From Our Readers Life at a Crossroads? Eat Some Pancakes! From Our Readers

You just broke up with your boyfriend. You lost your job because of the economy. You graduated college, 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 them?

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 – especially in LA – 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 accommodate your vegetarian, vegan, low-cal, low-soy, hipster diet, so you can stay healthy while dealing with one of life’s many challenges.

Did you know Bea Bea’s in Burbank has at least eighteen different types of pancakes and can make ANY of them gluten-free upon request?

Did you know that USC hot-spot Jack’s N Joe has pancake dishes called “WTF,” “Hula Girl,” and “Pudgie Elvis?”

Have you checked out fellow HelloGiggles author Scarlett Curtis’s piece in which she puts pancake batter in a ketchup bottle for better batter distribution? What a great idea! Or how ‘bout InsaneWhiches.com’s idea of pancake peanut butter and jelly sandwiches called Pancake Pops? Good stuff.

Based on my breakfast experiences in Los Angeles, 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 Crocker did! So get out there and grab a fork. And when life hands you lemons, make some Ma’amCakes.

Born and raised in New York City, Vanessa finally got her driver’s license and moved out to LA to work in publicity for RCA Music Group, followed by Columbia Pictures. Three years later, and now located in Hollywood, Vanessa works in marketing for the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and IRIS from Cirque du Soleil. She has a blog about all-things pancakes called Ma’amCakes, and reviews pancakes at popular LA breakfast-spots. Follow Ma’amCakes on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.

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