Brunch Test Kitchen at Lincoln Tavern


Yes, I did brunch again. This time a group of bloggers headed to the Brunch Test Kitchen of the Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston. Why, yes, I do get around, thank you. What exactly is a Brunch Test Kitchen? Well, Lincoln Tavern and Executive Chef Nicholas Dixon are behind this great idea – Fridays are test days for their brunch menu. It’s a rotating menu offered in addition to lunch menu (in case you’re not feeling the brunch, but it’s really good, so you just might), from 10 am to 3 pm, and essentially “winners” go on to star at the Sunday Brunch. Here are some who have made the leap: Nutella S’mores Pancakes, Fruity Pebble Pancakes, Fried Chicken & Cheddar Biscuits, and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake with rum – definitely grownup. So they give you three possible days to brunch.

What was our brunch like? Creative offerings, beautifully executed and presented. Brunch done well!

We ordered a Mionetto Prosecco adorably called a Bucket of Bubbles served with three juices – orange, grapefruit and apple cider. Our waitress suggested a mix of all three. Great choice.

I ordered the Chef’s Fruit Salad and it is a wonderful combination of fruits that left me feeling virtuous, and ready to dive into the short rib grilled cheese which I also ordered and immediately had to share with others because it was too good to keep all for myself.

The fun part about blogger get-togethers (aside from the open exchange of ideas, great conversations, laughter, and networking) is the unbelievable patience of the other diners to move, shift light, and photograph food. Some of these photos were taken on the bar or on the stage. We didn’t let anything get cold but we were pretty thorough.

We all ordered off the menu, and tried, well, really almost everything. Luckily, bloggers share which is part and parcel of a great meal for me, almost always. And for you, we tried both savory and sweet.

Savory: super crisp and pretty darn perfect fried calamari, a Philly cheese steak hot pocket (seriously great hot pocket), shrimp and grits skewers (we fought a little over this), and several of the yummy wood fired pizzas – smoked salmon pizza, breakfast pizza, and my favorite, the roasted onion and goat cheese pizza.

Sweet: Fruity Pebbles Pancakes (which are incredible and so pretty), also practically perfect butternut squash pancakes, and a seriously adorable and yummy Fluffernutter parfait. The coffee is wonderful, the cool water bottles stay on the table, and the service is warm, friendly and just the right amount of attentive.


Lincoln Tavern is absolutely enormous – a great space for large groups, and they have more private booths for a cozier experience, too.


Located at 425 West Broadway in South Boston. Street parking is available and there is also a good-sized lot across the street with 2-hour parking. I was lucky and snagged a spot right out front. This area has adorable stores nearby, too. Take a postprandial walk. It’s good for you and you’ll explore a really fun neighborhood. Happy Brunching!

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Disclaimer: I was invited to this hosted blogger brunch at Lincoln Tavern. The meal and beverages were complimentary. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

Brunching like a boss at Il Casale

Brunching like a millennial and a boomer boss.

I brunched. Back in the day, when it was a huge thing, you know, in the 80s, when I had disposable income and all weekend to myself. Then, the 90s and the aughts and babies, and brunch was not an option, heck, hot food was barely an option.

So now, my college aged daughter brunches with friends and I am charmed. I love the idea of it and it makes me smile to myself that she has a group of friends who brunch. And I was not even remotely jealous that she was brunching, because, I could, too, technically. In recent years, we were at far flung volleyball tournaments or, sleeping in. But then the season ended, and I was asked if I wanted to go to brunch. Yes, please. And with great group of friends who blog – this is great because we all take food pics and no one minds if you need more light or another minute to get the shot. This definitely would not have worked with babies.

So, where do grown-ups brunch? Il Casale in Belmont is a perfect balance of grownup but casual. Live music, special drinks and fantastic food. Pick a good friend group who likes to share food so you can taste everything. The menu is expansive and wonderful, and, yes, I had a digestif, and it was delicious.


This is a great local find – and there are Belmont and Lexington locations.

Brunch is great, but you need to eat the rest of the week, too. The full menu is available for take out, and they have a party planner menu that has everything from house made pasta (gluten free available,too) to lasagnes and whole roasted Sicilian chickens.



Mother’s Day is almost upon us…personally I just want a nice homemade card, some hand-picked flowers and some Mommy Prayers.

But if your family needs to do more, here are some ideas…BTW, Mother’s Day is not until Sunday, May 9, 2010.

capability mom loves upstairs at the squareMother’s Day Brunch at UpStairs at the Square – great food in a jewel box of a space.  This menu looks amazing.

I like to have breakfast at home – especially if someone wants to drive to Sofra. I hear the Turkish Breakfast is great but the chocolate orange croissant sounds pretty good, too.

For older children who love to make their own cards – a great resource is Paper Source PaperSource's I love my mom stamp – they have great card and craft ideas and gift ideas that are sweet but not spendy…just right.

You can never go wrong with chocolate…really, you can’t.  Here is a great site – delicious chocolate, adorable and made by a really sweet person, too.

Fancy Nancy’s Candy

fancy nancy candy from capability momThe fact that these made it through the “photo shoot” was a testimony to their adorableness not my willpower.



Ideas that cost pennies or nothing at all:

  • Take a hike…or a bike ride together as a family. Take the dog, too. 
  • Let Mom read the Sunday paper.
  • Send her out with a friend for a manicure and pedicure (commonly called mani-pedi in Mom Slang).
  • Another sweet idea is to put seeds in the card (inexpensive but lovely) and the children can plant them with Mom on Mother’s Day. Good activity and as complicated or easy as you want to make it.

Paper flower garden:

Construction paper, popsicle sticks, playdoh and a cup or small pot.

Cut out flowers of construction paper, tape or glue to popsicle sticks. Put playdoh in cup or pot and you have made a really cute flower for Mom.  We have done this and added photos of the children’s faces (and the family pet?) on the paper flower. Very cute.

  • You could always for the traditional route and bring Mom breakfast in bed. Everyone can help. It can be as basic as a cup of juice and a card to a full out gourmet experience. (For very little ones who want to help, Mom loves juice in a covered sippy cup, really, considering all of the possiblities of a toddler and a glass of juice, she really, really does).

Buy her a book. This book.  It is a really funny and sweet book called Mommy Prayers by Tracy Mayor (she is an editor at Brain Child : The Magazine for Thinking Mothers which I have read and loved forever – well, okay, the past ten years – maybe it just feels like forever).  This book is a series of classic Mom moments in prayer form.  I am not sure if my favorite is Prayer for My Five Minute Nap (Owl Babies…I read that constantly!) or Prayer for the Sunday Paper, Unread.  This book is lovely, funny, witty and on the mark – it will make Mom smile and even laugh out loud.  Okay, Prayer for the Clueless Mom at the Playground is my favorite.  The author, Tracy Mayor, will be at the Peabody (MA) Barnes and Noble on Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm. She will be signing books and there will be gifts! Gifts! If only I didn’t have a volunteer opportunity and two soccer games that day! You go for me – have fun, get gifts and buy books. She has a great blog, too. Mommy Prayers blog

mommy prayersWhatever you decide to do – Mom will appreciate it…that’s why she’s Mom.

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