Food · Travel

Why pancakes?

It seems only fitting that the first post in our blog should include travel, family, fun and food. It’s equally important that we explain the origin of the name of the blog.

Our 1st trip to Williamsburg, VA, was many years ago in an era fondly known as “B.K.” (Before Kids). You’re familiar with that time in your life. When you could decide on Friday afternoon you were going out of town for the weekend, pack a bag ,and be on your way before dinnertime. We stayed with our parents at their time-share. And while I don’t remember much about that 1st visit, I do remember that you couldn’t stand on the street and throw a rock without hitting at least 3 pancake houses.

Many years later, in the era referred to as “W.K.” (With Kids), though sometimes not as fondly, we returned to Williamsburg for a family vacation. We planned child-friendly excursions, like a trip to Colonial Williamsburg (in period dress) with carriage rides, historical dining experiences, reenactments, getting locked in the stockade, lessons in basket-weaving and blacksmithing, considering input from all of the adults in our travel group.

However, every time we came up with a new outing or event, one of the adults would inevitably ask if we were going to get to go eat pancakes while we were there. The answer was always the same: “Yes, there will be pancakes!” It became the running joke of the trip and the theme of our vacation t-shirts.

To our surprise there seemed to be a substantial decline in the number of pancake eateries since our 1st visit, but we were undeterred. Having made this the theme of our vacation, we ensured that, ultimately, “yes, there were pancakes!”

What makes it all so memorable is that, to this day, whenever we plan a trip anywhere, someone predictably asks, “Will there be pancakes?” And we all know the answer.