Brunching in New Haven

Brunch (n): the socially acceptable excuse for day drinking.

So, I have been on the scour to find you the best places to brunch in New Haven. I have found two that I will now be frequently visiting and I’m not even mad about It.


First on the list is the famous Box 63. They are known for their weekend bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. It’s a little different from other places and that once you have placed your order for them, they just walk around with pitchers to refill your glass as soon as It looks low (in my family, we call this low tide). They even had some live music to accompany our meal and day drinking escapades.

Super Bowl Sunday calls for brunch and bottomless mimosas 🥂

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Next, the food. While most places that specialize in brunch, forget the food, this place is far from that. They have bomb burgers that really satisfy. They brunch options like chicken and waffles, salad for those that want to be healthy and my absolute favorite thing… truffle fries. This is my top place to go for brunches in New Haven. In the warmer weather, they even have an outdoor patio for the optimal instagramming aesthetic.

Next on the list is Maison Mathis New Haven….

Mimosas to get me through my travels 🥂

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This place is perfect for food pictures and the lighting is just right. Besides that, the food and mimosas really are up to par. For the health nut, they have salads and oatmeal and for the rest they have unlimited options. They have light and fluffy Belgium Waffles and a lot of avocado options like this crispy avocado roll. Their food is very fresh and the people serving It are so kind.

Drinks… The mimosa was the perfect amount sparkling and the perfect splash of orange juice, they are not bottomless, but delicious. They have hand-crafted lattes and coffee drinks to anyone’s likings, when do you not need coffee. They even have fresh made juices. The juices are very energy packed and leave you feeling fresh and ready for the day. Not quite, brunch, but they are good.

The next place I plan on trying out is Barracuda’s Brunch. They have all the different fixes with some latin flair. They have your basics from two egg breakfast and omlets to crepes, bacon, egg and cheese sliders and lobster Benedict. You can even get a Latin Hangover, which are brunch tacos. That’s right… brunch tacos. They even have live music at most brunches. Now, for drinks. They have mimosas and more importantly, the bottomless kind. They even have some fun flavors if you’re feeling It that day. Think mango, guava and passion fruit. Now, I don’t know about you, but I already know what I’ll be eating before I even sit down (Passion Fruit Bottomless Mimosas and a Latin Hangover, and yes I’m ready).


If you don’t feel like going out for brunch this week, here are a few ways to keep things exciting at home!

Margaritas to start the party early!
Did somebody say avocado toast?
Healthy Smoothies for the on-the-go bruncher!





Where’s your favorite place to go for Brunch near you?

Happy National Margarita Day!

I hope you are all celebrating correctly on my favorite holiday! In case you are wondering, OTB (on the border) has $2 margaritas tonight. Go treat yourself!

If you don’t feel like going all the way to OTB, or to your favorite local places, here are a few recipes to treat yourself at home! Whoop, whoop!


Pineapple Margarita // Pineapples are life and so are margaritas. Would you say this is the best of both worlds? I would.Read More »

Oh My, Oh My, What To Do With An Avocado?

So, I have been asked this great question a few times… “what can you do with an avocado?”.  SO I have complied a list of all the yummy things that I do with Avocados to make your life just a little easier!


Make a pasta sauce // I hav recently discovered a super yummy pasta sauce that you can make with avocados. I take one mini avocado (Trader Joes), add pesto and a tablespoon of vegan spread (Trader Joes). I toss this over tortellinis or zoodles. Please note it may look like green mush, but it’s actually pretty amazing! Read More »

Trader Joes Haul on a College Budget

Trader Joes is one of my favorite places to food shop. I love the food they sell, from he freshness of their produce to the quality of their frozen food and the samples that leave me speechless. I think that learning how to shop for healthy food that you enjoy on a budget is really important.

So, I have broken down some of my favorite things from Trader Joes that you can afford on a college budget. Below they are broken down into categories, but I will include what I use them for next to each item! After the list, I’ll explain the way I shop! Read More »

How to Get Back on Track After all that Holiday Food

If your holidays looked anything like mine, you had a lot of food and a lot of booze. The food was good, but I wouldn’t call it anything close to a diet. I plan on spending the next couple days resisting all the chocolate surrounding me from Christmas  refreshing and cleansing my body. I may not be cutting everything out and eating the healthiest and running 20 miles a day, but I want to eat better than I have, not eat a ton of sugar, load up on water and stretch / meditate.

Starting my day with water and coffee. For food, I want to eat eggs with veggies or greek yogurt. I don’t want to eat bagels and cream cheese or coffee cake, like I have been. Basically stay away from high carbs and sugar for breakfast that will leave me crashing.

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Who Would Have Guessed, I Love Coffee?

Looking back to High School Freshman Marina, she hated coffee. She hated everything about it. From the smell to the bitter taste, it just wasn’t her cup of tea {ha, get it}. But then High School Junior and Senior Year Marina, well she started to get a liking for it. She stopped almost every day on the way to school for an iced milky way. If you don’t know what that is {if you’re not from Nantucket, you probably don’t}, it is basically a iced mocha coffee that has slim to none coffee taste, but still gives you the beautiful caffeine rush.

Looking to today, I would never order that stuff as I actually like the taste of coffee and I try to stay away from overly sweetened things. Today I have set drinks that I order when I don’t know what to order. My typical drink anywhere I go is a Vanilla Latte with skim milk. This could be iced or hot {and yes, I am one of those weird coffee drinkers that don’t just stick to one or the other and switch with the seasons}.

When I go to Starbucks, I order an iced Caramel Macchiato with coconut milk or a hot Vanilla Latte. When I’m at home, I stick to the Vanilla Latte, iced and hot. If you’re not into coffee {or just not in the mood}, get a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. With this, I add a splash of Lemonade or if I’m home a lemon slice.

My orders aren’t super complicated. They’re simple and now I know, not so hard to make. I really hope to find some cool recipes while I work at Starbucks and maybe even create a few {Barista’s have been known to do that}. I know there is one called something like the Flu Buster and tried and approved. It is citruses and lemony and you can even add peppermint if the store has it. Starbucks is just full of surprises.

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I think coffee is a way of life really. My Mom lived off of coffee {dark roast with whole milk and sugar or a double shot macchiato all foam}.  I never saw her without coffee with her or on her {don’t worry I get that messy gene from both my parents}. My Dad loves coffee as well {black dark roast}. My sister is obsessed with her iced hazelnut with cream and sugar. And all my friends {and Phi Sig Fam} even say yes whenever I ask if they want to come on a coffee run. Coffee is a way of life, it’s a bonding experience and it’s a hot sip on a cold day. Does anyone else remember their first taste of coffee where you swore you’d never be like your parents and drink something so bitter? Don’t worry we almost all grew out of that stage in time. Coffee dates have made me some of my best friends and only leaves me with fond memories.

How do you like your coffee? What are your favorite Starbucks drinks?