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Megan Rossman, Associate Editor
Photo by JOHN JERNIGAN
By Megan Rossman
November 15, 2012
I’m not much of a breakfast person. Not because I don’t like it but because I’m an unfailing procrastinator. I revel in my free time, mentally shaking my fist at obligations on the horizon. I put off sleep and put off waking, which means when I eventually do stagger out of bed, it’s business time. Coffee, creamer, and vague panic propel me through most mornings. A leisurely breakfast, or even a frantic one, is not a realistic option and hasn’t been since my pre-teen years. It’s a hard way to go through life, but it’s my routine. At this point, it seems easier to struggle than to change.
I’ve always loved breakfast food. Who doesn’t? It’s sugary and fatty and appealing to all ages. As a fifth grader, I was required to volunteer at my elementary school. I worked several jobs, and one of them was in the cafeteria lunch line. My favorite day was Breakfast Day, which translated to Everyone Who Doesn’t Want Their Sausage Patties, Give Them To Megan Day. If sausages were currency, I would have been ballin’. After my shift, my fellow sausage lovers and I feasted on stacks of my lunch line loot. My food serving days continued into my early high school days. When I was fourteen, I often worked the weekend breakfast shift at McDonald’s. The only redeeming aspect of that situation was the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit. Say what you will about its lunch offerings, but anyone who claims not to like McDonald’s breakfast is a fool or a liar.
These days, when I eat breakfast, it’s a rare occasion, most often at night, or because I’m writing a story for Oklahoma Today. In our upcoming January/February 2013 Breakfast Blowout feature, we take readers on a tour of nine places around the state. I had the pleasure of eating at and writing about Ingrid’s Kitchen in Oklahoma City and Eastland Grill in Duncan. To capture the aesthetic of these local diners, we enlisted the help of Lacey Elaine Dillard, a talented Oklahoma City photographer.
Yesterday morning, I sped to my go-to grocer—Buy For Less on Northwest 23rd and Penn—for a few items and dropped by Lacey’s house, where we proceeded to spend the next three hours in the depths of a top secret photo shoot. I ended up with syrup in my hair and on my clothes, but the final result was worth the mess. Stay tuned.
I hope this upcoming Oklahoma Today breakfast extravaganza encourages readers to explore the featured restaurants. It may sound cliched, but it’s true that at many of these restaurants, and ones like them around the state, breakfast is not just a meal, it’s also an opportunity to connect with neighbors and get the scoop on local news and salacious gossip. After all, meals are best shared. You’ve just got to take that first step—roll out of bed.