I think it is fair to say that I love my birthday. It usually turns into a month-long celebration, and this year was no different!
On my actual birthday, I didn’t have many requests, but I did want to have ‘American breakfast’ or as close to it as we could get with the Brit. You see, traditional English breakfasts are fine and all, but it is just too much and I do question some of the foods that make up this meal (um baked beans and fried tomatoes? no thank you.), so I wanted an omelette or pancakes (not crepes, but pancakes!).
So, I spent way too much time researching restaurants that served breakfast near us and found the place…Ricci’s Place in Halifax. I’d been there for lunch a few times with the Brit’s mum and sister and enjoyed it every time, which made me feel certain we were in for a treat with this breakfast.
[I should also mention that the Brit loves American breakfast as much as me, so he wasn’t disappointed at all that this was what I wanted to do. We like to tell the story about one of his visits to Washington when the two of us went for breakfast and he just kept ordering more and more food. When our food was ready, it took two servers to bring it to us and the woman who took our order turned to her co-worker and said, “Yes, this is just for the two of them,” or something similar. It was quite funny!]
Luckily, the breakfast at Ricci’s was spot on for what I was craving. I had a fruit smoothie, a stack of three fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and fresh blueberries, and the two of us split an order of eggs benedict. Seriously, it was delicious and made me feel like I was back home for a brief moment, even if everyone around me had accents. It was the perfect morning.
The Brit then asked me what else I wanted to do. And, because we started the day off with an American theme, I figured we should continue it and head to a shop I had recently found online while attempting to purchase American candy for the Brit’s sister’s hen party. (She was a counselor at a summer camp in Pennsylvania, so shares a love of sweets from the U.S. with me.) Little did I know when I found this shop that delivered overnight (thank goodness!) that it was a mere 35-minute drive from us, so off we headed to American Soda near Manchester.
Literally, I was like a kid in a candy shop. I couldn’t get over the sodas and sweets and other random foods they had in this little shop! Does anyone remember the soda, Big Red?! I can’t remember the last time I saw Big Red in the States, but I now know where to get it if I ever want some in England! Plus, Big League Chew! What?! I’m getting sidetracked here, but check out my stash below. I didn’t want to overdo it…oh, I had already eaten the Mike and Ikes and the rest was gone within 2 days.
We ended the day with a great meal and drinks at our favorite local pub. It was the perfect birthday, even if I was on a bit of a sugar high by the end of it!
Thank you for the birthday wishes, especially from my family and close friends! It meant so much to hear from you since I’m so far away. I felt much closer to home because of your calls, texts, and emails. xx