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Ann Arbor: A Zingerman’s Breakfast Experience.

It was an early morning and I was thinking Ann Arbor to grab some coffee. Breakfast food was also on the mind. While in-route Zingerman’s Roadhouse came to mind. It’s a place I’d been to many times before, mostly for cocktails and dinner and always had amazing experiences. It was time to take-in their breakfast experience.

I arrived at my destination on the west side of town. The Roadhouse, which open in 2003, is one of several Zingerman’s businesses in the area which date back to the early 80’s. There is also a deli and creamery among other places.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Following the signs to breakfast.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I found myself a spot to sit. It was 7 am so coffee definitely was in order.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

A cup of Roadhouse Joe quickly made its way to my table.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Roadhouse Joe coffee

For breakfast I decided on the American Breakfast. Scrambled eggs with peppers and 2-year Vermont cheddar. It came with country sausage, sourdough bread and strawberry preserve and breakfast potatoes. Everything is homemade. Not pictured is the freshly squeezed orange juice they gave me a sample of.

I found myself eating the preserves sans the bread. I wanted to be like Joey Tribbiani and dive into lots of jam, thinking of Monica’s jam plan in Friends. So good!

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, breakfast

Along for the ride from left to right behind the breakfast was their version of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, the locally made Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce and the well-known McIlhenny Tabasco Pepper Sauce. I’m not a fan of hot sauces, but took a stab at each. Not to bad. I mostly ate the food without sauce to get the full flavor.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, breakfast

They must really known me haha. They kept my Roadhouse Joe mug constantly full. In fact, when I thought I was going to get the bill they brought me a to-go cup filled with it and a hot, right out of the oven doughnut topped with muscovado brown sugar. What a nice surprise.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, homemade donut, coffee

Gotta get an up close shot of the brown sugar deliciousness.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, homemade donut, coffee

Along with samples as you can probably tell, the service was exceptional. Every step along the way I was told in cool detail about what I was ordering and eating, with some historical tidbits thrown in. Great times.

If it’s the early morning and you’re looking for great service, food with the freshest of local ingredients and a few surprises during the experience then get to Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Time to get back there for dinner again too!

Checkout their website and presence on Facebook. You can also see the range of businesses and foodie deliciousness under the Zingerman’s umbrella.

What is a good place for breakfast and coffee in your neck of the woods or that you’ve come across in your travels?

Sam’s (New England Clam) Chowder House on the PCH.

New England Clam Chowder. You could argue it’s my favorite soup and food. It all traces back to when I was a kid, going chowder hopping from place to place in Cape Cod with my dad. Ever since then, if I see it on the menu, I’m ordering it.

When I was organizing the places I wanted to go to in San Francisco and along the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), seafood and clam chowder of course came to mind. I hit up Google and Twitter and various review sites and this place in Half Moon Bay, Sam’s Chowder House kept coming up. I gotta get there.

Half Moon Bay, perfect. It was in-route on my already planned PCH trip from San Francisco and Pacifica to Santa Cruz, Capitola and points beyond. I got there around lunch time and parked a couple of blocks away along the road. This place is busy, it must be good!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Sam’s Chowder House opened in 2006 and sits right along Half Moon Bay and the Pacific coast. I immediately saw all of the outside seating. Yeay!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

I found my spot. There was an ice-cold lemonade waiting for me. Not really, I ordered it when I was in inside. It definitely hit the spot, going through several during my time there. You couldn’t have asked for a better weather day. The sun was shining right on me. Being right along the Pacific Coast in this part of California it tends to me foggy, misty and cooler a lot of the time. I checked out SamCam early in the morning to see if it’d be an outside or inside eating day.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

You can also sit on an Adirondack chair without…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…or with a fire pit…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…and stare at the beach, blue ocean and skies, the coastline and…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…the greenery and flowers right in front of you. You just wanna run out there and get out on the open water.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

The scenery was breathtaking, but it was time to eat. Some freshly baked bread and sweet butter found its way to the table first. Too bad the outdoor bar in front of me was closed. Who doesn’t love an outdoor tropical bar?! πŸ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Shortly after the bread came well you can guess. It was New England Clam Chowder goodness time.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, New England Clam Chowder

Look at those big pieces of Yukon gold potatoes, celery, carrots, little necked clams and more. If that wasn’t enough, there was also smoked bacon within. A foodies dream! It had a great creamy base and was as good as advertised.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, New England Clam Chowder

Hard to believe but that was just a cup. I can’t imagine how big and how much goodness there was in a bowl. I finished the chowder fully satisfied, next! You see I also had ordered the fish & chips. You can always tell how good a seafood place is to by their fish & chips. πŸ™‚

The fish & chips came with coleslaw and plenty of tartar sauce. I try to be fair to all additives when eating beer-battered fish, rotating between lemon, tartar sauce, ketchup and Four Monks California Malt Vinegar English Style.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, fish & chips

The fish was as good as it looked. πŸ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, fish & chips

They tried to get me to order dessert, which I should have since everything is made in-house but I was full and didn’t want to overeat since I was getting right back out on the open road. In hindsight, a regrettable decision. Something to look forward to next time along with one of their famous lobster rolls! Have you had one?

