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Oh, Jack – you continue to win MAJOR points in my book.


I was awoken by the smell of sizzling sausages (hey, I might be a vegetarian, but I can’t deny that meat doesn’t smell really good when frying!).  When I came into the kitchen, I was served a hot, fresh blueberry pancake, pineapple, and orange juice.




I went back for seconds, of course!


Random side note:  Jack and Stef keep their bicycles on a mount in their living room.  I think it kind of looks like installation art!  I want to bring our bikes inside when we move.


With that, my friends, I am off!  We’re meeting friends for lunch, and then Stef is going to take me indoor rock climbing.  Stef and Jack are accomplished climbers, and she’s going to teach me the ropes today!

Be back later with a climbing recap… and then it’s time for Fit Bloggin 2010 in Baltimore!


Do the men (dad, lover, friends) in your life cook?   Are you a cooking man? I love a man who can cook!



  • Evan Thomas March 19, 2010, 10:57 am

    I cook and I clean 😉 The second one may not be from choice, but gotta keep this place not looking like a pig-pen. I think if I ever went vegetarian, I would at least need a bacon-scented air freshner to keep me entertained

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 19, 2010, 10:57 am

    HAHA! My dad’s idea of cooking always used to be fish fingers and chips (cooked badly – either burnt or still semi frozen), but he’s kind of taught himself how to in the past year or two; he’s a soup master! My step dad cooks a lot of curries but that’s about it….
    You are being properly spoilt in DC! Lucky you 😀 Have a good day!

  • Babycakes March 19, 2010, 10:58 am

    Lovely breakfast! My dad used to love cooking, but he’s no longer with us. I find men who are good cooks very sexy 🙂

    • eliza March 19, 2010, 1:41 pm

      hmmm awkward comment 😉

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 19, 2010, 10:59 am

    Eric doesn’t cook on a regular basis because he works til about 8pm at night..however he cooks for me on special occasions and it is always SO good. He really underestimates his skills! My dad is a big cook, so I grew up with both parents taking turns with cooking.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 19, 2010, 11:00 am

    My fella makes the BEST soups ever! He also has been known to whip up some killer chocolate chip pancakes. I love me a man that knows his way around the kitchen!

  • Kara March 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    My dad is quite the chef! He takes cooking classes at the local culinary school and even spent a week in Vermont at a “master bread baker” class. His newest thing is making his own sausage. He has direct deliveries from Polyface farms and loves local produce/meat. My dad’s homemade buttermilk biscuits and thick cut bacon are the main reason that my husband gets excited about making the drive back home 🙂

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 19, 2010, 11:03 am

    So jealous that you’re going indoor rock climbing. Fun! My husbanda only makes breakfast foods but he is so darn good at it! Aside from pancakes, waffles and eggs, he can only make PB&J 🙂 He would starve if I weren’t around.
    Looking forward to meeting you at FitBloggin’!

  • Sarah March 19, 2010, 11:03 am

    When it’s my husbands turn to “cook” we go out to eat! That was the same way with my dad and mom. I think it works great. Plus I’m a major control freak when it comes to MY kitchen lol.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 19, 2010, 11:05 am

    My husband is the cook in our family. He is amazing!

    Although, I can’t stand the smell of sausage and/or bacon in the morning. Or at anytime of day. Even though my husband likes meat, we don’t ever eat it since I don’t.

    Although sometimes he’ll cook up a sausage/pepperoni pizza or some chicken and then the whole house smells. Yuck! But he eats so many beans, nuts and eggs with me, I’ll put up with it. =)

  • Emily March 19, 2010, 11:06 am

    My boyfriend is a grillin’ man. But he also loves to chop veggies when I’m prepping for a meal…and I won’t argue with him on that one.

  • Caroline March 19, 2010, 11:09 am dad actually cooks WAY BETTER than my mom does!!!

    I love nutella, but I’m in the process of trying to make a more nutritious version. I’m a little leery of the fact that it has more sugar grams than fat grams! Haha, for a nut spread, that’s whack!

  • Jenny March 19, 2010, 11:11 am

    My boyfriend loves to make exotic recipes- and I love him for it! I’m more of a baker, myself!

  • Bethany March 19, 2010, 11:13 am

    My dad NEVER cooks. But its so fun teaching my boyfriend how to cook. He’s having a blast learning new things and its a great bonding experience for us! Even last night we were video chatting while we were both cooking ourselves dinner.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 19, 2010, 11:16 am

    Wow – that looks like an awesome breakfast to wake up to! I do a lot of my own cooking, but my boyfriend is a chef, so he can definitely cook, but also works really opposite hours from me, so we do our own thing a lot!

  • Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers March 19, 2010, 11:18 am

    What a great breakfast to wake up to. I’d so love that.

