Ted's Bulletin in DC

I have this thing for Poptarts that is all my mom's fault. See, back when I was in elementary school, I was a little bit pickier about what I'd eat. I didn't really love sandwiches, so I usually just ate the meat and left the bread behind. Or just skipped the sandwich completely. If you know me as an adult, you probably can't imagine a Katie who doesn't love a sandwich. I mean, the people at Jimmy John's know my order by heart and start making it when they see my face! I guess my palate has matured, over time. HA!!! 

Anyway, in an effort to get me to eat my entire lunch every day, my mom started packing me pop tarts instead of sandwiches. THIS was something that eight year old me could totally get behind. And, this probably explains a LOT of my eating habits to this very day. My lunches back then were the nutritionally sound combo of: Poptart, Lays chips, Zebra Cake (or other Little Debbie Cake of my choice), applesauce, and a juice box of some kind. WHY CAN'T I EAT THIS LUNCH AS AN ADULT?? 

Back to Poptarts...(I promise, this is going somewhere!). Pop tarts are one of those foods that really remind me of being a kid. Last year I found a recipe for homemade pop tarts and I felt like my life was somehow changed. As an adult, I love eating slightly fancier versions of things that made me so happy on a daily basis as a kid, and a homemade poptart is equal parts comfortable and fancy-ish. It also just so happens that Ted's Bulletin in DC is pretty much famous for their homemade PopTarts! 

I work in DC so regularly that I have started to feel like I'm partly from there. I'm working there at least 12-15 weekends out of a year...this month alone, we'll have been there three weeks in a row! I knew we would have to stop at Ted's Bulletin eventually, and this Sunday we finally made it! 

If you love comfort food (and breakfast) as much as I do, you absolutely HAVE to go to Ted's Bulletin. They have so many classic diner items AND they have booze in their milkshakes. Or, at least some of them. I chose to try the Nutty Professor, a hazelnut milkshake. It was good, but next time I will go for the Bananas Foster. Can't go wrong with Bananas and rum in my book! 

Because we're those people that always get an appetizer, we got mini chicken and biscuits to start with. They are served with honey and mumbo sauce. If you don't know what mumbo sauce is, well, you are probably not from DC. See, I told you I was close enough to being partly from DC now..Mumbo sauce is my JAM. Mumbo sauce is essentially a sweet kind of ketchup-y sauce. It's got a tiny bit of Asian flair in there too...it kind of reminds me of a sweet and sour sauce almost. Whatever it is, it's HEAVEN on anything fried, especially chicken!! We scarfed these biscuits down in no time flat.

For my main meal, I chose the Big Mark Breakfast with eggs over medium. I honestly wish I went for another option. It's not that I don't love eggs, bacon, and toast, because I DO. But I eat eggs and toast almost every day for breakfast at home, so it would have been nice to order something I can't make for myself so easily. Like a grilled cheese with mac and cheese and pork belly. I chose that meal because I really wanted a Ted's Tart (their homemade PopTart) but, I could have (and should have) just added it to another entree. My mistake. 

Let's talk about that PopTart. It was my favorite PopTart I've ever eaten! I chose the Strawberry one, because, classic. It was flaky, sweet, buttery, and melt in your mouth good. The jam was just the right amount of sweet, and it kind of crumbled apart at the crust the way I feel a Poptart should. You can buy the pop tarts from their counter, so you don't even have to eat here to get one. I suggest eating at Ted's, but just know you can get a pop tart fix on the fly if you need to. 

John had the Peanut Butter and Bacon burger, which I did not photograph, but I sampled. It was AMAZING!!!!! He definitely chose the better entree. I don't even love peanut butter that much (unless it is inside of a Reese's) but it worked SO well on the burger, especially with the sweet tomato jam. 

We left so stuffed that we had to walk around the block a few times before rolling ourselves into our cars to head 2.5 hours back home. It was so worth all the millions of calories we ate and I don't regret a single bite!! 

Have you been to Ted's Bulletin? What should I try next time?? 

Cake and Ice Cream Protein Pancakes

I LOVE pancakes. Carbs of any kind are my favorite, but hot, fluffy pancakes have a special place in my heart. My favorite kind growing up were my grandma's corn pancakes, which were basically regular pancakes with a can of sweet corn mixed into the batter. Topped with sweet, sticky syrup, they were the BEST treat and something I looked forward to when we got to stay overnight at her house. Even just eating regular pancakes with syrup brings back so many memories! The thing is, regular syrup (even organic, 100 percent maple syrup) has a ton of empty calories and carbs. Usually, those are my favorite kind of carbs, but sometimes you just have to prioritize! 

I bought a box of Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix at Target a while back on a total whim. Isn't that how most Target purchases start? Or is it just me? If you haven't tried this pancake mix and you care about eating a lot of protein and/or fitting your macros, you should go grab a box! They've got 14 grams of protein with just mix and water, OR you can add milk and/or eggs for even more protein. I choose to add milk to mine! 

Anyway, I have used the mix for regular (and blueberry) pancakes in the past and decided I wanted something sweeter this time. By themselves, the Kodiak Cakes are somewhat plain tasting, but with fruit or other toppings, they are perfect! I decided to add sprinkles to the mix on Sunday morning AND, I added a small scoop (about 56g worth) of Birthday Cake flavored Halo Top ice cream too! If you're not familiar with Halo Top, it's this delicious, high protein ice cream. It really DOES taste like ice cream but it has 6 g of protein a serving and is also low calorie and doesn't have freaky ingredients! Adding this ice cream to the pancakes in lieu of basically nutritionally devoid syrup means you're sweetening your cakes with something that's better for you.

Here's how I made them (it was REALLY simple...and quick!)

  • Make pancakes as directed on box (I added milk instead of water, a couple twists of my cinnamon sugar grinder from Trader Joe's, and a splash of vanilla)
  • Add sprinkles to your pancake batter (I used just a teaspoon)
  • Top with a scoop of your choice of Halo Top protein ice cream
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355 Calories
Protein: 24g // Carbs: 47g // Fat: 9g 

These pancakes totally seem like they would be super decadent and heavy in calories, but they've got less sugar and calories than regular pancakes with syrup do! Plus, they're so filling!! I had mine with a side of two scrambled eggs after the gym on Sunday. Too good ;)