What do you make for Breakfast?

This is what I usually end up having for breakfast on the weekends.
I like to use up my fresh vegetables and I had a side of Trader Joes’  hash browns which are mighty delicious.

Sometimes I do omelets,  sometimes I do frittata, but most of the time it’s a Sophie hodge podge!

Anyways, I liked the variety of colors and vegetables in this picture.
There’s baby tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, yellow pepper and pinch of seasoning.

What do you like to make for breakfast?

Off to ‘The Cottage’ we go!

The Cottage
7702 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Their website linked here.

The Cottage is described as a American breakfast/brunch restaurant. Early this year, my lovely friend Lynnie guest blogged about this restaurant and you can view it here. I was extremely lucky to be able to get some away time and visit my friends in San Diego about 2 weekends ago. It was on my to-do list to eat brunch. I’ve been to the Tractor Room and Hash House A Go Go. But I’ve never been to The Cottage despite hearing so much about it from my friends.

So Max, Lynn, Dana, and I went to The Cottage for brunch. Unfortunately it was also Mother’s Day weekend so the place was packed! The wait was a tad too long for my personal tastes but what can you do on Mother’s day without a reservation and no mother? Well you wait…it is to be expected. The wait was about an hour and some.

During that time, I filled up on complimentary crumble coffee cake and hid from the sudden drizzle of rain. The restaurant appeared rather small and quaint with most of seating outdoors.

The prices range from $11-$16 dollars a plate for breakfast/brunch.

Dana got the Baja Chicken Hash.  It had poached eggs, peppers, onions, chicken sausage, and potatoes. He told me he quite enjoyed the meal. It looked lovely and I felt that portion-wise it was the biggest one out our 4 plates.

Lynn opted for the special of the day which was the Lobster Frittata. Frittata is a egg based dish similar to an omelet. I think the main difference is that instead of folding the vegetables/topping inside the egg, the chef mixes it with the egg. Frittata was topped with large lobster pieces. It also came with hash, scone and strawberry jelly.

Max got the LA Burger. LA Burger contains 1/2 lb of beef, roasted tomato relish, arugula, Gruyere + goat cheese, shallots on a Parmesan toasted bun. Ok so I might have cheated by looking at The Cottage website description to get all that. Man that sounds so fancy there was no way I’d recall all that.  Max said the burger was tasty especially the combination of cheeses. Oh he had a side of potato salad  which I snagged a bit and that was yummy!

I remembered the burger because it had arugula. Max doesn’t seem to mind arugula. I don’t like arugula. I find it must be a acquired taste because it always seems bitter and looks like yard weeds to me. Do you like to eat arugula???

The best for last…haha jk. I’m just saying that because I love poached eggs, I love Benedicts, and I also love crab cakes. Though I must admit I wavered for a second when the server described the Lobster Frittata.  But Max asured me that I should get the crab cakes Benedict since it has everything I love eating.

First off, I did enjoy my meal and being able to be midst excellent company!

But I felt the crab cakes Benedict left something to be desired. It wasn’t particularly flavorful. I felt there was a considerable amount of crab but the crab just wasn’t very tasty. It was just OK. I think next time I’ll have to go back to Studio Diner for crab cakes. Oh my dish came with a side of hash. The hash lacked flavor, bit dry and made me quite thirsty.

Overall, the Cottage was a nice experience for quaint American brunch setting. Though next time I’ve got my eye on those stuffed French Toast that Lynn recommends.

Guest Blogger: SillyLynnie

I’m very excited to be having my first guest blogger of hopefully many to come. She’s a wonderful friend and always up to try something new. Today she’ll brings us the world of brunch! Yum!

The Cottage, La Jolla
7702 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
http://www.cottagelajolla.com

Hi, this is sillylynnie, guest-blogger today on Sophie’s Dish! I had a great time at The Cottage and I am happy to share my experience there =).

When I knew that my hunnie was coming to San Diego to visit for a weekend, I decided to find a nice restaurant to have Sunday brunch because my hunnie LOVES brunch! I think brunch is his favorite meal except for any meal involving pho. Before meeting my bf, I had never eaten brunch or breakfast foods so often in my life. I have come to enjoy it, especially since “brunch” means I don’t have to get up early =D.

I first heard about The Cottage on yelp and saw it was very highly rated. It is located in beautiful downtown La Jolla very close to the ocean. The restaurant was extremely busy on Sunday morning. There was about an hour wait before we were seated. The restaurant did offer free coffee and crumb cake for hungry patrons waiting for a table. I saw them bring out fresh trays of crumb cake VERY often.

