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Breakfast On The Run... Or A Catastrophe?

One of the things I found surprising about my hour + long commute to work is that I actually really enjoy having so much 'free' time between my house and the office to wake up each morning. Granted, I can't do it without a 14 oz. roadie coffee, (not including the additional 1o oz. I drink while getting ready) but still. Relatively enjoyable.

A small taste of the view on the daily commute... Pretty, no?

After 3 years of life commuting on New York City's ca-raaaazy subways (with the crazy stories to match- just wait 'till I get to the one about my hand being held hostage inside a 350 lb. man's stomach), I quite like having a 4,ooo lb. rolling bubble of travel space all to myself. I get to check out the beautiful scenery, catch up on all the latest happs via my homies at NPR, and most importantly just sit with my thoughts. Minus a little bumper-to-bumper traffic, all is sunny and shiny and right with the world. Sadly, there is 1 recurring thought that springs into my peaceful mind like clockwork about 3/4 of the way through the commute, taking me from zen to nearly frantic in about 3 seconds.


I know. Pathetic.
(and at this point I would like to say NO, Mom, I am not 'with child', thankyouverymuch.)

The one thing that I haven't been able to master about said hour-long commute is the whole breakfast thing. As it stands, I have to fight the alarm at around 5:30, snooze it until at least 6, shower, make 2 gallons of coffee, beautify, drink coffee, dress, drink coffee, wake up the Mr. (who at 7am resembles more a petulant child than an MBA candidate), grab keys, finish drinking ''getting ready" mug of coffee, purse, packed lunch? (yah right), OMG FILL TRAVEL COFFEE MUG! (sensing a pattern here?), and go.

I have yet to make room for a 'big kid' breakfast in the routine. Inevitably, I get to the whole brain-consumed-by-breakfast-burritos mile marker on the Loop 101, and then start frantically gaming out the scenario of hitting up McDonalds on the way to the office (probability factor: zero). In reality, the breakfast of champions in my little area of the office is a bag of salty, carb-loaded goodness from the vending machine. Or, what I lovingly refer to as my "breakfast pretzels".

I've been on a mission for the last 3 weeks to find a breakfast food that fulfills the following criteria:

1) Portable
2) Make-ahead
3) Can be made in 2 options- meat-friendly for the Mr., vegetarian for me
and most importantly 4) tastes like a breakfast burritos

Baking away in my oven *this very minute* is the beginnings of a long kitchen experiment, which shall henceforth be named Operation: Portable Mini Breakfast Burrito Quiche Thingie. I've combined bits and pieces from a few inspiration points (tonight's prelim recipe to come), and have a muffin tin full of half vegetarian/half meat-hearty brekkie bites, similar to the photo below, just waiting to be sampled.
Photo Courtesy of Our Best Bites - Mini Ham and Egg Cup Recipe, my first inspiration

My house currently smells like the Honeybaked Ham store, but I'm cautiously hopeful that these puppies will be the answer to all my breakfast woes.

I'll let you know how they turn out... And if you don't hear from me on Twitter before tomorrow night, just know that I've probably killed us both from food poisioning.


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Day Old News said...

I too prefer driving (sitting in LA traffic) to the bus I rode in SF. But I have the breakfast burrito making down pat and have a routine so I make them daily. Lmk if you want the deets and I'm looking forward to hearing how operation mini quiche goes.

Banana Pancakes said...

YUM! Those look fantastic... I may have to come to AZ to try them with you :) xoxo

Elle said...

Oh my goodness Lulu... this post won my heart over this morning... as I've had a crappy week... complete with ohmygoshi'llneverpackupmy3BRhousebeforethemovingtruckgetshereintwoweeks stress, a minor fender bender, and getting up early this morning to wait in what I thought would be a line at the AT&T store only to find out no AT&T company stores have the Iphone 4 in stock until next week (way to post that on the website ahead of time).... yeah so this morning... heading to work, brows sourly crossed, thinking of my overly rich vanilla protein shake waiting for me at the office... I instead ordered the breakfast burrito meal and a Dr. Pepper... awesome... so on top of everything... my tummy is now full of crap....

Glad to know I'm not the only one who hears breakfast burritos calling :)

Pink Champagne said...

You are hysterical! Let us know how they come out... they may become a staple in my morning routine too. ;)

The Waspy Redhead said...

Ive made mini egg/muffin ommlete type things before and they were super tasty. My only complaint is that they dry out in the fridge after a day or two.

Do you have a fridge at work? I'm a big fan of making my breakfast once I'm at work. 2 beaten eggs in a mug with a cube of laughing cow nuked for a min or so is delightful.

Barefoot in the Park said...

oh i hope they are good. i need something portable too ... ive grown tired of nutrigrain bars over the past 6 months. ugh.

Risa said...

i knew that was az...i'm from there and love it!

Hannah said...

YUMMY! I am going to have to try these. Just found your blog today and became a new follower!

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