Brunch. Just thinking about brunching makes me happy.
I think it makes a lot of people happy too.
Brunch is the combination of comfort food, time with family and friends, and starting your day off on a good note.
Brunch cultivates emotions of family time, lazy Sunday mornings and food that reminds us of home.
The Egg & I provided me (and my 20+ blogger friends) with a delicious meal, a goodie bag with a coupon for two and The Egg & I hot sauce, as well as compensation as the sponsor.
The Egg & I is a Colorado brunch staple started in 1987 by Rayno and Patty Seaser. The couple opened their first restaurant in their hometown of Ft. Collins. Today, 30 years later, The Egg & I boasts 105 locations throughout the midwest (26 in Colorado). You can rest assured that if you’re craving brunch, there is an Egg & I restaurant near you.
Of course, my biggest concern at any restaurant is the gluten-free options. The Egg & I servers explained to me that The Egg & I is not a gluten-free restaurant, per se, and that cross contamination is possible. I told her I understood and asked her and the chefs to do their best to minimize any risk. She agreed.
I really wanted to try one of their gluten-friendly pancakes, which is made with gluten-free batter, but I learned that they cook their gluten-friendly pancakes on the same griddle as their regular pancakes and I just can’t take that kind of risk. They have a shared griddle at the Delectable Egg too, and I hope one day both restaurants will have a special pan reserved just for gluten-free folk to truly minimize the risk of cross contamination. (And when they do, they will likely get a glowing article from me!)
I decided to order the Garden Frittata with no toast or pancakes, and instead opted for fresh fruit and salsa. I felt good choosing a healthy option anyway (although I really was craving pancakes!).
I’m happy to report that my Garden Frittata was DELICIOUS. The server brought me some guacamole to enjoy along with it and I loved every bite (clearing my entire plate!)
Along with the Garden Frittata, I enjoyed a Kale Cooler and Pineapple Tonic. These are freshly pressed juices made daily at The Egg & I. If you know me well, you know I green juice regularly. I have to say, these were some pretty good fresh-pressed juices. They sure beat orange juice, which, if you haven’t heard by now, isn’t technically a health food because of its intense sugar load. (Read: 19 So-Called Health Foods that Aren’t Even Healthy.)
If you come to The Egg & I and have celiac disease, I suggest you stick with the egg-based dishes. If you’re gluten-sensitive and are okay if your meal might touch a surface that has had gluten on it, you can try the gluten-friendly pancakes.
I have to admit, I really enjoyed brunching with my blogger friends!
On top of it all, we got to hear Jeannine Crooks of Awin talk about Affiliate Marketing 2.0 – advanced strategies for affiliate marketers. Awin just purchased Share-a-Sale* and hosts many affiliate programs – two that I recently joined: Etsy* (everyone knows Etsy and the awesome artisan crafts and foods you can buy) and Organic Bouquet* (when you purchase flowers from Organic Bouquet, you improve the life of a grower or artisan and protect the earth).
And that’s not all…. on that same day I got to celebrate my 40th birthday with my Denver blogger friends. I truly loved brunching at The Egg & I along with people who truly inspire me (see #31 on my list of 40 Lessons Learned in My 30s). I loved all the hugs, cards, flowers and gifts.
I’m sure by now you’re feeling those brunch cravings, right? I highly recommend you head on over to nearest The Egg & I for a delicious, family-friendly gluten-free brunch in Denver.
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