Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mission Beach Cafe


Fannie Flagg would be very proud of this one...



http://mission-beach-cafe.cafes-city.com/

(Sorry. This will have to do. There is no official-type web-site no longer.)


Place: Mission Beach Cafe

Location: 198 Guerrero Street (on the corner of 14th Street); phonicular contact: (415) 861-0198

Hours: open at 9:00am(??? with no official-type web-site to confirm this, I had to rely on Bob Saget's food-'blog thing for the opening times) Sunday - Saturday for breakfast/"Brunch"

Meal:  Fried Green Tomato Benedict ~ caramelized onions, bacon (which I made sure bypassed this Whistle Stop, thank you), spicy roasted red pepper sauce, mixed greens salad; and a cuppa (and 1-1/2 refillas) Linea Caffe S.F. (senza il grave accento) Brazil FAF João's Reserve

http://lineacaffe.com/




(There really is/are no EweToobular juxtaselections with this morning's music videos.)


I do not know why it has taken me this long to return to Mission Beach Cafe (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, September 7th, 2014); I seem to remember that I sufficiently liked my previous two visits there. However, if today's breakfastary input is any indication, I am sure that it will not be another three years (and ten days) before I return again.

For being bright and early on a sunny Sunday morning, the place really filled up very quickly. I was about the seventh person/group in line this morning, and once again I sat at the window counter-seating (and had the seat right next to the door, which was much welcomed due to a comfortably cool breeze coming in). 

(Not that I even thought twice about changing my mind after seeing the meal choice that I went with, which had caught my eye immediately upon viewing the Weekend "Brunch" Menu) there were several other great choices this weekend, too. To include:

Alan's Quiche ~ roasted purple cauliflower, rainbow carrots, spinach, mixed greens salad, Yukon gold potatoes;

(the succinctly named) Scramble ~ miatake mushrooms[1], spinach, heirloom cherry tomato, yellow squash, goat cheese;

Spinach & Mushroom Benedict ~ English muffin, caramelized onions, truffle Mornay, crispy Yukon gold potatoes, add bacon - 3 (No thanks!);

Mission Beach Dropped Eggs ~ 2 cage free eggs, organic pinto beans, spicy tomato sauce, crème fraiche [ sic ~ which I found funny because they gravely accented the "è" in "crème" on the menu, but did not feel like cîrcûmflêxîng the "î" in "fraîche"], guacamole, tortilla chips, add braised pulled pork - 4 (No, I will not!) (I can only assume this would be some kinda rendition of Shakshouka with a Chilaquiles-twist);

or

MBC[2] Vegan ~ farro, soy bean, corn, red peppers, English peas, artichoke hearts, cippolini, spinach (if I had not ordered the dish that I did this morning, I would have ordered this one... with a poached egg or two on top, just to mess with any of those smarmy Vegan bastages working in the kitchen).




Oh, yeah!

I knew right away that I was going to enjoy this meal immensely. The fried green tomato slices were the base (in place of those faux crumpet things of which 
Mr. Thomas is so proud) for this dish. The fried green tomatoes worked great, too. I also liked their spicy roasted red pepper sauce as a change from the standard Hollandaise sauce. I liked this dish so much that I am claiming this as "My Favourite 'New' Eggs Benedict Dish of 2017" (only Dottie's True blue café Zucchini Cakes edges it out in the 'Old' Eggs Benedict category for all of 2017, anyway).

They were nice enough to substitute crispy Yukon gold potatoes in place of the boring ol' rabbit-food stuff (and they even offered to do so before I asked). These were a very good version of homefries, too. I am not sure if these were deep-fried and/or oven-roasted, but they really did have a nice "crunch" to them.

On my first visit to Mission Beach Cafe, they offered exclusively Blue Bottle Coffee. Then on my second visit, they were serving only Flying Goat Coffee. Now they have Linea Caffe S.F. (see previous 'blog-entry reference from Sunday, November 3rd, 2013), which really is a very local, small roastery. They are located just six blocks away in the Mission. I have had their Coffee a few times now and it has always been well received. Of the three brands, I think I enjoyed 
Flying Goat Coffee most.

