Baked French Toast around Kalamazoo for Spring Break

It’s 20140320_223841finally beginning to warm up (compared to 0 degrees) in Kalamazoo, and I’ve been thankful, especially because a friend who I haven’t seen in years came to visit me this past week. She spent a week here, and we lived like kings and paupers when it came to food. Besides the typical reasons for a staycation being enjoyable, food and good company are reason enough for each other.

We visited Fandango and had some of their delicious tapas selections. The Artichoke & Spinach Dip was amazing – not overly cheesy with enough spinach and artichoke so you can try to justify the dish by claiming you’re eating healthily (we did anyway!). Similarly, their Bacon Date Wraps were the most perfectly-balanced, salty and sweet bite-sized delights. I could’ve just kept ordering those all evening and I would’ve been quite happy.

Next we visited The Wine Loft. If you’re not a heavy drinker, but enjoy a good-quality white wine, find a bottle of this Cascinetta Vietti Moscato D’Asti: Sierra Club Political Internship - Summer and Fall

I’m new to the whole wine thing, so my description won’t be exceptional by any means, but that drink was fruity, but not overly sweet, and smooth in all the right ways.

Crow’s Nest provided a well needed salad and soup dinner, and I’m ashamed to say this was my first visit. Their ambiance was very college/ young adult friendly, but still somewhat classy. Brick walls, digital photography, a close kitchen and a simple standard menu. It’s hard to beat that combination.

If you’re looking for some place to dine in Kalamazoo, give any one of these places a try, and take pictures!

From there on out, we were definitely paupers 🙂 . Chinese take out and pizza comprised our meals for the rest of the week. Although maybe it’s not so pauper-ish because the pizza was from South Haven?

In the midst of all of this, I tried Laura Vitale’s Baked French Toast recipe (by the way, she was on The Today Show, I love this lady!) and discovered an excellent, easy and delicious breakfast dish. I love crunchy bits so I ate all the corners (yum!) my friend ate the middle parts, and the streusel topping added a sweet and textured layer that you’d be remiss to leave out. I say that specifically because I was about to be lazy and not add the streusel topping, I’m glad my friend convinced me otherwise. Seriously, that would’ve been a mistake.20140321_094902

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So all in all, I had a great spring break. Delicious food and great company is all I could’ve asked for really.

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