Your World Cup Breakfast Pizza Party Begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Genuine Pizza® & Harry’s Pizzeria®

Watch the World Cup Final, enjoy our Pizza Happy Hour in the morning!

Croatia vs. France. No matter who you are rooting for, we are screening the World Cup Final on our TVs and opening early for the occasion and offering specials at Genuine Pizza and Harry’s Pizzeria to really make it a pizza watch party!

From 10:30 am to 2 pm, all pizzas are $10, all wines by the glass are $6 and all beer bottles are $5. Each restaurant will also be breaking out the eggs for special breakfast pizzas for the match until we run out!

For all locations and menus visit genuinepizza.com/locations.

 

 

Mother’s Day at Fi’lia | Mom’s Got More than Just a Pizza with Her Name on It

Mother’s Day calls for making things a little more special than your average Sunday.  The bar is high!  Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz takes this to the heart Sunday, May 14 with a supplemental menu of a la carte dishes fit for a queen and her party, available during breakfast and lunch.

So, what’s our move?  How about toasting with Emilia, a bewitching cocktail of Solerno blood orange liqueur, Mancino Chinato, blood orange juice, Dimmi and Prosecco, packing as vibrant a punch as it does color. Perfectly forked stacks of Wood Grilled Peaches, whipped ricotta, pistachio pesto and peppery arugula need follow.  Then Mom’s Pizza would hit the table to share, spring’s swan song in bechamel, fava beans, morels, mint, onion, pecorino and Calabrian chiles.  The combination is almost too much for one mind’s eye to contemplate.  But to be bewitched by Plum and Brandy Custard Brulée?  That’s the Mother’s Day dreams are made of. Reserve now by calling 305.912.1729 or emailing filiareservations@slshotels.com.

Wood Grilled Peaches with whipped ricotta, pistachio pesto, arugula

 

Easy Like Saturday Morning | An Eggcellent Cypress Tavern Brunch Update

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Great view, clockwise from 11am: Breakfast Sandwich, Short Rib Benedict, Lobster Frittata, and Rio Gold.  All dishes captured beautifully by GM Nicole Kelly.

Crispy, bright-yolked eggs and toasty treats laced with butter.  That’s what brunch is all about, and Cypress Tavern Chef de Cuisine Max Makowski is introducing a new set of dishes to make a proper Weekender of all of us.

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Crépinette.

“At Cypress, it’s about the classics as a point of reference — which for me as a cook is great and also approachable to our guests,” he explains. “From there we re-tool an element or two.  The Short Rib Benedict is a perfect example of this.  Béarnaise with meat.  It just makes sense.”

Wood Grilled Shrimp

Wood Grilled Shrimp.

Max also added Wood Grilled Shrimp with preserved lemon, Calabrian chilies and brown butter.  These are head-on and full of juice.

“For me, you can put that on a table and share it with people; it’s in that spirit,” says Max. “They’re easy to grab and eat.”

In the end brunch is all about the eggs. People are always asking for a Basic Breakfast, which we like too, so Max added two eggs any style, with thick cut bacon and crispy potatoes snowy with pecorino and some Zak the Baker bread marked on the wood grill.  And it doesn’t stop there.

Grilled Hanger Steak

Grilled Hanger Steak

“If I had to pick a way, I’d say poached is most essential for brunch,” Max adds.  “It’s no longer just an egg.  The thinking here is something like the Bucatini Carbonara, which has been on the brunch menu since we opened last year.  Instead of the traditional way, we add a poached egg on top so that the yolk mixes with what’s on the plate. This sauces it at the table, at the hand of the guest.”

Beet Salad

Beet Salad.

The fried egg on the Grilled Hanger Steak acts in much the same way.  The juice from the meat drips into the rösti it sits on — think the ultimate hash brown made with shaved potatoes sizzled in clarified butter until crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.  This is something a little different, a traditional Swiss preparation that you don’t see all the time.  It all combines with the yolk when the egg is cut.  Like French Onion Soup, this dish tows the lunch end of the brunch line, so those whose alarms aren’t set on Saturday and Sunday aren’t left hanging upon a 1 or 2pm arrival.

All these goodies are live tomorrow, so pull up a chair, tap into a stream of Endless Bloody Marys or Mimosas, and Weekend like a pro!

[RECIPE] Michael’s Triple Threat Avocado Toast

Michael's avocado toast at ella pop cafe.

Michael’s avocado toast at ella pop cafe.

You may have heard that the struggle has been real for avocados this summer, especially when you are a challenger brand (Florida!) dealing with a pesky little beetle infestation.  But we’ve seen our local avocado cropping up more and more in the supermarket lately, so it’s time to share one of Michael’s simplest and most satisfying recipes.

When Chef first laid out his avocado toast treatise in the office one day before we opened ella, it rang of blasphemy.   I had most recently traveled to Ireland and fallen in love with a neighborhood cafe called The Fumbally where I had enjoyed one of the most amazing renditions yet, topped with farm eggs in a medium scramble, juicy ripe tomatoes, gorgeous green olive oil drizzled all over, and Maldon salt and oodles of black pepper to finish.  Why would you need butter I thought?  Michael is a purist.  He was adamant that avocado toast be just that.  Toast and avocado.  I think we ended up agreeing that it was a matter of semantics and both dishes may be good, but only one could be called the dish in question.

At ella, avocado toast runs all day from open at 9AM to close at 7PM and usually with Hass.  Known for its consistency (both in quality and creaminess), for me it has a way of accentuating what makes this recipe special — the three fat formula.

Enjoy for breakfast or any time of day and let us know your take.  Judging by the hashtag #avocadotoast or a Google image search, the jury is still out as to what it really is.  One thing is for sure, this one is killer, and you’ll never see avocado toast the same way again!

Avocado Toast

Serves 1

1 slice True Loaf wheat bread, lightly toasted
½ tablespoon unsalted butter
1 whole hass avocado, scooped into rough tablespoons
½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Spread the butter on the slice of bread. Layer the avocado, then drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and peeper.

The Daily Scramble: Back to School for the ellas

Today the kids are headed back to school!  For the grown up ones like Michael’s eldest daughter Ella, today is the start of a new adventure. COLLEGE.  Freshman year is so exciting.  So much to absorb, new routines to learn, new people to meet.  Daddy Schwartz called upon Dr. Seuss for the words to say goodbye and good luck as his eldest chickie flew the coop for Tulane University this weekend: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

And since you are smart like Ms. Schwartz, you know you can’t start the day, especially the first day back to school, without a good breakfast.  ella has your back thanks to some additions to the breakfast line up that happened over the weekend!  This morning began in hypermode as Miami artist Alejandro Contreras (our friend from Design Miami’s past) put the finishing touches on our new blackboard to complete last night’s vinyl installation. Kitchen manager Vanessa Nunez put out the cafe’s first Daily Scramble, two eggs, today with caramelized onions and herbs, with True Loaf wheat toast.  Alejandro should have an extra kick in his step today, especially after that $350 macchiato (I fixed the decimal point.  Where’s my refund!?)  

AlejandroThose looking for gluten-free options have many things to choose from on the current menu, but we are also pleased to now offer the sandwiches and other dishes with gluten-free bread upon request!  Zak the Baker’s gluten-free chocolate almond cookies also came in to satisfy those sweet teeth out there.  Enjoy getting scrambled, take a seat under the shade in Palm Court and ease into the school year.  Fall’s almost here!  Please find the updated menu at ellapop.me!