    My hubby makes a wicked curry – and that’s about it.

  • clay March 19, 2010, 11:19 am

    I’m a guy but I love to do the cooking! Have fun rock climbing. Sounds exciting!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! March 19, 2010, 11:20 am

    My step-dad makes the best pancakes ever!!! Though I have gotten rather good at making “chocolate chip” pancakes myself now. =)

  • Marie March 19, 2010, 11:20 am

    so funny! I JUST wrote about how sexy men that can cook are yesterday! I love it! My dad is a great cook and now my boyfriend is a fantastic cook. Enjoy DC!

  • Em March 19, 2010, 11:20 am

    My husband doesn’t cook, but he does clean! Well he does microwave . . . Does that count? And he cleans up the messes I make when I’m cooking.

  • Kelly March 19, 2010, 11:22 am

    Ah, nothing like a man who cooks. Your friend Stef is lucky!

  • Leah @ L4L March 19, 2010, 11:24 am

    My fiance cooks when I ask him to. Or he’ll randomly make breakfast. My dad cooks all the time. He was a cook in high school and his early 20’s at one of the hometown restaurants!

  • Stephanie March 19, 2010, 11:25 am

    Girl we have 2 of those racks. and 4 bikes on the ground. Oh the life of a cyclist’s wife.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    My dad had a few specialties that I loved to eat. Hunni can’t cook though.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    My dad makes some great vegetarian dishes – plus homemade pizza. My boyfriend always cooks for himself, but he’s a meat and potato kind of guy. He’s now been experimenting with more veggie dishes for me!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    mancakes – LOVE IT!

    the Mister cooks OCCASIONALLY – i always give him LOTS OF PRAISE when he does (hoping it’ll encourage it to happen more often) – i think it’s backfired.

  • Christie @ Honoring Health March 19, 2010, 11:28 am

    I wouldn’t say that he can cook but he is a good helper bee when I need him to be. He is good at preparing pasta and baking things that are made in advance. I love to cook so it doesn’t bother me that he isn’t more talented in the kitchen.

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) March 19, 2010, 11:28 am

    Himself does awesome breakfasts (esp pancakes or omlettes), basically anything that involves either a BBQ grill or frying pan 😀

    My dad is actually a really good cook but he doesn’t do it often as he is sloooowwww and we all die of hunger waiting. He is very methodical and pedantic!

  • Stephanie March 19, 2010, 11:28 am

    here is a link to my post with our racks in it. not great pictures and early in my blogging days 🙂

    We have since sold 2 of the bikes and bought 4. and sold the hideous futon 🙂

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness March 19, 2010, 11:30 am

    ahahaha… I like that- mancakes! 🙂 That’s what I’m going to call them next time I have male houseguests…

    And I love the bikes mounted inside- I think it would make sure I keep my bike clean, too!

  • Jocelyn March 19, 2010, 11:30 am

    yes !! My man insists on cooking for me! I love his cooking..he is so inventive 🙂 have a fun day!

  • Bethany (Not Unless I'm Being Chased) March 19, 2010, 11:30 am

    My husband is an awesome cook — but it comes with a downside. He “experiments” in the kitchen, turning out these incredible dishes. When I oooh and ahhh over the results and ask him how he made it, he always shrugs and says “I can’t remember what I did”.
    *sigh* One of these days he’ll learn to write it down. Until then, I’m in for a slew of one-hit-wonders. 😉

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow March 19, 2010, 11:31 am

    I love waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking! Nothing better than that.

    My fiance made me an omelet the first morning after he stayed the night (hope mom isn’t reading this!:)) I’ll never forget. He woke up before me, ran to the market and bought a red pepper, cheddar cheese, eggs and fresh bacon. He then created something magical in my skillet and my heart melted. I knew I would never let go of this man!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 19, 2010, 11:32 am

    My boyfriend doesn’t cook much but he is a great kitchen assistant 🙂

  • Kierstan March 19, 2010, 11:33 am

    I wake up to breakfast cooking on most weekends…that is when the hubs normally cooks.

  • Brett March 19, 2010, 11:35 am

    I do all the cooking for my wife! Then again I love cooking and she works full-time and is in grad school part-time, so I probably should regardless.

  • Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 19, 2010, 11:38 am

    ALL the hombres in my life love to cook. It’s sort of a pre-requisite in my book 🙂

    I juuuuuuust made my boyfriend mancakes this morning! I made mine with bloobs and his with crumbled bacon! Even though I don’t eat it, I sort of enjoy cooking breakfast meats. Oh, and I underestimated the amount of remaining batter on the last “batch” and just decided it was the amount of one pancake. It ended up taking up the entire griddle and took three spatulas to flip hahaha. It was DEFINITELY a mancake!

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 19, 2010, 11:42 am

    My hubby can only make rice. That’s it. Just rice.

