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MOM’S SPECIAL DAY

Celebrate Mother’s Day With Brunch Fit for a Queen
By Robin Barr Sussman

What could be more important than breaking bread with Mom and spending quality time with her on this special day? We’ve rounded up some eateries and recipe ideas for a May 13th celebration that will surely please. Happy Mother’s Day!

51FIFTEEN CUISINE & COCKTAILS
Fuel up before you take mom shopping at this dazzling spot on the second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue. Sunday brunch treats include crab cakes eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros and bananas foster French toast.
5175 Westheimer Road, 713-963-8067, www.51fifteen.com

BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON
Spoil her with Sunday jazz brunch on the graceful New Orleans style courtyard. Wild shrimp remoulade, Texas blue crab cakes, stuffed kolache Benedict with poached eggs, and strawberry shortcake are a few specialties to try.
3300 Smith Street, 713-522-9711, brennanshouston.com

CHURRASCOS
Brunch showcases a spread of modern Latin fare from ceviche to Peruvian beef tenderloin stir fry, or hit the omelet and meat carving stations. For dessert, the flan de queso, cotton candy on a stick and tres leches cake beckon.
947 Gessner Road (plus five other locations), 713-231-1352, www.churrascos.com

PONDICHERI
Come as you are to this modern temple of Indian cuisine in the trendy West Ave complex. The morning thali is a party in your mouth with small breakfast dishes like lamb keema, potato curry, saffron yogurt, and carrot paratha (flat warm bread) topped with a fried egg.
2800 Kirby Drive, 713-522-2022, www.pondicheri.com

STATE OF GRACE
Bring the whole family to this bustling River Oaks hotspot for a rib sticking Sunday brunch of Texas and Gulf Coast fare. Highlights include the chocolate Dutch baby pancake, fried chicken over butter biscuit with gravy, and crawfish enchiladas crowned with a fried egg.
3258 Westheimer Road, 832-942-5080, www.stateofgracetx.com

FRUITY ROSÉS FOR MOM
Gift or serve a wine as beautiful and complex as mom. Rosé pairs well with mushroom-filled omelets, quiche and anything made with strawberries.

Mirabeau Etoile: Bone dry and lip-smacking, the award-winning Etoile is a gorgeous example of Provence rosé. Pretty packaging, too. About $20 at Twin Liquors and Whole Foods Market.

Innovacion Malbec-Syrah: Served in a generous one-liter bottle, this vivid deep pink rosé from Argentina has aromas of dried cherries and hints of spice with tart plum and earthy mushroom nuances. About $10 at Whole Foods Market.

Bonterra Organic Vineyards: Easy to find and gentle on the wallet, this California rosé has fresh aromas of strawberry, key lime and rosewater and notes of watermelon and ripe peaches. About $16 at Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods.

RECIPE

Crème Brûlée French Toast

Here’s a ritzy version of the classic French toast with a caramelized sugar coating inspired by the dish served at Max’s Wine Dive. It’s fun to cook and mom approved!

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
Course salt to taste
1 loaf challah bread (about 8 ounces, sliced into
one-inch thick pieces)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Sliced fresh fruit such as peaches or strawberries
Whipped cream for serving

Method
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Add four slices of bread in a single layer and soak for one minute. Flip bread and sprinkle each piece evenly with two teaspoons of granulated sugar. Press gently to adhere.

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lift bread from egg mixture allowing excess to drip off. Add to pan, sugar side down. Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle each slice with two to three teaspoons more of granulated sugar, pressing gently to adhere. Cook until a crust forms on the bottom and the toast is golden brown, about six minutes. Flip and repeat on the second side, four to five minutes more. Keep warm in oven while cooking the remaining batches. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with remaining butter and bread. Serve warm with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.
Yield: Six servings

RESOURCES

Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods, multiple locations, www.specsonline.com

Twin Liquors, locations in The Woodlands and Conroe, www.twinliquors.com

Whole Foods Market, multiple locations, www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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