Farm to Table Brunch

Mike and I spent a beautiful, sunny – Sunday morning experiencing a new restaurant  in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas.  Housed inside the rustic and recently restored Ice House on Main, Ronin Restaurant brings new life to the 1912 building.

For many years, Chef Brian Light and his wife Amanda have connected our community through local food production and provided a venue where guests can enjoy the traditions of a simpler life at Ronin Farms. The outdoor event venue under the Texas sky will make you fall in love with the Farm to Table concept.  Ronin has now created a second space where our community can experience this same concept in their new location in Historic Downtown Bryan.


Guests at the Ronin Restaurant can choose from a variety of seating, including outdoor tables with a view of  Historic Downtown Bryan, a indoor community style table or simply a seat at the bar.

The menu selection was carefully crafted, providing us with the feeling that we were out on the farm and even included recommendations of drink pairings for each menu item.

Mike selected the Texas Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak and Farm Egg with Cream Gravy and Roasted Sweet Potato.  Although I helped Mike finish most of his delicious Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak, I went with a sweeter selection for my entree- the Cinnamon Pecan French Toast with Spiced Apple Compote and Spiced Caramel – and it was as delightful as the name.

Although the food and venue were amazing, please note that the pricing for us would be for special occasions only and not a weekly stop.  Based on your budget, I would recommend reviewing the menu pricing before dining.  I definitely see this venue as the perfect spot to host a bridal brunch, baby shower or even a birthday celebration with your closest girlfriends.

The Ronin Restaurant also has seasonal hours, so be sure to check their website for the most up to date hours.  If you are dining this Winter, the hours for Ronin Restaurant are:

Dinner 5pm-10pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Brunch 11am-2pm
Every Sunday

Happy Brunching xx Jennifer

Milk Money Bar | Kitchen

Tucked away in a trendy Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, Milk Money Bar & Kitchen’s catchy name (that I wish I would have thought of first) has a hip vibe with a coffee bar, cozy dine-in experience and hand-crafted cocktails.  All bases are covered from espresso to cauliflower buffalo wings to a treasure chests full of boozy treasure.

Interior photos sourced from Milk Money Bar | Kitchen website 

If you like buffalo wings, but you’re watching your waist line, trick your taste buds with the Cauliflower Buffalo Wings I could have eaten them for days.  A tad spicy, but nothing I couldn’t handle, I’d like a bucket to go please!  I also tried their Farmhouse Burger that apparently was so delicious I didn’t have the time to take a photo, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Let’s pause and talk about the craft cocktail masterpieces at Milk Money… The SAILOR TO PIRATE  comes in an actual treasure chest and when opened it pours out smoke creating a unique experience to the bar.  The Sailor to Pirate is created with Oak and Cane Rum, Simple Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, Pina Colada Ice Block and Cinnamon.

If rum isn’t your style, I sipped on (ok I did not sip, possibly gulped) AL CAPONE’S SOUTHSIDE FIZZ.  I’m not sure if it was the promise of Prosecco or the thrill of the name, but the drink was filled with Bulldog Gin, Prosecco, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Sliced Cucumber and a Mint garnish.

If you’re in the mood for a little espresso with your meal or a chaser to your cocktail, they have you covered.  Warsaw Coffee Company is conveniently located within the walls of Milk Money Bar | Kitchen.  Although I didn’t get to enjoy their espresso or weekend brunch during my trip to Fort Lauderdale, the menu looked amazing.   See their full breakfast, lunch dinner and cocktail menus here Milk Money Bar | Kitchen.

 xx- Jennifer

Sundy House

A tropical and historical step back into the early 1900’s; the Sundy House Restaurant, Boutique Inn and Botanical Garden in Delray Beach, Florida stole my heart.  The Sundy House is already back on the list for any future trips to Delray Beach – and here’s why…


Beautiful brick pavers lead the way to the entrance of the Sundy House restaurant where we began our morning enjoying their famous Sundy House Brunch.  Every sense was triggered, as we found our seats in the Sundy House dinning room.  With every sip of the endless mimosas – the taste of crisp bubbles filled our mouths, a solo vocalist’s voice echoed through the tall ceilings and the aroma of freshly prepared waffles and crepes filled the air.

