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Bunny’s Hasty Tasty Pancake House is one of the first restaurants I visited with my husband while we were still just dating (this photo is from 2009 though – a year after we were married).  I thought it was very quaint and reminiscent of where my sister and I spent a lot of time in the summers – off the beaten path in the country.  Over the years, I’ve been to Hasty Tasty a dozen times or more and it’s always a relaxing time spent in another era.

Recently my mom, sister, and I had dinner at Hasty Tasty to talk about my sister’s real estate search in the Dayton area.  Here’s what my mom had to say about Bunny’s:

“Mmm…pie.  Hasty Tasty is very tasty home cooking just like Grandma used to make.”

My sister had this to say:

“Bunny’s Hasty Tasty Pancake House, better known as simply “The Hasty Tasty” or “The Rabbit Shack” is home to a full menu of home-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a convenient stretch of Linden Avenue located near I-35.”  She took these pictures and made a neat collage to commemorate our visit.

She also thought I should tell a story from my dad here:

One night, when my dad was young and foolish (1970s), he and some friends went out and had a little too much fun, resulting in my father missing a few hours and somehow waking up in the backseat of his car in the parking lot of Hasty Tasty.  Being an opportunist, he walked in to the restaurant and ordered most of the left side of the menu.  They brought it out to him and he took a bite, became immediately overcome with intense nausea, and had to leave a wad of bills on the table and run outside.  Finding himself again by his car, he thought it best to leave.

The magic of Hasty Tasty is that it’s comforting to eat in a restaurant that has been in operation since 1952.  No matter what else changes around Hasty Tasty, nothing changes inside and it’s nice to visit a place frozen in a simpler time.  Every time I slide into a booth here I know that somewhere back in time, my dad is sitting across the same table hanging his throbbing, hung over head in nauseous agony to the dismay of the other diners. In a place like Hasty Tasty you feel like you really could reach out and touch the past.

Bunny’s Hasty Tasty Pancake House
3509 Linden Avenue
Dayton, OH 45410
(937) 254-8431
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I love brunch and I love my friends so when these two things come together, it can be hard to go back to our normal non-brunch lives.  Such was the case this past Saturday when Jeanine, Beth, and I ventured to Mimi’s Cafe at The Greene for brunch at around 1:00 pm and didn’t end up getting home until 1:00 am the following day.  Here’s what happened:

1:00 pm:  Meet at Mimi’s Cafe for brunch and mimosas, catching up, and laughing loud enough to make the neighboring tables a little uncomfortable.

2:30 pm:  Descend on the shops of The Greene.  After spending some time at Old Navy, we went to Von Maur, which is the fanciest place ever.  Take a look at these shots we took in the bathroom.  Seriously.

And did I mention everyone’s favorite destination within Von Maur?  It’s the clearance shoe room.  These shoes here are definitely destined for the clearance room as they are covered in what appears to be casino carpet.

6:30 pm:  Gather a group of people at The Pub and stumble out somewhere in the neighborhood of 1:00 am.  Best 12 Hour Brunch EVER.

Heedfest is the closest thing my husband and I have to a real vacation in the summer in that we both take off work for it and we try to make it as vacation-y as possible by eating at restaurants and spending time together.  We went to Butter Cafe for breakfast one morning and both ended up ordering pancakes so we called them “Vacation Pancakes.”

I had the multigrain pancakes with peaches and raspberries and my husband ordered the banana nut pancakes.  Lots of coffee and random jokes rounded out the meal and we had a blast planning out the rest of our day and laughing at each other.

Next time you’re looking to “get away” in your own home town, try pretending you’re on vacation and your brain might just believe it.

Yes, it’s possible to have a healthy weekend and still have fun.  Trust me, because I was once a skeptic like you!  Last weekend, my friend Megan and I ventured to a restaurant that I was confident would work with us to prepare food according to the Advocare cleanse rules (low oil, preferably olive oil, fresh if possible, organic preferred, lots of veggies and fruit, no dairy, no bread, etc.)  Sure enough, Olive, an Urban Dive came through and sitting on their pretty patio, we enjoyed a roasted veggie scramble and a cup of fresh berries – and they didn’t make us feel like we were being annoying or anything.  I absolutely love this place!

After shopping for a while at Second Street Market, we thought about getting some green tea (since coffee is verboten on this diet, sadface).  Ghostlight Coffee brews tea fresh for you and puts it over ice in a mason jar.  It was already too hot to sit on the patio, but lucky for us there was some sort of 90s radio station playing, which was amazing.

