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Crossroads Pancakes
Life at a Crossroads? Eat Some Pancakes.

You lost your job because of the economy. You just broke up with your boyfriend, and your best friend is getting married Saturday. You graduated with an MBA, but have no career path. When all the nosy-bodies approach you during these challenging moments and ask the dreaded question, “now what,” on a scale of one to ten: how badly do you want to smack these uh-noying question-askers?

Well, before receiving a law suit on top of everything else, let’s put our hands to better use and grab a plate. Pancakes are the best meal to deal with life’s crossroads because they cater to all food types, and also represent the opportunistic path that lies before you.

When the yearn to stuff your face with crap during a breakup finally hits, pancakes are a great fix because there is such a rich variety of this comfort food. As per my pancake blog, Ma’amCakes, like that of a Starbucks menu you can find all types of pancakes that cater to your vegetarian, vegan, low-cal, low-soy, hipster diet, so you can stay healthy while dealing with one of life’s many challenges.

Based on my breakfast experiences, I’ve found the abundance of varying pancake concoctions to be almost metaphoric of the different flavors of men out there, who could be potential boyfriend material. Perhaps the diverse pancake menus represent the possibility of a new job, one in which you may never have even considered. Or maybe the truly out-of-this world pancakes – like the “Scotch on the Rocks” pancakes at The Griddle Café – symbolize your ability to follow a career path that’s off the beaten path.

When you’re at a road block, skip the “what’s next” question, and follow your own vision and creativity. Get messy! Why shouldn’t you? Life is! And when your mom says “don’t play with your food,” you go ahead and play. You know Betty Croker did. So get out there, and grab a fork. And when life hands you lemons, make some Ma’amCakes.

IN THE MIX: Pancake Review with Special Guest, Correspondent at Extra and Former E! Personality, Ben Lyons

Apr 4th, 2012

Last week I was incredibly honored to have Ben Lyons, Correspondent at Extra and former E! personality, join me as a guest reviewer for In the Mix.

As you may recall, Ben & I had a brief Twitter interaction, and he so graciously accepted my offer to join me as a guest reviewer.

Although Ben’s favorite pancake spot in LA is Griddle Cafe, due to slight scheduling conflicts we finally settled on Joan’s on Third.

As I quickly discovered, Ben, like myself, is a born and raised Manhattanite, and because of this I knew his opinions would be on par for the review!

Walking into Joan’s on Third always reminds me of the gourmet grocery store (if you’ve ever been to New York City), Dean & Deluca.

Although I was a bit disappointed, and surprised, that Joan’s only had buttermilk pancakes (I mean, seriously…), leave it to Ben to make the best of the situation: “It’s all good, I’ll just order a side of bacon, crumble it up, and make it Buttermilk Bacon Pancakes!” Joan’s on Third, if you’re reading this – take a hint, perhaps?

Although the pancake menu is as skinny as the ladies entering the restaurant, the pancakes were very tasty and fresh. The Buttermilk Pancakes at Joan’s on Third were fluffy, airy, and abided by Ma’amCakes’s rule of what constitutes a great pancake: one that doesn’t need syrup.

Ben’s little concoction ended up being the perfect morning hangover meal. “Ya, this is definitely hitting the spot. Wow these are good.” Ben also agreed that a truly delicious buttermilk pancake doesn’t need syrup, and the ones that do are usually “dry and dense.”

Overall, while the pancakes were delicious, a word to the wise: if you’re going to open a restaurant that serves pancakes on Third Street in Los Angeles – the same street that houses Doughboys and Toast – ya might want to spice up the pancake menu. Literally.

While Ben and my conversation focused as much on the pancakes as did the menu, we both agreed that the Buttermilk Pancakes at Joan’s on Third were very tasty.

Thank you so much, Ben, for being a part of brunch with Ma’amCakes! Be sure to also check out Ben’s interviews for his latest gig with Russell Simmons’s

Is Ben Lyons Going to be Ma’amCakes’ Next Guest Reviewer? Hope So!