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Prairie Whale – Great Barrington, MA

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Day two in the Berkshires was nothing short of fabulous. After a lie-in we had a beautiful brunch at CrossRoads Food Shop. Afterwards we took a nice leisurely stroll through the town of Great Barrington. PeanutPimpMama scored a great deal on a beautiful chartreuse number at Byzantium and a cross-over leather bag on sale at Louisa Ellis on Main St.. After the successful spree PPM did something she rarely ever does…She took a cat nap!

 

imageAfter another two hour rest it was time to get up and prepare for the voyage back to NYC. Actually, it was really time to figure out where we would obtain the cocktail before departing. Prairie Whale, a local Modern American restaurant (located in a rather large house) happens to turn-out a mean drink. What initially was an attempt to grab a bevvy turned in to a full-on dinner in their candle-lit cozy dining space.

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The term ‘Prairie Whale” was a name used in the 1800’s referring to pigs. I done-learned this off their menu. The menu not only gave interesting facts about our even-toed ungulate friends, it also listed all of their delectable items from starters, mains and finally desserts on one concise page. This made things easy so you could plan your life all in one-go.

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I decided to share the escarole caesar salad to start. These supple leaves were lightly tossed in a creamy dressing and served with anchovy, radish, bread crumbs then topped with a snow cap of grana padano formaggio. When I have a salad this good I wish I could put it on repeat.
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For my main I had the Tagliatelle with guanciale, brussel sprouts, black pepper and egg yolk. My initial goal was to video tape myself breaking the yolk in slow-mo for your enjoyment. I can only do these things in small groups of people that understand this behavior. There are times where I feel glimpses of what some might refer to as embarrassment for my chronic food-photo-snapping.

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My friend (who is a better vegetarian than me) ordered the Soldier beans with grilled halloumi, parsnips, almonds and falafel dish. I stole a bite… It was solid. No flavor like guanciale though, I’m sorry! Mmmm magical magical piggy jowl!

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This delightful dinner was followed up by some Golden Goose Egg Brûlée. It’s nice to end a meal on a creamy note since I’m a big fan of brûlées, flans and all things moussey.

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The Berkshires weren’t the same after PeanutPimpMama left that weekend…Or should we say Tinder wasn’t the same in the Berkshires after PPM departed? It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye!

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Until Next Time.

~PPM xoxo

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CrossRoads Food Shop- Hillsdale, NY

One chPeanutPimpMama1-300x300illy Spring day PeanutPimpMama’s friends invited her up for a weekend in the mountains! It was perfect timing as PPM was suffering from a case of the “Winter Saddies” and needed time out of the concrete jungle to decompress. What better way to do that then a leisurely drive through higher altitudes…The Berkshires it was! Nothing like escaping for good company, food, drink and all-around-merriment in the mountainous “nay-cha”.

 

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It takes about three hours for most people to get up to the Berkshires …I made sure to soak in the scenery.

imageSometimes there are holdups and unfortunate time-sucking detours that can lengthen the journey.

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While this can be a little stressful, it’s nothing that can’t be cured by a Bloody Mary at the Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington! PeanutPimpMama was thrilled to revisit this eclectic establishment filled with delicious brews and PASTRIES on STEROIDS.

imageWith full access to salt and pepper caddies and all the hot sauce one could ever want, the bacon/olive/veggie loaded beverage is a balanced way to start out your day! This paired with a plate of their brussel sprouts (fried with yunioshi sauce and parmesan) is a scrum-didly-umptious combo!

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After some light refreshments, it was time to make a special delivery.

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First, a stop off at the wine store was in order!

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Evening-one was a quiet dinner at home with the fam.

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After dinner we surfed the net for some eligible suitors…Some offers were just irresistible!

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The next morning we woke up to a Winter Wonderland!

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This called for fuzzy sweaters and brunch at CrossRoads in Hillsdale, N.Y.. It’s a cozy little Hudson Valley café serving amazing farm-to-table brunch for a great price! One goes to the counter to eye up all the yum-yumz, order and pay! In true PPM fashion I (literally) ordered almost one of everything off the menu and shared with my friends tapas-style. PeanutPimpMama is a little greedy and needs to try all-the-things. It’s just how she rolls.

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All-the-things were a true delight for $20.00pp (roughly) including a mimosa! This would have easily been a $50.00 experience in Manhattan (at least). Unreal.

imageThe highlight for me was the fluffy frittata with goat cheese, potatoes and spinach. Nothing better than the simple joys of huevos con queso of sorts!

imageSome fluffy pancakes never hurt either! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience here. CrossRoads is an understated country-chic environment where everyone is beautiful and all the plates are cute. Not much more you can ask for when nursing the wine-hang. Plus they have a funny chalk board they write messages on. They must have known PeanutPimpMama was stopping by!

<3 PPM xoxo

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Georgetown Cupcake – Washington, D.C.

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300PeanutPimpMama was born in 2012 and so was her short lived cupcake business. The cupcake trend was somewhere mid-boom and it seemed like a good idea at the time. In reality I probably liked eating them and feeding people as they seem to evoke a myriad of feelings. For some it was nostalgia, for others it was comfort, then there were the few that seem to experience pure rage. Never trust the latter…A person who dislikes a cupcake is no friend of mine!

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Our last day in D.C. was grey. We woke up to rain and an all-inclusive breakfast buffet at The Ritz that was hard to turn down. What else does one do in a city if you’ve already eaten? In all of our adventures I felt like we were missing the “old town” perspective. So with our stomachs full of the Ritz’s pancakes and eggs we decided to drive into Georgetown to get a taste of the “old-city”. What we got? Confusion. I didn’t know what to do with this area that was heavily trodden by mums and uni-kids decked out in lulu gear. It somehow felt lost and neither one of us were motivated to shop in the rain. The coolest part may have been driving through the residential areas and looking at the row-home architecture unique to D.C..image

Suddenly we passed Georgetown Cupcake on 33rd and Main. Then we passed it again and again and again until we finally decided that was how we would spend our last moments in D.C.. (cupcake-ing) No regrets!

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A cupcake is certainly better than road rage. We parked my car and came in to gawk at their decadent flavors. Honestly I’m a little tired of the humdrum and nothing particularly screamed “innovation” on their list. They get the job done with peanut butter, chocolate blah-bity-blah (in a couple forms), red velvet etc. etc…. so on and so on. Their most “edgy” flavor might be the lavender earl grey. I noticed they promote their weekly specials and seasonal flavors to keep it fresh. There wasn’t really anything “cray” going on decorative-wise.

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They’re doing something right because the place was packed and continued to be more so as we enjoyed our cupcakes in the seating area.

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I couldn’t help but notice their be-dazzled Kitchen-Aid. I was “totes-jello”.

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Imagine all those super busy worker-bees mixing the batter for all those cupcakes with one be-dazzled mixer?

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Georgetown operates deli-style with a numbered ticket system. When you’re number is called out you collect your cupcakes in a perky pink box.

imageMy roommate and I shared some cupcakes as we sipped our lattes and watched the passersby in the never ending drizzle. It was impossible to finish them all in one-go, so we packed up and hit the road. I’m not gonna lie… I definitely polished another one off on the way.

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So much for finding my politician-hubby that weekend! Maybe next time. wink*

<3 PPM xoxo

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