Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog Reader Appreciation Series: Part 5

Another one of these things.  But were you expecting anything else?

One of the coolest things about blogging is meeting people you would have never otherwise known existed. There are so many different "types" of bloggers out there, all with their own skills that make everyone else feel inadequate. (Talking mainly about food bloggers here.)

But although I love the diversity, there's something special about finding someone else out there just like me. Like that feeling you get when you finally take off your pants for the night, it's incomparably comforting when you realize that there's a whole community of Bloody Mary bearing girls demanding their boyfriends to take more pictures.

So today, I'm honoring you out there: the readers who are just like me.

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I also consider dessert a food group.  Combine the two and you have the tip of the Nicole-Approved Food Pyramid (right above brunch cocktails).

# 1. Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt via The Suburban Girl Gone Country
# 2. Lemon & Greek Yogurt Cupcakes – Gluten Free via The Honour System
# 3. Donut Heaven via Chobani

Chinese Students Hilariously Describe What They Think About Regional American Food

Like imagining Lady Gaga in space or Derek Jeter publishing children books, a fun treadmill workout sort of blows my mind... but evidently all three are a thing.

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The Secrets Of The World's Luckiest People

This weekend didn't go at all according to plan.

But it did involve bacon, so I can't say I'm too upset.

I had big plans for Sunday brunch.  I've developed the hobby of browsing the brunch section of Yelp whenever I have nothing to do or have someone with whom I'm trying to avoid eye contact.  Last week, I found a lovely brunching hotspot called Toast and have been thinking of nothing but chocolate stuffed french toast and pesto omelettes since.

But what would you know, Sunday morning comes around and we're placed under a tornado warning. As in, they interrupted the Ravens pre-game coverage to tell us to get into our bathtubs.  Which was devastating to say the least; how were we going to brunch from the bathtub?

So Toast was out.  Unfortunately, after assessing the half jar of pickles and grape jelly in the fridge, we were forced to brave the elements to buy our own brunch materials at WalMart.

My first concern was, understandably, the Bloody Mary situation.  A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway hosted by the ladies at the Bloody Best for a bottle of Vintage Vine Bloody Mary mix... all I needed was some vodka and some garnish.  Which resulted in this:

The only thing better than bacon is candied bacon.  And the only thing better than candied bacon is Ray Lewis hand delivering a bushel of steamed crabs to your front door.

Which didn't happen.

But all of this did, which is just about as good:

Pancakes, bacon, fruit, walnuts, candied bacon garnished Bloodies... it really sucked.

Scratch that; it was awesome.  We sat down to eat just as the sun was peaking its head from behind the clouds, the Bears and Ravens were trotting out of the locker room, and the collective Chicago population was creeping out of its bathrooms.

If only the Ravens could figure out their miserable lives, we'd have had it all.  But again, there was bacon... so I guess I have no room to complain.

Monday again.  But on the bright side, only 6 more days until Sunday!

And for anyone out there who has no interest in Bloody Mary's, Greek Yogurt, or imagining a room full of Chinese people going nuts over pizza... I don't want you to feel unappreciated.  Hopefully you can find something you do like here:

Blog Reader Appreciation Series

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