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Van’s Bakery Protein Power Breakfast Sammy

Van’s Pastry Shoppe
955 Fulton Street East
Grand Rapids, MI(616) 458-1637

Van’s Pastry is this little neighborhood bakery on Fulton that turns out some of the best breads, cakes, cookies and doughnuts around. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and get something, anything, you will not regret it.

I have been going there every Wednesday afternoon for almost two and a half years now, and I still don’t think that makes me even close to a regular. Its really got that old school vibe, where super cool old dudes come in, get their sweet roll, their coffee and read the paper until its time to hit the diner for lunch. There is always an awesome mix of people in there. From the aforementioned cool old dudes, too family’s with kids of all ages, to kids from the neighboring schools getting a after school snack, even business types stoping in for a quick treat to make the commute home a bit more tolerable.

Every Wednesday I pick up a loaf of their English Muffin bread, it has a funny name, it is round, and makes the best toast on the planet. No Contest.

Cholmondley’s (pronounced Chumleys) English Muffin Loaf is the name given to the magical bread that produces addicting toast. Almost everyday for the last two and a half years I have had this bread, toasted with peanut butter for breakfast. Its perfect, add some banana or some honey, and you’ve got yourself the breakfast of champions…or so I thought.

You see I am a creature of habit, and sometimes do things with out even realizing it. One Friday morning I got up and was hungry for something more than toast, I also knew I had a 15 mile training run first thing Saturday AM, so this Friday was all about protein and carb intake. I decided to make my self a fried egg sandwich using my favorite toast. Simple enough right? Fry a couple eggs, maybe some sausage or bacon, add a slice of cheese and slap it all on the toast, for a protein and carb packed gut bomb to get the day started.

Well as the eggs were frying, the toast was popping up and being the creature of habit that I am, I pulled down the peanut butter and lathered those two slices up, like I have done about 812 times before.

I turned around to flip my eggs, ahhh s#*t, I am making an egg sandwich, ughhh. Now what!?! I am not going to waste this perfectly peanut buttered toast. A normal person probably would have just put the eggs next to the toast on the plate and eaten it normal. Well folks I am nothing like a normal person, I was so dead set on that perfect egg sammy, that I slapped it all together, peanut butter and all.

Figuring, no matter how bad the taste, I still had my breakfast sandwich. Small wins like that, let me know I still have some control and say in my life, some.

Little did I know, this would turn out to be one of the best mistakes I have ever been a part of. This sandwich was Red Vines and Mr. Pibb crazy delicious. The sweet and salty of the peanut butter, the richness of the eggs, the zing of the cheddar, all sitting in between two slices of the worlds best toast. It all came together so well, I loved every bite of it. If you add sausage or bacon to this, it is just some next level stuff, things you shouldn’t tell your friends about, they are probably not cool enough to handle and breakfast sandwich like that.  I know the ingredients sound messed up, and that its creation was a complete accident, but dude, this is seriously delicious, and a new favorite of mine.

If you got the huevos to try it, you know because you need eggs, do it.

What is the tastiest mistake you have made in the kitchen?

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Fat Burrito…Well Deserved

The Fat Burrito

3013 W Shore Dr
Holland, MI 49424

(616) 399-9500

Finding a good burrito is like finding a dollar bill in your pocket, its cool for a minute then you realize its just a dollar. Finding a GREAT burrito is like finding Steve Job’s Amex Black Card in your pocket with an attached note saying you can use it for whatever. A much more rare occurrence, and one you wished happened more often. Well Steve fire up the Amex online banking site and prepare to make some payments, because I just found your card in my pocket, and it was at Fat Burrito in Holland.

There are some components to making a great burrito, a fresh tortilla, well prepared and fresh toppings and good meat and beans. All of these components are flawlessly executed at Fat Burrito. The menu is a perfect menu for a burrito/taco place, efficient and right to the point. They don’t try to get to crazy with ingredients or dishes, they do a few things and the do them very well. It is also a great bank for your buck, with most monster sized burritos under $10.

I had heard a lot of great things going into this place and was excited to give it a try, we ordered some Chips and Salsa to start with. Good fresh chips, not to salty and still had a tiny bit of oil on them, just the way I like them. Good salsa, they brought a bowl of fresh salsa and a bottle of hot and a bottle of Salsa Verde. The fresh was bright and just a tiny bit of heat and lots of fresh flavors, just as you would expect a bowl of fresh Salsa to be.

 

 

Now on to the burritos. You can order them dry or wet, we all went with the wet option, who doesn’t love a bunch of sauce and cheese melted on top.  At the table we had a Chicken Fajita Burrito, and Steak Burrito and an El Famoso Shanahan, a mix of Chicken, Steak and beans.

The Chicken Fajita was honestly on of the best burritos I have ever had, and trust me I have eaten a lot of Burritos. It was just bursting with flavor, there were so many good things going on with this burrito. The Chicken was perfect, moist, so flavorful a little smokey and had just a little kick. The veggies were perfectly sauteed and fresh, still a little crunch to them. Then there was the rice, a little sticky, packed with flavor and not to much of it, they didn’t pack it in there as filler like most places do. They just put enough in to contrast with everything else going on. I have to say it again, one of the best burritos I have ever had.

 

I personally didn’t try the other two burritos, as I do not  dabble in red meat, but the consensus  was that they were also awesome. My dad got the steak burrito and spent most of the time trying to pin down the spices used, one of the cooks came by and told him to give up. Saying there use over 20 spices and herbs to get the flavor just right.

 

 

The service was great and very friendly, every one seemed like they were happy to be there, and were even playing jokes with each other and the customers. A very laid back atmosphere and a great place to have a meal. They even have a Macho Burrito Challenge, if you can eat the the MACHO in under 12 minutes, you get your money back. Good Luck!

The Fat Burrito has instantly propelled it self to the top of the Burrito list in my book. I will be driving back to Holland when ever the burrito urge hits. Perhaps starting a petition to get one in Grand Rapids is in order. If you are ever on the West Coast and need a place to eat, get to The Fat Burrito. I can not say enough good things about this place. Seriously Delicious.

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