[12.5.14] Ending With a Bang!

mi love

It’s the end of the semester, which means this is my final blog post. I had a really fun time writing about different food places around Metro Detroit, and if I have the free time in the future I may continue this blog (but on a much less strict schedule.)

I decided that my final blog would be about the different foods that Michigan is known for. After all, that’s what this blog was dedicated about! So, I’m going to give the run down of some well known Michigan delicacies. Prepare yourself!

BREAKFAST CEREAL

IMG_6844

My breakfast practically ever morning.

Kellogg’s Cereal was a mistake. A delicious mistake! In 1898, W,K, Kellogg and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg were attempting to make granola when they accidentally flaked wheat berry. They continued to experiment until they flaked corn, and Corn Flakes were born!

The company was founded in Battle Creek in 1906, and a legend was created. Since then, they have created 245 products, including my personal favorites: Crunchy Nut Cereal, Eggo Waffles, Apple Jacks, Cinnabon Cereal, Frosted Mini-wheats, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, and Pop Tarts. Wow, they make pretty much everything that has to do with breakfast, and then some. Is there really another company that makes cereals?

Oh right, General Mills. They’ve got some pretty good ones too, but I’m sticking with Michigan today.

PIZZA

Everyone knows about New York vs Chicago. Thin crust vs deep dish. East coast vs midwest. However, we Michiganders have never worried ourselves with picking sides. That’s because we’ve never had a bad slice of pizza! Michigan is the home of practically every pizza franchise you can think of!

Dominos: The first one was established in Ypsilanti. They’re made a huge comeback, especially with those parmesan bread bites.

Little Ceasars: Garden City is the happy home town! $5 hot and ready’s all around! And that pretzel crust pizza is awesome!

IMG_6646

The perfect (free) lunch!

Buddy’s Pizza: A Detroit original! And if you go to an Oakland University basketball game, there’s a good chance at winning coupons for free 4-square cheese pizzas!

Jets:  Sterling Heights pride! Personally, they’re my favorite pizza. Who doesn’t love their square pizzas? And the antipasto salads are the best!

Hungry Howie’s: A native to Taylor, Michigan. They have the best crust by far.

Passport Pizza: They’re littered all across Macomb county! They can make pizzas that serve up to 2,000 people!

Cottage Inn: They were founded in Ann Arbor! I’m sure it’s a favorite among U of M students.

So yeah, I think Michigan beats out New York and Chicago. Deal with it.

SNACKS

To continue with the theme of Pizza, let’s get straight to bread sticks. You know the delicious cheese filled bread sticks you get at school or at high school football games? They’re called Bosco Sticks, and they’re Michigan made! YES! One of my favorite snacks hails from here.

So many flavors to choose from!

Another snack you can get at any sporting event is a hot dog. Ball Park Franks are a Michigan brand that is super delicious (when I’m in the mood for one.) I’m a ketchup and mustard girl myself (I’m not one for onions and pickle relish,) and it’s great to know that the number one ketchup brand, Heinz, is also from Michigan! We’ve covered all our bases (wow look at all these puns.)

You know what else Michigan is great at? Chips. That’s why they’re called Better Made. See what I did there? No. Oh well, i’m just saying that our chips are really good. Maybe not Lays good (because Lays is the king) but Better Made is the queen. Their bbq flavor is the hottest, most intense version I’ve ever stumbled upon. Lays has the sweet mesquite flavors going on. Better Made has hell fire mixed with lava mixed with “wow my mouth is burning but I can’t stop eating.” And I don’t even like hot foods.

POP

It’s POP. Not SODA. Michigan is known for creating really delicious drinks that are in high abundance here, and really not anywhere else. I was shocked to learn that Faygo Pop, a true Michigan classic, isn’t available everywhere around the country. My Californian friends were shocked to learn that at every gas station and grocery store, we have vending machines dedicated to Faygo products. We’re living in a strange Faygo world in Michigan.

Buy 'em by the bottle!

Buy ’em by the bottle!

We’ve also created Towne Club Pop (again, I emphasize the POP) and Jones Soda (Ehh, we’ll let it slide this time.) Even though I don’t drink a lot of pop, I do enjoy the different fruity flavors that they have. I always tend to go for strawberry or orange, although the “blue” flavors (that taste like blue, not a fruit) are also delicious.