http://lineacaffe.com/product/brazil-faf-joaos-reserve/

The only thing I saw offered in the way of any condimentary supplements were clear, unlabeled bottles of a red hot sauce on all the tables. I asked if (and correctly guessed that) these were Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I used some of my own Pepper Palace Chocolate Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) very liberally ("Yay! We are free to use as much hot sauce as we like!") all over the potatoes (and this turned out to be the perfect "compliment" to the potatoes, too) and some 
Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion Picante Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg![3]) on top of just one of the poached eggs (this really turned out to be superfluous, as their spicy roasted red pepper sauce was pretty flavourful all on its ownsome).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Fried Green Tomato Benedict ~ 7.55;
Linea Caffe S.F. Brazil FAF João's Reserve ~ 7.1

___________________

1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-botanical pointer of the day:

"Miatake" ("舞茸") in Japanese means "dancing mushroom" (hence, calling these "miatake mushrooms" is  a redundant redundancy).

Grifola frondosa is a polypore mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees, particularly oaks. The mushroom is commonly known among English speakers as hen of the woods, hen-of-the-woods, ram's head, and sheep's head.

http://www.indexfungorum.org/Names/NamesRecord.asp?RecordID=362177

2. They did not specify exactly what the initials "MBC"" stood for anywhere on the menu. When I asked if this was in reference to some kinda Ay-rab TeeVee channel*, they looked at me strangely.

*(Okay, you may need to Google "MBC" to get that stupid joke.)

3. "Hey, Brian! Why does it seem like you are all the time thanking these same two people?"

Well, mainly, because of the 24 bottles of hot sauces currently in my refrigerator (taking up an entire d*mn shelf on the door, too), only 4 were actually purchased by myself. Greg & Cindy (and Cindy & Greg) gifted me 7 of these bottles (and if my Common Core Math is correct, that is, like, half of what I have); my mother gave me 11 bottles; and my brother Sean is responsible for the last 2 bottles.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boogaloos


"Pop-up" @
Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña



http://boogaloossf.com/

http://parada22.com/


Place: Boogaloos

Location: 1805 Haight Street 
(between Shrader and Stanyan Streets)
(well, for Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña

Hours: open at 9:00am for "Pop-up" breakfasts only on Saturday and Sunday 

Meal:  Desayuno Típico ~ 2 eggs any style (where I went with over-medium-style) with grilled plantain cake, topped with tamarind sour cream, served with cabbage slaw, Then Pick One: braised white beans (veggie) or smoked red beans w/ham (Guess which one I picked?); a side of homefries; and a glassa fresh-squeezed Limonada; and beforehand, at Stanza C•o•f•f•e•e, a cuppa Counter Culture Coffee 
Kushikamana Peaberry[1]

https://counterculturecoffee.com/shop/coffee/kushikamana


Because it has been almost a year (give or take a month or two) since I last ate at Boogaloos (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, November 26th, 2016), I went back to Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña for a pop-tarts® breakfast...

Several years back (give or take a year or two), when they still had their own brick-and-mortar location, Boogaloos was included in my Breakfastary Starting Rotation, so I like to try to revisit their food once a year if possible.

Strange Coffee Interlude

Stanza C•o•f•f•e•e (the one on Haight Street, not the one in the Mission ~ which I was informed by the barista/counter-guy [that is, the guy that pours the Coffee and took my money and such; I do not mean to infer that he is related to either Caitlyn Jenner or Bradley Manning[2] in any way] is not owned by the same person, but it may have been related in some way in the past) has to be the best cuppa all along Haight Street (and that includes the Lower Haight, too). They only serve Counter Culture Coffee, but do offer several different roasts/blends. They normally have two ready-prepared Coffees and offer another three to four different pour-over/single cuppa-styles, too. The Kushikamana Peaberry that I had today was of the latter ilk. This was another very good offering from Counter Culture Coffee. (I had thought about getting a prebreakfastary pastry while I was there, but, luckily, I did not. There was way too much food with breakfast as it turned out.)

If you were wondering (like me) just why the h*ck is Boogaloos doing a "Pop-up" breakfast at Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña, here is the best answer that I could find (assume) off Parada 22's web-site:

"Parada 22 serves home-style Puerto Rican cuisine in San Francisco’s storied Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Named after consulting chef Gloria Pinette’s neighborhood bus stop in her home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Parada 22 is an exciting new compliment [ sic; however, I think they actually meant "complement" ] to Cha Cha Cha, which is located right next door.