  • Morgan March 19, 2010, 11:46 am

    love,love, love when a man can cook. my hubby is learning, and it took my dad almost 50 years, but he’s one hell of a cook now!
    Have so much fun rock climbing, it’s one of my favorite things to do! A lot of people think it’s all about the arms, but make sure you use your legs and core…and just a warning, you will hurt tomorrow!

  • RhodeyGirl March 19, 2010, 11:47 am

    I saw the Nutella in the background and was hoping you had some!!!! YUM! Growing up I was sent to school with Nutella sandwiches on arabic bread. I was the weird kid with the Italian/arabic lunch (no one knew Nutella back then), buttttt since it was CHOCOLATE, my friends thought I was so cool hahaha!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 19, 2010, 11:47 am

    My husband is a GREAT cook. Unfortunately he is rarely home before 8:30, so he doesn’t get to that often.

  • Robyn March 19, 2010, 11:48 am


  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 19, 2010, 11:52 am

    I’ve done rock climbing a few times indoors and it’s quite fun! Very satisfying when you reach the top.

  • Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness March 19, 2010, 11:54 am

    My boyfriend cooks and he’s a great one since his mom is an amazing cook, he learned a lot from her! 🙂

  • Maya March 19, 2010, 11:57 am

    Ha! My dad can’t cook at all, he considers stirring a pot a major contribution in the cooking process. As much as I love to cook, it would be pretty nice if my significant other knows how to whip up a few things! It’s nice to be served a meal and pampered!

  • Amanda (modernation) March 19, 2010, 12:00 pm

    All the men in my life are excellent cooks. By bf is a private chef and cooks dinner most nights during the week since I am at work. My dad taught me how to cook and can put something amazing together with whatever is in the house. And my brother is an awesome grill master. Beer can chicken is his specialty.

  • Becky @ flybynyght March 19, 2010, 12:02 pm

    My husband cooks a lot – I’d say he actually cooks more than I do! And he’s VERY good at it!

    Have fun rock climbing – it’s a blast!

  • Therese March 19, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I’m lucky, my boyfriend loves cooking for me! He doesn’t cook much for himself but he does for me and although they’re simple dishes, any dish a man cooks for me deserves a blue ribbon!

  • Tiffany March 19, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I am SO BLESSED to have a boyfriend that not only cooks (way better than I do FYI), but LOVES to do it. I am doubly blessed when I visit my parents, and my dad sends me home with days worth of my favorite foods!

  • Lauren March 19, 2010, 12:16 pm

    My Husband could be a chef extraordinaire! He is so good about making something great out of nothing and pairing really random things together to make something delicious. He is kind of my hero 🙂

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

    what a great start to the day! i love it when my man cooks. he does nto too often but one ifhis specialites is pancakes-how fun…..
    we used to hang our bikes like that too before we had a place with a garage.
    have fun raok climbing!

  • Hallie March 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

    My dad…hell no! But my boyfriend cooks and I love it. I like experimenting and trying new things, but he’s more known for his “standards” which now include homemade BBQ and spaghetti sauce, BBQ chicken sandwiches (w/grilled onions, mmm!) and “Mexican condiments” aka he makes the BEST salsa, guac, and bean dip. He does a mean scrambled eggs too. I am a lucky gal 🙂

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) March 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

    That breakfast looks awesome!

    It was funny because in my house, my dad was always the one who cooked. Though my mom CAN cook well, she doesn’t really like to. So I was always used to my dad cooking for us. One of my younger brothers loves to cook as well!

    My boyfriend, hmm.. I’m not sure if he can cook cause I’ve never seen it happen before 😉

  • Sarah C March 19, 2010, 12:28 pm

    My boyfriend does 98% of all of the cooking in our house. He’s amazing!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 19, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I love when a man can cook too. It’s so nice to come home from a busy day at school and see my husband cooking!

  • Matt March 19, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I am a cooking man, as you can tell from my blog 🙂

  • Tracey March 19, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Oh yeah! My husband is a great cook. He is so good at just throwing things together and making the best tasting food. He even is in charge of cooking for Thanksgiving.

    I had always heard about peoples horrible experiences with cooking a Turkey for the first time. My husband made his first turkey 2 Thanksgivings ago and it turned out to be the most flavorful I’ve ever had. He’s amazing in the kitchen!

    My dad is also a great cook. He makes the best chili. He also is the best at grilling. I’m blessed to have amazing men, cook amazing dishes in my family!

