Offsite Staff Meeting, or, Breakfast Dessert For Lunch

"What could be better than our signature buttermilk pancakes?" the menu asks. To which I reply, "lots of things, but I'll bite: what?"

"...when they're filled with festive rainbow sprinkles, then topped with cupcake icing, more rainbow sprinkles and whipped topping!"

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

We had a staff meeting at IHOP today. It was the 4th restaurant I tried to find a meeting room table at. I wasn't excited about it, but it worked. 

I think the problem that the International House of Pancakes has is that when competition requires constant innovation, at some point every industry has to hit a wall. IHOP hit their wall. 

I had an omelette, partly because I try not to eat a lot of wheat. My wife is allergic to it, so we don't have it at home. Since I don't eat it often, it makes me a bit sick when I do. IHOP puts pancake batter in their omelettes though, so c’est la vie.

Back to the pancakes. I expect product photography to look better than the actual product, so I'm not sure what's happening here:

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

That's the English Sticky Toffee Pancake. "Four world famous buttermilk pancakes turn British when they are filled with crunchy English toffee & layered with salted toffee mousse, then topped with salted caramel sauce & even more crunchy English toffee." 

"I hope you turn British" is a curse that no one deserves apparently.

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