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Along the Breakfast Trail at Sea Street Cafe

Breakfast the best way to start your day and it's always best when some prepares it for you and cleans up. That's the way I feel as I travel along the breakfast trail and it's been interesting to see chefs who are passionate about their cooking and presenting some very creative options. The Sea Street Cafe is located in Hyannis on the corner of Sea Street and South Street offers a great menu on which you can build your own breakfast by putting together your favorite selections. I was tempted by Lemon Bluberry Ricotta Pancakes served with warm Bluberry Syrup or the Bananas Foster French Toast with  banana slices sautéed in brandy, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar finished with fresh whipped cream.But instead  the eggs were calling me and I decided on two eggs over easy with Applewood bacon, potato melody and toasted french baguette. The eggs were done to perfection as was the bacon and the potato melody was lightly seasoned carrots with white and purple potatoes toasted lightly and very flavorful. The baguette was toasted nicely but a little chewy which lead me to believe it had hit the microwave at one time. The other bread choices were english muffin and 12 grain which I have to say will be a good choice next time. My friend decided on the three egg French Omelette with cheddar cheese which was also cooked to perfection light and fluffy. My other friend choose the Corned Beef Hash  with two poached eggs on top, potato melody and french Baguette. The eggs were also cooked to perfection and the Corn Beef very flavorful with shredded beef and chopped potatoes. The coffee was rich and flavorful and we were able to get ours refilled to joyfully complete our breakfast experience. Now this is a place where I will return for sure and their lunch menu also looked great and I am told that their Cape Cod Reuben and Meatloaf Panini are best, so my breakfast search might lead to a lunch visit for sure.

In my experience with friends and co workers I have learned that some people stick with their favorite breakfast place because they are sure of the service and quality of food, but I say venture out there are so many choices out with great food.If I didn't venture out I would have never had experienced that great Potato Melody....Thanks Sea Street Cafe!!

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On The Burrito Run at Bass River Burrito

I love Mexican Food but sometimes you just want something a little different and when you are on Cape Cod, you just gotta have seafood. Well on this Friday I decided to give Bass River Burrito a try and their Lobster Burrito. It was a large white flour tortilla layered with flavorful well cooked rice, bite size pieces of fresh lobster claw and knuckles, tender black beans, cheddar cheese, wrapped with baby spinach ,sweetened with carmelized onions and a dash of cilantro-lime sour cream, which was light on the cilantro but a good hint of lime to add zest. I have never tried anything like this or even tried to made it, but for sure I will be experimenting on this. The flavors all enhanced each other and the combination was beyond good. All in all it was a delicious and inventive way to serve Lobster and I will be returning to try their Seafood Burritos served on a white or wheat wrap, with a choice of scallops, shrimp or scrod, rice, cheddar, black beans, finely shredded cabbage, cilantro-lime sour cream and Pico de Gallo. They also have a Bacon Cheeseburger Burrito with chopped steakburger, shredded lettuce, cheddar, Pico de Gallo, carmelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon. I think I will be making many return visits. Check out their menu and see all they have to offer. Bass River Burrito is on Route 28 in West Dennis.

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Cooking on Cape Cod with All Cooks Supply

Cooking is an art. One may follow the traditional family recipes and try to recreate the memories attached to each meal;but it's also creativity and discovering new ingredients and incorporating them into food favorites.Sometime because of time constraints we get bogged down and end up with fast food, take out or frozen foods. In our mad dash to get through the day we may loose healthy ingredients in our rush to get the food on the table. There is tons of information out there in cook books, the internet and televsion for us to choose from. But the the trick is gettting inspired and finding the right tools to make our experience of cooking a fast, easy, fun and healthy adventure.So for me I grab my information in pieces from those cookbooks, televsion shows and research on the internet. I have tons of recipes that are gathering dust but this year part of my resolution was to try and create new ways of cooking.Most of all I looking for an easy clean up too. I find here on Cape, we are lucky to have a lot of specialty shops with spices and cooking tools to inspire us beyond the normal one stop store we often choose because we are in a rush for time.So as you are out and about and driving by one of our many stores stop by and see what they have to offer. After having breakfast one day I stopped by the All Cooks Supply in Hyannis on Main Street near Percy's by the the Train Depot. I had always driven by and thought that they were pricey or just a supply place for restaurants. But All Cooks has lots to offer in tools and cooking device beyond your wild imagination and even meal presentation.The prices are reasonable and the inspiration you will get just looking around will be unmeasurable. Now its one of my favorite spots for finding new tools to help me create and make cooking fun.You will be surprised and inspired, even finding the right knife will change cooking.Have fun.!!!!

