A (Pre) Discovered Breakfast Spot

My dad and I thought that we had found a new secret dining spot. Well… as it turned out, my mom and my sister had known about this place years prior!

Regardless of that fact, it was early last summer when my dad and I went for breakfast at Zoe’s House of Pancakes in a nearby suburb. If I’m not mistaken, my dad had pecan pancakes and loved them. My dish was apple cinnamon french toast (as seen below) and I enjoyed that as well.

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Next up on the list of places to visit: Sweet Potato Sensations for their take on a classic sweet and salty combo: Chicken and Waffles 🙂

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Sour Breakfast Sweetness

I refused to leave the store without getting a loaf of bread to make perfect, homemade french toast.

About two Sundays ago, I prepared an impromptu brunch for myself which included scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, and homemade cinnamon french toast. Of course, the key to good french toast is the right bread.

The Sourdough bread never lost its texture will soaking up the batter for French Toast.

The Sourdough bread never lost its texture while soaking up the batter for French Toast.

A sales associate at my local Meijer grocery store sold me sourdough bread, guaranteeing that it would hold up well for french toast because of its stiffness. She was right! I left the bread out a few hours before making the french toast, and then assembled the rest of the ingredients. Sidenote: for this french toast recipe i didn’t measure anything. I literally eyeballed it. I added eggs, whole milk, butter milk, and lots of cinnamon. The result? Deliciousness on a plate!Unknown-2

Pick up some sourdough bread and treat yourself to a nice brunch!

P.S. — don’t forget the mimosa!

Odd Day for Brunch?

Maybe I’m super late in finding out that one of my favorite restaurants serves brunch not only on Sundays, but Saturdays too!!

While I am excited about this news, it also seems a bit strange bravo-restaurant-greenwood-indiana[1]since I rarely think of brunch being appropriate for a Saturday.

Nevertheless, the restaurant Bravo offers its full brunch menu on Saturdays now which means that I can order my stuffed French toast and a refreshing peach Bellini on a Saturday. Umm… #Winning! imagesStuffed-Berry-French-Toast63EDstuffed-french-toast[1]

What do you think? Is brunch meant JUST for Sundays? Just for the weekend? Or any day?

Sweet, Sweet Sunday!

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that one of my favorite treats is a cinnamon roll. I LOVE having a cinnamon roll on random occasions as a post breakfast treat with a cold glass of milk. To me, it’s a comforting, warm and sweet treat that always puts a smile on my face.

Typically I buy the Pillsbury brand to just quickly separate the dough and place it into the oven. Moments after it’s done, I spread the frosting over it (while the rolls are still warm) and I eat and enjoy! (I’m seriously salivating as I type this).

Maybe someday I’ll have the determination to make the rolls from scratch just as cook Laura Vitale does here:

Enjoy!!

 

Shooties and Foodies

I’m happy to say that two weeks in a row this blog has taken on its official meaning- that of me having brunch and wearing pumps.

Real Life Scenario #1- It’s rare that my mom and I go out to eat (it’s more of a pastime that my dad and I share), but when it does happen it’s always a good time. Last Sunday, mom and I ended up at brunch with other friends and had a nice booth to ourselves. My mom, the self-proclaimed “Fashionista” was flawless from “H2T” (head to toe), but for the sake of this blog I’ll only focus on the shoes.

Ironically, both of us wore pumps that are  “shooties”

Shooties (Noun) 

1. An fashion item commonly worn on the foot that has combined characteristics of a shoe and an ankle boot.

Sidenote- (I’m not a fan of the word “shooties” but this is how they are recognized in the world of fashion)

Here’s a pic of the ones my mom and I wore:

Mom's peep-toe black shooties

Mom’s peep-toe black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

Check back soon for real life scenario #2! And many thanks to my mom for helping me define Brunch and Pumps 🙂

Football, Food, and Father-Daughter Memories

The marriage of food and football this morning was a perfect idea, and all the credit goes to my dad.

Typically on a Sunday I like to sleep in, but I told my dad I would wake up early and begin cooking with him around 8 a.m. This would give us enough time to make a nice breakfast/brunch just in time for the special football game today in London. food We decided to keep the menu simple: Grits, bacon, biscuits, scrambled eggs, coffee, and bloody Mary’s.

It was not only a great meal, but this morning served as a reminder of what cooking is all about: making memories in the kitchen. My dad has always been the cook in the house, and it’s only been in recent years that I’ve decided to join him in the kitchen and cook. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Whenever my dad and I cook together we end up talking about funny moments from the week, and discussing new ideas. It’s also a time when we learn new cooking tricks/tips (such as how to make PERFECT, and yes I mean, PERFECT scrambled eggs- something my dad admits he’s only mastered as of late).

What’s most fun for you while cooking?! Let me know below or at brunchandpumps@gmail.com

 

In/Not In France? Make French Toast (rollups)

Pinterest is a great site to gather ideas-especially for food.

One of the breakfast ideas I tried and enjoyed were the French Toast Rollups. Dee.lish.cious. It’s a cute spin

Add some warm syrup to the roll ups and you are good to go!

Add some warm syrup to the roll ups and you are good to go!

on a classic favorite. In my opinion, it’s a way to indulge, but not feel bad about your decision TO indulge, ya know? Also, for those with young ones at home, or those that may not get in the kitchen often, this is a great dish to make because of its simplicity and presentation.

Give French Toast Roll-ups a try for your next breakfast, brunch, or snack!

Here's the process for making these delicious roll ups.

Here’s the process for making these delicious roll ups.