Rothko

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Another day in Sao Paulo, another brunch. Gotta optimize my opportunities. And this time, I was off to Rothko in Vila Madalena. There’s a solid hipster vibe here, low key and relaxed.

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The brunch menu is pretty consolidated, but they have a more extensive menu written across the bar chalkboard wall. But small menu or not, you’ll get some free popcorn served right up. And I do love popcorn. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Omelete com Home Fries e Salada. You get to choose your fillings, I went with peppers, onions and mushrooms. The Omelet is served atop a thick piece of brown toast, crisp around the edges, but softer and a bit soggier from the eggs in the middle. So, there were good and not so good parts to this meal. The food, overall, was pretty salty. I do like salt as a means to bring out the flavor of a dish, but, when something is too salty, it can easily taint it. The mushrooms, on the other hand, were really delicious, and maybe my favorite part was actually the potatoes. They were on the spicier side, which, I really like, but also surprised me since Brazilian cooking doesn’t usually include a lot of spice. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rothko
Location: Rua Wizard, 88 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I would, they’re lunch and dinner menu looked good, so, I would be open to trying something from there.
Would I recommend it? The neighborhood is great, almost reminding me of parts of Los Angeles, but based off my meal alone, I might go another route.  

The Hungry Monkey

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In my short, but sweet, stay in Newport, RI, I also go to visit neighborhood spot, The Hungry Monkey. And, if nothing else, it’s a pretty adorable name for a restaurant. Luckily, they had more than a cute name to offer.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? And, well, lunch is pretty important too. Hell, I take all meals pretty seriously. This local, casual restaurant only serves daytime fare, breakfast and lunch, so, make sure to stop by during the day while you can. 

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For breakfast, I kept it simple and ordered the Omelette Your Way with spinach and rye toast (2 Egg omelette with one choice of filling, served with home fries and choice of toast). A simple dish, yes, but delicious. The service is great, the food comes out quickly, and the vibe is really relaxed. My favorite part was the home fries, these things were incredible. Like, some of the best home fries I’ve had. They were spicy, so, tread lightly if you’re not a spice fan, flavorful and cooked perfectly with that crispness on the outside and tender meets softness in the middle. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Hungry Monkey
Location: 124 Broadway, Newport, RI
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Next time I’m in Newport, I’ll be back, and hitting up their Stuffed Monkey Bread French Toast. 
Would I recommend it? I’d be a monkey’s uncle (or aunt) if you went anywhere else for breakfast.