This morning, I set my alarm bright and early at 7:00am for a heart pumping workout. I skipped my usual Sunday morning BodyPump class in the favor of time, and did my new favorite Rock Hard Total Body Workout on Exercise TV. That workout is the jam. And as a reward for my kick-butt morning sweat session, Jay and I headed to my absolute FAVORITE breakfast spot: Cafe Madison. :-D
Cafe Madison is located on Madison Avenue, right in the heart of Albany. It is actually just a short walk up the road from St. Rose, my old college stompin’ grounds. We actually used to make the trek up this way quite often, but it wasn’t usually for breakfast. ;)
Anytime someone even mentions Cafe Madison, I swoon. Not only is the food extraordinary, but it’s got the cutest, coziest atmosphere.
Does anyone look familiar in this photo??? ;)
It’s quite damp and rainy here in New York today, so a warm mug of coffee was definitely on my radar. They even had hazelnut…again, I am in love. It was good enough to enjoy 3 almost 3 mugs of it throughout breakfast. What can I say…they always ask so nicely if I’d like a refill. :)
Mmmmm, tastes sooooo good!
My handsome breakfast date. :-D
Cafe Madison’s menu has remained the same for as long as I’ve been coming here, however they always have specials that are sure to make your taste buds water. Just take a look at some of the offerings staring me down immediately upon sitting.
I’d be lying if I said the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes weren’t totally tuggin’ at my heart strings. I mean, c’mon, does that not sound like it came falling from the heavens??
Despite the temptations, there is one special menu item that has already stolen my heart…
Red Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes!
A dish after my own heart.
These pancakes are like nothing else I have ever had. The overall flavor and spice of the pancakes is epic in and of itself. The oatmeal gives them just the slightest bit of density, so they’re filling, but not too heavy. The flavor of the slightly sweet, yet subtly tart raspberries is evident in every bite, and brings the dish together like no other.
Today, I ordered the “Two Plus Two” which is 2 pancakes + 2 eggs, which I made scrambled egg whites.
It also can’t go unmentioned that Cafe Madison is also known for some pretty phenomenal omelettes and delicious homemade breads. Jay ordered their Farmhouse Omelette, which is generously filled with Canadian bacon, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and cheddar cheese. Judging by his empty plate at the end of breakfast, I’d say he was pleasantly satisfied.
And as for me? Well, I’ll just say that I may have died and gone to heaven for a short while… ;) I honestly think that if there is anyone living within at least an hour of this place, you have GOT to try it out. It will change your life. And probably expand your waistband.
After breakfast, I pampered myself with a nice mani-pedi in preparation for my Vegas trip, and now we’re working on a little more packing before heading over to my parents’ house for barbecue #2 for the weekend. Have I mentioned before how much I love weekend barbecues??
In honor of my upcoming Vegas trip, I’ll make today’s Question one that can hopefully help us out…
**CALLING ALL TRAVELERS WHO HAVE BEEN TO VEGAS**
Question of the Day:
Do you have any tips, suggestions, or recommendations for while we’re in Vegas? We’ve never been and want to make sure we hit up some fun spots!