Bisbee Breakfast Club

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This little breakfast place opened up a few years ago, here in Tucson. As the name suggests to those familiar with the area, the business originates in the old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. (More on that cute mining town here!)

After somehow migrating up to warmer climes here in Tucson, the business seems to have thrived! The decor is diner inspired, complete with aluminum (or is it chrome or stainless steel?) bar in front of the kitchen. The fare, on the otherhand, is more country and southwest inspired.

The two dishes my dad and I got perfectly exemplify those very themes. I ordered the Chorizo Ranchers (above). The chorizo was nicely spiced (though in all honesty it was probably bought premade), the tortillas were crisp and the sauce was nice and creamy with a hint of spice. I very much enjoyed my meal.

My dad got the Copper Queen Skillet which was ham, bacon, sausage, gravy, eggs and a biscuit. It was actually very well portioned and nothing overpowered the other ingredients. The gravy was a nice touch – not too heavy nor spicy from the peppercorns, but just enough to add a decadent moist element to the skillet.

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This place is always packed on the weekends, and rightly so. It is delicious, quality food that you can count on. Every time I’ve gone there I’ve enjoyed a delicious meal. And next time I go to Bisbee, I’m going to be sure to check out the original restaurant to compare!

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Banana Scones

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Star Scones!

Whilst browsing through my many food blogs I came upon this delectable dish with perfect timing, for beside me was an ever-ripening bunch of bananas that needed to be used up!

From Flavorthemoments.com came this simple banana breakfast pastry. (I didn’t make the glaze because I wasn’t feeling the sweet factor. And I was lazy. XP )

The making was simple enough and definitely took me less than the predicted half hour prep time. I halved the recipe, not having many people to help me eat the finished product, which made the prepping even quicker.

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I quickly mashed up the banana, added a splash of almond milk (just to thin it out since I was already at the 1 cup mark) and mixed in the greek yogurt. Then I mixed the dry ingredients, cut in the butter and combined with the ‘naners.

I’m not sure how you’d be able to spread out the dough and cut out rounds because it was just a little too sticky for easy handling. As it was, I got messy enough just partitioning the dough into my adorable (and thoroughly greased and floured) star tins.

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Popped them in the oven and after the 16 minutes they were perfect!

I let them cool and in the morning enjoyed a lovely (and rather healthy!) breakfast with a fruit smoothie. It still wasn’t very scone-like (maybe because I only used white all purpose flour?). It was more akin to a dense (almost tough, but not in a bad way!) muffin. Anyway it was really good and still moist.

I’m going to make these again and play around with some additional fillings (chocolate or cinnamon chips, anyone?) and maybe adding a bit more flour to see if that makes it more crumbly and scone-ish.

Village BakeHouse

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One of my dearest and closest friends introduced me to this gem a few years ago.

Tucked into the corner of the Trader Joe’s shopping plaza off Oracle, one can find this adorable and friendly little bakery and cafe. You can get coffees, smoothies, fresh pastries, breads, cakes, and breakfast or lunch.

My dad and I like to go for breakfast – their specials du jour (“of the day” in French) are always delicious and filling. Usually they will have an omelete and a french toast special to choose from. This last visit, however, they only had omeletes to pick from. My dad and I both went with the Red Bean Chili and Cheddar Cheese omelete.

It was really good. The eggs were fluffy and the chili was rich and savory. It was full of bean, beef and tomato flavours, with just a hint of spice. Each plate came with a side of toast and fruit or potatoes. I had mine with sourdough toast and a side of home-style red potatoes -perfectly seasoned, while my dad had fruit.

It was filling and delicious. An absolute MUST for breakfast!

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a trendy restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. I was brought here with a couple of foodie friends and absolutely fell in love with it. The place is open and has full length windows all around, so the dining room stays bright and cheery. They even have a small bar area if you want to enjoy some day drinking!

The menu offers some traditional and some more sophisticated food choices. They offer several freshly squeezed juice options and breakfast dranks, if you are in the mood. As far as food, you can get anything from the original egg, bacon and toast breakfast, to an omelete, to challah french toast, to several mouth watering choices of eggs benedict. Can you guess which I went for?

See, when I go out to eat, I try to order those things which would normally be too difficult to prepare myself or that have a really new and fresh take on a recipe. When I spotted the Bello Bene and did a little research on bordelaise sauce on my friend’s handy smartphone, I knew I had hit the jackpot.

The Bello Bene features two eggs benedict, on top of portobello mushrooms on top of an English muffin, some sauteed spinach and sliced tomatos, and smothered in bordelaise and hollandaise sauce. It sounds like a lot, looks like a mess in the picture, but trust me. It was amazing.

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This is one of those plates that just doesn’t translate well into photos.
I swear it didn’t appear this messy when sitting in front of me!

Because you are probably wondering, bordelaise sauce is a classic French sauce made from red wine and bone marrow. It is rich and full bodied and incredibly tasty. Hollandaise is a thick creamy sauce made from egg yolk and butter.

I know you are thinking that sounds too heavy or too many confliction flavors, but somehow they made it work. Every flavor complimented the other and blended so well. It was pure bliss taking each bite.

The dish is also accompanied by some fresh fruit and some southwestern style home potatoes.

I made sure to mop up every last droplet of this delightful creation, and though I was bursting full, I was oh so very happy!

Fluffy like a pillow pancakes!

This morning I was bored and craving some moist and airy pancakes. It had been ages since I’ve eaten any and longer still since I made them. Ever on the search for the most flavorful, easy, and consistent recipe I looked up (yet another) to try out.

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And I found a pretty close contender with this recipe. The Fluffy Pancakes recipe (with a dash of cinnamon) created sky high pillows of yum as promised.

My only complaint is that they weren’t flavorful enough to eat without garnish or syrup.  So I whipped up a refreshing topping of strawberry jam, vanilla yogurt and fresh mint to dip my pancakes in.

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Overall I was very pleased and I was able to freeze some extras for even quicker breakfasts this week!