Feeling the love for Oats...
And then I went to college.
It was my freshman year, and one of my friends from down the hall was grocery shopping with me. She needed to make a pit stop in the cereal aisle, and when I saw what she was picking up I cringed without meaning to. She saw my reaction to what she was tucking in her basket and asked if I had ever tried it.
Well, come to think of it....no, I had not.
That day, my idea of a good breakfast was revolutionized. You see, I used to be a standard Frosted Mini-Wheats type of girl. You know, the one who gets extra excited when she finds Minis with lots of frosting on them? Yes, that was me. I'd save those for last and make the most out of every sugar-coated petite bundle as though I'd never have Mini Wheats again.
Anyway, I went home that day and tried one of her Maple Syrup packs of oatmeal and could not believe that I had missed out on this goodness all those years. The next day I made it a priority to go back to the grocery store and stock up on my new favorite breakfast: oatmeal.
It's been years, and I have still not grown tired of the carb-rich breakfast. There are just so many ways to have it (though, admittedly I stick to a couple simple recipes). I've discovered since I first realized my love for oatmeal that there are many, many other oatmeal lovers and even oatmeal lover bloggers!
So in honor of oats, I'd like to feature an oat-centric blog, Oatgasm...
Not only is the name incredibly catchy, but the photos are delightful and I kind of cannot wait to broaden my oatmeal horizons.
While we're talking about oats, I cannot neglect to mention one of my all-time favorite places to go for breakfast downtown- Oatmeals. The story of Oatmeals is every bit as fantastic as the actual oatmeals they serve: Samantha Stephens, Virginia native and NYC transplant, discovered her love for oatmeal when trying to create new versions of the classic so that she could stay within her budget. Well, NYC wasn't cheap then and it's not now- but that doesn't mean you can't stop at this cozy and charming establishment and enjoy some fresh heart-warming oats. You can build your own, or choose one of Oatmeals' signatures. Enjoy!
P.S. I highly suggest my own power-signature (photo below): oats with almond milk, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, raspberries and a generous drizzle of honey!