Birthday feast, part 1

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Yesterday was my feared 30th birthday. To start the celebration we decided breakfast was the best idea. I wanted to go to a place called the Waffle Place or to a french café called Chez Christophe.  However, I came to realize a few days ago that this being Holy Week in a country in which Catholicism is no only the major religion in the country, but the official religion, Thursday and Friday are Holidays.

I was surprised and shocked to learn that most of the restaurants are closed on these two Holy days. Stores are closed as well, and cinemas open really late.  I find it really strange that people get free time, but then have nothing to do if they stay in town. Plus, if you decide to take a trip to the beach, everything is so packed that it is crazy.

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Given the ways things were turning out, I had to settle for what was open. Thus, going to Denny’s for breakfast was pretty much all we could do. We yesterday decided to get up early. The fact that breakfast dishes are huge at Denny’s and our lunch plans at 1:30 with our Mexican friends made it imperative to have empty stomachs in a short time.  So, by 9 we were on the move and on our way to having breakfast.

We got there at the right time. Just as we got seated a bunch of people showed up. I was really happy we didn’t have to wait for a table. As we were looking at the menus, I received the call that I most expect every year. My grandmother called, sang happy birthday both in Spanish and English and sent me all her blessings and love.  It always touches me how much Grannie loves me, and I treasure every opportunity I have to talk to her.

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After the call, I asked for my first Bday feast… belgian waffles, bacon, eggs over-easy and a side of hash-browns (potatoes are my greatest weakness) and orange juice.  Hubby ordered what he thought was a normal sized breakfast… not! He ordered a Hearty breakfast, which I have to say is not hearty at all! Scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes, spinach and cheddar cheese with a side of hashbrown, bacon, sausage and two pancakes! All this with orange juice of course!

He didn’t realize the portion size until his food arrived.  It looked really good, but I have to say it was a Monster Breakfast. The smell was so good that I felt like the food was asking to be tasted. And so I did. The eggs had a delicious taste, certainly one couldn’t expect less of such a fatty dish. I didn’t try the pancakes, but Hubby did say the ones I make are better… I have to thank Nigella for that.

My breakfast contrasted with the look of his (as you can see). The eggs looked kind of sad. However, the were cooked just to the point I love.  The yolks were soft, so I could happily pour them on a spoon and eat them with a bit of salt.  Which now that I am writing sounds really gross when it is quite enjoyable.  My waffles were really good, but I think they could have been browned a bit for a more interesting look and a crunchier taste.  I was really disappointed that there was no honey to be served and had to manage with just maple syrup.

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All in all it was good, but too much food, luckily we could as for our left over to go. We left happily satisfied and started getting our tummy ready for our next meal…

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Today’s yummy breakfast

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I’ve been thinking about eating pancakes for a couple of weeks now. I was wishing to make some carrot-cake pancakes, but I thought it would be a lot of work. So instead I went forward with a recipe of a cook who I think never goes wrong: Nigella Lawson. I announced my idea to Hubby on Friday night as we were going out for dinner. He looked really excited about it. In fact, yesterday it was all he could think of. He even said a bunch of times… oh we are having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow!!

Today I woke kind of late. I got up and went to the TV room in the hopes my husband would be up soon as well. I watched a few shows before he came walking in with what I like to call a crazy hairdo. I immediately ran to the kitchen and got the ingredients ready… flower, baking soda, sugar, salt, eggs, milk and butter. After whisking everything carefully following Nigella’s instructions, I placed two pans on the stove and waited for them to get to the right temperature.

It didn’t take long before I was cooking the pancakes. Unfortunately, the heat was to high so the butter I was using to fry the cakes started burning and producing a heavy smoke. Hubby arrived worried… are you burning the kitchen he asked? We laughed together at the sight of the smoke, and then finished the cakes together. When we were done cooking, I made a strawberry-banana milkshake and Hubby fried some sausage and ham.

We finally sat and ate our super delicious breakfast! The pancakes were really delicious, fluffy and tasty. We added honey and maple syrup for a better taste.  My sausage was not to fried, but it’s flavor was enhanced by the heating. Tasting the sausage at the same time as the pancakes gave it an extra super special flavor.  All in all, this pancakes are really tasty, plus they are really easy to make.  Of course, if you are the lazy kind and prefer to get a box, this would be too much work, but I’m telling you it’s totally worth it! For the recipe go to Nigella’s.

The milkshake was really good too! I loved the taste and the sweetness was just on the right level… if you want to prepare one here is what I used…

Strawberry-banana Milkshake

What you’ll need,

12 large strawberries cleaned

1 large ripe banana

400 mL (13.5 oz.)of 2% milk

How to do it,

After removing the stems from the strawberries, toss them inside the blender with the ripe banana, add the milk, and blend. If too thick add a bit more milk.  For an extra delicious taste add two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa.

Give all this a try and enjoy!!

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Pannenkoek is Dutch for pancake

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Traveling is my second favorite activity after eating. Although, I must say I’m getting confused at this moment…. maybe my favorite activity is eating while traveling. Tasting new stuff is also my thing! Anyway… getting prepared to a trip to Amsterdam I read about the dutch pancakes.  Apparently they were really something special, and all the people living in Holland eat them regularly. So, as soon as I landed, I was looking forward the famous sweet!

We were expecting to see pancake places everywhere… like hot-dog sales on NY or taco spots in every Mexican city.  We didn’t see any.  Kind of sad, we went and picked our Citypass which included, among others a cruise.  Heartbroken we decided to look around.  We got into one of the most hilarious adventures! It was not the boat ride, but talking to an old dutch couple who spoke almost no english. Somehow, we managed to chat, and the man suddenly pointed at another boat. His eyes sparkled before saying it was the Pannenkoek boot! We didn’t want to get on yet another boat, so instead we asked him to point in our map for a good pannenkoek place.

So we landed at The Pancake Bakery. They had a rather extensive menu, which included sweet and salty pancakes.  Everything looked really interesting.  I decided on the nordic pancake while Hubby asked for a banana something one.  Mine was really good, served with salmon and cream cheese.  I cannot say the same for the other, it was just too much for me.  It has bananas, whipped cream, ice cream and sugar. But, I must say my husband (who is a sugar addict) really loved it! The service was really nice, and the prices were not that high. The best part was that… surprise suprise! While sitting there planning for the next place to visit we found a discount coupon in the city pass for the place!

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