Here’s another entry in this rad blog that I invite you to file under “Things You See at Kroger.” This box of Strawberry Frosted Shredded Wheat Cereal caught my eye when I was grocery shopping with my sister while visiting California at Christmas. Because the search for Pink Things observes no Holiday!
The International Center of Photography in New York sold these Bob’s Your Uncle disposable placemats, featuring photographer Stephen Shore’s images of food and plates, in 2007, when the institution hosted a survey of Shore’s work that had toured throughout Europe and the US.
Photographed as Part of the Stephen Shore Career Retrospective, on Exhibit Through May 28th, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Do you like Breakfast? I sure do. The thing is, on weekdays I don’t have time to make breakfast for myself at home – plus, who can eat that early! So, I like breakfast foods that I can keep at the office and eat at my desk; you know, after I have had my coffee and am fully awake. Because, mornings!
For convenience sake, I eat a lot of cold cereal, which is delicious. But sometimes, and especially with the frigid winter weather we have been forced to endlessly endure here in NYC, I like to change it up with something warm and comforting. A recent discovery which fits the bill of being convenient, delicious and warming is Quaker’s new Warm & Crunchy Granola. Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is delightfully innovative in that it’s like a combination of oatmeal and granola with added ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts that add flavor and crunch! Awesome!
Quaker sent me a care package recently that not only included three different delicious flavors of Warm & Crunchy Granola (see top photo ), but also the colorful insulated lunch bag, measuring cup and ceramic spoon and bowl set you see above. Swag!
And also this cool notebook:
Apparently, Crunch Day is the new Hump Day!
Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is insanely easy to prepare, per the four-step instructions printed on the side of each box: one of which is “Pour the granola into a microwave-safe bowl” and another of which is “Stir and Eat.” All you need to add is a quarter cup (2 ounces) of any kind of milk or milk alternative (such as soy or almond milk) – but it must not be water – which you add to the dry granola and microwave on High for 25 seconds.
After 25 seconds the granola will look like this:
The thing is, don’t expect it to taste or have a texture like instant oatmeal. Your bowl of Warm & Crunchy Granola will not be soft like oatmeal – it will be Crunchy like Granola (hence the name). If you want it to be a little bit softer, microwave for an additional 15 seconds or so to your desired texture. It will still have crunchiness to it because of the nuts and specially baked granola clusters that are part of the mix.
Of the three flavors I received – Honey Almond, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Almond – my favorite is the Cranberry Almond. I love the contrast of the soft tart/sweet cranberries and the crisp sliced almonds as they mingle with the sweet granola that tastes like you are eating a warm Oatmeal cookie. Fabulous.
Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is low in fat, has no cholesterol and is high in fiber, containing 4 grams of fiber and 32 grams of whole grain per serving. With 2 ounces of milk it clocks in at 220 calories, which isn’t bad. Plus it’s very filling and will help to keep you feeling satisfied until it’s time for lunch! The Worley Gig grants Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Two Spoons Up! Find out more about this product and where you can buy it at This Link.
Bacon never looked so stylish! In this photo, you can see that the Breakfast Princess has on a rocking outfit, representing all of your favorite breakfast foods, including Eggs (Face, Hair, Shoes), Buttered Toast (Blouse), Pancakes (Skirt) and, most importantly, Bacon (Hair Ribbons and Belt)! And look how friendly she seems! I am so hungry now.
Heart Shaped Bacon for Valentine’s Day Breakfast!
Here’s How to Make it!
- You will need 12 slices of bacon to make 12 hearts.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
- Cut your bacon slices in half.
- Use 2 pieces of the cut in half bacon and shape them into a heart on a sheet pan (make sure this pan has sides so the grease doesn’t get all over your oven!)
- Bake for 18 – 25 minutes (or until done)
- Serve with a heart shaped Egg!
Feel The Love!
East Villagers rejoice: the first ever downtown location of the International House of Pancakes (aka The IHOP) has finally opened as of last weekend. I made my maiden voyage to the hallowed House of Pancakes earlier today, accompanied by friends Nadia and Mark, who, like me, are serious pancake lovers. We arrived at about 10:45 AM and were advised there would be about a 20 minute wait for a table. Not bad, considering the inside waiting area was packed, with more hungry people congregated on the street out front like it was “Occupy Wall Street” or something. But we found a space to wait comfortably, perched on the generous-sized brick lip of the front windows, as we passed time jabbering excitedly while intently studying the “Carry- out” menus we had snatched from the front counter so we could plan out what we might want to eat in advance of being seated. Multi-tasking! As promised, in 20 minutes we were inside and seated in the quieter, rear area of the restaurant at a spacious booth! Score!
Seriously, there is almost too much stuff on this menu — it goes on for pages and pages — so they don’t make it easy to decide. Menu highlights include: Stuffed French Toast Combo ($8.49), Bacon Temptation Omelette ($11.49), and a variety of combo platters that include any number of the following: eggs, bacon and/or sausage and/or ham, hash brown and pancakes (priced in the range of $9 – 10) so you can pretty much tailor make your breakfast to your specific cravings and degree of hunger. Both Mark and I decided on the Breakfast Sampler ($9.99): 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon Strips, 2 Link Sausage, 2 Pieces of Ham, Hash Browns and 2 Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes — which we customized by swapping out the buttermilk pancakes for “fancy pancakes” for an up-charge of $2.00 (my choice: Chocolate Chip Pancakes; Mark’s Choice: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes). Nadia, being a tiny person and less of a chow hound, chose the simple Double Blueberry Pancakes ($7.99) with side of Bacon. A carafe of unlimited hot coffee for the table is $1.99 per person.
Service was a little on the slow side, but we cut our server (Joyce) some serious slack because it was just nuts in there, plus she was extra nice and extra careful to get our order correct. Everything was delicious, well-prepared and it tasted like you want IHOP food to taste! When I go again though — which I will! — I will just get regular pancakes, because adding the sweetness of Chocolate Chip Pancakes to Eggs and Sausage covered with ketchup was a little overboard, even for me.
There are full menus for seniors (+55 — just five more years until I qualify!) and kids (12 and under). If you are one of those killjoys who insists on eating egg white omelettes (note: this is how IHOP chooses to spell Omelet) and healthy crap like that, be assured that IHOP offers menu options for you under the “Simple & Fit” section. As we departed from a successful Breakfast Adventure, close to 12 Noon, we overheard the hostess say that the wait was now around 45 minutes, so the earlier you get there, the better!
The IHOP is located at 235 East 14th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the North Side of the Block). Open 24 Hours! Phone 212-388-1499