They also offer a spacious inside dining experience and a bar area.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

You can get up close and personal with the seafood…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…including the clams!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, clams

Sam’s Chowder caters to large private parties. How about an oceanfront wedding and reception? If you can’t make it to Half Moon Bay be on the lookout in the Bay Area for the Chowdermobile, Sam’s very own food truck!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, Chowdermobile

It was a great day on the PCH, more on that in a later post. It was x times better with my stop at the award-winning Sam’s Chowder House. The service from the hostesses to my waitress was outstanding. Others came by as well asking me if I needed anything. For great scenery and atmosphere, tasty fish & chips and of course their New England Clam Chowder, you know where you need to get to. I don’t know how I never new about this place before. πŸ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Checkout them out on Facebook and Twitter. Where have you found great New England Clam Chowder in your travels?

Happy Hour After Work, I Mean Travel, in New Zealand.

After a long day working, I mean traveling around New Zealand, it’s Happy Hour time. What’s my go-to? The same as for many other tourists and locales, frites and aioli (a garlic mayonnaise).

Alongside is a Monteith’s beer to wash it down. You’ll find only Monteith’s beer on tap in a lot of locations in New Zealand. I went with their Original Ale in this shot.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand beer

Another day, more frites and aioli deliciousness.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand

When I’m not in the mood for beer, I go with my favorite of Monteith’s, their Crushed Pear Cider. I need them shipped to the states stat. πŸ™‚

Monteith's Pear Cider, New Zealand beer

A desert beverage at Happy Hour? Why not? Nothing like a good old iced chocolate to relax you. I won’t say how many of these, from how many different places I’ve had in NZ haha.

iced chocolate, New Zealand

On a chilly late afternoon, I’ll be on the lookout for kumara soup. Kumara is a Māori term, meaning sweet potato.

kumara soup, New Zealand

If you can’t make Happy Hour and need a meal on the go, head to the local dairy and get a meat pie and V Energy drink. Time for some steak & cheese meat pies. Who’s that guy with the camera reflecting off the sliding glass door. πŸ™‚

meat pies, New Zealand

What are your Happy Hour beverage and snacks of choice when in New Zealand? Australia?

Photo of the Week: A BBQ Pulled Pork Sundae.

During some family fun at Three Sisters Vineyards in North Georgia Wine Country outside the tasting room we came across the Godfather’s BBQ stand…

Godfather's BBQ sundae - Logansville, Georgia

…and their BBQ Pulled Pork Sundae.

Godfather's BBQ sundae - Logansville, Georgia

A bottom layer of baked beans, followed by layers of corn bread, barbecue sauce ladened pulled pork, coleslaw and topped with a cherry tomato. For good measure there was chocolate syrup drizzled on top, I mean barbecue sauce. What we had was foodie goodness in a cup. πŸ™‚

Atlanta: My Go-To Pizza Joint.

Whether bar hopping in Virginia Highlands or Little Five Points, running in Piedmont Park, driving around randomly (that’d be so unlike me haha) or just running errands, I’m always up for pizza. My go-to pizza joint in the ATL is Fellini’s.

They have several locations in the area, the one I most frequent is on Ponce De Leon in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

I always order by the slice. On my most recent visit I went with two slices of the Fellini’s special. Pepperoni, mushrooms, italian sausage, onions, meatballs, green peppers, black and green olives and lots of cheese!

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

I love going custom and random too. On another visit went with ham, sausage, tomatoes and onions. The toppings on their big slices are always large, tasty and fresh. You can get New York or Sicilian style pizza.

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

The Poncey-Highland location has a large outside patio with a water fountain and partial views of the skyline.

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

I’ve always had great service and you get your pizza fast, even if custom-made.

Fellini's Pizza, Atlanta

It’s a great place to go for lunch or to chill with a beer and friends in the evening as they stay open late. They have beer on tap! If you’re a foodie and love pizza, make sure to checkout Fellini’s Pizza next time you swing by the ATL.

What pizza places have you come across in your travels and at home that have become your go-to’s?