Category Archives: Breakfast

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters


I’m not even going to beat around the bush here: Bold Bean Coffee Roasters absolutely, 100% lives up to the hype. I am so glad to have this place right around the corner from my home (& it’s on my way to work, score!).

Situated at the corner of College & Stockton, Bold Bean Coffee has created a fresh & modern space cool for early morning coffee, late afternoon lattes & evening beers. Yes, they serve beer (Bold City, to be exact). You’re welcome.
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I was a little overwhelmed looking at the menu:

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I mean, so many options… Where do I begin? I’d heard plenty of raving about the honey latte on Twitter, but I was skeptical. I mean, Starbucks tried this a few years ago (when I worked there actually) & I felt it was a massive failure. It just missed the mark completely.

But Bold Bean? Hit the nail on the head with this one. The espresso was fresh & strong, while the honey gave it the perfect complement of sweetness.

& of course, I had to try the Bacon & Cheddar scone:

I mean, I wouldn’t have my bacon-loving reputation if I didn’t try the bacon item almost every where I go. Typically, I’m a fan of sweet scones & not necessarily savory ones, but this was also fantastic. Like many scones end up, this wasn’t too hard. Not too bacon-y. Not too cheddar-y. Jussssst right.

Perfection. Can’t love it enough.

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Bagel Love

There’s a new bagel shop in town… and thankfully its only minutes away from my place.

Bagel Love is located at that wonky corner of Hershel/St Johns/Woodmere in Avondale/Fairfax. While the menu offers a typical variety of bagels & cream cheeses, it also boasts some great bagel sandwiches choices. They make all of their cream cheese spreads in house & ship in partially baked bagels. The bagels still have a fresh taste as new batches are baked every morning.

I opted for the Pizza Bagel sandwich on a whole grain everything bagel:

& Megan chose the tomato melt on a salt bagel:

With a side of the cucumber salad:

Megan & I both took home some Cinnamon Sugar Bagel chips with Vanilla Honey Cream Cheese, courtesy of the amazingly nice staff:

Overall, the food was delicious. Both my pizza bagel & the bagel chips were heavenly. The staff was super friendly & I can’t say enough good things about them. I can’t wait to go back!
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Pele’s Wood Fire – Breakfast Edition

Yes, it’s another Pele’s review 🙂

& yes, it’s glowing… Per usual.

& no, I’m not being bribed.

(But I could be bribed. With Biscotti. Just sayin’.)

This time I met up with some fellow Jacksonville Tweeters for their breakfast service. My normal pre-work running route takes me right in front of Pele’s almost every morning & it always smells divine. Maybe it’s the espresso, maybe it’s my body just knowing there’s sugary pastries inside, but I’ve been dying to give it a try.

Since I’m rapidly gaining a reputation for my love of bacon, I decided to start with the Brown Sugar Bacon Latte:

While I’m merely theorizing on how it’s made, I’m pretty sure it involves a bit of bacon grease as evidenced by the greasy spots floating in the surface of the beverage. The bacon flavor of the latte was rich & the brown sugar was a nice complement as it always is with bacon.

The menu offers both sweet & savory pastries, but since I was in a hurry, I opted to grab a chocolate croissant & a cinnamon sugar-coated Zeppole:

While I really enjoyed my experience at Pele’s for their breakfast service, I’m curious as to how it will fare. With several other breakfast spots in the same vicinity (Starbucks, Einsteins, Bold Bean, & the new Bagel Love in Avondale, etc) I wonder how it’ll stack up against the competition in the area. It gave me more of a sit, relax & enjoy a newspaper vibe & less of a hurry up, get your coffee & bagel & go about it. Maybe that distinction will set it apart, but I do wonder how much there is a market for that in this area. Only time will tell.

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Turkey Sausage Bisquick Bake

This morning I crawled out of bed, wandered to the kitchen & stared at my fridge for an undetermined amount of time. The box of Bisquick jumped out at me & instantly made me crave a warm, eggy Southern breakfast. So I threw on some clothes, tossed out my whole “Don’t Go Anywhere Unless You’re Prepared to Run into Your Worst Enemy or the Man of Your Dreams” resolution, headed to Publix for bacon & began to ponder exactly what I was going to make.

I’ve tried to eat healthier lately… Cutting some calories to drop a few pounds, so I knew I had to keep it on the trimmer side. I stood in front of the bacon & sausage debating which choice would be the most prudent when I spied a new friend from Jimmy Dean:

Turkey sausage crumbles? 60% less fat? Pre-cooked? Super easy? Sounds worth a try.

