New Experience: Fresh Water Scallops

Earlier this week, I decided to stop by the Deli Counter at my local Grocery Store and bought a 1/2 lb of Fresh Water Scallops. I’m learning slowly that I am a huge fan of Oysters, Clams, Mussels, and now Scallops. I’m really excited to have learned all about Mollusks and just how extremely delicious they are. It’s an acquired taste.. I’m assuming that Shrimp and Lobster were too once upon a time when you had your first experience. 🙂

Anywhoo, this afternoon I wanted something different for Brunch and decided to Google Scallop Brunch Recipes and came across a recipe from

Seared Scallops and Bacon (YUM!)

Et Voila!

I wasn’t really feeling the Pasta today so, I made my scallops on the side of bacon and eggs.

My first thought is that they sort of taste like Imitation Crab Meat just meatier if that makes sense. Ultimately, they weren’t that bad. They were however, a bad choice for brunch 😦 Initially, I had planned to make them alongside Asparagus and Angel Hair Pasta with a delicious white wine sauce. Welp, I guess that’s what happens when you crave something different for Brunch. I am planning to buy them again and this time actually stick to the plan.

Until Next Time…

It’s finally open… Press Room Cafe-Market!

Press Room Cafe_Market

After a complete year of searching for lunch spots, calling for deliveries, online orders, and Food Trucks. Our building has finally opened an official Cafe that’s not only open to us (employees) but, open to the Public. I can honestly say that I’m super excited to have a new hang-out/lunch spot downtown.

It has a Starbucks feel… with a cozy lounge and a cafe style kitchen that serves really delicious Sandwiches, Pizza, and More…

Today, I stopped in to try the Malt Vinegar Steak Fries:


There’s only one word that comes to mind when I think of these fries and that’s YUM!!!!

They were hot (right out of the oven), the seasoning was perfect and they were very fulfilling so much so.. that I didn’t need a sandwich or anything. I was quite full off of the fries alone!

I guess with this being a new addition to our building. I will have time to try everything on the menu and I can give revues of the food, staff, and service as I go along.

With that being said if you live in Detroit or are visiting if you find yourself near the old Detroit Free Press Building stop in for a cup of Coffee or Tea or maybe even sit down and grab a bite! (Hours of Operation are 7am-7pm Monday-Friday for sure.. Not sure about the weekends. I’ll update).

Until next time!

New Experience: Mussels

I learned at the age of 13 that I have an Allergy to Shellfish which meant that I can no longer eat Shrimp or Crab Cakes (in which I used to absolutely LOVE)!

I’ve NEVER experienced Lobster, and have been longing to indulge in a Lobster Tail my entire adult life but, can’t due to my allergy.

Since my 40th Birthday which was exactly 1 week ago.. I’ve been on a Journey of Self Discovery. I’m learning who I really am, what I enjoy, what I no longer enjoy, and ultimately working on the person that I want to be from here on out. I’m trying new things like Meditating Everyday (10 minutes a day).. Reading New Books.. Blogging ;).. and Cooking.. trying recipes of foods that I’ve never eaten or would’ve never thought of experiencing. Which brings me to my recent experience… Mussels.

I did a little research online learning that I’m not allergic to all Shellfish, only to Crustaceans (Shrimp, Lobster, and Crab) however, I am not allergic to Oysters which are Shellfish but, fall under the Mollusk Family (Oysters, Scallops, Mussels, and Clams).

I told my dear friend and co-worker Jazzmin (aka Ms. Carrie Snaxshaw) Food Blogger/Co-owner Snax N The City.. that I’ve been wanting to try Mussels and Scallops for my birthday, and because she’s such an awesome friend… she told me that I should… not because she’s a bad influence and wants to sit in the ER with me (I know that she totally would) but, because “She loves them” and they’re so good! 🙂

Last night.. I felt brave enough to try them.

I found a recipe online:

Drunken Mussels Recipe.PNG

gave it a try…

My Mussels

I didn’t do anything fancy.. I simply added the garlic, butter, black pepper, and wine . Made a mess of my stove as you can see in the pic. I put them on a plate and poured a glass of wine.

End result… they were absolutely Fabu’ licious! Simply Amazing!!!

The Best part… No Emergency Room Visit for Me.

This was overall a great experience and makes me look forward to trying new food. Please come back to see what new thing I’m doing. 🙂

Until next time…

Welcome to my Blog!


BRENINTHEKITCHEN is my new Blog Baby! I began this blog a few days before my 40th birthday with the idea of having a Lifestyle Blog that served as an online Journal dedicated to things that I am passionate about and have always wanted to do or try.

Well, here I am 5 months in and I’ve finally found my niche!

Yay me!!! It’s Food!!!!

I’ve learned that I’m really passionate about Food… the Flavors, Textures, Origins, and the new Experiences.

This is why I’ve decided that a food blog totally makes sense.

For anyone that’s new to the blog or perhaps have been living under a rock. You should probably know that… I love Brunch!!!!!

Well, No that’s an under statement, I’m like literally obsessed with Brunch and everything about it.

Just thinking about Mimosas, Bellini’s, Omelets, Crepes, Croissants, Waffles, and Frittatas have me doing a small happy dance.. LOL. Whew… I’m back!

With that being said, I’ve decided to re-direct my focus and build a Fabulous Food Blog that’s filled with Fabulicious Recipes, Restaurants to Check Out, Wine+Great Pairings and more!

I invite you to Follow Me on my Journey to Foodie Blogging Paradise!