Hello readers and bloggers!
Now that interviews are over, I have been taking full advantage of the long overdue break. These last few days have been so lazy and uneventful, I have essentially melded into the bed. Most dangerously, after two years of sobriety, I started playing The Sims again! If allowed to succumb to my true tendencies, I could easily sim away an entire day. Once an addict, always an addict.
In the holiday spirit, I have been making goodie bags filled with cozy treats for my friends and teammates. These have pumpkin bread and double chocolate pumpkin muffins!
Believe it or not, medical students have well-rounded lives outside of classes and clinical duties! Some of us are huge fans of Sunday brunches, especially at The Garden Table on Massachusetts Avenue. While I enjoy the occasional indulgence in cheesy carby breakfast skillets and stacks of pancakes soaking in butter and syrup, The Garden Table offers delicious West Coast style dishes that won’t leave me in a food coma. They also make their own fresh pressed juices, which come in all sorts of unique flavor profiles. The “Hoosier Heater” blends apple, orange, spinach, kale, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno!
After dining here for brunch and dinner, my recommendation is to stick with the brunch menu. It is much more affordable and, in my opinion, many times tastier. How about starting off your lazy Sunday with a matcha latte? Does anyone else see in the foam art a smiling man with a goatee and Salvador Dali whiskers, donning a big turban??
Next, try the “Flying V Omelet,” where perfected cooked egg blankets a filling of duck confit, oaxaca cheese, and mixed herbs, all topped with fresh avocado and microgreens. On the side is a skhug sauce and baseball-sized hashbrown. Absolutafreaking delicious!
If you prefer sweet over savory (or delight in multicourse brunches — no judgment here!), they serve enormous acai bowls with fresh berries, shredded coconut, and house-made granola with cashews. This all is topped with a dollop of fresh almond butter and a sprinkling of chopped mint.
In the event that you do find yourself returning for dinner, note that the menu approximately doubles in price. I also found the meal to be much greasier and blander compared to the morning options. These are the “Tres Mole Nachos” with a side of sweet potato and brussel sprouts hash. The enormous pile of extremely oily tortilla chips came in three colors (red, white, and green) and were smothered in a rather tasteless cheese sauce, queso fresco, mozzarella, guacamole, tomato, and cilantro. It made an Instagram-worthy picture, but tragically was not comparable in taste. The sweet potato and brussel hash was equally greasy. Perhaps further exploration of the evening menu is required before drawing a final conclusion on The Garden Table’s dinner. After all, what else should I expect from a plate of nachos?
I can, however, confidently recommend The Garden Table’s brunch to any Indianapolis visitors. Maybe you will even see me there, shamelessly photographing all food and drink within reach. 😉