November 26, 2013

eats from 'twelve drummers drumming'

Early in Twelve Drummers Drumming, the romantic holiday short in Merry & Bright, the main characters Autumn and Tuck go on an exploratory walk around Breckenridge -- the setting of their first Christmas together as a married couple. That adventure is capped off with a delicious breakfast at a cafe on the edge of the town's main street. I based this restaurant on the place my friend and I had brunch during our day-trip to the ski resort town.

We're celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States, and with the promise of piles of delicious food, I figured now was a good time to tell you a little more about that delicious restaurant.  

We looked up this restaurant while we were stuck in traffic en route to Breckenridge and developing quite the appetite. The drive took a couple of extra hours for us, so we were pretty much starving when we arrived. Blue Moose sounded like what we wanted -- hearty breakfast with the option for something unique.

And even though I definitely had the caffeine shakes from the large coffee I drank earlier, I went ahead and ordered a cup. Fact: My only regret from this trip was not buying one of these mugs. But they were a cash-only type of establishment, and I was burning through my paper money.

And here's a picture with my friend Jacie and our cups of Joe.

Jacie is one of my writing buddies. When she lived in Nebraska, we regularly got together to write. During National Novel Writing Month 2011, she was one of my in-town motivation buddies. On this trip, she was good enough to welcome me into her home for a fun weekend. Plus, she drove me around the mountains and was patient and gracious when I was so struck by inspiration I had to jot down notes, potential dialogue or snap photos.

We had some fun people watching while we were there. A few tables were filled by other travelers. One was a group of twenty-somethings on a skiing weekend. They were sitting right across from me, and I probably stared at them a little more often than was polite while I tried to pick-up on their mannerisms and conversations. I also paid a little too long at the older couple a few tables over. I know, I'm a total creeper, but I was researching.

Fortunately, it didn't take long for our food to arrive, so I could stop my weird behavior. And what did I have for brunch at this delightful cafe? This delicious dish:

This was the California Benedict. That's English muffin, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and avocado. It normally comes with tomatoes, but I ordered without, because tomatoes are gross (unless they're in ketchup, salsa or marinara sauce). It also came with a side of country potatoes (or home fries if you like). I topped it with hot sauce, because I've recently discovered I like hot sauce on eggs (and pizza). It was all pretty delicious. And now I'm hungry.

Ultimately, the location of Autumn and Tuck's breakfast wasn't crucial, but Blue Moose definitely inspired me to include a breakfast scene in this story. So thanks for the wonderful dining experience.

About the Book
Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you'll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.
Merry & Bright, featuring "Twelve Drummers Drumming" is available from Simon & Fig. Add to Goodreads. Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

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  1. That looks so good! Well, I'd take the tomato and give you the avocado :-)

    1. That sounds like an excellent proposition to me!