San Francisco restaurateur Philip Bellber collaborated with his cousin Gloria to create a menu of instantly recognizable, authentic Puerto Rican dishes. No stranger to Latin cuisine, Philip is the founder and owner of San Francisco culinary institution Cha Cha Cha. Over the years, he has launched many favorite neighborhood eateries, including The Corner, Boogaloos, BitterrootSpaghetti Western and also Nightbreak, a celebrated alternative music venue."

The current breakfast menu that is offered at this "Pop-up" is not quite as extensive as what was previously on the menu at Boogaloos when it still had its location in the Mission. Even so, there are still a few other good ideas from which to choose. I was also looking at:

(off the DESAYUNO de ÁNGELES y PAGANOS section of the menu)
Huevos Rancheros ~ 2 eggs over-easy on a corn tortilla with Jack cheese, and ranchero sauce

or

(off the DO THE BOOGALOO! section of the menu)
Funky Scram ~ 2 eggs scrambled with your choice of any three ingredients from The Playlist![3].





This was all a pretty simple (though I am not sure how "típico" it is of an authentic Puerto Rican) breakfast, but I really liked the combination of fried/grilled plantains (these were actual plantains, not plantain cakes as is stated on the menu; they used to be plantain cakes back at the old Boogaloos, though), habichuelas blancas (braised white beans with green olives, potatoes, carrots, sweet peppers & pumpkin), and a very tasty version of red cabbage slaw

Why did I also order a side (which actually comes as a full plate) of homefries? Because their homefries are just too d*rn good to pass up; their homefries was one of the deciding factors in my initially adding them to my Breakfastary Starting Rotation years ago.

Like my last visit, this was an awful lotta food, but I did manage to finish it all (barely). 

For condimentary supplementation, Parada 22 
Comida Puertorriqueña offers their own fresh-made salsa habanera in bottles on all the tables. Being aware of this fact, I did not bother to schlep any of my own hot sauces with me this morning and made sure to use a good amount of it all over the over-medium eggs.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

Before breakfast (and after Coffee), I still had about a(n?) half-hour to kill, so I just walked up and down that area of Haight Street until Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña opened. (I still ended up being the first customer in the door around 9:05am and was the only customer for about another twenty minutes.) While doing so, I saw (well, heard them chattering-away first, then looked up to see) a mini-pandemonium of about four Wild Parrots flying south (probably from their roost in the Panhandle) over Haight Street.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Counter Culture Coffee Kushikamana Peaberry ~ 7.2;
Desayuno Típico ~ 6.7;
Parada 22 Comida Puertorriqueña's fresh-made
salsa habanera ~ 7.2;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

___________________

1. ¿Qué?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaberry

2. "Hey, Brian, why do you refer to Caitlyn Jenner by her feminine name and not allow Bradley Manning the same courtesy?"

Because that traitorous bastage, son-of-a-b*tch does not deserve any additional "commutations". Now, if he ever deigns to finish his 35-year sentence, I might accept him as a real female.

3. The Playlist!:

Mushroom Spinach Tomato Jalapeño Spanish Olive
Garlic • Cilantro • Bell Pepper • Green Onion • Red Onion
Jack • Cheddar • Swiss • Sour Cream • Ranchero Sauce
AvocadoGuacamole Salsa • Vegan Soy-Rizo • Chorizo
Bacon • Ham • Andouille Sausage • Chicken-Apple Sausage



Sunday, September 10, 2017

LaLe


"I just had a Berliner[1]... 
and now I am stuffed!"[2]



http://www.lalesf.com/


Place: LaLe

Location:  731 Irving Street 
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Hours: breakfast and/or "Brunch" are served daily at 8:00am

Meal: (off their weekend "Brunch" specials board) Polenta w/ Mixed Veggies (uggh! [I added that exclamation; it is not part of the actual meal name.]) 
& 2 Poached Eggs; and a glassa (very re)fresh(ing) lemonade with mint; and (afterward, as a breakfastary dessert) a Black Forest Berliner (from 
a German bakery booth at the Sunday morning 
Inner Sunset Farmers' Market) with a cuppa Snowbird Coffee Zatarra 

http://www.pcfma.org/

http://snowbirdcoffee.com/




(There really are never any excuses needed for any EweToobular juxtaselections when it comes to 
Lady Ella, but this first song just happened to be playing while I was enjoying my cuppa and doughnut at the coffeeshop, so I figured I'd play the second song[3] to go along with the doughnut, too.)