Along the Breakfast Trail at The Route 28 Diner

Okay we are still stepping back in time Along the Breakfast Trail and in South Yarmouth at the 50's style Route 28 Diner. All I needed was my black and white oxford shoes and a little juke box music.The menu is reasonably priced with some good choices and the service is fast, at least when it came to the meal. I would have loved to have my coffee refilled a little faster, as I had to remind my young waitress a few times.And while we are on the subject of coffee, it was a little weak and not as good as some of the other coffee that I had tasted at varies stops Along my Breakfast Trail. I know I have always said that a good coffee makes the breakfast but this weak coffee didn't interfer with my delicious breakfast experience. I decided on the Route28 Plate which included 2 eggs,2 sausage links,2 strips of bacon, homefries and choice of bread. My eggs over easy were cooked to perfection and the bacon was crispy and flavorful. The sausage seemed to be be the precooked kind and the homefries were mildly seasoned but good. Your choice of bread could include a bagel if you wanted and I thought that was a nice addition.All in all its a good stop with good food.

Along the Breakfast Trail At Ihop

Fun and lots of flavor can be found at the IHop in Hyannis for under $10 or less. I have to admit I have been to the IHop in the past and the coffee was the worst but the times they are a changing and good coffee can be found again at the IHOP. So the beginning is great and a look at the menu has my mouth watering and my waistband exbanding, but what the heck the start to a good day is to have a good breakfast and skipping lunch will help. I had to try the Brioche French Toast with a choice of Caramel Apple, Strawberry Creme or Classic Bananas Foster. All three are great and enough to satisfy any sweet tooth with rich caramel and creme sauces.You also have a choice of how you want to compliment it with a choice of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon or ham and all for $10 or less depending on what you choose. Breakfast doesn't have to be expensive to be good and although I like to support my local family owned restaurants, The IHop does it good.

Along the Breakfast Trail At Larry's Px

It's Chatham's Best Breakfast Since 1955!!! That's what the menu states and as I walked inside it was kind of like stepping back in time. It's a combination of a small variety store and Diner but the Diner section is a lot bigger than one might imagine from the outside. Breakfast choices are good and reasonably priced.Some called it old fashion but I call it Cape Cod Nostalgic, it takes me back to a simpler place in time and brings back some fond memories of days gone by. I love breakfast but hate the clean up, so going out for breakfast is always a treat. I always look for something different or a new and creative dish is always interesting to try. Today 's choice was The Avocado Omelet with cheese, homefries and toast. Everything was cooked to perfection and the choice of an avocado sliced in an omelet was delicious. The homefries were lightly seasoned and not greasy but cooked well. A great breakfast stop and I would return again to Larry's Px in Chatham on Route28.

Along the Breakfast Trail At The Pancake Man

Who can make the sunshine and chase away the blues, The Pancake Man can because he mixes it with love and makes your food taste good. Okay maybe that's not how you remembered that song but I was singing it today after I stopped by to visit The Pancake Man. The coffee was good and as I said the start of a good breakfast is a good cup of coffee. The menu offers lots of choices from Breakfast served in a Skillet, a Breakfast Burger, Breakfast Nachos, Omelettes, French Toast, Eggs and of course Your choice of Pancakes. It took me awhile to decide as I went through every possible combo before deciding on the 2 sausage, 2 thick slices of Applewood smoked bacon, 2 eggs over easy, Homefries and toast. The homefries might look burnt but they were the right kind of toasty flavorful potaoes that I love. My friend choose the 2 eggs scrambled with 4 fluffy plate sized Buttermilk Pancakes. Simple but delicious and the service was good. Having lived on Cape Cod, I had always avoided the Pancake Man because of the crowds and thought it was more of a tourist stop, but now it has joined the list of one of my favorite breakfast spots. Worth the stop.

