Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

The Perfect Weekday Morning

Hi! Happy Thursday. Best day of the week, right here. Are we ready for Friday yet, or what?

Week day mornings have a tendency to blow past in a whoosh of emails and teleconferences around here. I’m a morning workout type of gal, but that rarely happens lately due to extra early meetings with east coast colleagues (time difference is a jerk). I’m usually rushing and hurrying and calling and typing in a frenzy. I work from home a lot for my current job, but all that means is that I’m likely in yoga pants while talking to you on the phone, and my go-to “office” is a local coffee shop.

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Today’s been one of the more low-key, quiet ones I’ve had in a while, so I decided to capitalize on the lull and take myself out for breakfast, something I basically never get a chance to do during the work week (which I’m sure you don’t either, if you work full-time).

It’s no secret that breakfast is my very favorite meal, not to mention one of my favorite things in life (easy to please), and all breakfast food owns a large chunk of my heart. As a result, going out to breakfast in the middle of the work week feels like a serious party. BRING ME ALL THE FINEST MUFFINS AND BAGELS IN ALL THE LAND. (<– Any fellow nerds guess that reference?)

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I headed over to Haute Cakes Caffe in Newport Beach for a casual breakfast + free wifi work fest, and their smashed avocado toast with poached eggs is one of my favs, {If you live in the Orange County area, you need to get your butt here and try it… their food is ridiculous and I sort of wish I could work for them,}

It was glorious.

And I tried not to pilfer the sweet potato breakfast potatoes the random man sitting next to me left on his plate (I’m a creep when hungry, but come onnnnnn).

My perfect mornings are made up of exactly this — getting up at a decent time (7am?), eating an amazing breakfast, a carafe of coffee, and getting s*** done (no cussing – my parents read this 😉 ) without being interrupted by a million work calls… and usually a morning workout, though that part didn’t happen today. I’m taking a rest day after shifting my schedule to accommodate a long run tomorrow instead of Saturday since we’re going to a baptism starting early that day. (And in case you’re keeping track of how much I have jumbled my training plan already, I ran 3 miles of speed intervals yesterday, and 4miles Tuesday).

Okay… coffee time. Enjoy the day, friends!



Okay, now your turn! What is your perfect or ideal weekday morning?

Haute Cakes For Breakfast

Hello, hello!

IMG_1443How are you guys doing today?

It’s almost Friday, and the first day of spring – hang in there. 😉 And since it’s almost the weekend, that means you’re probably already thinking about brunch.

It’s okay…. I know how you roll.

Well, to help with your daydreams, I thought I’d share my new restaurant obsession with you all: Haute Cakes Caffe in Newport Beach, CA.IMG_1440

I’m up in the Orange County area frequently these days (it’s about an hour north of San Diego), and when  I am, I’m always on the look-out for yummy new-to-me restaurants. A couple OC bloggers I follow on Instagram had posted about Haute Cakes, and I knew I had to give it a try.

I stopped in last Friday for a working breakfast (they have free wifi- win!), and luckily arrived before they got too crowded. I heard a girl say while I was there that they usually have a line (you order your food at the counter and then they bring it out to your table). Apparently everyone in Newport has a work schedule that lets them go to brunch in the middle of a work day?

Anyways, their coffee was  delicious, and they actually have non-dairy milks available. <–Always impressive. Oh, AND they serve breakfast all day!

Instant key to my heart. I just about moved in.

IMG_1441It was just the cutest little restaurant ever!

I ordered one of the breakfast specials: smashed avocado toast, topped with two poached eggs and sea salt, and a side of fresh fruit.IMG_1445

You guys. I literally had to call my mom after cleaning my plate because I was compelled to tell SOMEONE how flippin’ good this stupid-simple breakfast was (and she’s one of the few who will humor me).

Anyways, the sea salt was a nice touch, and they were NOT stingy on ‘cado.

I know what you may be thinking – yes, I certainly could have made avocado toast at home for approximately $1.50 and tried something more creative. But this was raved about on Yelp (along with their pancakes), and I was in an avocado mood. Whatevs.

I’m actually planning to stop there today because I’ll be passing through that area later! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

And with that,  I’m off! Enjoy your day!


Do you ever grab breakfast or brunch out during the work week? It felt like a fancy treat to me, because I always make breakfast at home Monday through Friday!


