Pancakes, Le Pain Quotidien (Again), & Finding THE Dress!

Good morning!

In honor of my brother’s last day at home yesterday (he flew out yesterday afternoon), my mom made us pancakes!


My brother is a die-hard Bisquick pancakes kind of guy, but I decided to make my own using Bob’s Red Mill mix. Bisquick is trans-fat-tastic — boo — and I think healthy pancakes taste just as good. :)


My mom in action:


My first pancake was a fail when flipped:


But the second one was a win:


Am I the only one incapable of making normal sized pancakes? Mine always turn out ENORMOUS. I mean, this is a large dinner plate. Wtf, Anne? I only made it through a little more than half of the pancakes. Oof!


I topped them with a little butter, maple syrup, and some plain Greek yogurt for a little extra protein. Plus berries!



After breakfast and a workout (stationary bike + abs, free weights, etc.), my mom and I headed out to Old Town Alexandria for the big wedding dress shopping adventure! We met Jenny, my high school BFF and MOH (matron of honor) for lunch beforehand. Le Pain Quotidien, take 2!


This time, I ordered the Grilled Chicken & Organic Cheddar Tartine. It was really good, but I felt like it should have been toasted? Loved the cranberry-dijon mustard though.


This sandwich hit the spot yesterday — but I think next time I’d get my beloved vegan Quinoa Tabouleh again. That was SO good.

Plus a huge shared salad for all of us:


And a hot tea for me!


And then we headed to the dress shop! My grandmother met us there, too.

We went to Global Bridal Gallery in Old Town. Someone recommended this place to my mom awhile ago and it also had great reviews online, so we decided to give it a try; a bunch of the bigger shops in the area had reviews that the staff were pushy, etc.


Photo from their website — it was raining when we arrived and I didn’t think to get a picture!

Global Bridal Gallery is a small, cute local shop owned by an Ethiopian woman named Serki. My mom, grandmother, Jenny, and I were the only ones in the shop, and Serki was really helpful, sweet, and not pushy. She seriously treated us like family; it was awesome.

Serki also knows her stuff — I showed her my magazine cut out dress ideas and then she completely nailed it — we ended up going for the VERY first dress that she had me try on!! Don’t worry — I proceeded to try on about 8 or 9 other dresses, too — in all different styles and fabrics. I tried on a mermaid dress (actually really liked this style), strapless, sweetheart neckline, super Princess-y with a huge skirt (As Serki said: “This is not you — it’s too fussy!”), glittery dresses, A-line, and more.


Photo also from their website

Jenny was a pro and I was so happy to have her with me — she helped me in and out of all the huge dresses in the dressing room (I felt like we were back in high school at the mall, but in way heavier dresses!), then had Serki come in to clamp the dresses (in the back, since they were all very large), and then I came out to show my mom and grandmother!

In the end, it was between two dresses, but the first one won out for being more unique and more “me.” I love it — it’s lace, very classic but with a unique neckline and back; I’ve never seen anyone wear anything like it. It’s also super lightweight and easy to maneuver in — perfect for dancing. :) I hope you will all love it when you see pictures come October! My mom, grandmother, and Jenny all really loved it, too. It was such a fun, special day and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. If you’re looking for a wedding dress in the D.C. area, I highly, highly recommend Global Bridal Gallery. The prices are great, too — the dress we got was WAY less than we were prepared to pay, which was awesome. They use their own designer at the store for most (if not all?) of the dresses, so since there’s not a brand name attached to the dresses, they are just as pretty but for a fraction of the cost. Plus, they are one-of-a-kind! Total win. We also ended up purchasing the veil that Serki had me try on with the dresses — it’s very simple, which is good since the lace dress is so detailed that we don’t want to overshadow it.

What a fun day. Time to head outside for a run — the sun is shining! Happy Wednesday, friends!


  1. 1

    Such an exciting moment when you find your dress! I almost always liked the first one I tried one best in each store (I went to 8!). We have the same dishes. :)

  2. 5

    Congrats on finding the dress! I hated the “pushy” aspect of some of the larger places (totally like Say Yes to the Dress) so it’s nice you were able to avoid that!

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    Jen Robinson says:

    Yayyyy I had so much fun!! I can’t wait to see it in your size. Thank you again for including me!!

  4. 7

    So happy for you! Yeah! :) You don’t have to stress about the dress! Onto more important things…like the FOOD!

  5. 8

    I am also incapable of making normal sized pancakes. Bring on the huge plate pancakes!