Of course, we’re also famous for Vernors. It’s a special Ginger Ale that tastes like no other Ginger Ale. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan. It’s too gingery for me. I like Canada Dry better.

RESTAURANTS

I was surprised to find out how many restaurants have started in Michigan. I’ve also covered quite a few of them previously in my blog! So, I won’t go into much detail, but check out this list.

Olga’s Kitchen. I never would have guessed! Olga Loizon was the founder of the restaurant. It opened in 1970 and began as a small 10’x10′ booth at the Continental Market. Since then, the franchise has opened more than 30 restaurants. Good job, Olga!

You can only choose one.

Coney Island. Those who aren’t from Michigan might think that it originated in New York City. Nope! The first was American Coney Island in Detroit, followed by Lafayette, and then a dozen others after that.

One place that Michiganders claim as their own, even though it originally started in California in 1936 before moving to Warren, MI in 1987, is Big Boys. You can read more about it in my previous blog post.

One that I was surprised to learn started in Michigan was BD’s Mongolian Grill! What? The stir-fry restaurant was founded in 1992 by two Michigan State alumnus, Billy “BD” Downs and his wife. They were inspired by a restaurant they visited in London, and the rest is history. The first BD’s was built in Royal Oak, and now has 32 more locations!  Ironically, it is also the first American-franchised restaurant in Mongolia.

DESSERT

Achatz Handmade Pie Company is an absolutely phenomenal place. They’re the guys who feed the Detroit Tigers burgers (they have expanded to Achatz Burgers, and they sell their pies there as well.) They have three categories of pie: sweet, cream, and savory. Honestly, you can’t go wrong. However, my favorite pie that I’ve had from them was the Michigan 4-Berry Crumble Top, which included cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Yes please. I think I need to stop by and grab a slice…

Give me a box of California Clusters, or P'nutties Delights, or Peanut  & Pretzel Bark, or Torties and I'm set.

Give me a box of California Clusters, or Cashew Torties, or Peanut & Pretzel Bark, or Torties and I’m set.

You know what would be great on top of a warm slice of pie? Ice cream. Which brand is pure Michigan (see, another pun, i’m just so good at these things)? Stroh’s. Thank goodness it’s a brand I can easily find at CVS! Move aside Ben and Jerry’s, Stroh’s is cheaper and just as delicious. Plus you get more for the value.

Don’t even get me started on chocolate. Oh, you really want me to get started on it? Okay. Morley Candy and Sanders are also Michigan classics, and I have such a sweet (ha) fondness for Morley. It’s a piece of my soul. Seriously. It’s a horcrux. We had to sell Morley Chocolate to try and raise money for fundraisers in elementary school. We sold our soul away for prizes like bikes, and basketballs, and a 1-pound bar of chocolate (it’s real, I held it once.) I’d do it all over again if I could. I need more California Clusters in my life.

UPPER PENINSULA

The UP is it’s own magical place filled with wonders beyond our wildest dreams. At least, it is for those who live under the bridge. So it only makes sense to give it a special section.

I’m not sure if I’d eat this with Ketchup. Looks more like a gravy kind of treat.

Of course, the first thing I think of is Mackinac Island fudge. Now, I’ve never been to Mackinac Island (pronounced MACK-in-aw, you uncultured swines)
and I’m honestly not much of a fudge fan, but I have tried some when I visited Frankenmuth and WOW it’s really really good. You can’t beat it.

And, going with the theme of the UP, lets talk about those pasties. (PAST-ees, not PASTE-ees, I’ve learned.) They’re kind of like a hand held pie crust filled with diced potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, onions & seasoned ground beef. I was surprised at how good it was! The next time I go to the UP, I’m going to buy another one.

BABY FOOD

Yeah, we’re the home of Gerber. I mean, I can’t really say much about it because you won’t see me eating any. But knowing that we’re home to basically the only name brand baby food that people immediately recognize it pretty neat.

Advertisements
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

[12.1.14] Over 21

IMG_5816

Alcohol scares me. People get sick from being too drunk all the time. Mom has told me horror stories about how she drank too much peppermint schnapps and threw up in the parking lot when she was my age. I never want to go through that kind of experience ever.

My entire life, certain events made me nervous for that reason alone. Concerts were a bit nerve wracking, even though they’re one of the funnest events I ever attend. People drink and smoke pot and cigarettes at concerts, especially at Pine Knob/DTE Energy Theater. Being surrounded by drunk people who could vomit at any moment can be taxing.

