Breakfast at The Farmers Market

Have you ever been at The Grove – Farmers Market in the evening and wanted breakfast?  Well, go check out Charlie’s Coffee Shop located at The Grove in the Farmers Market area, far back towards the end, near the restrooms…west patio.  (T) and I are always looking for some sweet bread options and Charlie’s is what we found.

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“OMG I want a pancake too.  I can’t sit here and watch you eat that,” I explained to (T).

She patiently waited while I put the orders in for the two of us.  And don’t get us wrong guys, you can order anything from breakfast served all day to burgers and fries.  We just prefer breakfast.

What I enjoy is that the food is cooked to order.  And if you come at a certain time during the season you can catch a small live band perform, while eating your food outside in the food court.   This (F.O.) spot has been apart of The Farmers Market for some time and you’ll continue to catch a relative behind the counter.  Sadly enough I did not order their french toast of which they’re known for.  Nonetheless, it gives me an excuse to return.

“Should we get another one?” The pathetic questions we dare to ask. Instead we slowly ate our yummy cakes and engaged in humorous conversation.  So again, if needing breakfast and near The Grove, hit up Charlie’s.

Oh and don’t forget to get your parking validated.

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RECIPE:

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • Lightly grease pan/griddle with oil or butter.
  • Combine and stir first 5 ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil
  • Began to heat pan/griddle
  • Next add the flour mixture into the egg mixture until moistened.
  • Pour batter onto hot greased pan while making small circles to create your pancake.
  • Cook pancake until multiple bubbles form and edges are golden, then flip it to the other side with spatula.
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Those Pink & White stripes on Western Ave.

What I absolutely love about M’Dear’s Bakery & Bistro is the fact they place a napkin over your flatware – LOVE!  Can we all do this?  I got hip to this place years ago as an auction gift certificate item.  There are two locations, 7717 S. Western Ave. – Los Angeles and 2450 Carson St. – Lakewood.  I recently took my buddy the other day.  It was his first time.

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“Well, well, well, she has a new fella with her,” someone mentioned.

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Sweet Cupcakes

Sweet Red Peach is a local (B.O. & F.O.) bakery in Inglewood, CA.  I’ve tried them a few times.  What I appreciate besides their “about us/start-up story” are their variety of items from cakes, cupcakes to cobblers.  If I had to critique anything it would be their frosting tend to be a bit too sweet instead of flavorful, which leads me to wiping half of it off.  Besides that, the customer service is always great, good prices, friendly and again enough selection to pick from.sweet red peach.jpg

 

Out of this playful bunch my favorite was the chocolate with chocolate and caramel topping featured to the left.  I’m not into nuts so I flicked them off <chuckle>, but still was a joy to have.

 

Sometimes I want to dive in and copy things that I’ve come across or purchased, but other times, I have no time.  Therefor, below I listed a quick box version of this cupcake.

 

 

 

RECIPE:

Box Chocolate Cupcakes

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 box of chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream (optional)

  • Mix all the above ingredients
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liners
  • Fill each liner with about 1/4 cup of cake batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done
  • Remove from oven, and set aside to cool off.
  • Using homemade or store bought frosting, pipe your topping onto your cupcake.
  • Drizzle chocolate along the top, break off pieces of caramel to insert and then sprinkle with chopped nuts

Tip:

Consider using a 1M tip if piping.

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Something new for breakfast in downtown Pgh

My aunt and I decided to try out Bufford’s Kitchen, a newish spot in Pittsburgh located near the now, PPG Paints Arena.   Out of the three, we attended the downtown location, which means metered street parking.

Understand we love eating, shopping and simply being social.  Therefor, staying “hip” she recommended Bufford and from there we made out way downtown.  While entering this space, the first thing you notice is all the metal and wood used all around the restaurant which was pretty nice.

“Oh, check this place out!” I said out loud.

The place was fairly empty, but it was early and only two other tables were consumed with customers.  This was ok because it just meant we had more time to chat with our wonderful waitress and waiter in training.  We went back and forth with our menu selections while taking suggestions from the staff and together decided to get the Our Soon To Be Famous French Toast and the Shrimp & Grits Bowl that consisted of cajun seasoned shrimp with a bbq butter sauce, egg and topped with cheddar cheese.

“Did you like it?” I asked.  She did, which is great!

As for myself I actually do not eat cheese in grits so it wasn’t a wonderful mouth experience, but it was fine, different.  I’ve mentioned cheese in my breakfast in the past and it’s just not my thing, but was open to try once again.  The butter sauce also too greasy and made sick.  I could feel my stomach beginning to turn once we left.  Thank God for the lemon water!  The shrimp itself was pretty good.   bufford-pgh.jpg

 

As far as the french toast, I’ve had much better.  Not sure if the menu title is appropriate <lol> but I wish them the best.  The bread the ok, not dry, but not buttery and tasty.  It was missing something…maybe cinnamon or nutmeg?  It seems a lot of restaurants do not flavor their food unless it’s a family owned spot who really understands what their people want.  Maybe that’s more of what I want, mom and pop spots?

 

 

I still want you to try this place out.  Why?  The customer service was awesome, it’s very clean, they seem to have great drinks at the bar, breakfast is served all day and it’s simply another cool place to visit whenever downtown.

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste **
Price **


Want to try croissant french toast?

RECIPE:

Croissant French Toast

4 old croissants

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • Slice croissants in half (or not, personal preference)
  • In a bowl or shallow dish, stir together milk, eggs and vanilla
  • Dip croissant halves into one at a time into egg mixture.  Make sure it’s nicely coated and moist.
  • Melt butter in large skillet/frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, place croissants in pan, allowing to cook about 2-3 minuets on each side or until golden brown to your liking.

Love fruit or other toppings?  I do!  Consider topping with whipping cream, strawberries, berries or glazed bananas.  Enjoy!

It’s ALWAYS Pretzel Time

I LOVE BREAD!

It’s not the first or last time I’ll ever announce that. Depending on what it is, I like it hard, I like it soft, I like it with butter, I like it with garlic sauce – I just like it. CORRECTION – I LOVE IT – as previously announced.  One type of bread I can’t keep my hands off are soft pretzels <sigh>.  It’s so bad The Eagle knows not to even ask me if I want one from the concession stand if ever at the theater, park or event.  AND to my surprise, someone has been placing a box of frozen pretzels in my cart when I’m alone at the grocery store. (shifty eyes low to the right, tilts head and walks away…)

OK FINE – IT’S ME!

I’M THE ONE WHO THINKS IT’S PRETZEL TIME – EVERY TIME!!!

 

 

It’s another day at the market.  I find a good parking spot.  People are focused, reviewing their list and confirming their selections.  I grab a cart while placing my ear buds in.  “Hmm MJ or DA playlist?” I ask myself.  I enjoy singing along to a fun tune as I toss my money into the shelves of each aisle.

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