albany, New York
December 6, 2002
The champagne brunch was wonderful. First let’s skip to the wonderful desserts (one of my favorites). There was so much to choose from and even though I love carrot cake, ice cream, and apple pie, I opted for the rich chocolate desserts such as fudging brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and canolas!
No going back to basics. For the breakfast portion of the brunch I selected Belgian waffles with strawberries (frozen kind but still great) and whip cream. I also selected a few side dishes of bacon (which was cooked crisp, which is the only way I will even consider eating bacon), croissants, muffins, and some other stuff, which I forget. Not to be a big pig, I skipped all of the egg dishes (and there were many to choose from), sausage, ham, toast, cereal, etc. I think you get the picture. If you wanted it, it was there.
After devouring the breakfast portion, I then proceeded to the lunch portion. Yes, I first opted for the shrimp but as is the case most times, I quickly got bored with peeling my own. I do love shrimp but I prefer the easy, already peeled variety. I also selected a few chicken dishes (taking small portions so I could sample more). I skipped most of the healthy stuff such as salads (you name it, it was there), fruit, and vegetables.
Then it was dessert time. Since I had already viewed the dessert arrangement (first stop!), it was easy to make the selections as noted above.
And of course during the entire brunch, the waiters were filling our champagne glasses. Actually that was a little exaggeration since we had to wait till noon before they could serve the champagne (blue laws!).
The food was wonderful. The waiters were very friendly. The atmosphere was nice, and no one hurried you.
Oh one final note, my brother-in-law’s birthday was within the week, so as advertised he got his brunch free as his birthday gift from the Radisson.
The total bill for the four paying guests was $79 (including tax and tip).
From journal Enjoying the weekend in Utica with my sister