IMG_5851

Julie drinking is one of the funniest things ever.

Carnivals with beer tents are another place for anxiety for me. Not only do I have to worry about kids eating too much and then riding rides until they’re sick, I have to worry about adults doing the same thing but with alcohol in their system! Yuck!

Even family events can be stressful. The younger the person drinking, the more I panic. One of the worst instances of this was at Eddie’s 21st birthday party when he was dared to drink a Jackson 5 after already having other drinks. It was the most drunk I had ever seen him (and honestly, it wasn’t even that drunk) but it was my second time dealing with a loved one who was knew to drinking having so much alcohol. The first time happened when my friend Ana got drunk at her birthday party. She was only 18 (which is the legal age in Mexico) but it scared me out of my mind. I’ve learned since then that I can’t handle my friends getting drunk. It scares me too much.

My family isn’t as bad, because I’ve grown up with them drinking.  I know when I was little I was given sips of beer if I fetched one for my uncles. My aunt always gets super drunk at parties, that if she doesn’t it’s almost a let down. There was one particular event, however,  where I broke down into tears because everyone was drunk and it occurred to me that everyone had to drive home. I realized that someone could get in an accident and get hurt. I panicked.

This is why I will always be the Designated Driver. I can’t afford to get drunk. Someone could get hurt driving home (which is horrible) or I could get sick (which is even worse.) I feel better knowing that if someone needs a lift home, I can give it.

IMG_9996

My first ever drink of alcohol, and it was barely a sip.

Now that I’m old enough to drink,  I’m often asked if I want anything. I always say no, for obvious reasons. However, I will try sips of things.

When Eddie and I go out to Crackerjacks, a bar in Clinton Township, for drinks, billiards, and karaoke, I will take sips of everyone’s drinks just to see what they taste like. 9/10 they taste bad. Just like with tea and coffee, where I can taste bitter flavor, I can taste the alcohol no matter how much pop or fruit flavoring they mix in. The best thing I’ve probably had was a Mike’s Hard Lemonade at my birthday party, and that’s because I already like lemonade, but even that was a bit too tart for me. Vodka with cranberry isn’t too bad either, but I still can’t drink a whole one.

In the end,  casual drinking doesn’t scare me, and I’m happy being sober. Besides, I’m already a blast to hang around with. I don’t need to be drunk to be fun.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

[11.28.14] Happy Thanksgiving!

IMG_9774

It’s the one time of the year that is dedicated to eating delicious food, stuffing yourself as fast as the turkey you just devoured, and falling into a deep food coma as you watch the football game.

It’s Thanksgiving.

IMG_9735

My brother, Dad, and I sitting at the bar on Thanksgiving 2013

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was the worst time of the year. When my emetophobia was really bad, eating with the family was a challenge. I usually ended up snacking throughout the day, feeling pressure to eat dinner although I was full, and then eating way too much and feeling sick afterwards. Which usually meant I spent a couple hours laying upstairs in the bedroom watching TV or sitting in the bathroom trying to relax, all the while knowing that my family was downstairs either having a good time or worrying about me. I didn’t want them to think I was a freak, or that I was antisocial. It wasn’t that at all. I just…had a hard time with the food thing.

I know my family just wants to me to be, well, normal and happy and not afraid of food. Thankfully, I’ve gotten much better since those dark times. I’ve learned to eat small portions of everything, rather than filling my plate. I can now get myself feeling overstuffed and not completely freak out. Granted, most of the time I do freak out, but only in my head.

My first cheesecake came out perfect.

My first cheesecake came out perfect.

Now that I’m dating Eddie, I get to have two Thanksgiving dinners a year. Whoa. That’s a lot of food. This year, we went to Eddie’s family first. I baked a cheesecake for them.

Remember how I mentioned that Mom had the best cheesecake recipe? I was putting that to the test.

Thankfully (ha puns?) they enjoyed it a lot! I still had leftovers to take back to my family as well. Their family dinner was really delicious with all the fixings, like turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries. I put little dollops of everything on my plate and went to sit in the dining room to eat.

Not only do I eat small portions, but I eat fast. I was finished in only a few minutes, which caused one relative (whose name I can’t remember) said “wow, you’re already done eating? And not much either.”

