Parker’s Maple Barn

I like to keep it real seasonal over here at B4EM. Autumn is my favorite time of year- I like to keep my hair the color of foliage, and as a fetus I made sure to time my grand entrance into the world on November 1st (because I knew I would love Halloween, but didn’t want to share my special day with a holiday- people are busy with their own celebration, which doesn’t give them enough brain space to think about my birthday). In my opinion, NH is the best place to experience the fall… or Vermont. I can’t say I know that there’s a difference between the two states besides their longitude and latitude.

Anyway, my mom and I celebrated the season and went on a really lovely little Autumn excursion through NH. First, we went to Parker’s Maple Barn. This restaurant makes their own maple syrup and it may or may not be a law that NH school children go there on field trips to see how maple syrup is made and then eat pancakes. I don’t know anyone raised here that hasn’t gone for a school trip- oddly enough most every NH kid I know has also been to Bertucci’s for a field trip to uncover the mystery of how pizza is made.

Anyway, I haven’t been to Parker’s since said field trip. It’s has all sorts of rural charm, which I didn’t really ever realize NH had.

Pumpkin pancakes.

Maple ribs with maple baked beans. I told myself I wouldn’t have any burgers or fries this week (it’s either embarrassing or absolutely charming that it’s necessary this goal be made from time to time) so I had a half rack of ribs and homefries instead.

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Vegas Part V*: The Sugar Factory

Out of 4 days of being Vegas I ended up going to The Sugar Factory in the Paris Hotel 4 separate times. Sugar Factory includes a candy store/soda shoppe kinda deal, a chocolate lounge, and restaurant. Basically, this was the only place I wanted to go to at all because of their candy themed drinks served in goblets… Because I’m a queen and that’s the only way I wanna drink my dranks.

Candy

Poison

Our bartender, Ian. He made our drinks with "less sweet and sour and more booze." He gets me.

Go to Sugar Factory during happy hour- 2 for 1 drinks! (Me, Caroline, Riley, Michelle)

Make-a-Wish (birthday cake) Milkshake. This was good but my Barbie Milkshake was unreal and PINK.

Also good: Bacon Blue Cheese Burger, Red Velvet Pancakes, and Red Velvet brownie is a must binge.

 

***this is roman numeral 5, dummy.

*****just kidding, I didn’t know that until I wiki’d it just now.

Sunday Brunch

  

I enjoyed a little Sunday brunch of chocolate chip and coconut pancakes and white trash mimosas (Andre and tropicana in a glass acquired from a yard sale) on the porch with my family. Oh! and the delicious maple syrup was homemade by my uncle, which is some classic NH charm. It just makes you want to stay at a bed and breakfast and go on a foliage tour, huh?

So far it’s been a productive day so I feel pretty proud–or as proud as you can feel when you are unemployed and living with your parents. When I relax tonight and watch Ice Loves Coco I’m really going to feel like I deserve it.

Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

Last night I tried to make these vegan red velvet pancakes with vegan cream cheese icing.

A recipe from the lovely vegan food blog (you should look at it, she has some really cool recipes and beautiful pictures), Chocolate Covered Katie. Now, I’m sure these pancakes would be delicious if I were a vegan who is used to eating..I don’t know, sticks and berries and tofu…but I’m not. Now, I used to be a vegetarian, so I know that those fake meats don’t really taste like meat, but they’re better than nothing. So, I’m sure to vegans tofutti cream cheese icing is better than nothing. I get that….

This brings me to a rant. I cannot stand when vegans say “oh, this tastes just like (insert delicious animal product), you won’t even miss the real thing!”

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TALKING TO?!

I am not an infant who doesn’t know what a hamburger is. I have had meat before, so you can’t convince me that mushed up vegetable and tofu tastes like cow. Don’t poop in my mouth and tell me it’s chocolate! (I’ve been waiting to use that one for a while).

If you want to say to me, “look, it doesn’t taste like (animal product), but it’s edible once you get used to it,” I’ll take that. I mean, I love Tasti D’Lite, but only because I know it’s diet-friendly, not because I prefer it over ice cream that’s main ingredient isn’t air.

Anyway, this recipe was edible, but I just don’t like vegan food. Also, I like my pancakes with chocolate chips and bacon in them, so you can see how this just wouldn’t taste the same for me (seriously, put some bacon in your pancakes next time.. bacon, apples, and goat cheese. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE).

First Post!

Welcome to my blog, Brunch For Every Meal! If you’re reading this, you’re probably either someone who had nothing better to do than to click on one of the many links I incessantly post on Facebook or you are my mom.

If you’re confused as to what this blog might be about, well it’s hard to describe. I can tell you, though, that if you really like brunch, you will probably enjoy half-reading this blog while you watch The Millionaire Matchmaker. I know this because if you appreciate brunch and believe in its ideals of unapologetic fancy-shmancy-ness, the right to order pancakes even if you don’t get out of bed til noon, and judgement-free drinking of champagne before 3pm… then you might like the blog written by someone who also believes in those things.

I’ll be writing about fun things that brunch-y people enjoy such as food, fashion, interior decorating, cooking, entertaining, etc.

So, let’s say that this:

and this:

and these women:

had a child and then let me adopt it… it would be this blog. Theme-wise, I mean. I’m not saying this blog could ever reach the level of awesome that the baby of pancakes, fashion, and Tina Fey would be at. I’m just someone who loves brunch, I’m not God.