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The Year (2015) in Pancakes   Leave a comment

Heh! Any excuse to get out of the house and eat at Denny’s.  My (beautiful) niece, Kristina Eckert, posted this picture on Facebook this morning. It inspired me to do my own version of “the  year in pancakes”. Cookery and photography and cool idea on this first one all by Kristina.

Kris actually cooked them in these shapes and got them all on one plate--something far beyond my artistic capability.

Kris actually cooked them in these shapes and got them all on one plate–something far beyond my artistic capability.

 

My first thought on seeing this pic on Facebook was that I’d have to eat the pancakes into shape if I did that. My second thought was: why shouldn’t I do my own version of the year in pancakes. It seemed like a good excuse to get out of the house this New Year’s Day morning (11 a.m. Arizona time). Since I pride myself on being a troll of action the following events were inevitable.

The sky--the sun is breaking through the clouds left over from last night's storm, and it very bright and cold (for Arizona).

The sky–the sun is breaking through the clouds left over from last night’s storm, and it was very bright and cold (for Arizona).

The scene of the action.

The scene of the action.

My version of the year in pancakes--shaped with spoon and fork, not baked into shape.

My version of the year in pancakes–shaped with spoon and fork, not baked into shape.

the leftovers that had to be pruned away

the leftovers that had to be pruned away

closeup: 20

closeup: 20

closeup: 15

closeup: 15

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with butter and syrup

with butter and syrup

and I ate them all up. This got me to thinking philosophically–a hazard of getting old. If the pancakes are the year (metaphorically), I did not make them. They came from a higher, larger source. Denny’s Restaurant made the pancakes. God made the year.  I did not cook the pancakes. They came ready to eat. I do not create time. It’s part of the universe I live in.  But I shaped those pancakes to my will (and I will do the same for the upcoming year).  My shaping might not be particularly stylish or well-done, but it worked for me.  And I ate up those pancakes and enjoyed them–just as I expect to do for the upcoming year.

I wasn’t quite satisfied with a year that was just pancakes, so I ordered some bacon also. Bacon is a different medium–a lot harder to turn into a numeric representation of this year. But I found a way.  My attempt to resize and edit these pix into a straight line failed, so you’ll have to read it Japanese style–top to bottom.

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2015-01-01 11.34.09

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Can you read it? MMXV. I ate that too. A year needs some meat in it.

The adventure ends the same way it began–with a shot of the sky as I came out of Denny’s. Since I’ve been thinking about the  year to come all morning, I took this sky shot as an omen for the upcoming year. Read into it what you will.

Sunshine and darkness, blue skies and cloudy--I guess we will see it all again in 2015.

Sunshine and darkness, blue skies and cloudy–I guess we will see it all again in 2015.

 

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If you ever have fun playiing with your food, why not leave a comment?

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Posted January 1, 2015 by atroll in 2015, Food, Ken St. Andre, Omens, Uncategorized

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Denny’s Diners   Leave a comment

I like Denny’s. The food is usually good if not great. The restaurants are clean. The staff is (usually) friendly, fast, and helpful. You can have an adequate meal at Denny’s for less than the same food would cost you at McDonald’s. Lately, I have been noticing a lot of Denny’s have been refurbished, and redecorated with photographs and posters celebrating their past.

Consider this blog a kind of museum. I have taken a lot of pix in and around Denny’s over the last few years, and I’m just going to throw them into this blog. This is an online museum of Denny’s.  If you have anything to contribute, send it to me in email (kenstandre@yahoo.com), and if it is worthy, it will also go into this museum.

 

THE KEN WING OF DENNY’S (mostly in Phoenix, Arizona)

 

Parking lot @ 35th Ave. & Bethany Home in Phoenix--this the typical Denny's look.

Parking lot @ 35th Ave. & Bethany Home in Phoenix–this the typical Denny’s look.

Slamtastic breakfast--my favorite.

Slamtastic breakfast–my favorite.

Pancakes are what Denny's does best.

Pancakes are what Denny’s does best.

The photo that inspired this blog--taken at breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014. God only knows when the original photo was taken--sometime before the age of color photography.

The photo that inspired this blog–taken at breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014. God only knows when the original photo was taken–sometime before the age of color photography.

Ad posters for Denny's

Ad posters for Denny’s

The Face of Breakfast at Denny's.

The Face of Breakfast at Denny’s.

Denny's connection to Marilyn Monroe (real name Norma Jeane Mortenson)

Denny’s connection to Marilyn Monroe (real name Norma Jeane Mortenson)

The next 2 shots come from a Denny’s that I found by accident in Santa Ana, California on a trip to Los Angeles for my birthday in April 2014.  This is the only Denny’s I’ve ever found that didn’t have the typical roadside coffee shop look.

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Front door rock garden.

Front door rock garden.

 

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This blog is a work in progress. I’m going to publish it now, but reserve the right to expand it whenever I get good material  to add.
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If you have any good pix or stories about Denny’s, why not send them to me? Maybe they will wind up here in the Denny’s online museum. Heh!
not the end . . .

Posted October 26, 2014 by atroll in Denny's restaurants, Uncategorized

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