The buffet table that holds four turkeys, three stuffings, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes,

The buffet table that holds four turkeys, two stuffings, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

I nodded and laughed awkwardly, worrying that gossip would spread that I don’t eat much (when in reality I eat a ton when I don’t feel anxious.) However, I still had my fill of food and had a good time with Eddie’s family.

Then we drove back from Holly for round two.

At my uncle’s house, we ate more turkey (we had four of them, one of which was deep fried), potatoes, stuffing, mac and cheese,and green bean casserole. The stuffing that is first to go is my uncle’s White Castle stuffing. I don’t eat it because I don’t like White Castle, but it’s essentially a ton of sliders ripped apart and mixed in with regular stuffing. Hey, whatever makes the family happy, right? I also saved room for apple pie. I didn’t overdo it this year! Hooray!

However, I woke up the next morning to go to Barnes and Noble for Black Friday and started my period. Life just can’t be easy.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

[11.24.14] TGI…Monday.

I feel like the only time you should go to T.G.I Friday’s is…well…on Friday. However, it is Monday as I write this blog post, and the last time I went to eat at that restaurant was on Sunday. I’m allover the place. Where is the organization. I’m a mess.

Sunday, I had to go to school to shoot the Volleyball Championship game and the Women’s Basketball game for The Oakland Post. My aunt and cousins were meeting up with us in between the games to go out to dinner.

unnamed (10)

I’m dying to have more!

Before I jump to dinner, let me tell you about the volleyball tournament because it was amazing. The tension was crazy as Oakland lost the first set to University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. However, the girls came back to win the next 3 sets, making them the champions of the Horizon League Tournament. When they made the match point to win the tournament, the crowd rushed the court to celebrate with them. I was able to get fantastic photos of them playing (and hopefully you’ll see them in the next issue of The Post, coming out December 3rd.)

Now, back to food.

unnamed (11)

The meal of a champion!

The only time I had ever been to T.G.I. Friday’s before was once with my god mother, and I wasn’t a big fan. The burg er I had ordered has horseradish on it. Gross. This time, I wasn’t feeling 100% (still coming off my cold) so I went for simple white cheddar broccoli soup and a side of fries. Wow, this was the cheesiest, most delicious soup I have ever had. I only had a small cup, but it was enough to completely fill me!

My cousins ordered a more standard dinner: Leah ordered steak, mac and cheese, and potato wedges, and Tara a sandwich, chips, and soup. My mom ordered a salad of some sort that had chicken and tortilla chips on it. I’m assuming it was of the Mexican variety.

After dinner, my cousins were craving dessert. I was too, but I was way too full to eat. However, I did steal a bite of their Oreo Madness and Salted Caramel Cake. The oreo dessert was “cookies and Cream ice cream sandwiched between layers of Oreo® cookie crust. Garnished with Ghirardelli® chocolate sauce.” Wow, I wish I liked chocolate more.

unnamed (9)

I need to start ordering dessert before dinner!

The salted caramel dessert was more up my alley, with “vanilla cake layered with vanilla bean pudding and caramel crunch drizzled with a salted caramel glaze.” To top it off, it was served with vanilla ice cream. Wow.

After dinner, I was struggling. I had eaten too much, and was feeling overfull and sick. I had a hard time calming myself down, because I knew I still had the basketball game to shoot. I wasn’t looking forward to walking around the court with a full stomach, trying to take photos of the game.

Thankfully, it did manage to ease away, and I was able to grab some great photos and was even able to snack on popcorn later. Because the girls scored five 3-pointers, we were all given $5 off coupons for BD’s Mongolian Grill. Good thing I know I like it now! I’ll be happy to use those coupons.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

[11.21.14] Feed a Cold…

IMG_5793

“Feed a cold, starve a fever.” That’s what Mom has always told me whenever I get sick. Even though there’s no real proof that it works, I feel like I’m starving, so I’m going to run with it!

This is the second time this year that I’ve gotten a cold, which (thankfully) doesn’t cause my anxiety to spike. Colds don’t lead to throwing up, so I feel relatively safe, if not completely annoyed by the fact that my throat is killing me and I can’t breathe right. But I’m cranking up the humidifying, cooking up some delicious comfort food, and enjoying the fact that I have no homework this weekend.

Of course, some foods are better than others when it comes to soothing a cold. I’ll go through the list of foods I usually indulge in (and some of the ones I just can’t.)

IMG_5794

No box mac to make? Home made is always good.

