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.
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.
248 Andalusia Avenue