It was a magnificent but crisp winter morning; and I was having a delightful time getting ready with my new bestie, Alexa. Alexa might be more commonly known as Amazon Echo—everyone’s new bestie. Alexa has become a vital part of my morning routine, as she notifies me of the weather and top news headlines, and plays my favorite jams on voice command. In addition to brunch, music is essential to my happiness, so it’s on at all hours of the day. Particularly when I’m blow-drying my hair.
I banged on my roommate Kara’s door in a panic and told her it happened again…She knew exactly what I was referring to. The fuse in my room went out yet again. I hadn’t learned my lesson—this is a reoccurring problem when I have too many items plugged in and on at once. Still unable to locate the correct switch, Kara had to step in to save the day. After this minor hiccup, we were off to a Balkan brunch at Ambar in Clarendon. As I’ve enjoyed the Eastern Market location for dinner, I was excited to have another addition to the brunch scene in my Arlington neighborhood.
Our server, Emma, was the sweetest Serbian woman. She encouraged us to go for the full Balkan experience, priced affordably at $34, which includes unlimited small plates—with brunch drinks for an additional 25 cents. Kara kicked off the morning with the berry mimosa while I chose cherry. We appreciated being able to switch between several different cocktails with Balkan sparking wine. She found the berry to be refreshing. Mint-infused cherry purée was an innovative twist for a mimosa. Ambar is beyond adorable and lively with greenery peeking against natural tones.