Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Great Blogger Weekend - Part 2

A few months ago, Alex and I had dinner at East Coast Grill and totally loved it. Everything we tried was fantastic. When Emily of A Cambridge Story invited me to be her plus one at the November Blogger Brunch, I was excited. When she told me it was being held at East Coast Grill, I was thrilled! I couldn't wait to finally meet some of the bloggers I've been following on Twitter and Google Reader forever, and I had heard that East Coast Grill's brunch doesn't disappoint. Win win.

I must say that it was awesome to meet Renee of Eat Live Blog. Every month Renee organizes a brunch for a group of first come, first served Boston Bloggers. The brunch was awesome, and it was totally all her (well and Arthur, Robin, and the team at East Coast Grill). It was also so great to meet Michelle from Fun and Fearless in Beantown, Justin from Justin Can Cook, Bianca from Confessions of a Chocoholic, Seth and Jordan from Mystery Meet, Dan from The Food In My Beard, and Athena from Finance Foodie. They all have great blogs, and if you are reading this, you should check them out.

Now on to the food, and of course, the mouthwatering photos...

First, delicious Fried Sweet Plantains with Queso Fresco and Banana Guava-Ketchup. This was truly the star of the entire meal, and I was lucky enough to sit down right in front of a big plate. I swear, I did share them with the other bloggers!

Then came the absolutely giant Sweet Potato Fries served with a side of Inner Beauty Hot Sauce (that I sure as heck did not try). 

Next up was the Banana Rellena, a smoked pork stuffed banana, that was labeled Muy Caliente, but thankfully Arthur brought Athena and I our own hot sauce free version because I loved pulled pork and I had to try this! It was so tasty.

Our last appetizer was the Monteray Jack Grits with Molasses Glazed Grilled Banana, Pina, Jalapenos, Toasted Pecans and Crispy Smoked Bacon. I'm not a huge fan of grits, but the grilled banana and pineapple were so sweet and delicious with the savory cheesy grits, toasted pecans, and bacon, that these were totally great.

 For entrées we had a choice of a Smoked Pork Tostada, a garlic-lime smoked pork shoulder with tomato-chipoltle salsa, smashed avocado, black beans and a runny egg...

A Breakfast Platter "In the Style of the Yucatan," with cheesy scrambled eggs, black beans and rice, mango-avocado-hearts of palm salad, more sweet fried plantains, salsa roja, and a warm flour tortilla...

Or Cornbread Crusted French Toast with orange marmalade, tropical fruit, and real Vermont maple syrup.

Because I don't really do eggs, I went for the Cornbread Crusted French Toast. It was super filling and sweet, spiced to perfection with cinnamon and had just the right amount of eggy-ness for this non-egg eater. Yum.

All and all it was a great brunch, and I will definitely be dragging Alex back in the future for East Coast Grill's famous Make Your Own Bloody Marys. Thanks again to Renee, Arthur, Robin, and the staff at East Coast Grill!


  1. Sweet pics and blog, Erin! Dig it. Say hi to Alex for me, too.

  2. Thanks Jeremy! How's SF? I love SF. It's so exciting that you live there now. Maybe I'll get to see you over the holidays! Alex says hi back!!

  3. That banana is killer. Shame no duck tortilla, that thing is insanely good!