all over the place but we did enjoy a few sights and tastes. Last Saturday, I took him to Biggity, downtown. It was my first time ever going there. 

I immediately fell in love with the re-purporsed design scheme. Although this trend is everywhere, I love the idea of re-using an old item that normally would be thrown away because it's economical and great for the environment! We were able to choose a seat anywhere. There was only one setting for two people so we sat there. This is definitely a place to go with a small group of friends or family. Why the name Biggity you ask? Apparently the name comes from a bold scotch bonnet pepper sauce. Shortly after being seated, we were presented with a menu.

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I was disappointed to see so few choices for brunch, but I appreciated that each meal came with a cup of coffee, and the prices weren't bad. I couldn't decide between the Bacon Wrapped Omelette and the Conch n Waffles, so when Doran said he'd get the waffles, I knew I could get the omelette and we'd share. We also ordered a side of Johnny Cake to share. While we waited to order, I couldn't help but notice the restaurant seemed to own the entire collection of Boyz to Men greatest hits. At first I loved the nostalgic feel, but after the fourth song or so I wondered out loud, "How many more songs could they possibly have?" After awhile I heard other artists playing but it was still R&B. The slow R&B music really didn't fit the feel of the restaurant.

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The coffee took forever to come, which I couldn't understand because the machine looked like one of those Instant Nespresso type machines. Then the server forgot that I wanted white chocolate syrup in my coffee and had to bring it after the coffee was delivered. Everything came piece by piece. Doran's coffee came first, then a small carafe of milk (no choice in the milk, just plain milk). Then the sugar, then my coffee, then the syrup. And the coffee wasn't even hot, but actually room temperature. By the time we left, I had a mug of iced coffee.

Luckily the food did not take long after that. I loved the presentation of Doran's plate, but mine looked a little thrown together. I was dismayed to see they had used one of those frozen hash brown patties and not fresh handmade hash, so it stuck out on my plate like a sore thumb. The fruit was a bowl of caramelised apples way too sweet to eat. And my omelettes were in fact, mini frittata muffins. Despite my initial disappointment, I must admit, the food was delicious. The conch and waffles were absolute perfection so I must order this the next time I go.

I loved the creative presentation for the bill but $35 really is a bit much for two people for brunch (I'm frugal and still remembering the days breakfast was £15 for Doran and I in London).

FINAL VERDICT: Go for the atmosphere, that is, the decor, not the music. The food is great, but don't expect well trained excellent service. Come prepared to relax and spend about an hour with a good friend.

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The Place to Be: Piadina Bar, Amsterdam

Hello Lovely,

If you're ever wandering the streets of Amsterdam looking for a nice place to have a drink or lunch, the Piadina Bar is the place to be. It's a hidden gem on Stadhouderskade. We found it after we tried to go to the Heineken factory. I say we tried to go because the wait was insufferable with an entry fee of roughly $70 for the both of us. My friend and I were only in Amsterdam for one day so that didn't make any sense to us. Hell bent on finding a bar so that we could taste "real Heineken" we stumbled upon the Piadina Bar down the street.

The Piadina Bar is an Italian style cafe with a cozy family feeling. It's name comes from a flatbread, folded and filled with a variety of typical Italian products, such as Prosciutto, Mozzarella di Bufala or Parmigiano Reggiano. Even though it's a pretty busy cafe, it could be a great place for getting some work done. In the back of the cafe is a lovely couch area to get comfortable on. And our waitress was so nice and helpful. She even recommended solutions for me when I didn't like my drink and it worked!

What did I order?

My friend ordered a Heineken but we found out afterwards that he got the lager which was like a pale ale instead of the full draft. It tasted watery and sadly we never did get the draft Heiken. As for me, all around Amsterdam, I saw posters advertising the Aperol Spritz so I couldn't wait to order it. The drink looked amazing and I wanted to take the glass home with me. But the taste...not so much. I hated it! It was SUPER strong and bitter!

Lucky for me, my waitress understood and offered me the best tasting 7 Up I ever had. So I drank some of the Aperol Spritz to make room for the 7 Up, then added it and stirred. It made a HUGE difference! I think if I were to ever get the drink again, I would request 7 Up or Sprtie to be added to the drink while it's being made.

We didn't eat there but the food looked amazing! It was less than $20 for our drinks and we had a great time. Stop by if you're ever in that area!