As mentioned on the last Weekender, I spent Sunday morning in the Mission with Dustan. We kicked off the morning with brunch a few blocks away from his new apartment. I had never been to Mission Beach Cafe and I love trying new restaurants. We waited outside for a bit before being seated at the bar. First things first… Once we were settled, we put in orders for mimosas! What’s a Sunday brunch without a little bubbly, right?
The mimosas were huge, but tasty. I went for orange-grapefruit and he ended up with grapefruit-pomegranate. Next up were the classic eggs benedict and dropped eggs . I was a bit disappointed by my poached eggs. They were overdone so, unfortunately, no runny yolk. Apparently though, their eggs benedicts are supposed to be one of their best dishes so I might have had bad luck. But Dustan’s dish was excellent, a bit of a hybrid between huevos rancheros and shakshouka.
After our big breakfast, we walked around the Mission for a bit and stopped by Samovar for some chai tea. That was definitely an experience… Their chai was delicious, but very pricey. A tiny to-go cup, probably two-thirds of a small Peets’ Coffee, was over $4. However, it was beautiful. Their tea bar is really a sight to see and their Masala chai is the real deal.
We ended our adventure at Ampersand, a beautiful floral boutique tucked in one of Mission’s small side streets. Talk about an experience! This place was incredible, and smelled heavenly.
The florists were tremendously friendly and patient as we asked questions and wandered around their small warehouse. One of them made us a few gorgeous bouquets, creating full and colorful arrangements while respecting our price points. We had such a great time and I know I’ll definitely be going back next time I’m up there.
The flowers ended up with some happy recipients. My mom is an unusually tough flower critic and she was in love!