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Things That Make Me Happy: #55-57

June 10, 2010

#55: Brunch

I feel like I write about food a lot on this list, but I’ve actually only written about it four times and the last time was in January, so I think that makes it OK. Let’s talk about brunch: Brunch is my happy meal. I feel like it’s such a “girl living in New York City” thing to say, but brunch is my favorite meal and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Brunch is breakfast food, but later so you can sleep in and not feel bad when you’re eating breakfast food at noon. It’s because you’re supposed to eat breakfast food at noon! Some of my favorite foods include: challah french toast (I love challah in general, but in french toast form it is particularly tasty), frittatas and omelets for when I’m feeling especially healthy, and Eggs Benedict with Maryland crab cakes. Yum!

I don’t go to the same brunch spot that often, but some of my favorite places to have brunch in New York City have been: Max Brenner, Lansky’s Deli, Out of the Kitchen, and this diner downstairs from my apartment (I would tell you the name, but then you’d know where I live and you do know that’s dangerous, right?)

#56: Travel

Summer is my favorite time of year because I feel like I can go on vacation and travel without feeling that guilty. It’s summer, right? For the past few years, I’ve traveled extensively in the summer. I have had some really fun vacations to places I’ve never been before. There have been several weekends in Boston, a couple trips to Florida, and my most exciting, solo adventure in England in September 2008. This year, there’s nothing quite as grand as that, but it’s always nice to get out of dodge! Since moving to New York City, and especially now that Erik also lives in New York City, my reasons for leaving Manhattan are becoming fewer. In fact, between December and March, I didn’t leave the state of New York at all! I have always had the travel itch, and it always makes me happy when I have an opportunity to scratch.

#57: Cupcakes

Oh God, I really am turning into one of those girls from Sex and the City. First brunch and now cupcakes! Don’t worry, Manolo Blahniks will not be featured on this list – ever! Anyway, I love cupcakes. I have the pleasure of living in a city that loves them too. To me, cupcakes are tiny bits of wonderful yumminess. I just feel more satisfied when I eat cupcakes, as opposed to a piece of cake or a cookie. My personal preference for cupcakes happens to be Magnolia, but I had never heard of it before moving to New York City. While Crumbs is also tasty, I find their cupcakes to be too big, too rich and to have way too much frosting, although I do like their mini-cupcakes. Of course, people say Magnolia is too sweet, but I find their smaller sizes to make up for that.

On Sunday, Erik and I were walking to the subway from my friend’s apartment and we passed by this shop that I swear was made for people with diabetes. It’s called Baked by Melissa and it featured these itty-bitty cupcakes. They have all the variety of a traditional cupcake shop but they are in miniature form, so there’s no guilt! They also ship nationwide, so there’s no need to feel bad that you don’t live in NYC. Cupcakes for everyone! (No, Baked by Melissa did not ask me to blog about them… I just happen to think they are really cool!).

  1. June 10, 2010 10:58 AM

    mmmmm…. cupcakes 🙂

    (the last one kind of looks like it’s got a chicken leg on top, though… or maybe that’s just me!)

  2. June 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    Yum! I love breakfast foods, but not for breakfast. Brunch works, or breakfast for dinner!

  3. June 10, 2010 1:13 PM

    I’m with Ronnica! Breakfast at any other time of day is the best. Mmmmmmmm cupcakes! Perfect timing, I’m off for lunch 🙂

  4. Corri permalink
    June 10, 2010 1:26 PM

    This post made me hungry. Somehow that green smoothie I just had for breakfast is suddenly not enough!

    I love the idea of brunch, but I’ve never been able to manage that one. If I don’t eat breakfast pretty early, my blood sugar drops and I get shaky/nauseous/grumpy. So we do a lot of “breakfast-for-dinner” which is fun.

    I’m jealous of all your food options!

  5. June 11, 2010 3:17 AM

    I LOVE breakfast more than lunch & dinner…and of course I love cupcakes! I’d pay $3 for a good cupcake if I had to lol

  6. June 11, 2010 5:32 AM

    Awww I’m so hungry now! Those look delicious… we don’t really have the cupcake craze over here in NZ, it’s bake it yourself or none at all! And brunch is great too… I love going to our local blues cafe and getting corn fritters. Nom.

  7. June 12, 2010 11:46 PM

    I went to Max Brenner in Philly but just for dessert. SO GOOD though.

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