Breakfast of Champions: The Dutch Reviewed



The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel

Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.

I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.

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The Checkup: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Skipping Breakfast

• If you’ve been shamed by your mother and your significant other and your barista for skipping the most important meal of the day (who is hungry before the sun rises?!) for years now, rejoice while reading this argument from pediatrics professor Aaron E. Carroll, who says, really, “breakfast has no mystical powers.” So if you’re never hungry, don’t worry too much about skipping it. [The New York Times] Read more »

The Checkup: How to Put an End to Your Procrastination Habit — Finally!

• If you are currently reading this in order to put off the gruesome task of checking your work email after the weekend, we’ll allow it — but only because it will make you less likely to procrastinate and put things off later on. Here, nine ways kick your procrastinating ways to the curb and have the most productive week ever. [Fast Company] Read more »

Matt & Marie’s Opening Second Location in Rittenhouse

matt maries 118 s 18th 940In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.

In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.

All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.

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Philly Style Bagels’ Opening Day Menu

philly-style-bagels-940Anyone who knows Philly Style Bagels from their pop-ups at Pizzeria Beddia is already counting the days to the official opening of their permanent shop in Fishtown, opening this Saturday.

It’s been a long process for owners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber, but after a ton of hard work, a successful indiegogo campaign, and a true passion for making bagels, they officially have a place to call their own.

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The Checkup: 10 Fitness Trends Predicted to Take Over the Scene in 2016

• Can you believe it’s almost 2016? Welllll, it is! And according to health and fitness expert Pete McCall, the new year is going to bring all sorts of interesting fitness trends to the horizon, from a surge in faith-based fitness to a larger focus on combined-format classes (think: Spin and boxing), and more. [Ace Fitness]
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Make: Under-100-Calorie Peanut Butter and Banana Mini Muffins


Photo by Becca Boyd

‘Tis the season for portion control, friends. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and insist you make smaller portion sizes your very best friend this holiday season. Here’s why: By limiting how much you eat of each seasonal holiday treat, you can happily savor every once-a-year delicacy without having to join the throngs of resolution-ers flocking to the gym on January 1st.  Read more »

Girard on Girard Moving to Breakfast and Brunch Only

avocado-toast-girardJust in time for its first anniversary, Girard on Girard is shifting its concept to focus on daily breakfast and brunch only. The change goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1st and will feature a new menu as well as new hours.

The BYOB will open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries and morning specials.

Chef and owner Brian Oliveira says he’s “listened to what the neighborhood told us they wanted, which was a more casual place where they could relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy our popular brunch menu all week long.”

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