On Sunday, we celebrated my cousin Paulette’s birthday by eating brunch at a restaurant named Cake.
Located in a former conservatory, Cake has a beautiful atmosphere, especially if you go on a bright and sunny spring day.
The restaurant is small and they do not take reservations, but when my cousin spoke with them they did give her the tip that if you show up early, you are more likely not to have wait for a seat.
They were right because we were seated right away, but there were a lot people waiting for tables by the time we left.
All three of my dining companions ordered the French toast.
I find restaurant Belgium waffles to be very hit or miss (the miss being when they are too dense and chewy), but I trusted that a place like Cake would know how to do waffles right. I was not disappointed. The waffle was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It was served with peach butter, fresh strawberries, and blueberries. The only disappointment was that the pollen vortex had created an aggressive post nasal vortex that resulted in my tummy feeling wonky, so I didn't get to snarf down my waffle as much as I would have liked for fear of revisiting it sometime later in the day. The wonky tummy thing also did not allow me to try the coffee, but my brunch companions said that the coffee was excellent.
The food was delicious and the atmosphere was magical. I highly recommend visiting Cake.
After brunch, we decided to take a stroll around lovely Chestnut Hill.
There were a lot of fun stores to explore,
including a neat spice store called Penzeys Spices (which fit in perfectly given the activity we had scheduled later in the day).
You have to love a store that has “sniffing jars.”
We also visited a pretty garden shop because tis the season to buy and plant plants.
I love walking around garden centers picking out things to use as landscaping for my imaginary farm and /or estate.