SoBeWFF: Mexican Hangover Brunch at Bâoli With Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette
|Pretty much a perfect menudo.|
Firstly, Bâoli's patio setting is tough to beat for a relaxed and breezy brunch. There were quite a few chefs on hand as well -- David Burke seemed to be enjoying his food quite a bit, and Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop was digging in too. "We invited a lot of our friends," said Oringer. "Luckily they didn't wander in too late."
Secondly, the Vida Tequila-based cocktails were peerless, from a grapefruit margarita to a goji berry margarita to a tequila bloody mary to a tasty Tecate michelada. They were so delicious and were so effective in putting my mind at ease that I neglected to take photos of any of them. Anyway, they looked all right, but they tasted better.
But what made this a really great shindig was the food -- best Mexican brunch I've ever had in America. Or maybe anywhere.
|Oringer taking a quick break.|
Bissonnette was cooking up and plating huevos rancheros and amazingly good chilaquiles. "This is too easy," said Jamie, who seemed to be enjoying his time in the sun. When I asked what else he'd be doing this weekend, he replied "jet skiing."
About 20 feet away, Oringer was putting out chorizo, potato, and scrambled eggs in soft tortillas. He told me about his Mexican place "right next to Fenway Park," and noted that "Mexican food is like my favorite food in the world." I didn't bug him much because he was busy cooking.
|Bissonnette busy with chilaquiles.|
Thanks to Bâoli, Vida Tequila, and those two damn good Boston chefs. Hey guys: when it comes to opening a place down here, we're ready whenever you are.
|A small part of the Bâoli patio.|
|Just the juicy meat and chips.|
|Eggs, sausage, potatoes, in tortilla.|
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