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   THE LODGE RESORT & SPA  TRADITIONAL SUNDAY BRUNCH
 
 
 
2012 - Spring Issue
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
Brunch on the Border
 
Article: Jessica Muncrief
Photos: Bill Faulkner
 
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There is perhaps no meal as relaxing as brunch. You are practically required to savor and sip, enjoying good conversation as the day transitions from morning to afternoon. There is certainly not a more relaxing setting than the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft to linger over a tasty mixture of your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes. Every Sunday, this towering historical hotel hosts a traditional buffet brunch, resplendent with everything you fantasize about when you conjure up images of the perfect brunch.

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The Lodge
Resort and Spa

601 Corona Place
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
1-800-395-6343
thelodgeresort.com
If you have not had the pleasure of trying the cuisine at Rebecca's, the fine-dining restaurant named for the ghost that is said to live peacefully amongst the guests at the Lodge, it is worth the trip up to the mountains. The majestic dining room of dark woods, fine linens and chandeliers gives you the option of seating next to a cozy fireplace or by a glorious stretch of picture windows looking out over the forest. The live music from piano player Charles W. Jonsson serenely floats in the background and attentive servers are never far away. At anytime of the day you are sure to get a beautifully prepared meal that tastes as good as it looks, but brunch is a good meal to start with here as you will surely get to sample a variety of the kitchen's best dishes.

For the breakfast portion, all the comforting, heart-warming dishes are available—fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, a vat of warm syrup waiting to be generously ladled over French toast, and a cheesy Southwest egg casserole. Also present are all the sides without which no brunch is complete, such as platters laden with cheese of all flavors and levels of firmness, piles of fresh fruit, crisp salads, flavorful soups, and, my personal favorite, a seemingly endless supply of chilled peel-and-eat shrimp with a raspberry cocktail sauce.

One could easily feel satisfied at this point, but trust me, you must save room for the main event, a fabulous menu of Executive Chef Tim McManus' favorite dishes. The perfectly grilled mahi mahi is a feast for the taste buds with a jalapeño glaze and pineapple salsa creating the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The beef bourguignon consists of tender beef baked into a delightfully, flaky pastry. A chef resplendent in white hat stands ready to carve your choice piece out of a mouth-watering baron of beef roast that can be topped with peppercorn demi-glace, au jus, and cream horseradish sauce. For the pasta lovers, large shells are paired with shrimp and a creamy basil and tomato sauce. Other options during my visit included chicken in marsala and tomato sauce; and ancho pork loin with red chile butter sauce and black bean salsa. However, the menu does change regularly, so be prepared to be surprised with fabulous new dishes on return trips.

Of course, I cannot fail to mention the colorful delicacies on the dessert table including fresh berry tarts, chocolate mousse parfaits, chocolate covered strawberries and lemon bars. And you absolutely must try the decadent white chocolate bread pudding. It is as sweet and rich as it sounds and utterly delectable.

The Lodge also hosts special brunches throughout the year for holidays such as Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day. To enjoy a weekend at this charming hotel, be sure to visit their website for special packages that include lodging, dining, recreational and spa options. ///
 
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