  6. 9

    Congrats on finding the dress! That is very very exciting! I cannot wait to see pictures, I am sure it is beautiful!

  7. 10

    Congrats on finding your dress! My dress was my absolute favorite detail about our wedding (you know – other than the whole getting married and spending my life with my husband part).
    Also thanks for letting me know about the trans fats in Bisquick. I didn’t know about that and will steer clear aof them from now on!

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    Pat Elsberry says:

    I am so excited for you on finding the perfect dress the first time out!! What a relief too! Now you can move on to other things knowing your gorgeous dress is all picked out!

  9. 14

    Congratulations on finding your dress!

  10. 15

    Congrats on finding the dress so quickly! As far as I was concerned the dress was only second to the venue in importance.

  11. 16

    Ohhh those pancakes look divine. I make big pancakes also.
    Wow, congratulations on finding the perfect dress. OMG My daughters went to 10 different stores and they both went back to the first store. I don’t think I can wait until next October boohoo. What if my computer crashes? What if….What if….What if….

  12. 19

    Wait… no picture of the dress???!!! :) I was so excited to see it (confession: I may or may not have watched a gazillion episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” when I was visiting a good friend of mine for a month last year)

    And, failed pancake? Pff… no way! It’s still somewhat pancake shaped at least. My pancake fails usually mean they are in pieces :)

    Congrats on finding “the” dress and good luck with the other preparations! If I lived closer, I’d play my harp for you! =)

    • 20

      Hehe I will have to keep you all in suspense! We didn’t take any photos at all, actually – wasn’t sure it would be appropriate. I’ll save the pics for the big day :)

  13. 21

    The pancakes look fab! Mine are always huge too! Haha :)

  14. 22

    Can’t wait to see pics!

  15. 23

    yay!! finding the dress is such a huge step! :) i can’t wait to see.

  16. 24

    Congrats Anne! Can’t wait to see it in October!!!!

  17. 25
    Adventurer says:

    Congratulations on the wedding dress, Anne. Very exciting. And the 1st one you tried on, too! Well done!

  18. 26

    Congratulations on finding your dress!! I can’t wait to see it! I was kind of quick in my decision for buying a dress since my husband and I were only engaged for 7 months (he’s in the Army), but I loved what I chose. Although I would love to try them on again, just for kicks. :-P

  19. 28

    I’m glad you found a dress so quickly! I can’t wait to see it!

  20. 29

    So glad that you found your dress! :) If good friends can’t help you get in and out of dresses like that, then who can?? :)
    The pancakes look great and I suddenly want breakfast for dinner….Have a great day!

  21. 31

    Ah, so great about the dress! This fall I went to help my best friend pick out hers.. It’s crazy to experience, especially when you’ve known someone for so long (we’ve been friends since kindergarten). Everyone in the room started tearing up when she had on THE dress.

    I’m all for homemade pancakes!

  22. 33

    Can’t wait to see it :)

  23. 34

    I’m so excited for you, Anne

    Your wedding is so awesome to follow…Thank you for including us fans! :-)

  24. 35

    Yay for finding your dress!! I am now craving pancakes! Pancakes are my favorite food!! My mom makes the best ever and they look alot like yours. She makes them real brown and the size of the skillet (plate size). I remember going to my friends house as a kid and her mom asked how many pancakes I wanted. I said 2. They said 2!? It was then I realized that most people make silver dollar size pancakes and my moms are gigantic! My favorite way to eat pancakes is with melted peanut butter, hot syrup, and berries. Sooo yummy!!!

  25. 37

    Yaaay! Can’t wait to hear about it in person soon! :)

  26. 38

    That’s a gorgeous pancake! Mine are always enormous, too…it’s because I not-so-secretly want that diner-sized breakfast :)

  27. 39

    Yay how exciting!! I am getting married in September and I went to Le Pain Quotidien (in NYC though) the day I bought my wedding gown also!! Feel good/healthy food is definitely required before/after a major event like that :)

  28. 41

    how exciting finding THE dress!

    i bought the first dress i ever tried on, but i went in knowing what i wanted. i tried on 3 more similar styles but knew IT was the one.

    cant wait to see pics!

  29. 42

    Your dress adventure sounds similar to mine. One store, and one of three dresses I tried on was the one I ended up with! Sometimes you just know right away!

  30. 43

    I LOVE your family’s dishes and I can’t wait to see the dress!!! My sister bought the first one she tried on, too :-) I was glad to be there with her!

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