As everyone knows, the top food for a cold is chicken noodle soup. I’m a big fan of the chunky soups like Progresso instead of Campbell’s, but when you’re sick you can’t be choosy.  My personal favorite is when Mom makes her homemade soup with egg noodles, chunks of chicken breast, and hunks of vegetables. Yum! Mrs. Bunch (Eddie’s mom) made me her version of homemade chicken soup last year when I was sick. It’s interesting how different the two were! My mom’s is very brothy and light, while Mrs. Bunch’s is thick and creamy. Both to die for.

This morning, I didn’t have chicken noodle soup in the house, so I downed my cold medication (because I’m that desperate to be able to breathe) with bacon and potato soup. Not exactly what I was looking for, but still really good.

Macaroni and cheese is another food I eat nonstop. As I’ve said before in previous blog posts, it’s a comfort food for me, and I always feel safe and secure when eating it. The creamier, the better. Kroger deluxe is the best on the planet when it comes to boxed macaroni and cheese. Otherwise, Panera is king. Although, my baked four cheese mac is also pretty killer…

Macaroni and cheese is always good. End of story.

I also eat pickles. It may sound weird, but pickles are great for sore throats. It’s similar to gargling with salt water. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice is soothing. Although, I can’t drink the juice right out of the jar (unlike my cousin, Jaclyn, who does that just because she likes it), I do eat pickles more often to try and heal my aching throat.

IMG_5789

NO PULP ALLOWED.

Honey is also apparently good. I’ve tried honey and cinnamon, but it was too gross for me (too sweet and the texture was gross.) People usually put honey in their tea, but I can’t do that either. I don’t like tea, or any hot beverage for that matter. Tea is too herbally and bitter, coffee (whether it’s hot or iced) is just gross,  hot chocolate burns my tongue and is too sweet.

I also don’t drink pop because it’s too fizzy, milk unless it’s in cereal, energy drink (because no), or alcohol for many reasons…

I’ll just stick with water and lemonade.

Although, I do like orange juice, especially when I have a cold. It’s not something I drink often, but when I start to feel a sore throat coming on, I’m happy to guzzle this down. The vitamin C will cure me, right? Maybe not, but it does soothe my throat.

Crunchy foods are also good for me when I have a sore throat. I feel like it scrapes off all the bad yucky stuff and clears my throat. Cereal is a huge help in the morning. You know that feeling when you wake up and your voice is hoarse and you feel like there’s stuff stuck in your throat? Cereal like Frosted Flakes or Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a life saver. If you drink something hot on top of that, I’m sure it’d work even better.

In the end, if you’re feeling hungry, feed your cold. Stick to comfort foods, and you’ll be cured in about a week or so.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

[11.17.14] Having It My Way

On occassion, I like to splurge and treat myself to some good old fast food. The problem I face is where to go. There are a ton of chains littered around me. The choices seem endless. Thankfully, I do have a #1 Top Favorite No Matter What place to go, and that’s Burger King.

Ever since I was little, Burger King has been special for me. McDonalds was simply too boringand lacking the fixings I love, like lettuce, tomato, and pickle. Wendy’s wasn’t even an option, simply because I was an ignorant fool and didn’t know it existed. White Castle was an abomination (and still is, my stomach will never agree,) and Arby’s was mainly roast beef which is gross (except when mom make’s it at home.)

IMG_3398

The Whopper Jr. in all its glory.

So I was left with Burger King. A very wise choice on my part. It had everything I wanted: a delicious burger with all the fixings, hella good fries, and food that didn’t upset my stomach. It even the dutch apple pie: score.

Back in the day, when I was a wee little thing, my mom would take me out to Burger King once a week after ballet or tap lessons. I would go home and watch Spongebob while eating my Whopper Jr. To me, it was the closest thing to a Krabby Patty. McDonalds could never dream of making a burger that could compare.

Sometimes, when I was really hungry, I’d ask to get a Whopper instead. I was always surprised how they were barely any bigger in size. Just last year, I learned that Mom would trick me and order a Whopper Jr. for me anyways. I’ve grown up thinking Whoppers were no bigger than their smaller cousins. My entire life is a lie.

Now that I’m all grown up (sort of) I have more variety when it comes to fast food. I’ve decided that every chain has their perk.

Long live the chicken fries.

