Day 5: Sunday, March 5

I don’t know what brunch is like where you live, but brunch here in South Florida is an event.  People get dressed up, make plans or reservations, take limos… here’s an example at one of my favorite hangouts, Salt7, and their weekly Sunday Funday event, “The Brunch”:


One thing that is a brunch staple – besides mimosas and Bloody Marys – is bacon.  Brunch without bacon is like… well… anything without bacon – infinitely worse.  But I found something in my refrigerator that was somewhat close:  sausage.  So my Sunday brunch (without leaving the house) consisted of champagne from yesterday’s Veuve Clicquot event, omelets, and sausage:

Sunday is also my “cheat day” from my newly-found lifestyle of working out and eating better.  (Funny how my bacon-free Lent coincided with my “eating better”, huh? )  So I decided to take Susan to this fairly-new restaurant, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.  You can go pick your unlimited toppings and they fire up your pizza in a really hot oven – and your pizza is ready in two minutes.

When I got there, I saw their beer bar and thought, “Too bad I can’t drink beer, because I gave it up for Lent.”  (Yes, I gave up bacon and beer.)  Then I remembered – Sundays don’t count during Lent!  Oh glorious day!  So ended up ordering bacon on my pizza (along with Canadian bacon, since you don’t want to ignore the neighbors from the north).  Everything – for one meal – seems right in the world.

Second Sunday of Lent

Happy March everyone!  It’s the first day of March and the 2nd Sunday of Lent – and as I told you last Sunday, Sundays have never been included in Lent, so whatever you gave up on Ash Wednesday is fair game!  Bring on the bacon!

Now what to eat as a side to my main course of bacon?  Haha… well, I decided to make a “clean out the fridge” omelet, so I ended up with this beaut with spinach, Asiago cheese, onion, and tomato.

Building an omelet

Building an omelet

And I curled some scallions by cutting razor-thin slivers and soaking them in cold water – pretty, huh?


First Sunday of Lent

We’ve made it to the first Sunday of Lent, boys and girls, and you know what that means… you may have bacon!!  For those Lent novices, remember that Sundays have never been included as a Lenten fasting day.  That’s how there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, but only 40 days of Lent – Sundays don’t count.

So this morning I decided to make it count and involve more bacon that normal for today’s brunch.   First I started by chopping some cooked bacon I had left over from the Fat Tuesday bacon dessert a few days ago.

Chopped cooked bacon

Chopped cooked bacon

Then I made the rest of brunch – including some strips of bacon – and topped the cheddar cheese scrambled eggs with crumbled bacon.

Photo Feb 22, 10 57 14 AM

Photo Feb 22, 10 56 05 AM

Voilà!  Brunch is served!