It was bright and warm for an autumn day and I was happy we were seated on the patio. It was also very thoughtful that they offered me a purse hanger for my bag. The waiter was very efficient, which we were grateful for due to the rumbling in our tummies.  He did not rush us at all and very polite. He made a little small talk as well as suggesting some of The Cottage’s most popular dishes. This turned out to be very helpful because everything on the menu sounded so delicious. I wanted to try everything! If only I had four stomachs!

I ordered the Stuffed French Toast topped with strawberries and bananas. Here is the menu description:

Stuffed French Toast  10.95

Our country-style french toast stuffed with strawberry compote
& marscarpone cheese

 

In case you are curious, the Country French Toast is described as brioche bread marinated in our cookbook egg batter, grilled crispy on the outside & soft inside.

And the descriptions did not lie! The first bite was amazing. I really enjoyed the textures. It was warm and “crispy on the outside and soft on the inside” and the mascarpone cheese felt like it really belonged in the middle of the perfectly grilled slices. The strawberry compote added some sweetness that was just perfect- not overpowering at all. I was a little apprehensive about ordering the French toast because I have had experiences with “okay” French toast that had tasted too much like the egg batter or that had been too dry. After having The Cottage’s Stuffed French Toast, I can confidently say that it is the best I have ever had.

My hunnie decided to go the savory route and ordered the Southern California Special omelette. It is described on the menu as:

Southern California Special  10.95

Applewood smoked bacon, fresh guacamole, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream topping

( Ah, writing these descriptions is making me hungry >.<)

 

It came with a side of cottage potatoes and a scone with strawberry jam. I had a bite of his omelette and it was very delicious. I think I will have to order an omelette or scramble next time I visit to have more of their light and fluffy eggs! Their potatoes were also cooked well and were a bit crispy, not soggy or hard, and did not have a filmy texture to the skin and the potato surface that I have experienced with similarly cut potatoes at other restaurants.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal with an orange juice and a tangerine mimosa.

I definitely want to visit this place again! Maybe I will get the Prosciutto Scramble or one of their benedicts, like the Eggs La Jolla. Both the food and atmosphere that day was amazing. I really felt like I was living the relaxed, beach-y San Diego lifestyle, quite a contrast to my dreary life as a student eating Pop Tarts and sitting in a concrete library with artificial lighting all day. I can’t wait for my second visit!

Thanks to Sophie for letting me share my awesome brunch experience!

❤ Lynn

sillylynnie.wordpress.com

Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity @ IHOPs!

IHOPs
811 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

IHOPs is US based restaurant chain that mainly focuses on breakfast foods (i.e. pancakes) but it also serves other “American” food on their menus. Recently I joined their IHOP facebook email club and I received a *FREE MEAL* for the Rooty TooTy Fresh n’ Fruity. It’s one of their newer menu items or actually a series of new items because they have different sets of Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity. If you don’t like fruity pancakes you can also get *ANYTHING* on their menu of equal or lesser value. Pretty Sweet Deal!

So Max and I went to IHOPs for dinner. I think this was the first time I’ve been to IHOPs in San Diego since I usually end up at Denny’s because they are open later. Anyways, the IHOPs was completely dead…meaning it was so empty it felt strange. I thought it was closed. But nevertheless we went in, a host popped up and we were seated in a nice booth.
It took a bit for the server to come out so Max and I pondered over the syrup variety. The restaurant is clean and tidy.

Well we gave the server both our coupons. Whoopie no objections to both of them being used at the same time :D.
After glancing over the menu we both decided to get the Super Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity. (value $8-9)


Super Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity (fruit choose of strawberry,  apple,  or blueberry)

-shortstack of plain buttermilk pancakes with strawberry compote & whip cream
-3 sausages
-2 eggs
-2 bacon strips
-hashbrowns

*Picture shows both of our meal togethor*
We were pleased with speed of the cooking and everything was super tasty ^_^
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner!

I really liked the combination of the sweet strawberry pancakes with the salty entree. I guess I’m weird like that I always like to eat something sweet and then something salty.

Both of us were stuffed after the meal. The service was friendly and adequate. No problems with the coupons.
I can see myself coming back for more. ❤

[Pro] I saw the server packing a bunch of to-go’s so you can get to-go if you are busy
[Con] Not open as late as Denny’s but I think this location does open until 10pm