You may remember when I said that my 5K team had many races to choose from.  The one we picked because they got to us first is the Family Violence Prevention Center‘s Walk to STOP Child Abuse.  It was bitterly cold but thankfully the rain held off until we were most of the way through breakfast.  My favorite part was when we showed up and someone had freshly TP’d the high school.  Rob was explaining precisely how he was sure of the methods used to TP the school because he was apparently some sort of hoodlum in his younger years.

The best part was that I beat my time from last year!  Rob is a great motivator – we kept racing each other and trying to block the other one from getting ahead as much as possible.  If that’s not solid team work, I don’t know what is.  And I apologize for the photo, I look like a wind-burnt crazy person.

And of course no race day is complete without a giant breakfast, this time from Hasty Tasty.  Even after 15 cups of coffee, I was still ready to sleep.

I’m looking forward to the October FVPC 5K.  Hopefully it will be at John Bryan State Park again, that was so lovely.

A while back, I read a great quote on swissmiss that described the blogging experience as a visit to someone else’s breakfast table:

“There’s something sacred about reading a blog post on someone else’s site. It’s like visiting a friend’s house for a quick meal ’round the breakfast table. It’s personal — you’re in their space, and the environment is uniquely suited for idea exchange and uninterrupted conversation. In many ways, we should be treating our blogs like our breakfast tables. Be welcoming & gracious when you host, and kind & respectful when visiting.” – Trent Walton

(via Shiflett)

It really stuck with me and I think it’s a great way to think about blogging in general.

To take it quite literally, here’s a picture of my perfect weekend morning at my breakfast table:

A while back, I accompanied my sister on a Saturday filled with adventure.  Well, first we went to Bob Evan’s, but then… Adventure!

We went to Truth & Triumph to get her ears pierced.  Beth has some serious issues with ear piercing (she even had to get earrings surgically removed one time, and it was Prom!) so she decided to go to a professional piercing place to ensure the highest precautions were taken.  The people there are wonderful and made sure she had fun even through the inherent pain of having sharp surgical steel forced through her ear lobes.  Sorry for the bad photo but I was trying to hide because every time Beth looks at me, she laughs.

Next, we went to Salon Noir so she could get a pixie cut for the first time!  I love Salon Noir and now Beth does, too.  It’s a very neat place to spend some time while your sister has her hair cut.  There are so many things to look at, like empty frames on the wall, or silhouettes.

Here’s what she looked like after all the adventure was over:

Right now my favorite brunch place is Olive, an Urban Dive for their concise and flavorful menu, byob policy, and insistence that local is always best.

I recently tried Olive for dinner and loved it!  I ordered the chickpea – brussels sprout soup followed by tofu-veggie kabobs with gluten-free cookies for dessert.  The staff is so helpful and attentive – they make suggestions when you’re not sure what to order and help parents decide what to order for kids because they don’t have a designated kids menu.  Seating is limited (Olive is located in the old Wympee at the corner of East Third Street and Wayne, if you’ve never seen it, it’s tiny) so they always recommend that you make reservations if you know you’re going there ahead of time.

I can’t recommend this place highly enough, if you haven’t tried it yet, go now.

Olive, an urban dive
416 E. Third St.
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 222-3483

John Bryan State Park

In an effort to soak up every last pretty moment of autumn, recently my mom, sister, and I took part in the Pace for Peace 5K benefiting the Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County.  I loved that we had a reason to get outside in the fresh air at John Bryan State Park (and the breakfast at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs afterward didn’t hurt).  Even though we achieved a better time, we unfortunately came in last place. 

To congratulate ourselves for a job well done, we went shopping and I bought a beautiful rice bowl from Yellow Springs Pottery.

One weekend, Husband and I were driving around Dayton and decided to eat at Jimmie’s Cornerstone Bar but when we went inside, the [adorable] bartender told us that the kitchen was closed.  So after a few beers, we decided to venture to Butter Cafe because it looked so cute and was within walking distance. 

I ordered the lox omelet with seasoned potatoes and coffee.  I knew it was going to be amazing from the moment they brought us water…in glass jam jars!  ::squinting from painful uber-cuteness::  The food was amazing, I’m glad the afternoon unfolded like it did or we may have missed a great cafe!

Butter Cafe
1106 Brown Street
Dayton, OH  45409
937-985-9917