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Saturday, May 19, 2007


I had my first ever IHOP adventure on Thursday morning. After a bit of a lie-in, though without much sleep involved, he took me for a quintessential American breakfast experience.

After examining the menu back to front, but I was never far removed from this being a pancake experience, we both settled on the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n Fruity combo.

I had the pancakes with cherry compote for the Fresh n' Fruity part of the combo and I guess the Rooty Tooty bit is the poached eggs and bacon and sausages and toast:

while he had the pancakes and blueberry compote with poached eggs and bacon and sausages and toast (we both love poached eggs on toast):

One thing I was exceptionally glad about was the use of multiple plates. I was afraid it might all come on the one plate, which might have taken some negotiating around, and as an added plus, it seemed to look like less food all spread out like this.

There was a bunch of army dudes seated behind us and we both reckoned they were taking the piss about us squished into one side of the booth being all lovey-dovey and him ordering his Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n Fruity combo in a deep voice. I said, well it DID sound like a chick breakfast.

Nicole, our server-for-today, was a character, one of those higher than a kite sorta gals who seemed even more excited than I was about having an IHOP experience. At the end of the meal she couldn't find our ticket in her ticketfold that was crammed with EVERYTHING except our ticket. She was leafing through it, mumbling: Nope that's from yesterday....now where is it. In the end he had to say: How about reprinting it for us. Everyone else had a slim ticketfold, no doubt with only their current open tickets in them. But Nicole's was bursting at the seams and there were numbers and notes all over everything crammed into this four-inch thick ticketfold.

I'm still not sure what value yesterday's tickets have to an IHOP server-for-today. I suspect she has her entire career with IHOP in that leather folder. Nicole was short and very round, and reminded me a bit of an oompa-loompa. Or perhaps it was more of a caution as to what might become of one after too many Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n Fruity breakfasts!

Today there will be a Red Robin adventure for lunch.

Oh, and last night, at 10pm, we visited Cold Stone Creamery for a couple of these:

I had the Apple Pie a la Mode (orgasmically good) and he had the Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip (which we both decided tasted like toothpaste).


sophie n said...

if you get a chance, you have to try golden spoon! just as good as cold stone but without the guilt! i love red robin...they have really yummy shakes! : )

Jamie/foundme said...

Quite an all-american suburban meal plan! Have fun, there's a REASON all those places are ALL over the places! Yummyness. And I'm sure your working off the calories!

kimba said...

thanks for the update on the American food I had heard so much about last week.. heh heh.. maybe it is good after all!

LePhare said...

And you've got time to eat?

Best Wishes.

Fusion said...

IHOP, yeah, I love the country omelette there, used to go there for breakfast often.
Red Robin has great hamburgers , and my son loves cold stone, there's one right next to our local theaters in town. Glad you're getting a good taste of American food there, all a cut above some other choices.
Hope you're having a great time Fiona!

Princess of the Universe said...

Sounds absolutely decadent!
If you ever decide to make a trip to Canada, I'll tell you all the cliche places to hit here! :)

anna said...

I've never been to an IHOP or to a Red Robin or even heard of Cold Stone. Sometimes it's hard to believe I'm only about an hour and a half from the U.S. of A.

freebird said...

Yummmm...... but er, I think I feel sick!

Fiona said...

We didn't get to do the Red Robin burger after all, but it was more than compensated for in other areas ;)

I also had a breakfast burrito at the airport (very hot version) and it was yummy, but I couldn't finish it!

I'm beginning to think the altitude played a part in my not eating all that much (despite what it seems like from all my posts *L*)


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