How About Some Beer With Your Pancakes?

Oh,wait, did I say with your pancakes? I meant IN your pancakes.

Beer Pancakes

Remember when I told you on Saturday morning that I was going to Copperwood Tavern for Buckwheat Banana Beer Pancakes? Well I lied.

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I was going to order the pancakes, I really was…but after eating about 18 spoonfuls of cinnamon raisin peanut butter before I even got out the door, I decided I needed eggs* instead. BUT, my brave friend Jen took the plunge and ordered the pancakes, and she was kind enough to let me try a bite. Well, friends, what can I say about Buckwheat Banana Beer Pancakes? They tasted like buckwheat…and beer…and bananas…and pancakes…and did I say beer? Lots and lots of beer. No false advertising on that menu!  And you know what? Once I came to terms with the fact that I was eating beer for breakfast, I decided that they were actually quite tasty. As for my dish? It was perfect to the last bite. The home fries were among the best I’ve ever had and I licked the plate clean. If you’re in the DC metro area (more specifically, Shirlington Village), I definitely suggest checking out Copperwood Tavern! 

Copperwood Tavern atmosphere

After eating our faces off we finished brunch, Jen and I stuck to the beer theme and headed to a Novemberfest hosted by Rustico in Alexandria. What is a Novemberfest, you ask? Well, basically, it’s an Octoberfest…but in November. Get it? Got it. Good.

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There were so many options and I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to drink. Eventually, after sampling a pumpkin lambic and a beer made with yams (yes, yams), I ended up with magic in a cup.

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Did you read that? I know. I died a little, too.

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Once we finished our drinks, we wandered across the street to Buzz Bakery where I took approximately 436 pictures of cupcakes and inhaled this pear walnut muffin in record time. 

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I also ordered a cup of lavender earl grey tea. All together now.

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Now, meet my friend Jen and stare at her carrot cake cupcake.

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We won’t talk about how my muffin disappeared before Jen even sat down with her cupcake. (how rude!)

I absolutely adored Buzz Bakery and didn’t realize it was the same place I used to drool over on Emily’s blog until I stepped in the door.

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I could have pitched a tent and stayed there until next year, but since that wasn’t an option, there was no way I was leaving without at least one three cupcakes.

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Life Guarantee: when you put cupcakes on a windowsill to take pictures, crumbs WILL go everywhere.

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Don’t eat your computer.

And just when I thought my Saturday couldn’t get any better, I received a package in the mail from my lovely friend Katie.

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I literally SCREAMED when I opened it. I overreact a little.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know how ridiculously in love I am with Uncommon Grounds. If you’re new to my blog, all you need to know is that UG was my second home in college and it’s just a tad bit crazy how much I miss it. I mean it’s just a coffee shop, right. Wrong.

I was equally obsessed with Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, and I’d be lying if I told you this jar isn’t already halfway gone. No shame.

Big thanks to Katie for making me miss upstate New York more than ever, but allowing me to have a little piece of it all the way down in Virginia.

OK- now that I’ve flooded your face with pictures, I need to know a few things:

How do you feel about beer pancakes? About Buckwheat Banana Beer Pancakes?

If you could order any cupcake from Buzz Bakery, which one would you choose? (By the way, the ones you’ve been staring at in this post are the Cookie Monster and Buzz Signature cupcakes)

Where did /do you live in college? And I’m not talking your actual residence.

*In case you’re wondering, the egg dish from Copperwood Tavern is a Florentine Benedict with spinach and mushrooms with chive hollandaise on the side. I don’t like hollandaise. Don’t kill me.

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So, This is Kind of Awkward…

Hi, everyone.

And by hi, I mean, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a month

Instead of giving you some crappy excuse as to why I neglected my blog, I’m going to tell it to you straight. The plain and simple reason I haven’t posted since April 7th is because:

Life. Got. In. The. Way.

That’s it. Nothing extraordinary happened. I know a lot of you have commented, tweeted, and emailed asking if everything was OK. I’m truly sorry that I didn’t answer you.

The fact is, the longer my unannounced blogging break went on, the more anxious I became about posting an explanation. I thought, I really should update everyone. And, by everyone, I mean my awesome readers, friends, and family, who have faithfully read every single one of my posts for the past two years or so (yes, my two-year blogiversary is this month).

Two months ago, I wrote a post called March Confessions, where I talked about the major life transition I was about to experience. I wrote:

I am still not ready to talk about the reasons behind all this. Mainly because it’s not my story to tell. I promise that when I feel it’s appropriate and the time is right, I will share what happened with you. I’m used to sharing a lot on this blog, and that’s why I’ve needed this blogging break. If I went about posting like nothing happened, I’d feel like I was hiding my life from you, and I don’t want to do that. I want to be real, and honest in my posts. I hope you understand and respect that.

I am still not ready to talk about what happened. Which is why I can’t really fully explain my unannounced blogging break to you.

Getting up the courage to write this post was hard for me. I still don’t know what kind of response I’m going to receive. My hope is that in writing this post, I have overcome a mental road block, and that I will be able to begin blogging again regularly.

What I can fill you in on is what I have been doing the past month while not blogging. Because I can’t possibly talk about every single thing I’ve done since April 7th in one post, I’m just going to concentrate on the highlights.

  • I am finally settled into the apartment at my parents’ house. Although I have a separate kitchen, bathroom, and living room, I still feel like I’m living with my parents. As you can probably imagine, this transition has been difficult for me after living on my own for two years. I keep telling myself that this is short-term, and that I’ll be living in my own place again soon. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying living rent-free, and spending as much time with family as possible.
  • I got a pretty awesome part-time job. My hours are great. I  work 10 to 3 most days, and sometimes 9 to 2. As always, I will never reveal where I work on this blog until I’m not working there anymore.
  • I joined a gym, and have been working out regularly. This past Saturday, I attended Self Magazine’s Workout in the Park in Central Park with a few friends. It was tons of fun, even though I could barely walk up and down the stairs yesterday morning because my legs were so sore. Love that! 
  • I finally went to the doctor to get my breast checked out again at the end of April. I walked away with a number for a breast surgeon, who I plan to make an appointment with very soon.
  • On a semi-related note, after looking at my breast, and checking out all of my other girly parts, that same male doctor told me that he could tell I work out, and that I have good abs. Inappropriate? I think so. I won’t be seeing him again.

And on a lighter note:

  • I have an exterminator coming to my apartment today, because these huge alien-like bugs have decided they want to live with me, and that just won’t do.
  • My almost-two-year-old nephew calls me BACCA now.
  • I am obsessed with Fage 0% yogurt.
  • I miss Uncommon Grounds like crazy.
  • Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flax Seeds rocks my socks off

The end!

I’d like to thank Jeff for pushing me to post again. If you’re happy I’m back, you can thank him, too! :-)

Have a great Monday! <3

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