January 1st, 2013. Best Birthday Brunch @ Red Wagon Cafe!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

Happy Birthday, Eunice!!  A great sister deserves to start off the year right.  Who doesn’t love brunch and who doesn’t want brunch from a little cafe made famous on the food network?  But even before Red Wagon Cafe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives” this tiny, ghetto-looking East Hastings cafe was seeing line-ups down the block and acquiring die hard fans!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

Since they don’t take reservations we were in the huddle of awaiting diners gathered around the front just anticipating for the waitress to come out and call our names!  Oh, and the hunger was setting in…. Setting in reeeeeeeeeeeeeal good….!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

When they finally come out and call your name you almost feel as if you’re “the chosen one” as you are suddenly possessed by this feeling of elation and are looked upon enviously by the others that remain outside!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the establishment there’s very much a retro feel and it’s quite tiny!!  Literally within earshot of the other blissful diners!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mimosa for the birthday girl!  Eunice loves orange juice, so why not start off the day with a bright, special drink!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went for the Crispy Pork Belly Brunch which consisted of confit pork belly, 2 eggs, griddled tomatoes, homefries, salsa verde, hollandaise and toast.  A plate FULL of just delicious, hearty, flavorful goodness!  Eunice had no problem just digging right in and getting down and dirty 😉

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

She got her eggs scrambled and they looked soft and fluffy!  The pork belly had me drooling and after a taste of it myself I had to say… daaaaaaaaaamn, that’s some good pork!  Crispy exterior, juicy interior and the salsa verde was great in cutting the richness without masking it!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

I love a good eggs benny.  To my disappointment by the time we were seated their special of the morning, the Pork Belly Benedict 😦  So default to the next choice?  The Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict 😉  Served with the signature homefries and hollandaise.

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

Moist, savory sweet and tender pulled pork over english muffins and topped with medium poached eggs and gorgeously smooth, rich hollandaise sauce poured over.  Perfect poach on the eggs added just the right amount of sauce and moisture needed for the muffin and the crispy, deliciously seasoned homefries!  Oh really, I was so extremely happy with this slice of brunch heaven!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

And just because no breakfast/brunch is complete without bacon…we ordered a whole plate of it And since the Jack Daniels spiked Maple Syrup seemed too awesome to pass up we had to order some of that as well! Uhm….HELLO!!!  Most Amazing Combo…EVER! I was slathering it all over my homefries and also dunking that bacon in it with every bite! I guess they don’t cook off the alcohol cuz there’s a serious smokey-boozy kick to the maple syrup that is JUST ADDICTING! I could not stop!

 

So how was this birthday brunch?  Judging from the state of food coma we were in and the drool and JD maple syrup down the front of our shirts and our sticky fingers I’d say we were pretty darn happy!

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First Latte of the Year!

November 1, 2013

January 1st, 2013. Happy Birthday to the Best Sister Ever! 

 

starbucks latte

starbucks latte

  After enquiring into several places I was finally able to find a place that was open for brunch on New Year’s Day!  Special day, special birthday; what better way than to celebrate it with a special meal!

  Since Red Wagon doesn’t take reservations we put our names down and then went across the street to Starbucks for our morning coffee fix and to wait out the super long line 🙂

January 1st, 2012.New Year’s Day With Family

 

new year's day 2012

new year’s day 2012

  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a proper Korean New Year’s Day. Another great perk of having relatives here now!  

Everyone dressed up in their beautiful traditional cl
othes, paying respects to each other, speaking blessings into each others lives and gathering around the table to share a meal of traditional Korean New Year’s food.

 

 

new year's day 2012

new year’s day 2012

 

 



  One traditional holiday dish in Korean culture are these assorted Egg Wash Patties.  Fish is the most common one, but we did meat and zucchini patties.

 

new year's day 2012

new year’s day 2012

 





I still remember being at my maternal grandmother’s house in Korea with all the relatives and the women gathered in the kitchen flipping these on a flat top.  The secret?  Be patient and don’t flip them too often!

Yoon Keun Oppa volunteered to be on pattie duty this day 😉

new year's day 2012

new year’s day 2012




Of course another staple of New Years for Koreans is the Rice Cake Soup.  It’s supposed to signify “eating anoher year” or adding another year to your life.

We’re a family that loves dumplings.  Hece we threw some in to add more substance.  Deep, meaty broth, chewy-soft rice cakes and delicious ribbons of egg.  So yum!

new year's day 2012

new year’s day 2012

 

 


We are Choi’s.  That means it can’t be a proper meal without meat.  This amazing fall-off-the-bone tender Galbi-Jjim (Beef Short-rib) was an absolute star with chestnuts added in for that holiday flavor.  Sweet, savory and incredibly delicious!







There’s nothing like starting the New Year with loving family 🙂