*Disclaimer: Haute Cakes Caffe’s ownership has no idea who I am or that I’m writing about them, and didn’t sponsor this post; all opinions are my own.

Avocado Toast

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with THE most simple meal. IMG_6770

Second only to peanut butter sandwiches in its easiness. Avocado toast!

I know, I know.

I’m a little behind the curve. Avocado toast is soooooooooooooo yesterday.

I was super skeptical to try it when I first saw it popping up on some of my favorite blogs, sorta like kale chips….but I finally gave in, thanks to an avocado that was quickly browning in my fridge, begging to be used. And, unlike kale chips, a big bite of this toast left me pleasantly surprised.

You guys-  it’s delicious! Even for breakfast – and this is coming from a pancakes/omelette kind of girl.

Just a smear of some pretty ‘cado, plus salt, pepper, and hot sauce.

Oh my, oh my. 

The other day I also paired it with a  side of scrambled eggs, which was just as satisfying and a bit heartier. Try it! Better late than never.


Avocado Toast


  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (I used Ezekiel bread)
  • 1/4 avocado (more or less depending on your preference)
  • salt and pepper
  • hot sauce
  • egg (scrambled or poached), optional


1. Toast your favorite bread. While still warm, smear avocado on bread.

2. Add salt and pepper, as well as a healthy squirt of hot sauce. For more protein, add cooked egg on top. Enjoy!

Serves 1

Bacon, Egg, and Sweet Potato Scramble

Happy Sunday!

When I was in grad school in NYC, my favorite Sunday morning breakfast was a giant omelet with a side of potatoes from the diner up the block. And by potatoes I mean french fries.

Not so healthy, but extremely helpful after a late night out.

Remember that Santa Bar Crawl I mentioned I was going to yesterday? Um…. I sure wish I could get that same diner to deliver this morning. To my apartment… In D.C.

Ehhhhh… That might be a lot to ask.

Since we don’t all have a diner at our beck and call, you should probably just make this bacon, egg, and [sweet] potato scramble. It’s messy and delicious, and a whole lot healthier than what my trusty diner was serving up every Sunday morning.

You’ll feel better in no time, and that’s a promise.

If not, I’ve got some reindeer antlers and a mug of coffee to share with you.

Bacon, Egg, and Sweet Potato Scramble


  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 strips of bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces (I love Applegate Farm’s)
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • salt + pepper


1. Heat a medium sized skillet over a medium flame and add bacon. Once it starts to crisp up, add sweet potato to same pan and cook until potato starts to soften.

2. While sweet potato is cooking, scramble eggs in a small bowl. Add eggs to pan, covering potato/bacon and cook until eggs are no longer wet. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately with a side of toast and fruit.

Serves one.

October Breakfast

October has always been a special month to me.

Symbolic, for many reasons. I mean, it’s the gateway for pumpkin season and Thanksgiving, two of my very favorite times of the year.

But that’s not all. Three years ago this week, right around the same time I was finishing up grad school in New York City, I got hit by a car.

I was lucky enough to have only had my foot run over – an injury that eventually led to a skin graft surgery on my foot (anniversary of which coincides with my 10K this year). You can read my reflective post from last year on my experience here.

It was a tough experience that has defined my life thus far, and made me the person I am. I couldn’t have gotten through it without a whole lotta prayer and the help of my family, friends, and Penpal.

And……….. oatmeal.

I’m serious! After getting hit and then the days leading up to my surgery (I got a gnarly infection that precipitated it), all I wanted was comforting bowls of oatmeal.

I stayed with my dad, who has an apartment in NYC, during that time since I really couldn’t walk, and I even tried to teach him how to make pumpkin oats.

I mean, I love pumpkin. So that, plus oatmeal and peanut butter? It was enough to make me feel like maybe things would get a little bit better. To feel like at least one thing was okay in the world, if i could just start each day with some warmth and trust and reliability. You know?

It helped. Because sometimes the little things? Well, they help you stay strong, and they make a big difference.

An enormous difference.

So, I still make pumpkin oats in October. And I remember.

That includes in my cubicle, daily (in far less photogenic paper bowls than above). And in case you’re wondering if I’m that coworker at the office, with the weird food in the break room (like a tupperware of pumpkin)……………. Yep.

And I don’t mind a bit.


Happy hump day! 

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