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.  

Cookshop

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This past weekend, I had brunch at Cookshop in Chelsea. With summer weather here, whether you sit outside at their outdoor patio, or inside in the airy, open, modern dining room, your experience will all pretty much be the same. Amazing. Their American cuisine is focused on humanely raised animals, support of local farmers and artisans, and seasonal availability of foods. 

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To start, I had their Grapefruit Brûlée (ruby red grapefruit, brown sugar, creme fraiche, mint). So, yeah, you gotta get this if you’re there for brunch. It’s the perfect, light starter, or, makes for a great, healthier dessert. The tartness of the grapefruit is cut from the crisp brown sugar and the whipped, creaminess of the slightly sweet creme fraiche. Everything goes so well together, and leaves you wanting some more. 

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For my entree, I ordered the  Frittata (roasted oyster mushrooms, stracciatella, basil-walnut pesto). This was another amazing dish. Served with a little bed of perfectly dressed mixed greens atop the eggs, this frittata was a slam dunk. The roasted oyster mushrooms were the star of the dish for me, tender and flavorful, and, when combined with the other components, each flavor and texture enhances the next. The stracciatella cheese marries the mushroom and the herby and nutty pesto so nicely, it’s a bit of a sad moment when it’s all gone. 

The Shorts: 
Name: Cookshop
Location: 156 Tenth Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding. 
Would I recommend it? I recommend it like dentists recommend brushing your teeth. And, the location is great too, right across the street from the High Line. So, have a fantastic meal, then take a walk along the High Line and enjoy what the view of the west side has to offer.