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Brunch Anyone?

brunchhh
Photo by Anna Nease

As adults we have to deal with a lot of things that just plain suck. Obnoxious co-workers, endless bills, and of course the bane of all college students’ existence: group projects. One reward for suffering through in silence is champagne and pancakes. It may not be a fair trade, but I’ll take it. Sunshine, champagne, and breakfast food that is a recipe for greatness.
There are two ways to brunch, go out or stay in. As per usual, I suggest the latter. If you choose to go out here are the best places to brunch in San Marcos according to my extensive personal research:
1.The Root Cellar Café
Perks: This place gets it on every level, they have an expansive mimosa/ bellini bar, and you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The wait staff is extremely friendly. It’s also nice enough to take your mother, but no one will judge you for being hung over either.
Drawbacks: On Sundays the wait is always long. They don’t serve liquor, so bloody mary lovers are out of luck.
2. Vodka Street

Perks: very laid back atmosphere, don’t worry about getting dressed for this one, yoga pants are acceptable and probably encouraged. Mimosas are cheap and the menu is all options, options, options.
Drawbacks: limited bar, classic OJ mimosas and bloody marys.
3. Los Vega
Perks: I really only put this on the list because every college student who partakes in drinking eventually, or regularly, comes head to head with a very bad hang over. This is your place my friend. Indulge in the wonderful greasy breakfast tacos and bring your own champagne.
Drawbacks: As you would expect this place can get quite busy and loud on Saturdays and Sundays, and you have to bring your own drinks.

So you’re staying in….
Lets start with the good stuff– Mimosas & Bellini’s
In true form to my blog, and myself, I recommend that you go fresh pressed! Get some oranges, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. It will take an extra ten minuets, but it is well worth it.
I like to set up a mimosa bar and let people serve themselves. This keeps the hostess from running around topping off drinks.

Now that everyone is preoccupied with his or her drink, time for some food.
*Side note: mix everything ahead of time*

Pancakes:
What you will need:
Pan
Spatula
2 bowls
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoons salt
2 Eggs
½ stick of melted butter

The steps:
1. In a bowl, crack the eggs into the buttermilk and gently whisk, do not over beat….ok…whip it good.
2. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl
3. Gently pour the buttermilk/egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a wood spoon. Add the butter. This is where you have to pay attention and not over mix… or you are certain to end up with tough, flat cakes that even the dogs would be insulted by.
4. Let it sit while you make yourself some coffee (or a mimosa). By now the griddle should be hot. Oh, by the way, turn on the griddle.
5. Rub a cube of butter over the griddle and pour about a half-cup of batter on the griddle. When they bubble, flip them!

Biscuits 
Preheat oven to 450
What you will need:
1 cup flour
1 ½ cups baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Heavy whipping cream
The steps:
1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt
2. Add heavy whipping cream, enough to make medium dry dough
3. Sprinkle flour on the counter or a cutting board
4. Knead dough 5 to 6 times
5. Roll out and fold over roll out again
6. Cut into discs
7. Place in oven on a greased baking pan for 8ish minutes

French toast:
This one is so easy.
What you need:
Bread of your choice
Eggs
Salt and pepper
Cream
Topping of your choice
The steps:
1. Crack eggs into a bowl
2. Add salt and pepper and cream to preference
3. Beat egg mixture
4. Dip bread into egg mixture so that it is completely submerged but not soggy
5. Throw onto a hot greased pan- brown on both sides until golden.
6. Smother in favorite toppings. I love maple syrup heated up on the stove with a little butter in it.

Now Brunch away!

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I wonder if people become their names, or if many of us just get lucky. Anna is classic and simple, which is how I would sum up myself. The things that bring me the most happiness seem to be the most simple of pleasures; the company of my friends and family, cooking for my loved ones, a perfect cup of coffee, or watching my puppies play in the sunshine. To me simplicity is beautiful and the less complicated my life the better.

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