Saturday’s game in Boston marked the second of two 1 p.m. road starts this season for the Islanders.
The havoc that early games can reek on one’s afternoon nap is counterbalanced by the morning-appropriate adjustments made to the pre-game meal.
Most players wont mess with their routines - even at 8 a.m. they’ll take down heaping plates of chicken, steak or fish with pasta, rice or quinoa (typically topped with meat sauce).
In addition to the full array of lunch/dinner food that’s served before 7 p.m. games, Team Brunch adds a whole breakfast menu to the mix, including eggs, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, oatmeal and cold cereal.
So we’ve got our lunch/dinner items and we’ve got our breakfast items - certainly a nice change of pace from the usual meal, but by no means a revelation (nor particularly blog worthy).
The true beauty of Team Brunch rests at the station between the lunch/dinner and breakfast buffet lines (literally and symbolically), where two (three?) meals become one at the omelette bar.
Armed with four skillets and a table full of omelette fixings, the omelette maker plays iron chef with whatever secret ingredients you bring him.
Steak and eggs? Too easy.
Want to sauté your chicken and pasta with some fresh veggies (and dare I say, diced ham)? Don’t mind if I do.
Hash browns looking dreary? Not after their scrambled up with eggs, cheese, bacon, peppers and onions.
Just for a challenge, how about Eggs Benedict with salmon? Bring the man an English muffin and it’s yours.
To those still stuck in their pre-game routines: Enjoy your chicken and pasta.