Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Isabellas on the Upper West Side

What a lovely place for brunch. Isabella's is a very popular place for brunch as you will see the huge line outside the restaurant every weekend. But it's worth the wait if you are looking for a comfort filled breakfast. The staff is oh so friendly that it seems like you are in disney world.
They start you out with an amazing basket of bread goodies. A sweet bread with caraway seeds which reminds me of Italian Panettone. And a moist sweet bread with currants. On the side you also have a very bright pink strawberry butter. It's just so lighthearted and fun!
I ordered the farmers omelet and the pasta of the day:
The pasta was house made and in a light lobster sauce with seafood and spinach.

This omlet was filled with fresh veggies with a side of home fries (which were the best thing on that plate!) and turkey bacon.

The portions aren't skimpy at all so plan to take a walk after your brunch.
So you are asking were is dessert now.. I have to confess I didn't order any. They were typical simplistic desserts and I was honestly way too full to stomach any more. But the food is delicious and comforting. A fantastic summer day to eat by an open window breeze.

I thought the strawberry butter was very cool so if you would like to make your own, here is how:

Mix softened (not melted) butter with strawberry puree and a little bit of strawberry flavoring in your food processor and allow to harden in refrigerator. Voila!! You have strawberry butter. You can do this with any flovor. Just note the butter will never be as hard as plain butter because you are adding water content from the puree into it. But that works out in your favor when you want to spread it.

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