  • eatingRD March 19, 2010, 1:03 pm

    my man is a pretty good cook, plus we like to cook together 🙂 have fun climbing and at fit bloggin’!! so jealous. We actually have that same bike rack lol, but there isn’t any room inside for it, poor bikes 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 19, 2010, 1:41 pm

    My hubby cooks when I make him. He doesn’t love it, but he definitely can.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 19, 2010, 1:44 pm

    mmm… sausage.i think bangers and beans are the best breakfast

  • Catherine March 19, 2010, 1:53 pm

    My fiance has actually gotten pretty into cooking over the past 6+ years of our being together – guess I rubbed off on him! I generally do most of the cooking though because he thinks I’m a food nazi in the kitchen (I’m not I swear, I just feel the need to make sure he’s not messing anything up). 😉

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats March 19, 2010, 1:53 pm

    i need to find me a man who can cook.. or atleast grill a mean burger 🙂 have an awesome time in DC!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Yummm those pancakes look like the bomb! What is it about men and their breakfast cooking skills?!
    The men in my life… my dad can make scrambled eggs. And that is all. A friend of mine can make some mean chicken fajitas using frozen chicken. At least they try, right?

    P.S. I tried swimming for the first time today and it’s HARD!!! Girl… I have a whole new respect for you and that triathlon. And I learned that I can’t swim worth a crap. I need Ryan to teach me!!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 19, 2010, 2:10 pm

    my dad and my husband both like to cook…but they know that it’s a therapeutic thing for me and my mom, so usually they let us. my husband is a master pancake maker though!

  • TorontoGirloutWest March 19, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Sometimes I tell the Fiance it’s his turn to cook – and he asks me what restaurant I’d like to go to! lol No joke.

    And then when I get sick and want soup he asks me what kind I want from Chinese takeout!

    Mind you he lived by himself for a while. He just doesn’t like to do it. Would rather go out and buy something.

    Alas 🙁

  • dotsie March 19, 2010, 2:41 pm

    My man is the cook in the house…I through together my meals, and may cook the occasional turkey burger or something, but it’s so easy and simple, I wouldn’t call it true cooking 😀 and it suits me juuust fine! 😀

  • Kimberly Lee March 19, 2010, 2:43 pm

    My Dad has never mastered the kitchen – his cooking does not go far beyond hotdogs, hamburgers, and cereal – lol! My husband, however, is a fantastic cook. He loves trying new receipes and preparing meals for our family. In the year, we’ve been married, he has prepared 95% of our meals. His skills in the kitchen are especially handy now that we are new parents. I can take care of our daughter and not worry about trying to feed us as well.

  • Lindsey March 19, 2010, 2:59 pm

    My hubs makes wicked scrambled eggs (with the works – onion, cheese, you name it). He is also really good at making gnocchi (years of childhood experience). Otherwise, he’ll chop anything for me if I ask him! I rather dislike chopping, especially onions. :-/

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 19, 2010, 2:59 pm

    My dad used to only make pasta and we would eat that every night. Now he’s expanded beyond that and actually makes some great vegetarian food when I come over — but of course has to mention about 100 times throughout the week, “Oh, when Erin came over I made eggplant parm/enchiladas/stirfry.” 😉

  • LindsayH March 19, 2010, 3:24 pm

    man, i wish! my husband couldnt cook his way out of a paper bag. when i met him, his idea of “cooking” was what i termed “bachelor grilled cheese.” two pieces of bread, toasted in the toaster, a piece of kraft singles in between them, then microwaved. seriously!

  • Danica March 19, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Awwww – I LOVE that he cooked your breakfast. Nutella seriously makes anything good.

    Have fun at Fit bloggin!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 19, 2010, 4:43 pm

    My husband is a GREAT cook! I love it!!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 19, 2010, 4:51 pm

    wow – what a yummy looking breakfast! Have a great day 🙂

  • Amy @ Running in Pink March 19, 2010, 5:19 pm

    My husband is a fantastic cook (i hate the fact that he is better than me!)

    But get this, he also cleans, clothes washing and ironing!! Today we bought a new vacuum cleaner and you would have thought it was christmas in our house, the has now has clean carpet throughout!

    • Amy @ Running in Pink March 19, 2010, 5:20 pm

      **meant to say ‘the HOUSE now has clean carpet throughout!’

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 19, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Oh my goodness I wish my man cooked!! My stepdad cooks, but he’s a meat & potatoes fried food guy- me not so much 😉

  • Jolene ( March 19, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Yep, my dad and my hubby both cook … and my brother is a cook in a restaurant 🙂

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 19, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Oh yea hubby is the cook in this house! He works hard all day and comes home and cooks quick yummy meals. Now that I have been talking about trying to eat more vegetarian ways he’s not so happy about that because I don’t cook so he’s going to have to whip up stuff that will make us both happy LOL

    He’s such a great hubby!

  • Becka March 19, 2010, 11:51 pm

    I LOVE rock climbing. The gym at UCF had a wall that I used to use all the time. There’s (supposedly) a really cool indoor facility here in Orlando but I’ve never been.

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