Popover Café Brunch and Our Global Kitchen

An indoor vertical garden

An indoor vertical garden

Even though the temperatures are still hovering in the low 40’s in New York, I am itching for spring weather. Actually, I should probably clarify. I am ready for warmer temperatures, but not April showers.  Despite the cold weather, the sun finally decided to make an appearance this weekend and the timing was perfect!

After a great workout on Saturday morning, Brian and I enjoyed a leisurely walk across Central Park. Our first destination of the day was Popover Café. We have been to Popover Café a handful of times, and it’s always a fun change from the typical brunch fare that you find in restaurants. After spending far too long debating what to order, I finally chose the “Vegetarian Pop Art”, a warm popover sandwich filled with marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, arugula, red onion, melted mozzarella cheese and Russian dressing. It was a winner! I meant to take a photo when our food arrived, but unfortunately those plans were quickly forgotten when my hot and gooey sandwich arrived at the table. So instead you get to see two half-eaten plates of food.

Vegetarian Pop Art

Vegetarian Pop Art

Eggs Popeye

Eggs Popeye

Don’t worry, we cleaned our plates. Brian's selection was quite decadent. It was called the “Eggs Popeye” and it involved a popover, creamed spinach, smoked salmon, and fried eggs. I’m pretty sure Popeye could have been fueled for hours by this meal, I know Brian was.

Our second stop of the day was the American Museum of Natural History. We arrived just in time to grab our tickets from will-call and snag a few minutes in the African Mammals section of the museum. After visiting Kenya on our honeymoon this past August, the exhibit brought back some great memories of our trip and the amazing animals that we saw.

However, we didn’t have too long to wander around the museum because at 1:30pm we had tickets to see a special exhibit called Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture. The exhibit explores food in all of its forms, from growing, transporting, and cooking food, to eating and celebrating food throughout history in different cultures across the globe. We learned some fascinating information, especially with regards to farming and how food production can meet the demands of a growing global population. The picture below shows how we we continue to modify certain fruits and vegetables to be much larger than they were in the past. A 1/2 pound strawberry... scary!

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Another wake-up call below.... the average American family produces 1,656 pounds of waste a year!

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The exhibit also featured interactive stations, a tasting kitchen, and videos. One of my favorite sections of the exhibit was the "Eat" section, which displayed replicas of meals throughout history. For example, they displayed a sample meal for the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, dessert for Jane Austen, and a typical breakfast for Michael Phelps (that man can eat!). There were also a few fun stations like the one below, where you could press a button and smell a particular food item. Anyone love the smell of fennel?!

Fennel Smell

Overall, it was a great day. I highly recommend checking out the Global Kitchen exhibit at the Natural History Museum. For those of you who live in New York, the exhibit is on display through August.

Happy Cooking,

Pippa