Brunch spanned two rooms, ranging in delicious traditional breakfast foods to a charcuterie station, seafood, fried chicken, mac & cheese, desserts, and ice cream.  If you would like to indulge in this tasty feast of a brunch be prepared to pay $75 per person (adults), plus tax and gratuity.  My recommendation would be to make a reservation and note the the max seating time is 2.5 hours due to the high demand.

After brunch we took our mimosas and strolled out into the tropical gardens to experience the lush greenery, statues, and water features that spanned throughout the boutique inn courtyard.  Although we did not stay at the Inn, we agreed that we would come back very soon.

Not far from the Sundy House is Downtown Delray Beach where you will find streets lined with shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife.  This charming little seaside town was full of life and friendly, it’s a great place to have a romantic getaway or even take the family.

Happy Travels – Jennifer

Southern Brunch

The Brazos Valley is quickly becoming the Southern Brunch capital of the World, y’all… I am seriously convinced of this!  With the continued growth of our community we have attracted a few new eateries that are making my gym membership quiver.

Sundays are for Jesus and brunch with my girls, (pause I’m making a T-shirt now with this quote).  This summer we have had a few new spots pop up that you need to add to your weekend brunch plans asap.  First on the list is Stella Southern Cafe.

A fun fact about the name of the restaurant, it was actually named after the owner Michael Lair’s 1995 Dodge Dakota club cab with a 5.2 liter V8 engine, Stella.  A part of every road trip adventure he took, Stella now lives on through the name of his southern cafe.


Photo Credit: Clare Rowe

Walking into the restaurant you are immediately greeted by hosts who provide you with a menu while waiting in line to order your food.  Don’t worry it’s not a long wait, but you will be tempted by all of the great gift items and homemade jams as you make your way to the register.

I had a tough decision to make because everything on the menu just looked amazing.  I decided to go with a more traditional breakfast which included eggs, bacon, grits (with cheese of course) and I would be crazy not to try their homemade biscuits with mimosa jam.  I didn’t know that my favorite breakfast drink could be made into a jam, but they found a way!


The overall dining experience was excellent.  The staff was warm and friends, much like the south.  My friends and I will definitely put the Stella Southern Cafe into our brunch rotation! xx-Jennifer

Girlfriends Guide… Boerne, TX

Planning for my girls weekend getaway to Fredericksburg, TX this week has me feeling super nostalgic over a trip I took back in December to the Texas Hill Country to watch two of my dear friends tie the knot at Marquartdt Ranch.  Have you ever been to Boerne?  It’s pronounced “Bur-nee” and it’s actually not that far from where we’ll be this weekend.  It is a must on your tour of the Texas Hill Country!
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Although we were only in Boerne for one day, we maximized our time and spent it eating and shopping in the Historic Downtown District.  Our first stop was Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe… and confession time, it was also our last stop later in the day for a sweet treat!

The breakfast was amazing, I had my favorite go to breakfast food – French Toast with a side of eggs I’m still pining over.  And of course a mocha coffee (with an extra shot of espresso).   They also offer a full brunch buffet that looked delicious… and spoiler alert those pastries were as good as they looked.

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401 South Main
BoerneTX 78006

After brunch, and now extremely caffeinated, we set out to shop til we dropped – in a matter of only a few hours.  The entire downtown was preparing for the Christmas parade and every store was full of beautiful, vintage Christmas Decor.  Let’s just say after this little shopping trip in Boerne, my Christmas tree has never looked so good.

One of my favorite stores, which I unfortunately did not photograph, was Kiss the Cook.  I love cooking and this was a novice chef’s dream come true.  Not only did they have every kitchen gadget under the sun, the customer service was out of this world.  The staff was very friendly and helped me find the perfect Christmas gift for my Aunt.

Boerne in December

A few snap shots of the Downtown Historical District in the Hill Country Mile of Boerne.

Boerne will definitely be back on the list for the next girls trip we take this winter. I would love to go back to see the Christmas Parade and spend more time shopping the beautiful stores.

For a full list of shops and eateries visit the Boerne’s website to plan your trip to the Hill Country Mile.  And here are a few places to put on your list to stop by while you are strolling down the country mile!

  • 259 Home Market
  • Bear Moon Bakery & Cafe
  • Kiss The Cook
  • The Red Rooster
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    And our grand finale …Italian wine, in a can, with a holiday joy cupcake. 


    xx -Jennifer