Every now and then, someone asks me what I like about blogging: Is it the pictures? the food? the travel? And I always say the same thing, that while it is, of course, partly those things, it is much more something else. I like blogging for the people.
People like Jacqui and Caitlin. The three of us met up in Madison Saturday, because it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago and because Caitlin finds herself there every other weekend, visiting her fiance.
We did important things together — you know, like talk photography, both at brunch and at a local shop with the super nice staff that chatted with us about meeting famous people and calling 1970s cameras vintage and seeing the beauty of film:
Speaking of brunch, it was at Bluephies, because it’s Caitlin’s favorite, and don’t you love being taken to people’s favorite places?
The other girls ordered eggs Benedict (the artichoke and the crab), and I had a Popeye scrambler loaded with tomatoes and spinach and feta, all of us with breakfast potatoes on the side.
Then we nosed around the capitol building, mostly because you just can’t miss that giant dome when you walk downtown, and it’s open and free, so why not?
And went to an adorable cheese shop/deli just across the street, where the air was warm and ripe and almost overpowering when you first step inside but then became pretty nice after a few minutes browsing the shelves:
We walked through busy streets filled with college (and high school?) students, past random signs:
and popular restaurants:
and places that remind you you’re in Wisconsin:
Eventually we settled into a little cafe, way in the back, at two tables pushed together, discussing weddings and Dutch ovens and the science of baking with different flours. Then, just like that, it was past 4 PM and there we were, still chatting, because time flies like that when you’re with people you like.
And Jacqui and I got back in her car (thanks again for driving, you sweet girl!) to head home, driving by fields and farms while the sun set, over Wisconsin, over us, over that good day.
Usually when I do posts like these, I give you recommendations, so while I linked to everything in the paragraphs above, here you go:
Bluephies: great breakfast (and you should see the cakes!)
2701 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711-1868
2 East Main Street
Madison, WI 53702
Info on tours, if that’s your thing
12 S. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53703
I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the coffee shop we sat in. Caitlin? Jacqui? Feel free to help out.
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.