Bulegreen Cafe Yard
A fellow colleague and his husband recently opened Bulegreen Cafe Yard just outside of Fort Lauderdale, so Lola and I had to stop by and check it out. They are open Monday — Saturday from 8:30AM — 4:30PM and offer brunch all day. The owners, Vagner & Carlos, both migrated to the US from Brazil, and there are several Brazilian touches throughout the cafe. Their rich heritage is present from the placemats hand sewn by Carlos’ 92 year old grandmother, to the coffee mugs that they personally brought from Brazil. All of their menu items are made from scratch, so this isn’t your fast food type of restaurant.
Vagner even came to our table to freshly brew the coffee into the Bule, which is the Brazilian term for the type of coffee pot they use. After the initial pour of hot water to start the brewing process, he continued to come back and check the coffee to see if we wanted more water added, and to make sure the coffee was consistently staying hot. He also offered us a few different types of cream for the coffee, but it was smooth enough to be drank black.
Being that it was our first time at the cafe, we wanted to try an array of items from the menu, so I also ordered the blooming flowers tea, which was almost too beautiful to drink. The tea is served in a mason jar glass, with boiling water and a saucer placed on top to allow the flowers to steep. It was a green tea with hints of jasmine and rose served with honey on the side.
For brunch, I ordered the smoked salmon sandwich, which was served on a freshly baked croissant and Lola had the french toast. Both entrees were delicious and the presentation was well thought out. We then tried the Pao de queijo for dessert, which is a Brazilian cheese bread made from Yucca root flour that is stuffed with cheese and served with strawberry jam. I’ve had these many times in Brazil, without the jam, but I’ll have to say the jam was a nice touch of sweetness to balance out the cheese.
I can see myself becoming a regular at this Cafe, not only because I love to support small local businesses, but the atmosphere and vibes you experience here are inviting and personal. If you find yourself with at least an hour to spare I definitely recommend stopping by Bulegreen Cafe Yard.