So I grabbed a bag & headed home to whip up a Turkey Sausage Bisquick Bake.

Ingredients:

– 1/3 c. Bisquick Heart Smart

– 6 tbsp + 2 tbsp liquid egg whites, divided

– 1 tbsp water

– 1/8 tbsp Italian seasoning

– 2/3 c. Turkey Sausage

– 1/2 c. Fat Free Mozzarella

Preheat oven to 400 & spray/grease an 8 inch loaf pan. Mix Bisquick, 2 tbsp of egg whites, water & Italian seasoning. Spread across bottom of loaf pan. Layer sausage, remaining egg whites & cheese in pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Usually I kick off the Race Season (aka The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) a little sooner than October 30, but hey, things are a little different this year.  This season, I’m once again doing the Thanksgiving Day Half (which is now the Subaru Distance Classic & it will be my 3rd year in a row), the Jax Bank Half & of course, The Gate River Run (also my 3rd year).

For the past two years, I’ve said I was going to run the Evergreen Pumpkin Run 10 Miler. Did I? No. This year, I decided it was finally time. I’ve been taking running a little more seriously the past few weeks & I felt like I was in a good spot to pull on some pink tights, a tutu & a tiara & get it done:

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Despite feeling pretty rough the first 6 miles, I managed to meet my goal of sub-2 hours.

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I completely ran the last 3 or so miles of the race in tunnel vision. I knew I had a goal. I knew what I needed to do to accomplish that goal. One foot in front of the other, pushing faster & digging deeper. It was a really satisfying feeling to break my goal & then some.

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The race this weekend gave me a lot to think about goal-wise. I’ve been really wanting to get to a sub 2:30 half & I feel like I can do it either at the Subaru or the Jax Bank. I know it’s going to take a lot of effort (& speedwork), but for the first time in a long time, I feel like I actually have my head in the game. Maybe I just needed a magic wand to give me the inspiration to go for it.

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After the race, we went over to Stacey’s for a survivor’s celebration. For the event, I made Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins:

I can’t even begin to take credit for these moist & delicious beauties. I found the recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything, who found it on Annie’s Eats. Definitely worth continuing to share around the interwebz.

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Prosciutto Fritatta

I’m kind of embarassed to admit this, but I just discovered prosciutto about a year or so ago.

A friend made pear & prosciutto finger sandwiches for Book Club. From then on, I was hooked.

Then I discovered Brucci’s has prosciutto as a pizza topping.

& I became obsessed with this prosciutto chicken.

It’s been a torrid love affair.

Prosciutto Fritatta

  • 2 thin slices of prosciutto, chopped
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. steamed broccoli
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

In a warm non-stick skillet over medium-high, pan fry prosciutto until slightly crispy. Pour in egg whites, cheese & steamed broccoli. Cook to desired consistency. I like mine hard & not runny at all.

& enjoy with an Almond Milk Chai Latte:

  • 1 c. hot water
  • 1 bag Chai (I prefer Starbucks Tazo Chai)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Sweetener of your choice
  • Ice

Brew tea for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool. Pour in almond milk & sweetener. Stir. Add desired amount of ice.

 

 

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E for Eggy Whites in a Basket

Brandon’s been on a V for Vendetta kick lately. It came on FX, he DVR’d it & we’ve since watched it about a half-dozen times. I mean, what’s not to love about a Guy Fawkes mask?

Anyone else have a rack full of DVDs that you never watch, but as soon as one of those movies is on TV you watch it the 3 times it’s played that weekend? No? Just us? Figures.

Well if you haven’t seen the movie (which you totally should), V makes Evie eggy in the basket for breakfast. Being a food bitch, I thought it looked delicious & I decided to give it a try.

Warning: this may have been a massive failure or success, I haven’t decided. All I know is my cholesterol HAS to be up a few points.

Start by cutting a circle in a piece of bread. I used a biscuit cutter:

Place the hollowed bread into a greased up pan (you can use Pam, oil, or my favorite – bacon grease). Slowly pour your egg mixture into the hollowed center & let it fry. I chose to do just egg whites, but the tradition recipe calls for an egg cracked directly into the center.

& fry, baby, fry.

Side note: Stephen Fry is a cast member in V for Vendetta. His character, Dietrich, also makes Evie eggy in a basket. Coincidence? I think not.

Best served with bacon, obviously.

 

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