Fancy A Brunch? I Have A Suggestion
From Monday to Friday, we eat alone, always on the run or in the company of strangers, when lunch is just another opportunity to start, continue, or complete a business. But at the end of the week, we can elegantly redeem the sin of not having spent quality time with the loved ones, as in the old days, with all its rituals and charm ... Just imagine how we wake up late on Sundays and to go out at a ... brunch - the unprecedented combination of continental and English breakfasts, snacks and luncheon-based meals, more consistent and refined, a true culinary style where prêt à manger scrolls along with haute cuisine plates which blend traditional and familiar cuisine with fusion trends and exotic feelings ... The time stops slowly, because of the great advantages of the brunch firstly the buffet certain way of serving and its generous range: from 11.30-12.00 until 16.00, which is an early afternoon, but a very early evening. Beyond the smells, colors and flavors, the brunch - with its cosmopolitan air - is not just a culinary royal but also a strong social, leisure and networking stakes. The brunch menu is an imaginative exercise for hosts and a continuous source of a novelty for guests: French toast, cheeses, omelets, muffins, croissants, jams, but also salads, salmon, terrines, seafood; coffee, but also tea, champagne cocktails, fine sweets and exotic fruits. "Brunching" has become a much-loved way of comfort and fun, and last but not least, a beautiful image.
Slowly but steady, we have discovered the surprising relational benefits of this urban culinary hybrid: an easy but uncomplicated, sophisticated but not snob-friendly setting with a middle-of-the-road menu where anyone can choose their favorite dishes.
You and your friends meet the world of gastronomy in a way that educates your tastes. The birthday party is better, somehow in a slow mood, rather than consumed in fast food formula. That's what the youngest who, after the Saturday night club night fever, chose a Sunday night in the city, but in a softer version, with champagne and orange juice (the famous by now Mimosas), only good to recover the energy for a new week. For “work walkers” brunch is the business lunch of the weekend for tourists and travelers is the home atmosphere found away from home, for party people the theme changes periodically (ethnic, colonial, retro, fusion, live cooking etc.) and of course, for ladies is a meeting place that transforms "Sunday of girls" into a special day, worthy of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda ... ... here is a "chameleon hospitality" that offers eating out and catching up with everyone ... good!
This is how I decided to spend the Sunday before my birthday, with my girly friends, in the most beautiful atmosphere at Lavinia Cakes’ n Buttons.
The part that I like the most when going for brunch is that every time there is something new to taste, and even though I set an hour to meet my girl-friends, inevitably, someone is late and texting “I am on my way” or that someone is as early as possible because has something to do and leave earlier. But when the squat is all together, the food is arranged nicely on the table, the drinks are hot and ready to be tasted and the conversation is as pleasant as never before.
The place is small, has a bohemian air and many teas and coffee flavors, intimate and very good to go either winter or summer, not that you would have a lot of summer in The Netherlands. The reason why I choose to brunch at Lavinia’s is that "Here I feel like my grandmother at home, it's hot and good and I can sit on a fluffy sofa, listening to ambient music and drink a very flavored tea. Every thought is more magnificent, and your heart grows sharper, as though it was not in your chest but rather deep in the ground somewhere”.
Dear reader, if you are visiting The Hague, please don’t forget to stop by Lavinia’s place, she will definitely welcome you with a smile and serve you with the best old recipes.
For those who live in the city, she also takes order the best cakes in town, so take that into consideration before your birthday or any important celebration. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or directly in the café.
*pictures are from Lavinia's social media platforms.