Pancakes & Sushi

Good afternoon interneties! First off, let me just say a very big THANK YOU for all the sweet comments on my NYE pic! You guys really know how to make a southern gal blush!

I just got back from another trip to Nashvegas on this bright sun-shiny Sunday. Where was this weather the night of New Years Eve?? I met a friend downtown this morning at The Pancake Pantry, a popular breakfast eatery in Nashville. I had never been before today, but had always heard amazing things about their menu. Check out all the pancakes!

It took me FOREVER to decide, but in the end I chose the sweet potato pancakes topped with pecans (upon request) and served with cinnamon cream syrup!

I wish I had asked for it without the butter and sugar, but it was easily scraped off! They were so light and fluffy and soaked up the cinnamon syrup perfectly. I wanted to eat it all but only made it about 2/3’s of the way and I was sooooo full! Happy Pancake Sunday to me! Happy Pancake Sunday tooooooooo me!

After breakfast, I had to stop at Whole Paycheck Foods and Trader Joe’s…because, you know, I was in the area! 😉

First stop, Whole Foods! I can’t wait to use the bottle of Vidalia Onion & Fig grilling sauce that’s on the far left. There is a chicken breast in my freezer with this thing’s name ALL over it! There are also two bags hiding behind the Daiya cheese and the dulse flakes…whole wheat pastry flour and rolled oats. You KNOW you need to go to the store when you’re out of both of these!

I’m so mad at myself for getting these! I had never had a meringue before and when I saw these I thought they looked purdy, but they didn’t have a price on them. I meant to ask the cashier, but she distracted me (more on this in a second) and I forgot. When I got home I checked the receipt…SIX freakin’ NINETY-NINE!!! Good grief, did they get the egg whites from the goose that laid the golden egg?? And to top it off, they’re awful…just taste like air and sugar! Bleh! 🙁

I have wanted to try Artic Zero for months now, but the last time I went to Whole Foods, all they had was chocolate (my least favorite flavor). They had a full stock today and I couldn’t decide on one flavor so I got two! Yeah, and about the cashier distraction…she asked me if I had ever tried these before and when I said I hadn’t she gave me one for FREE! Heck yeah!

I practically ripped into both containers as soon as I got in. Coffee was first…mmm, yeah…not bad…tastes just like coffee ice cream. Then it was time to try the vanilla maple…SMACK YO MAMA! I could bathe in this stuff (though that would be a little chilly)! It is sooooo good! If you have a chance to try this flavor, do it NOW!

Trader Joe’s was next. I wish I could’ve paid the TJ’s price for my WF’s ticket! So much cheaper!

Baby heirloom tomatoes, basil, and whole wheat crust. Yes, there will be a Margherita pizza in my near future! I also picked up some hearts of palm. I see Allie put them on salads all the time, but I have never tried them before. Have you?

Notice the salmon in the back? I’m keeping my “intentions” in mind! I’m thinking some smoked paprika rubbed salmon is in order this week!

I’ll leave you with my beautiful lunch plate brought to you by the kind gentleman behind the sushi counter at WF’s: Shrimp summer roll and brown rice sushi with eel (my fave), avocado, cucumber and brown sauce.

Well, I’m off to pack up all the Christmas decorations 🙁 Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!


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35 Responses to Pancakes & Sushi

  1. I’m green with envy that you have that amazing pancake place AND whole foods!!! 🙂
    Hoping we get to move soon to be near a WF!

  2. Seriously, that vanilla Arctic Zero is redonk… loooove that shiz! Awesome grocery haul all around. Sorry about the meringues though, at least you didn’t have to pay for one of the Arctic Zeros to help round it out! And I am coveting all your Trader Joe’s loot… there isn’t one in Texas and it makes me super sad!!

  3. haha let me know how the artic zero ice cream is 🙂
    I really want to try sweet potato pancakes! Your look awesome!

  4. Anastasia says:

    Those meringues do look amazing.. too bad they are no good. It sucks to spend money on something that’s not even good but at least ya got the ice cream free!

    I love seeing what other people get at the grocery store. I’m jealous you have a TJ’s though! Is the Daiya cheese good? I see it at Earth Fare all the time and mean to buy some but always forget.

  5. Pancakes and sushi?!
    I drool.
    Great way to kick-start the year 😉

  6. holy pancakes batman!!!! It would have taken me an hour to choose! I went to a custom burrito restaurant today and it took me forever to decide what veggies I wanted on my burrito-less bowl. decisions are my downfall!!!

    Have you seen my sushi tutorial yet? I heart buying it on the go but on the weekends I love to make it! =)


    • No, but I totally need to check that out! I love sushi! I hate making decisions. Usually when I comes down to two things, I’ll buy both (if it’s reasonable) just to avoid making a decision. My friend and I decided we are going to make a tradition out of going to this place the first Sunday of every month until we’ve sampled the entire menu! I <3 breakfast food!

  7. Sweet Potato Pancakes — YUM!! Did they have a strong sweet potato flavor, or kinda mellow?

  8. Priyanka says:

    I love your pancake platter. There is no whole foods and TJs in Knoxville.Isn’t that the saddest thing for a foodie ?! I think I am going to cry 😉

    Love your loot! That sushi looks perfect.

  9. Babygirl says:

    Okay, I was seriously cracking up at the Whole Paycheck Foods lol. Great article and thank you so much for visiting my blog 😉

  10. Kristina says:

    I can’t get past those pancakes! Wow-so yummy I can only imagine!

  11. THAT IS MY KIND OF BREAKFAST MENU!!! pancakes all the way- yours look fab! what a giant serving!

  12. lindsay says:

    artic zero——-awesomeness! Glad you liked it! And do I spy kombucha, um yes! well done.
    I love the bamboo sprouts. So good in salads, stiry frys, etc. Nice job with the shopping. Now I am hungry!

  13. Oooh speaking of pancakes in Nashville… have you been to the Pfunky Griddle? It is SUCH a cute little place and so tasty! They have an organic 5 grain option that’s fabulous!

    • I haven’t been to Pfunky yet, but I want to try them and the Loveless Cafe! Both are supposed to have amazing breakfasts and Loveless is famous for its biscuits! Love me some fluffy buttermilk biscuits!

  14. What great foodie finds. All looks so good. And I would adore a pancake place like that close to me.

  15. next time I think you should make sushi out of pancakes 🙂 maybe crepes and fruit would be better haha nevermind. I’ve had the artic zero ice cream and was pretty disappointed in the flavor/texture esp relative to the price point. It is very ice-y and I think it should be filed under sorbet or some other name

  16. inmytummy says:

    I’ve never seen Arctic Zero. I love ice cream so I would love to try it.

  17. Carlyn says:

    Hey at least you got one arctic zero free so that balances out for the bad meringues! One time I bought a bunch of cilantro that was supposed to be 38 cents a bunch but the cashier charged me 38 cents per SPRIG inside the bunch! When I looked at the receipt once I got home it was over 8 DOLLARS! That’s like a good jar of nut butter right there! You bet I was a little pissed! haha
    I’ve tried the vanilla arctic zero, it had an weird taste to me and the texture is a little gummy. I guess I’m just confused what exactly is IN it, I almost feel like I’m cheating eating something that has 150 calories in a whole pint!

    • Wow! That’s some expensive cilantro! It better have tasted straight out of Mexico for that price! 😉

      The best description/review I’ve heard of Arctic Zero is when someone compared it to a frozen protein shake. That’s really all it is is whey protein mixed with water with some added thickeners (guar & xanthan gums). You just can’t take a spoonful of it and expect creamy ice cream/yogurt.

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