Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Jersey Brunch Spot: The Corner

Hello hello hello, this is probably the longest I've gone without blogging- the last time I wrote anything, I was still jetting around Europe and busy trying to not to miss flights. Isn't that crazy?? These last few months have just been an insane whirlwind of traveling and packing and then coming home and interning for insane hours, but as of last Friday, I am a free woman again aka I finished interning which means I'm back to my cherished lifestyle of watching Netflix and rolling out of bed into my pool, and of course, instagramming the occasional brunch (like the one pictured below).


I haven't been doing outfit posts because I've been focusing on losing weight- it's surprising just how much weight you can put on when you eat truffle pasta for breakfast for 3 months straight (no regrets though!!!! Never regret truffle pasta. Or truffle anything, for that matter) but anyway, I haven't exactly been inclined to keep up with outfit posts while unhappy with the way I look. On the bright side, in the next month or so, I should be where I want to be in terms of how I look, and yes, how much I weigh, so definitely expect some fun back to school looks in September!

Likewise, I haven't been posting about new favorite food places because I've been trying not to eat out and pretty much making every meal at home aside from a few food dates to maintain my sanity but today, I went to the cutest brunch spot and just knew I had to write about it. The Corner is an adorable cafe in Montclair, New Jersey (yep, Jersey has amazing brunches too) and I'm already planning to head back asap to try one of their fresh pastries with a steaming latte, complete with foam art of course.

The Corner's menu has all the standard brunch favorites like avocado toast (which is what I got) and also changes things up with freshly made pan fried roasted onion dip and organic chicken liver toast. They also have truffled deviled eggs and since I'm a sucker for anything truffled, I ordered them. I've also been meaning to try deviled eggs for the longest time so it was a solid choice.





First of all, the service here is PHENOMENAL. Maybe I've just gotten used to the admittedly shoddy service rampant across the pond, but oh my god, every server was so friendly and quick to offer suggestions or to check in to see how our meal was going. Bad service definitely ruins even the most delicious meal so I loved how incredibly nice everyone was at The Corner. The atmosphere is super lively without being overwhelming- it's definitely a super popular eatery and I can see it getting insanely packed on weekends, but for a Wednesday brunch, it was perfect. I reaaalllllly like it when I don't have to wait for a table.

And of course, I wouldn't be writing about this place if the food wasn't amazing. I always enjoy an avocado toast and this was no exception- they also know how to poach eggs perfectly which I appreciated since an overdone poached eggs is nothing if not disappointing.


My sister got The Corner Burger, which comes with a delicious mountain of crispy shoe string fries seasoned with rosemary as well as with other tasty things, I'm sure. Those fries were heavenly. My dream is to devour a bucket of them and wash them down with the refreshing homemade soda they also serve at The Corner.


I had the strawberry rosemary soda and my sister ordered the pressed lemon soda. I really liked the strawberry rosemary- I was hesitant about it because of the rosemary but it tasted yummy without being sickly sweet. I thought the lemon soda could've been sweeter but I've also got an insane sweet tooth when it comes to drinks so I'm definitely biased.


Oh, and another reason this place is the cutest thing ever???? THEY BAKE FRESH COOKIES EVERY DAY AT 2:30!!! 2:30 cookies are an official item on the menu!! We ordered two of them, not knowing they would be HUGE (we managed to eat half and took the rest to go) and holy, those are some damn good cookies. They remind me of the ones from Levain in New York, which are widely considered to be the best cookies in the city. They're about the size of a fist and incredibly fluffy- the outside is perfectly cooked while in the inside is still softly melting into chocolatey gooey goodness. I can't wait to finish eating mine later.


Basically, The Corner has all the pros of a NYC brunch spot: amazing food, perfect presentation, killer lighting, and none of the cons: overcrowded, tiny, busy. The staff is insanely friendly and the food is so so so fresh and good. The vibes are great (they even have a pink neon sign that says good vibes only) and I can't wait to eat at The Corner again!