The Brunch Table with Topher Gaylord

In the 3rd episode of The Brunch Table, I brunch with Topher Gaylord in Marin County, California. Topher is the CEO of Mountain Hardware, the outdoor performance apparel company. And, he’s also an ultra-marathoner which means he runs hundreds of miles at one time! Topher is definitely someone I admire for his business sense and his athleticism. Before Mountain Hardware, he was the CEO of 7 Jeans, North America.

For brunch we went to M.H. Bread & Butter in Marin County, CA. Our dishes included Monkey Bread, Baked Eggs, Toast with Beans and an Egg, a Fried Egg Sandwich and more.

At The Brunch Table I take awesome people out to brunch and get to know them. It was definitely and honor to brunch with Topher Gaylord.

The Brunch Table with Adam Garone

For the 2nd episode of The Brunch Table, I was lucky enough to take Adam Garone out to brunch. He’s the Co-Founder of Movember, a global movement where in the month of Movember– renamed from November, men grow a mustache (or a ‘Mo’) to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, and specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Movember has engaged over 4 million people worldwide, funds over 830 programs, and has raised over 550 million dollars. I am so impressed with the growth of the organization and the difference Movember is making to transform the conversation men have about their health.

For brunch we went to Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe in the West Village. It is an Australian beach cafe where you can find great service, fresh food, and some good Australian accents! Adam had a Flat White (basically a latte in Australian) and I had an Long Black (basically an Americano) to start. Our entries includes Avocado Smash on Balthazar toast, Coconut Quinoa Porridge, and Buckwheat Banana Bread.

At The Brunch Table I take awesome people out to brunch and get to know them. It was definitely and honor to brunch with Adam Garone.


Introducing The Brunch Table

It’s a very exciting day here at BrunchCritic as I announce my newest addition to the site, The Brunch Table.  At The Brunch Table I take awesome people out to brunch and get to know them.

My first guest is Allison Patel, the Founder of Brenne Whisky.  I wanted to take Allison out to brunch and get to know the full story behind how she started Brenne. I think it’s pretty amazing for anyone to start a whisky company and I am so happy for Allison and all the success she has had. Allison is a former ballerina and is an incredibly dynamic and bright soul. As I’ll tell you in the video, I simply adore her.

Brenne Whisky is especially unique because it is made in Cognac, France (a non-traditional whisky making country) and aged in Cognac barrels.

For brunch we went to The Marrow in the West Village of NYC. We had the Corned Beef Hash and Blueberry Almond Pancakes, along with Aperol Spritzes.

Brunch at Atrium & GMT, and a friend

In this weeks newsletter I highlighted Atrium and GMT. Obviously both are excellent because two of the best spots are recommended each week in the Newsletter, “One & One.”

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The restaurants have completely different atmospheres, but will provide two great experiences. Atrium was selected because I hadn’t covered a Dumbo spot in a while, and after trying it just the week before, I knew I had to share it via the newsletter. GMT was selected because timing is perfect– the World Cup launched on Friday, and I knew that on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, games would be playing non-stop. GMT is one of the best places to watch a game and eat your brunch in the city.

For a description of each place, what to eat, and what to drink, check out this week’s One & One.

But first, here’s a little more about my experience at each Atrium.

When I went to Atrium, I went with my friend Lucas. I met Lucas fairly recently. We were at a scotch & cigars event and I was telling him that I loved meeting new people and needed a Brooklyn brunch wingman. He said yes in a New York minute, and he also lives down the road from Atrium. He hadn’t been either.

Lucas is a principal at the venture capital firm Gotham Ventures.  I’m of course really interested in what’s happening in the NYC tech scene (and all tech and startups across the US right now) so it was really great to be able to sit down and brunch with him. We are living in a unique time where companies are being started at an incredibly fast pace, and there is a lot going on at the angel investing and venture capital levels. I really enjoyed getting together with Lucas, and brunch made it possible.


Here’s a shot of us together. We both agreed my cocktail was the better of the two– the Herbs & Peppers (Fords London Dry Gin, Yellow Bell Pepper, Agave, Tajin Spice, and a Cayenne Pepper Rim).

Cheers Brunchies™!



This is Why I Love Brunch

and it might not be why you think.

This weekend I was at Bleecker Kitchen & Co for brunch.

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I was with my friend Mark and we wanted to try a NoHo spot as we would be continuing on into SoHo after brunch. I also wanted to check it out because they serve brunch everyday, Monday through Sunday, and I wanted to assess if it’s a place I should recommend to our users for “Weekday Brunch.”

Our brunch– the food & the service, was great. But this weekend’s Brunch at Bleecker Kitchen & Co. was one of my most favorite in a long time and I’ll tell you why.

It wasn’t the great service that made this my favorite.

It wasn’t the excellent Steak & Eggs or the fantastic, crispy, Corn Flake Encrusted French Toast.

It was what happened during our brunch.

Mark and I leaned over to to the table next to us to ask them what they were eating. A group of three were mid-meal and their dishes looked quite good. We wanted their feedback as we were just about to order ourselves. But the next thing you know, we were all talking together, and about way more than our food.

A true conversation had emerged. Our conversation continued throughout the entire meal, and this is what made our meal a true brunch experience, not just a meal. Brunch is about comfort. It’s about relaxation, and it’s about fun. Brunch is a vehicle to arrive at a conversation with the people you are with around the table, and in this case– the table next to you. The bonds we created with the table next to us never would have happened at dinner because restaurants are more dimly lit at dinner, and dinner just has a more serious tone to it.

Here is a photo of all of us– Mark & I at our table, and our brand new 3 friends at the table next to us.

Bleecker Kitchen Crew

It turns out that Alison (the blonde) is an incredibly dynamic and hilarious person, who by day is a news reporter for Connecticut’s local Fox station.  Her husband Scott works for Alternative Apparel, a very cool apparel company, and their cousin is about to leave New York and depart on a new life adventure in San Francisco. She is in her 20′s, and the rest of us in our 30′s & 40′s, so we had plenty of thoughts and advice to share.

The conversation between our two tables was one of shared interests, lots of laughs, coincidences, learnings about one another, and we even shared some of that crispy, Corn Flake Encrusted French Toast I mentioned. As a result of brunch on Saturday, I can say I have three new friends, and the connections made over brunch would not have happened at dinner. And that is why I love brunch.

Cheers Brunchies™