As a last-minute September Call-up to my Breakfastary Starting Rotation, I headed back to LaLe (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, January 29th, 2017) this morning for kahvaltı/Frühstück

The reason for this emergency addition is that, sadly, it seems that Cafe GoLo has closed their Lombard Street restaurant ~ I am moving them to the 40-Day DL until I know better. Their phone has been disconnected and without an official-type web-site, I can not determine if/when they may re-open at the new location in the Tenderloin (which they have been attempting to open now for the past four years). Hopefully this is just a temporary closure. So, until I know for sure, LaLe will be the Fifth Starter starting today. (Hmmm?! I wonder if someday in the future Cafe GoLo will show up on a Japanese breakfastary 'blog-entry.)

One of the main reasons that I have no problem with adding LaLe to my Breakfastary Starting Rotation is that, in addition to all the great meals that I have had there already, there are still several other good ideas from which to choose: 

Dutch Pancakes (this is also off their weekend "Brunch" specials board, but it has been available for most of my past visits; they state that this has a 20-minute wait-time to prepare, so I will have do try it some other time when I feel like waiting that long);

Mexico City (Egg Scrambler) ~ chorizo, green onions, mushrooms, guacamole, sour cream, cheese (I am sure I can always order this sin salchicha);

Napa (Egg Scrambler) ~ goat cheese, mushrooms, bacon, bell peppers (which I would also order without any of the dead, decaying, crispy pork-butt stuff);

Toronto (Benediction) ~ ham, grilled tomato, spinach (this is another one from which I would have the back-bacon omitted, ya hoser);

or

Ricotta Stuffed Almond French Toast.


(Ooops! Unfortunately, there are no corresponding photos of the actual meal or subsequent German jelly-stuffed pastry and Coffee. The batteries seemed to have died on my camera after I had taken the photo of the restaurant sign above.)


Oh, my! (to be read in your best George Takei-an voice)

It is exactly stuff like this why I like coming back to this place (and another reason why I have absolutely no qualms with placing them on my Breakfastary Starting Rotation). Now if you could see a photo of this dish (someone needs to remember to check their battery-power before leaving the house), you would see that this was a big bowl of polenta as the base, then lots of grilled "veggies" (uggh!), and topped with two poached eggs (themselves topped with some Hollandaise sauce). The "veggies" (uggh!) included: zucchini, tomato, (red and green) bell peppers; (white) onions, and mushrooms (there might have been another "veggie" [uggh!] or two, but those were the ones that I immediately recognized). And all of this was atop really good, creamy, cheesy polenta! In my opinion, this dish didn't even need any Hollandaise sauce on top of the two poached eggs (and I bet it would have been even better still with a nice Marinara sauce [à la Dottie's True blue café Zucchini Cakes]). This also came with one of their warm, fresh homemade (restaurant-made, whatever) English muffins on the side of the bowl.

LaLe only has Tapatío®  Salsa Picante Hot Sauce on all the tables in way of condimentary supplements. I used some of my own Punch Drunk Chocolate Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Sean!) on top of one of the poached eggs and some Dat'l Do-it® Spicy Jalapeno Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on top of the other egg. Additionally, LaLe does have their own homemade (restaurant-made, whatever) jams and preserves on all the tables; today's choices were strawberry[4] and orange[5] marmalade ~ I used some of each on each half of their homemade (restaurant-made, whatever) English muffin.

Whenever I am in the neighborhood (and that would be the Inner Sunset in this case), I like to head over to Snowbird Coffee (which is just around the block from LaLe, anyway) for a very decent cuppa after breakfast. On my way over to the coffeehouse, I stopped in at the regular Sunday morning Farmers' Market (which I had to pass by on my way). I really wasn't planning on getting anything more to eat while there, but I saw one booth that was selling German pastries and really couldn't pass up buying a few ~ especially when I saw they offered both a Mango, Passionfruit, and Orange and a Black Forest (which I was told was filled with cherries, a cherry liqueur/brandy [Kirshwasser auf Deutsch], and a cream filling) Berliner. The really funny thing is that the two Berliners may very well have been "frei"-bies, too; I got to talking to the guy selling the products and walked away without paying. I remembered right off and went back straight away to pay for the two pastries, but the guy told me that I had already paid him. I am pretty sure that I had not, but he was nice enough to not worry about it. The Black Forest Berliner really went well with the Zatarra (which is one of my favourite local Coffees, too).


