#4


Many nutrition experts tell us that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Today, I forgot that fact. I was sleeping so soundly that I completely dozed through my alarm or continuously pushed snooze, I’m still foggy on what exactly happened. I was on edge. I couldn’t quite find my normal cheery self at work…perhaps she was still nestled in my covers, enjoying slumber. All I know is she had taken the morning off. I needed something to perk up my mood for lunch. A brief picture of exactly what I wanted flashed through my mind: Nice soft bread, smoked turkey, Alfalfa sprouts, cheese, lettuce, tomato. I kid you not. I’m very specific with my cravings. I couldn’t think of anywhere I could find this with so little time for lunch. It was 11:30 and I had lunch errands to run for work….how could I make this happen? Where could I find some Good Mood Nectar? Then I thought of Café Alley.

#4


Many nutrition experts tell us that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Today, I forgot that fact. I was sleeping so soundly that I completely dozed through my alarm or continuously pushed snooze, I’m still foggy on what exactly happened.  I was on edge. I couldn’t quite find my normal cheery self at work…perhaps she was still nestled in my covers, enjoying slumber.  All I know is she had taken the morning off. I needed something to perk up my mood for lunch.   A brief picture of exactly what I wanted flashed through my mind: Nice soft bread, smoked turkey, Alfalfa sprouts, cheese, lettuce, tomato. I kid you not.  I’m very specific with my cravings. I couldn’t think of anywhere I could find this with so little time for lunch. It was 11:30 and I had lunch errands to run for work….how could I make this happen?  Where could I find some Good Mood Nectar?  Then I thought of Café Alley.


Café Alley, located at 126 A NE, is an Ardmore institution. I have never not had amazing service, great food, and a lovely atmosphere. The only problem today was I didn’t have enough time to indulge myself, or so I thought...


I remembered seeing a *To-Go Orders* sign on a door whenever I’d gone there to eat last month. Yes! Yes! Ordering take-out would give me enough time! I mulled over choices and browsed the menu online and finally at 11:47, I made the call.  It was busy! Nooooooo!! This was my destiny! My craving! I tried again….and again.  Finally I got a cheery welcome from the hostess ready to take my order….Alas, I could breathe. I ordered the Smoked Turkey Sandwich with no guacamole (their guacamole is superb but I had a very SPECIFIC craving) and a side salad with ranch. As soon as the clock struck noon, I raced over ready to pick up my sandwich! There were a lot of people coming in at the same time and I may have raced an older woman in efforts to get in line first…..I think she understood my plight by the look in my eyes.


I took a peek at the wares within the little black Styrofoam box inside the restaurant and had to look again when I got in the car.  It was so gorgeous!  I couldn’t wait to get it home!  I sped a teensy bit and ran inside ready to finally get over my bad mood.  It was the epitome of what a good sandwich should be:  a warm bun, nice hint of mayo, fresh vegetables, gooey cheese and warm, thinly-sliced turkey with a brown crust from a good griddle.  I bit into this sandwich and immediately thanked God for the hands that conjured up this creation.  I was just so stinkin’ grateful that this indeed was my sandwich and there was no one around to steal a bite.  My intention was to save the side salad for dinner but I just had to get to it as well.  The creamy ranch tasted homemade and fresh.  I love that they include Alfalfa sprouts and sunflower seeds as a topping to their salads.  It’s unique and tasty.


I may have devoured everything a little fast but I returned to work refreshed and ready for anything.  I spent $9.15 for this meal which is a little expensive for a light lunch but I was no longer an ogre.  It was an even trade and very fulfilling.  I have prowled the town and found the lunchtime quicker-picker-upper at Café Alley.


 


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