The Lifers Recommend: November 2014

Variety is the spice of life, as the old adage goes. Trying new things is good, and though it can be exhilarating to jump into something on a whim, it's never a bad idea to make an informed decision, especially when it comes to food.

That's where we come in! The Lifers love trying new stuff and since we are always on the lookout for new and good things to share with the world, it only seems natural that we share what we eat and why.

Blackbird Cafe has a new fall menu that they recently released, and we Lifers were intrigued. There are new items to try, seasonal favorites, and the tried-and-true menu staples that keep customers coming back. Below, we each reveal what are our favorite Blackbird items are and why we love them. It's our way of helping you stay informed and possibly discovering a new favorite at Blackbird Cafe.

Brett Fuller likes the strawberry banana smoothie - "I look forward to my smoothie each week. It's filling enough to hold me over throughout the day and is a nice break from the usual grilled cheese sandwich or leftovers that I have to go home and get on my lunch break. My favorite part is when I take a big swig and there's an actual piece of strawberry that comes up in the straw. Good stuff."

Jenny Craig likes anything with smoked salmon on it - "Breakfast: Nova Lox Bagel, Lunch: Smoked Salmon Wrap and Dinner: Greek Salad with Smoked Salmon added. Maybe not all in one day but within a week. I have never had something I don't like from Blackbird but those are my favorites."

Tim Moran is all about the sandwiches - "I'll recommend the Mushroom and Mozarella house favorite hot sandwich."

Shawn Barnes digs the tuna plate - "I really like the Tuna Plate. It's a really interesting mix of flavors, like eating a really intense tuna salad sandwich, minus the bread."

Anna Hanson stands by the veggie hummus wrap - "I think my favorite, and it will always be my favorite, is the veggie hummus wrap. It's light, healthy, and delicious. What I mainly love about it, though, is that it reminds me of summer. And that's what I really need right now - to remember summer on terrible and cold fall days. Pair that with an iced chai and your lunch is set."

Caitlin Vanlaningham (me) could have breakfast anytime - "I really like to get the bagel breakfast sandwich. You can customize it with different meats and cheeses and other toppings. My personal favorite is sausage and egg white on a cinnamon raisin bagel paired with hazelnut coffee."

Maureen has a few favorites - "Some of my favorites are the Hummus Veggie Wrap and the Harvest Salad. The butternut squash is perfect for fall. I was also super excited to see a meatless option for the BLT with a Bite! I love the chipotle mayo on that one. For drinks, my favorite is a hot black tea, but I'm also pretty addicted to the Blackbird Blend coffee."

Chris Mahlmann prefers pork - "BLT with a bite - plenty of thick bacon with a kick to it that spices up the lunch hour, of course made up by awesome people that make me feel at home."