Wispy blonde buns tied with ribbon. Tapestry handbags from the local flee. White west terriers called Westley. Without a doubt you probably already know who I am talking about... Francesca from The Snail and Cyclops! This glorious blog has been my homepage for the past two years because there is something so tranquil about her simple but full of character style. I guess I just have a thing for worn in vintage oxfords and cotton house dresses that only Francesca could understand. Hearing for the past two years that she was my long lost "twin" I knew I had have a proper meeting..and what better way than a wonderful breakfast made by the lovely lady herself!
Hi Francesca! Looking at your style it seems your aesthetic is very much nested in the lovely eras of the past. Would you say your food choices are as well?
My home town has a few really awesome 1950s style diners, so going out to breakfast on the weekends or going for an ice cream cone on summer nights has made me really love classic American food. The really burly, hearty, comforting stuff.. Bacon, home fries, cheeseburgers ... the types of things my parents would have eaten if they were out with their with their parents.
Coffee sweetened with sugar and foamy milk in one of my favorite yellow mugs plucked from my gram's china storage closet (yes, an entire walk-in closet filled with old dishes!)
Oh that's really cool. What's your usual morning meal look like?
Coffee. Always coffee! On the weekdays, if I remember to eat it's usually something boring, like oatmeal, cereal, or a toasted bagel with cream cheese. On the weekends I really love going out, I've been on a constant quest to find really good home made corn beef hash, luckily I recently found a spot just around the corner from my apartment!!
A glass of Blood Orange Italian Soda from Whole Foods - a new favorite which I highly recommend!
I know you made this beautiful meal but if you could have the ideal breakfast/brunch would would it consist of?
I always like to have three drinks at breakfast. I don't know why because I usually only finish one.. But, a cup of coffee, fresh orange juice or maybe a bubbly breakfast cocktail, and a glass of ice water (added bonus if it's fruit or cucumber infused!) For the actual meal - I always seem to fall back on an omelette with garlic, onions, and broccoli with skinny, hand cut french fries on the side!
Eggs in a Hole, thickly sliced apple smoked bacon, home fries, and farm fresh strawberries in an old jadeite bowl. (food fruit has been one of my new found joys since moving to California!)
If you had a morning tea party and could invite one famous person, alive or not, who would it be?
Ooh.. This is a really tough one for me to answer! I think I'd be too fumbling nervous to have tea with someone famous, my tea would end up on someone's lap! I think instead I wish I could teleport my mum and sister to California over from the East Coast! There's a fancy hotel in downtown San Francisco that has a beautiful atrium that they use as a tea room and I think the two of them would really love it!
Oh! And an orange ranunculus stem, for good measure!
That's quiet lovely!! Can you name one ingredient you couldn't live without?
Freshly ground pepper? Garlic? Ah! I can't decide!
Thank you Francesca for such a breath of fresh air and your photos were just delightful! PS: Don't forget to comment for the Spring Forward Giveaway! xoxo