Royal Brunch

Ok, so we didn’t have a royal-themed brunch after our very-royal slumber party, but we did continue the festivities (and enjoying our day off) with a lovely brunch al fresco.

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We hit up Cafe Monte, a local French restaurant. I know, I know…what’s up with me and the French stuff when we’re celebrating the royal wedding, but it’s just where we felt like going. ;)

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The weather was perfect for outdoor eating.

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We started with a cheese platter. This is actually the first time I’ve ordered a cheese platter at a restaurant. I never order these because as a general guideline when eating at restaurants, I try to order things that I can’t make at home. I feel like anyone can cut a few slices of cheese and stick it on a plate. But, today, with hardly any plans for the rest of the day, we felt like snacking and taking our time. And cheese, especially at a French restaurant, sounded good.

I was glad we did end up ordering that cheese platter.

The plate had:

  • French baguette
  • grapes
  • candied walnuts
  • gouda
  • brie
  • a sweet walnut cheese
  • and another creamy cheese – not sure what it was

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Everything was delicious. And what I learned was…although you can make a cheese platter at home, sometimes it’s worth ordering something so simple to learn about new cheeses you like or even just to enjoy the flavors with friends at a special brunch.

I also learned that the best way to eat the walnut cheese was to place some of the cheese on a piece of baguette and top it with a piece of candied walnut. Yum!

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Since we were at a French restaurant, I decided to order the French onion soup.

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As expected, it was really tasty.

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And Erica and I split the French dip. I loved the real roasted beef (not deli meat) and the gooey cheese on top. The pommes frite were pretty tasty, too.

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My dessert – a cafe au lait. Perfection in the form of frothed milk. It was so nice sitting back, enjoying the weather and the company, and just relaxing.

And before I move on, I must mention that the service at Cafe Monte was impeccable. Definitely go there if you want to be taken care of well.

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After brunch, Erica and I went shopping! I found some super cute stuff, including a very fun hat that I can’t wait to rock out.

And we found a really fab hair piece that was too expensive to buy on an impulse…but I may go back to pick up one day. ;)

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And to cap off the royal day, we did Zumba in royal themed accessories. ;) lol

What did you think of all the crazy hats at the royal wedding? Do you think the trend will catch on where you live?

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Comments

  1. says

    Brunch itself always sounds so classy and posh to me. Maybe that’s why I love it so much? And as far as “royal” hats go, I could totally get used to wearing fascinators. I mean, Blair from GG basically has the headband trend down, so I say we kick it up a notch! :)

  2. says

    I thought the hats were so ridiculous, but of course it’s tradition! But I see that you’re the real princess :)

    Your French-themed brunch looks amazing! I agree, I never order cheese plates at restaurants, but I think the idea of a cheese plate and wine is so sophisticated. I’ll definitely have to try that sometime.

  3. says

    I love Cafe Monte!!! It has been way too long since I’ve been there, and I’ve been meaning to go back again. At first I wasn’t into the whole Royal Wedding, but I totally got sucked into it all. Kate is so stunning. I’ve always admired her style.

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