This past Sunday, my friend Yael and her husband Marcus hosted a brunch for a bunch of us from work, and several of the guys in Marcus’s program (he’s a doctoral student). Honestly, I had a really tough time deciding what to wear – when I think of brunch, I think of sundresses! and flowers! But it is already fall…although I can’t tell you how many times I have worn white since Labor Day. Because even though it is already mid-October, here in Miami it is still in the upper-eighties with 90%+ humidity!
Anyway, each of us brought something to add to the table. From amongst the eleven of us there, we had: waffles with strawberries, peaches, and blueberries; an apple-oatmeal granola; a spinach frittatta; donuts (including jelly-filled…ugh kill me now!); Cuban bread with raspberry jam; bacon; and Fak’in (vegetarian bacon).
While we were preparing the food, Yael and Natalie brainstormed questions to ask our friend Jennifer’s fiancé. They are getting married in about a month, and we are planning her bachelorette party. We wanted to steal Michael (her fiancé) aside and video him answering questions about the two of them – at her party, she will have to answer the same questions, and then see how many times they get the same answer! Anyway, we weren’t sure which questions to ask so they were brainstorming before Jennifer and Michael showed up. (I only took pictures while we were setting up, sadly…I need to be better about actually getting people in my pictures!)
Getting the waffles going!
Jennifer and Michael made this frittatta – it was amazing! It had spinach, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, onions and garlic in it…delicious.
And Yael made mimosas…after all, what brunch is complete without mimosas?!
Marcus also cooked up some of Yael’s fake bacon. Yael is a vegetarian, and by now is used to all of us teasing her about how…interesting the vegetarian attempts at bacon, sausage, etc., are. One of Marcus’s friends declared that the fake bacon tasted like a “crispy, salty shrimp chip.” And I have to say…I think he was right.
In true Miami fashion, as soon as brunch was over, the whole bunch of us headed to the pool for the day. Well – scratch that. The guys played a brutal game of tennis, the girls headed to the pool. We could hear them whooping, hollering, and yelling over the fence of the tennis court – Yael said, “I hope no one knows they are with us.” Hahaha.
These are my girls! Yael, on the left, and Natalie, in the middle. We’re pretty stuffed, pooped and sun-fatigued, but all in all, a very good day!