Burger King has the best burger. McDonalds has the best friends. Wendy’s has the best chicken sandwich. Arby’s has nothing for me except curly fries, which are a nice change.

Of course, Burger King has one ace up their sleeve, one that they tried to discontinue for a couple years until the internet demanded their return.

The Chicken Fries.

The night I learned the chicken fries were back, I nearly lost my mind. I had seen on tumblr BK’s twitter post that simple said “Soon.” Everyone was trying to guess what it meant. My favorite theory was that BK had finally taken control of the fast food business and was planning there world domination. I wasn’t prepared for the news they had.

The next day I was at Eddie’s watching a movie. I happened to remember the tumblr post and thought “oh yes, I need to check what happening that was so important.” I googled “Burger King News Today” on my phone, and chicken fries popped up.

IMG_3401

Eddie ordered a chicken sandwich. Not as good as chicken fries, and not as good as Wendy’s, but still delicious.

I began to wheeze as I dropped my phone and curled into the fetal position. Eddie panicked, wondering what was wrong. I started to laugh and cry, babbling nonsense about how my prayers were heard and that life is good.

“The chicken fries are back!” I gasped, shaking Eddie by the shoulders. “I need them NOW.”

Of course, it was too late to go out to get some. Eating fast food at 11:00pm isn’t good for my stomach. I had to wait until the next day where I ran out to buy some, and my god they were just as delicious as I remembered. I must have had them three times that same week.

I haven’t had them since, simply because I don’t eat fast food often. It usually makes me stomach upset, and I stay full for the rest of the day. However, if I had to choose my favorite fast food place, Burger King remains – well – the king.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

[11.14.14] Breakfast or Lunch? Why not both?

IMG_3387

“Be the taco girl” is what Eddie and I say to each other when we want two different things and can’t decide which to choose. That sounds odd, but it makes perfect sense. Simply watch the commercial where it originated, and you’ll understand.

Go ahead, watch it. I’ll wait till you’re finished.

“Why don’t we have both?” The golden answer to life’s long unanswered question. That’s why I love iHop so much. Breakfast or lunch? BOTH IS THE ANSWER.

IMG_3383

The classic breakfast. I’ve only just realized how good it is.

After church on Sunday, Mom and I went out to iHop to treat ourselves to this idea. Normally, I don’t like breakfast food. For the longest time, I didn’t like sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc. I just liked cereal. End of discussion. If I had to have breakfast, waffles were my next choice – everything else wasn’t an option.

Now, I’ve grown fond of sausage and bacon (eggs are still a no for me) and pancakes are nice, but they leave me feeling too full and bloated. Waffles are still amazing, and cereal is still my standard.  However, when I go to iHop, I don’t get any of these things. Instead, I get the stuffed french toast.

IMG_3382

Sometimes, I even pour on more strawberry syrup and mix in blueberry syrup. That’s right, I’m a wild child.

Because of the whole issue I have with eggs, I was scared of french toast. Okay, scared isn’t the right word, but I didn’t think it would taste good at all. Seriously, dipping bread into eggs and cooking it? Gross.

In high school, after one of my midterms, my Physics teacher, Mr. Ellul, pulled out a small griddle from behind his desk, yanked out french toast ingredients, and we all had breakfast in the middle of class. I thought, “sure, why not try it?”

I was floored.

iHop is even better. You have the choice of normal french toast, or the french toast brioche, or the stuffed triangles. This time, I went for the stuffed. Thick french toast filled with sweet cream glaze topped with strawberries. Yes please.

IMG_3384

I’m a sucker for clubs, and this one was not to spicy for me!

However, I was also in the savory mood. When I go with Eddie, he gets chicken and waffles (which was ironic the first time we tried it, and now it is a staple) because it satisfies the savory and the sweet. I decided to go for the french toast combo and had bacon, hashbrowns, and scrambled eggs (which I tried but didn’t eat much of) as well. It was the perfect amount of food, and it definitely hit the spot.

Mom went for the lunch route. Another reason why I love iHop is because it caters to both breakfast and lunch. Not feeling up for pancakes? Get yourself a sandwich. Mom ordered the southwest chicken club and a bowl of minestrone soup. I had a taste, and it was really good! Normally I think southwest would mean spicy, but it doesn’t. It’s just enough for extra flavor without burning my mouth.

Overall, iHop is a great place to go after church, or late at night, or in the middle of the day. Anytime is iHop time to be honest.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment