Tuesdates: Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast Dinner

August 28, 2013

After Patricio came home exhausted Monday from his first day at his new full time job, we quickly decided that we would have a stay-in date to accommodate this first week of adjusting to his schedule. (I feel like I already need to make a list of rules for these dates, including one about no stay-in dates for two consecutive weeks.)

When it started to rain on my way home from work on Tuesday, I felt that our decision to stay indoors was inspired.

I call this our Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast Dinner Date.
Patricio used a simple crepe recipe to make adorable heart-shaped and thin miniature pancakes (we substituted rice milk for soy milk). Our toppings included blueberries, peanut butter, maple syrup, bananas, and coconut whipped cream. I prefer just fruit - no syrup - on my pancakes, but the whipped cream was a delicious addition!

It had been a while since either of us had seen Breakfast at Tiffany's (Patricio suggested we watch it, believe it or not). There's a reason that it's a classic, and is easily Audrey Hepburn's most iconic and well known film, even to those who have never seen it. The film is glamourous, saccharine and sweet, but also deeply depressing at times and full of darker subtexts. I develop a deeper and deeper appreciation for it each time I watch it, and will have to get around to reading the novella by Truman Capote one of these days (it genuinely hurts me to say that I haven't, because I have a great love for many of Capote's other works).

I won't delve too deeply into the multitude of reasons why I love Breakfast at Tiffany's, because there are far too many - the opening credits, every scene in the cramped lobby of the apartment building, the nameless cat, the sales clerk at Tiffany's & Co, watching Audrey Hepburn make a backseat taxi wardrobe change look elegant. I might as well just tell you to watch the whole movie start to finish, and that would serve as the list of reasons why I love it (the only thing I could do without is Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi).

There was one portion of the film in particular that stood out to me during this viewing where Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul Varjark (George Peppard) spend a day wandering New York City, challenging and inviting each other to do something that they've never done before - a day of "firsts" - and with just a meagre ten dollar budget.

I had forgotten about that part in the film, but I feel like I have been coincidentally or subconsciously mimicking this method of dating my entire marriage - attempting to have new experiences without much money in my pocket or on a budget. I can never make inexpensive dates look as glamorous as Hepburn and Peppard though!

A friend of mine recently commented that "free" dates take a lot more planning and effort than purchased ones, because you have to create the entertainment yourself, rather than buy an experience like you would at a restaurant, concert, etc. I would never turn my nose up at a purchased experience, because there are many, many worth my while to spend money on, but there will always be a special place in my heart for these simpler concept dates that bring us joy - we can just pretend from now on that we're Holly Golightly and "Fred Baby."

Here's to making something from nothing!


  1. Haha I miss this movie, everytime I watch it I wonder if they are ever going to remake it. I hope they never do...Thanks for sharing this Robin, I haven't had a date night in a long time, I'm inspired now!

    1. I'm slightly curious what could be done with a remake, only because I know that there was at least one major change from the novella in this adaptation - but, really, I would be devastated. No one could ever live up to Audrey as Holly!

      Oh good! I realized that sharing my dates with others would serve as greater motivation to actually go on dates! Two dates down, the rest of my life to go, I guess!

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