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Delicious and Healthy Breakfast: Walnut Avenue Cafe, Santa Cruz

17 Jul

Kicking off our road trip from San Jose down to San Diego, California, hubby and I were in search of a hearty but healthy start to our day. We found it at the Walnut Avenue Cafe in Santa Cruz.

My veggie scramble was fantastic. I hate it when scrambled eggs are too buttery, this was not it. And it came with a fruit cup and rye toast. The scramble may look simple, but it was so perfectly prepared.


Hubby ordered a build-your-own omelette, stuffed with chorizo, onions, bell peppers, and avocado. 



Check out all that avocado inside!! And, the side of potatoes were some of the best breakfast potatoes I’ve tried. Again, simple, but perfectly prepared.

We shared a plain, fluffy waffle too. Yum! What a perfect breakfast. I only wish I had ordered a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. The large glasses looked amazing at the other tables.


The Final Word: A solid breakfast/brunch here, with simple ingredients done well. I would definitely come back!

Info: Walnut Avenue Cafe, 106 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA

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Pumpkin Pancakes

4 Nov

Autumn calls for pumpkin-anything, and pancakes are so easy to make. This recipe makes about 18 thick pancakes.


Dry Wet
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¼  cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ¾  tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¾  tsp cinnamon
  • ¾  tsp ginger
  • ¾  tsp nutmeg
  • ¾  tsp salt


  • 1 can pumpkin puree (just under 2 cups)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½  cups milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp vinegar



  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine the two mixtures, and add optional ingredients if desired (I added chocolate chips).
  4. Spoon batter onto a griddle or pan at medium heat (I set my griddle to 275°F).

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