Irish Music Brunch at Heather Ridge Farm
Walking up the stone and gravel steps on a hill thick with flowers that are taller than a toddler, Heather Ridge Farm feels like the world's most idyllic brunch spot. And on second Sundays this summer from noon to 2pm, you'll emerge through the purple shoots of salvia and fiery orange coreopis to find a circle of musicians playing gentle, lilting Irish reels between the lavender picnic tables. If you're lucky, you may spot Chef Rob Handel popping out the kitchen window to join in with his tin flute. It's hard to imagine a cuter scene:
The session brings together traditional Irish, Old Time, Cape Breton, and Scottish musicians, which means the music feels as timeless and soothing as the mountain breeze. It's a far better brunch accompaniment than, say, a rowdy Irish Rover cover band, and the perfect side dish to Rob's incredible breakfast skillet.
The eggs here are my almost-3-year-old daughter Ramona's favorite food. I caught her literally licking the plate.
I think it's worth a trip all the way from Brooklyn, and certainly worth a little drive into Preston Hollow if you're already in the area.