Netflix is ruining my life. At least, that’s my excuse for the tardiness of this post. Between new episodes of Arrested Development and streaming episodes of Dr. Who, I fear I’ve become somewhat of a junkie, needing to get the next fix. It’s like that Portlandia skit where Doug and Claire start watching Battlestar Galactica and before they know it, they’ve wasted something like two weeks watching the show, sacrificing friendships and jobs. I also now have a weird crush on Christopher Eccleston.
Yes, this a cry for help.
Okay. Deep breath. Re-focus.
On Sunday, Tony and I went to The Oxford Exchange for brunch. I had been a few times before (you can read about an event I attended here), but this was my first time going to the café. It’s a swanky place indeed, with the tile floors and brick walls and pleather booths. I felt like my IQ went up a hundred points just from dining there and browsing the bookstore afterward. The wait staff is also incredibly good-looking, which can either excite you or make you feel bad about yourself, depending on how high your self-esteem is. But the place is more than aesthetic good looks (architecturally and physically). It also serves some damn good food.
To start, we both ordered the Sweet Banana Créme tea (provided by TeBella Tea Company), a blend of chamomile, banana, coconut, and caramel*. I’ve never been a huge drinker of hot teas, but this blend was delicious, the flavor reminding me a little bit of banana nut bread.
Then came the food. Tony ordered the baked oatmeal, a concoction of local honey, nuts, and berries. I ordered an egg white omelet with goat cheese, roasted pepper, thyme, and wild mushrooms* with wheat toast, raspberry compote, and grapefruit and orange on the side:
Everything was mothaeffin’ gooood. I had a bite of Tony’s baked oatmeal, and it had a cobbler-y feel to it. It was sweet, and it felt like you were eating dessert for breakfast, except without all of the calories and self-loathing.
My omelet was amazing. The goat cheese gave it a better flavor than salt, and the pepper and wild mushrooms accented that flavor wonderfully. The compote was a better topper for toast than jam, and the citrus was sweet and fresh. Best of all? The food filled me up but I didn’t feel heavy and gross afterward. It was fresh and organic, and my body could feel the difference.
In addition to being gorgeous, the wait staff was also on their game. Our server, Garrett, was polite, professional, and efficient. We didn’t have to wait long for our food, and he checked up on us a few times. We were well taken care of.
If you haven’t yet dined at The Oxford Exchange, put it on your list RIGHT NOW. And after you’ve had your fill of the delicious fare, go to the bookstore, pick up a classic, and glare, all judgey-like, at the people reading magazines and chick lit.
Kidding. Don’t do that last bit. You’ll just look like an asshole.
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*Description taken directly from menu