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Along the Breakfast Trail At Red Cottage

Hey it's Friday and sunny, but there were a few snow flakes and a cold breeze to start the day. It was time for a trip back in time to a place when we were care free and all we cared about was what beach we were going to and if our radio was tuned to the right station. It is great to visit the Red Cottage on the off season because you are more likely to find a parking space. The crowds always dictate the popularity of the restaurants and I often like to see what all the hype is about.This is my second visit to the Red Cottage and they have never disappointed me in service, food or presentation. If you are a person that is tired of the same old choices for breakfast then you will enjoy looking over their menu which reads like of book of breakfast dreams. Everything from crepes to popovers and more are offered. I decide on the New England Puritan Breakfast which included two perfectly poarched eggs on baked beans with a grilled Vermont bone in slice of ham and brown bread. It was like going back in time for me, I was a kid all over again sitting in front of the television with my tv tray and good food. My friend decided on the Extra Thick Cinnamon French Toast which tasted even better than it smelled and it was rich, light and flavorful. If you love nostalgia and good food, then you have got to visit the Red Cottage. It's a Cape Cod Tradition.

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Blending a Way to a Healthier Lifestyle with a Banana, Pineapple Smoothie

We all live a busy lifestyle and at times barely have enought time to breath or eat properly. There's fast food and sometimes we just grab something quick out of the refrigerator. Who has time to sit down to a home cookd meal with all the proper ingredients that makes it a healthy meal. As you can guess this year I am tring to be healthy and somehow fit it into my lifestyle. It's all about eating less but eating or in this case, drinking healthy. There is plenty of information about juicing and smoothies in magazines, books and televison shows. Everyone has lots to share with us but we must be careful as consumers and the pilot of this vessel we travel in. We have control of what we eat and drink. We have to decide on what amount of calories we need to maintain an optimal weight so that we can avoid health problems and live a more happier life. I am not a very healthy sit down eat a balanced meal person and very often cook something quick, usually a meat dish and forget to include the rest.Making a juice or smoothie gives me the chance to continue with my grab and go lifestyle but snack on or include my much needed fruits and veggies on the run.

Today I decided to blend a few ingredients that I had around the house to make a Banana,Pineapple,Apple Smoothie. Each ingredient has health benefits which could be disputed but if you blend your smoothies yourself, you choose the ingredients and make it fresh without chemicals.So try making smoothies and juices yourself you will be surprised by the good taste you can create. I bought a good book called The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies and found it to be helpful, but there is lots of info out there. Eat Healthy and Have Fun!

Banana,Pineapple and Apple Smoothie
1 Banana peeled
2 slices of Pineapple
1 Apple cored and sliced
1 inch piece peeled ginger
4oz unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
1 tbsp Chia Seed
Blend together.

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Along the Breakfast Trail At Hangar B

On yet another rainy friday this girl decided to visit the Chatham Airport and visit a most talked about legend. TheHangar B which experienced some extensive fire damge last October arose from it ashes and opened again this week all shining and ready for the summer crowd. The chef has vast experienced and worked at the Chatham Bars Inn and offers a creative but somewhat limited menu at present but there are daily specials. The chef creates everything from potato buttermilk doughnuts,which looked delicious, muffins, raspberry red wine vinegar jam, strawberry thyme balsamic jam and lemon curd. Even the coffee is a special blend which is flavorful and reminds me a little of Starbuck's. It's not, but it is good and a great coffee makes a good breakfast. The menu is bit pricey for me but when you have all this creativity and fresh local ingredients one must expect to pay the price. So I decided to venture into a new breakfast taste and chose the Red Flannel Hash which was beet, sweet potato,yukon potato,bacon hash topped with 2 poached eggs with laced on flavorful horshradish creme fraiche and sourdough toast. I love beets and they are highly nutritious and a “cardiovascular health” friendly root vegetable and I happen to love horshradish too so my decision was easy. The flavor of the beets was delicious and at times it was hard to distinguish the sweet potato from the beets or potatoes and the horshradish creme fraiche kick it all up while the poach eggs made it savory. The sourdough bread was delicious and toasted to perfection and a good accompaniment to the meal. So it may be a little pricey, but it is good. I think I will be trying to recreate this dish at home. It's good.

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