May 28th, 2008

A girls’ meal at Chocolate Fashion

French toast with fresh strawberries

I’m not a fan of publicly exposing the private details of my life. Though to some extent I’ve done so in this blog, when and where I eat out is not very revealing. I try to keep the personal out of it, but I feel compelled to share one particular detail for several reasons. One, I blame it for my lethargic posting as of late and two, if I put it out there, I can refer to it on this blog when needed … I’m getting married.

That said, on a recent Saturday, before embarking on a somewhat annoying tour of Miracle Mile bridal gown shops, three girlfriends and I met at Chocolate Fashion for brunch. I’ve mentioned this Coral Gables French-owned bakery a few times on this blog, but I only noticed that they served brunch recently when I stopped by to pick up a tart to bring to a friend’s house. Their fruit tarts, by the way, are delicious. And they carry chocolate truffles and other nice goodies that are good as gifts.

The menu, really a breakfast menu, contains your basics and a little more like the brioche French toast with maple syrup and strawberries that one of my friends ordered and a dish consisting of potato, creme fraiche, poached eggs and caviar. I couldn’t resist the eggs benedict, which looked very enticing sitting on another patron’s table.

Eggs Benedict

I have bad memories of eggs benedict from a place on the beach where they served them to me soaked in an overly acidic hollandaise sauce. If done wrong, the dish can be pretty unpleasant. Here, the dish was delicate and not overpowered by sauce. I added a latte, freshly squeezed OJ and three wonderful friends and I had a good start to my girls’ day.

Also on the breakfast menu at Chocolate Fashion are omelets, eggs florentine, quiches (lorraine, spinach, vegetable and Greek). It’s not the most inexpensive breakfast but it’s comparable to other places. Now, if only they served mimosas.

Chocolate Fashion
248 Andalusia Avenue
Coral Gables

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12 Responses to “A girls’ meal at Chocolate Fashion”

  1. Congratulations on your engagement, Paula. Glad to see you posting again too!


  2. Congrats Paula! Once you get through the wedding dress shopping you get to the fun part – wedding CAKE shopping!

  3. Congratulations Paula!
    All the best to both of you!

  4. Paulita, buen articulo y buen lugar para desayunar tambien! :)

  5. Congrats Paula on the engagement and on that delicious brunch! That french toast looks amazing! I always drive by that place and now I def. need to step in.

  6. Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  7. Hey congrats! but the place is not french and is owned by south americans!

  8. Congrats Paula and Dave! Wonderful news. On your next shopping spree, go and visit Theine Tea Salon at 119 Madeira Avenue in the Gables. Kyra White, the owner and ex Slow Food president is a Cordon Bleu chef and creates amazing lunches using as many organic produce as she can. She is a FABULOUS baker, Ralph and my favorite is her delish strawberry and berry tart. I’m salivating at the mention of it. Plus her cozy cottage with paved courtyard is delightful. She makes a good cup of tea too and being Asian and having lived in England, where tea is THE drink, I’m very particular about my tea.

  9. Karen – I was told and I read elsewhere that the owners are from Lyon, France.

    Eleanor – Thanks for the tip. I stopped by there a few times to pick up my CSA box but haven’t been inside yet. I’ll give it a try soon.

  10. That place sounds fabulous.. I love eggs benedict!!! I must try it next time I’m down there.

    Congrats on your engagement!

  11. I went on Saturday AM food was sub-par what a disappointment after those photos.Ordered the Toasted Bagel w/Salmon. No toasted bagel minus cream cheese & tomatoe. French Toast cold and no butter served with it. The waitress had a hard time understanding us and only came to table once.

  12. Trena – On a second visit to Chocolate Fashion I noticed they were out of a lot of things that a party at a nearby table ordered. My French toast were not served cold and I continue to like it. The service, however, was spotty as it was jam packed.

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