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Culinary Affairs: Sunday Funday Brunch Menu at Home

February 8, 2016

I love having get together’s at home. Sadly, because of my busy schedule, I don’t get to do them often.  Which is why I enjoy going all out when I have friends come over.  Just to keep it interesting, I love to surprise my guests with theme ideas and the unexpected that I think they would enjoy.  Being that brunch food is one of my favorite meals, I surprised my good friend Denisse of OrphanedEarrings and her hubby German with a Sunday Funday brunch.

When I plan for the brunch, I scroll through many great ideas on Pinterest for themes and recipes and then try them myself.  Thank goodness for Pintrest, I now look like I’m a culinary expert.  Here’s what our Sunday Funday brunch looked like.  Perhaps it will inspire you to surprise your next early morning guest or treat your significant other with breakfast in bed.

Sunday Funday Brunch Menu

  • Cote Jolie Blueberry Sparkling Wine Cocktail – As soon as they walk-in, greet them with a sparkling wine cocktail.  Sure, you can prepare a mimosa bar too, but try something different that will make their mouth water.  You can try St Germain if you can’t find Cote Jolie elderflower liqour, it’s the same thing and they both come from France.  Drop a few bluerries in the glass and top it off with your favorite sparkling wine.  I used a sparkling wine from Ceja Vineyards.  Definitely one of my favorite California wineries!
  • French Blueberry Muffins – Instead of buying blueberry muffins from a local bakery, try baking a recipe from scratch.  The benefits of making your own muffins is that not only will your home smell delicious when your guests arrive, but you can also add as many blueberries as you want.  Make sure to serve warm with a little butter.  Sprinkle the top of the muffins with powder sugar too if you like them a bit sweeter.
  • Hash Brown Egg Nests  – Now this recipe I did grab from Pinterest and I’m glad I did because it was the most popular brunch dish on the menu.  It was so easy to make and it was delicious.  I think the next time I try making these, I’m going to add jalapenos to add a little kick!  Its basically a whole breakfast plate in a muffin – hash brown, cheese, egg and bacon.
  • Chicken and Waffles – You can go all out and make your own fried chicken, but I had enough on my plate to cook that I opted to buying fresh made fried chicken from my local grocery store.  Besides, they make far better fried chicken than I do.  The waffles we did make at home.  You could even add your favorite fruit in the waffles to really impress your friends.  We kept them plain since we already had too much going on.  You could never go wrong with waffles.
  • French Macarons  – Don’t attempt to make these delicious French cookies the same day, you will stress yourself out.  I actually made my macarons the day before.  French macarons make the perfect small dessert after a big meal.  It’s enough dessert satisfaction with elegance.  Plus, they make your table look pretty fabulous and they’re perfect with Champagne.
  • Cappuccino – Its customary in our family to serve coffee after our meals, but I prefer a good cappuccino.  Serve it in a clear mug and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Bandera Shots – After traveling to Mexico City, I learned that drinking tequila after a big meal would help digest your food.  So I had my guests try a bandera shot, the Mexican way.  The bandera shot is inspired by the colors of the Mexican flag, this drink is served in 3 separate shot glasses consisting of tequila (white), fresh lime juice (green), and sangrita (red)-a spicy tomato-based chaser.  They will never drink tequila the same way after this experience.


There you have it, my version of a Sunday funday brunch experience with good company and delicious food made with love.  If you’re wondering why the recipes aren’t shared, just follow my blog as I will soon post the recipes.  Coming soon!

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  • Reply Kim February 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Your photos are beautiful and this post is making me so hungry. I would like an invite next time, please! Were you able to find out the secret trick to fix flat macarons?

    • Reply Lala Castro February 9, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Next time you’re getting an invite for sure! And there could’ve been so many reasons why they went flat. The Chef did teach me a few good tricks that I’m excited to test out on my own. If they work, I will share the tips! 😉

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