Flapjacks in Venice

After spending the morning visiting thrift stores for a treasure hunting “morning date”, Jason and I both were hungry and started hunting for breakfast options on Venice Ave.

After a recent social media contest looking for opinions on whether the delicious breakfast meat sandwich combination is called Taylor Ham or Pork Roll, I won a free sandwich to try it out for myself!

#TeamTaylorHam all the way and they are doing it right. Cooked just the way I like it and served on a Kaiser roll, it was comfort food treat. Jason went for his usual biscuits and gravy and his remark was that it was surprisingly good for a yankee. 

We were able to chat with the owner and discovered he’s from the same town as my mother in New Jersey. Like my father used to say, “It’s a small world, but I sure wouldn’t want to paint it.”

As we sat inside, (this was one of the very cold mornings) a couple who appeared to be homeless sat outside and enjoyed a cup of coffee. It was heartwarming to observe two other tables offer to pay for a hot meal for them. Venice, you never cease to amaze me.

Le Petit Jardin Cafe in Venice

Friday morning, we had a busy day of errands to run that took us out to East Venice Ave and finally got over to Le Petit Jardin Cafe. It’s a cozy cafe tucked into the Galleria on East Venice Avenue. If you blink, you’ll miss it, so keep your eyes peeled! Indoor and outdoor seating available, with fast and friendly service. (They are even doing Breakfast with Santa next Saturday morning!)

Coffee for me, but Jason couldn’t resist grabbing a peach bellini, which he said was sweet, refreshing and delicious!

For breakfast, I had the Le Crepe Delacroix… ham, eggs and melted swiss cheese inside a perfectly made crepe drizzled in a champagne mustard sauce that quite honestly was the most delicious part of the whole plate.

On their special for the day was a delicious plate of biscuits and sausage gravy, which Jason jumped for, ordering it as a platter with eggs and sausage.

The best part is that the prices are low and feel like you are indulging in richness. Absolutely give them a try!

Cormicks in Venice

After a busy morning with my daughter at the pediatrician’s office, we need a quick breakfast on Venice Island before I drove her back to school.

*Side Note: If you are looking for a pediatrician in Venice, I highly recommend Sunshine Pediatrics on the island across from Venice Elementary School. The office is extremely friendly and Dr. Khan is wonderful!

Elena was really hungry by the time we left the doctor’s office and asked for a bagel. I remembered hearing about Cormicks and knew that it was close by and we drove right over. One key point to remember is that it is cash only, you will want to stop at an ATM before heading over!

As a Jersey native, my idea of bagels are much different than the ones being served at Cormicks. Instead of a harder exterior with a light fluffy inside, these bagels are more reminiscent of a croissant. Buttery, flakey and light, Elena loved it! With crazy low prices, it’s definitely a spot to check out.

Cormicks is located in the little shopping center at the corner of Tampa Ave and 41 (the building with the beautiful mural painting)

A Day In The Life of Keto Living: Breakfast

I’ve received so many questions about what I eat during the day and if there are foods that still taste good. The simple answer? Yes! The longer answer is that the keto way of eating doesn’t limit you on what you can have, it simply means modifying some of the ingredients and portions to satisfy your cravings. This is going to be a great series starting with breakfast and in other articles, I’ll have a recipe for lunch and dinner as well.

Water
Drinking some water is the starting point of a keto diet. Water is essential because keto diets dehydrate you to some extent and it will help to keep your body hydrated. It is advisable to drink water as soon as you wake up. Keep a water bottle on your nightstand to help you remember!

Breakfast

Start your day off right, with a meal that will give you the energy to get through the morning. Indulge in a wonderful breakfast that is healthy and tastes great! As we welcome the fall season and pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves, this great recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes with a Pumpkin Butter is something you get to enjoy guilt free!

Original photo from www.thatslowcarb.com

Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Spice Butter

Ingredients

For the pumpkin butter:
1/2 tbsp 100% pumpkin
3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
1/16 tsp stevia in the raw

For the pancakes:
2oz cream cheese
2 eggs
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 

Instructions

  1. Starting with the pumpkin butter, mix together butter and pumpkin and microwave for 10 second intervals until smooth. 
  2. Once smooth and hot, add Stevia to taste.
  3. Next, the pancakes. Blend together cream cheese, eggs, coconut flour and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan to medium and add a tablespoon of butter.
  5. As soon as the butter begins to brown, add half your pancake batter.
  6. Once you see bubbles popping up through the pancake, it’s your cue to flip. The pancake should be mostly cooked at this point.
  7. Cook for another 30-60 seconds, remove from pan and add to a plate.Repeat with pancake #2.
  8. Top both pancakes with pumpkin butter and enjoy!