Hacienda Chichen, Mexico

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the amazing huevos rancheros I had at a Mexican restaurant in Paris. Now I’ve eaten the real deal in the heart of the Yucatan. Hacienda Chichen is a traditional Mexican hacienda, converted into a luxury resort with houses for travellers visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.

This was our destination after a three-day trip down the Yucatan peninsula, starting in Cancun and passing through Akumal and Tulum. Brunch at the Hacienda Chichen restaurant was elegant, emphasizing local ingredients and traditional flavors. We ate on the terrace overlooking the towering palm trees and exotic flowers of the resort garden.

The brunch menu features regional cuisine, rounded out by a basket of freshly-baked bread and pastries, juice, and hot coffee. The huevos rancheros, traditionally a farmer’s breakfast, were flavorful with refried beans and guacamole. Even better were the huevos motoleños, a Mayan dish that combines sunny-side up eggs with ham, green peas, queso fresco, plantains, and spicy red salsa.

For a brunch in paradise, this is the destination. On evenings, a nice meal is served on the terrace to the sound of falling rain and the strumming from the mariachi band.

Hacienda Chichen
Carretera Mérida-Puerto Juárez Km. 120, Zona Hotelera de Chichen Itza
97751 Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico
+52 999 920 8407

  

Baylon Cafè, Rome

What you get: Italian pastry bar + frothy cappuccinos + yogurt and granola + PASTA CARBONARA (when in Rome!) + salads + all kinds of eggs

In Rome for a long weekend, we discovered Baylon Cafè completely by accident on our way to the Porta Portese flea market. Hoping for a quick coffee, we stepped into a busy modern café with a full Roman pastry bar, cornetti, pasta ciotti, and delicious cream and fruit-filled bomboloni donuts. A perfect bite accompanied by a creamy cappuccino.

We ogled the large main dishes brought out to the tables nearest us. Fresh salads, large bowls of yogurt and fruit, omelettes, and even a pasta carbonara (hardly a brunch dish, but typically Roman!).

The interior is a bit dark with exposed brick arches, wooden tables, modern metallic accents, and colorful modern designs. The sunny sidewalk terrace was adorable but we opted for the cool interior as temperatures in Rome reached 102 that week.

Situated off the tourist-track in charming Trastevere, Baylon is a local hangout and a fine place for a weekend brunch or a beer in the evening.

Baylon Cafè
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 151, 00153 Roma, Italy
+39 06 581 4275
Brunch 9am-4pm