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Hudini and Tetris having a meal by the fire and Eggs Benedict at brunch,

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Ett hotel är inget hotel om det inte har en hundmeny, eller? Här ser ni Hudini och Tetris framfor brasan efter att ha avnjuttit en ”Vegetarisk Chihuahua” och en ”Beagle”.

Tetris

A hotel is no hotel if it hasn’t a dog menu? Here we have to little “darlings” resting after enjoying the Vegetarian Chihuahua and a Beagle from the dog menu in front of the Fire place. Crazy? Maybe…Just as subscribe on a bark box arriving for your darling once a month with various dog treats and toys seems a bit crazy to me.(Does dogs really like Quinoa treats?) But to be a hotel in the Hamptons that acctaully welcome dogs is nice since so many is travellling with their pets.

En massa brunchgäster, live music by Alfredo och Eggs Benedikt, (Bästa brunchrätt jag vet)  och helt plötsligt 2 gäster som skulle gifta sig i kyrkan tvärsöver gatan som kom på att de hade glömt det här med vittnen. Det blev dagens romatiska fix. (Om ni ska gifte er i East Hampton är St Lukes ett fint val)

A lot of guests for brunch, live music by Alfredo and Eggs Benedict (Best brunch dish I know)  and suddenly having to help two guests who was getting married but had forgot the thing with witnesses.

St Lukes

Eggs Benedict for two

Traditionally served on a toasted English muffin but this is one of the worst bread types I know. When reading the list of ingredients you see what I mean. Choose a toasted piece of Sour dough instead. (As always, avoid processed food)  I just have them on a bed of arugula, add ham, bacon or smoked salmon if you want. (Or just on some newly harvested asparagus that time of the year)

Start by putting around 3 inches (10 cm) water in large saucepan or deep skillet to boil. Lower the heat so it’s just simmering. Add a tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of white wine vinegar.

Then prepare the hollandaise sauce:

2 room temperature egg yolks from large eggs

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp fresh grounded black pepper

Cayenne pepper, just a pinch

6 tbsp. butter

Put the egg yolks in the blender with lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and process on low for 15 seconds. Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Remove the small insert lid on the blender, with the blender on low slowly add the butter and blend for about 30 seconds until thick.

Choose what you want to serve your eggs on and prepare the plates with toast, arugula with a little olive oil and sea salt, asparagus….

Time to poach the eggs. I do 2 eggs per person. Break one at time in a small cup. Hold the cup close to the surface of the simmering water and just let it slide into it, you can do two at a time. Let them simmer until the white are completely set, between 3-5 minutes depending on how you want the egg yolk. Lift up carefully and let drain.

Put the eggs on top of your toast, the salad or asparagus and drizzle the Hollandaise on top.

Enjoy

Breakfast in bed, skewers in the garden and live music

 

rör chiaI am a very boring breakfast person, or maybe boring is the wrong word, but I am certainly not very innovative when it comes to my own routines … For like 20 years I had a toast with cheddar cheese and homemade orange jam and tea for breakfast. After this, 9 years of toasted rye bread with Tahini, alfalfa, avocado and olive oil. Bit healthier, right?  Now the juicing thing for 6 months.

But for an  addition on a Sunday,  or as a healthy breakfast for kids,  a chia pudding is a good choice – Take it to the beach, eat it by the pool, on your balcony, in a park or why not in bed reading a book and listen to  birds singing outside….

The Chia seed is full of protein and Omega -3 and they might help to lower high blood pressure. This little Mexican super seed also slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugar and they are easier to digest than flax seeds. Do it as below with no added sugars or add a tbsp. of Maple or Agave syrup.  (Stevia works also) good for 4 servings.

Whisk 1 cup of greek yoghurt, 1 cup of Almond milk with 1/4 of a cup of Chia seeds until combined. Add 1/4 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract. Stir again and let stand in room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir it again so the seeds are not in lumps. Pour into a glass or a small bowl. Cover and put in the fridge over night. Serve with fresh berries and maybe chopped almonds, granola, or as here with toasted pine nuts.

pudding

Today we are launching our summer afternoon’s in the garden. Chefs by the grill, fish and meat skewers with dipping sauces, cocktails. Live music on Saturdays by Alfredo Merat’s Radio Europa.

And actually, a good skewer is very much summer! Take your favorite things, here  strip loin, peppers, onion and tomatoes and another one with halibut and salmon. Put on the grill, direct heat, for around 3 minutes on each side.

Enjoy

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Brunch in Bridgehampton

Past Sunday we felt the cravings for the pastries they serve here for brunch.  I have had them before, as well as several dinners, since they opened in September 2012. After a month of not having any gluten, meat, wine and dairy I felt for a break. I have my daily routine with what I eat and drink or not. (I admit, it sounds very boring) But I don’t want it to be a religion that completely reigns my life.

First, the main building looks like a princess cake, all picture perfect. This impression lasts all the way in. The only problem is that it has completely lost all feeling of warmth and personality. And when adding the new parts, the spa in the basement, banquet space and new hotel buildings this impression get stronger and the feeling is just “corporate”

If you want a fine dining experience, this is the only place in the Hamptons. But you have to remember that a fine dining experience is most often also boring. Even more problematic is that the guests think they have to be just as boring. This Sunday not one guest had a smile on their face when coming in or even when sitting down and talking to each other. Everyone is acting like “I am a very important and good looking” Actually more like the crazy Hampton summer crowd  – Poor staff, they feel very insecure even though they are sweet and friendly.

We ordered a variation of pastries and they really are to die for.  Cassandras pastry basket with condiments, the brioche doughnuts, apples and pears, the French toast with banana toffee…

The other things on the menu are more off what you find everywhere. We had perfect omelets with broccoli and cheddar cheese and some greens on the side, Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, baby spinach and hollandaise (That one was a dream)

Personally I wish for a more genuine personal feeling overall but well worth going for a meal or two.

Expensive?  Not very for brunch

Enjoy

S

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