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Polenta w/ Mixed Veggies & 2 Poached Eggs ~ 7.3;
homemade  jams and preserves ~ 7.2;
Black Forest Berliner ~ 7.3 (especially at the price);
Snowbird Coffee Zatarra ~ 7.4

___________________

1. Okay, this has been mentioned before by me on this here 'blog-thang as a stupid, useless cunning linguist (and urban legend-debunker) pointer of the day. When President John F. Kennedy said "Ich bin ein Berliner.", he was not stating that he wanted to be thought of as a German jelly-doughnut. He was correct in his translation. Plus, in Berlin-town, I was informed by a native Berliner that they actually call jell-doughnuts "Französisch" ("French-style" doughnuts).

The owner-lady of the German pastry booth was from Germany and told me that people in Berlin call "Berliners" ~ "Krapfen" (which is a standard name for a doughnut/pastry in German). However, the lady that I spoke with was not from Berlin herself, so I am sticking with the information that I obtained from an actual Berliner (who was also not a jelly-doughnut in any way).

2. For a change, do not blame me for this completely awful corn-bally joke. I am just paraphrasing one from Greg Kipe. If you have any complaints or groans, please direct them to/at him.

3. Coincidentally enough, Leonard Cohen's (in memoriam) birthday happens to be upcoming on September 21st.

4. Unlike both the ghost pepper and jalapeño pepper, strawberries are not botanically a berry. 

5. However, strangely enough, oranges are actually a kind of modified berry (called a hesperidium). Crazy stuff like this is why I would never cut it as a botanist.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dottie's True blue café




http://dottiestruebluesf.com/


Place: Dottie's True blue café

Location: 28 6th Street 
(on the corner of Stevenson Street)

Hours: open 7:30am Thursday through Monday

Meal: 1929 Bronze Goddess Banana Rum Roll; two eggs over-medium; and a glassa orange juice


Of course, no End-of-Season Workout of my Breakfastary Starting Rotation would be complete without a trip to Dottie's True blue café (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, August 13th, 2017). Plus, I am attempting to make at least one visit per month there this year. I am nine-for-nine so far (in Baseball-ese, I think that is called "Batting .900").

I am not sure of the status of ownership currently. There was no sign in the front window any longer stating "PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR OWNERSHIP CHANGE". So either the sale has gone through, or it has fallen through. I didn't bother to bother Kurt about the situation this morning as he was busy doing all the important cooking stuff. I am just happy to see that Dottie's True blue café is still open for the time being.

I wanted to keep it basically simple (Isn't "simple" by definition "basic", anyway?) this morning and was planning all along on just ordering one of their fresh-baked (daily, on the premises) items with a couple of eggs. I knew that their baked-goods are HUGE portions and almost a meal all on their ownsome. The other two (simply basic) ideas that I was thinking about were 1920's Prohibition Whiskey Blueberry Crumb Cake (which I would also have ordered with two eggs over-medium) or Dottie's Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake (again, which I would also have ordered with two eggs over-medium).




Of their fresh-baked items available this morning, I had to go with the 1929 Bronze Goddess Banana Rum Roll choice as it sounded the most interesting, and it turned out to be just as interesting-tasting, too. I have absolutely no baking skills or baking knowledge, so I really can't explain how this was made. It was bread/roll dough in a bowl wrapped around large pieces of banana (I estimate there was at least one whole banana in the dish). This was served warmed-up from the oven.

I had originally thought about also ordering a side of potatoes, but, luckily, I thought better of it, as this was all a lot of food as it was.

For condimentary supplementation, I used some of the available Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Chipotle Pepper Sauce) on one egg and some Frank's® RedHot® Chile 'n Lime Hot Sauce on the other egg.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
1929 Bronze Goddess Banana Rum Roll ~ 7.1;
2 eggs over-medium ~ well... it was just two eggs over-medium, even I couldn't mess that up (if I ever had any eggs in my refrigerator that is)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Eats


"I don't want to work, 
I just want to eat potatoes[1] all day... "



(Still no official-type web-site thing.)


Place: Eats

Location: 50 Clement Street 
(on the corner of 2nd Avenue); 
phonicular contact: (415) 751-8000

Hours: open for breakfast every day of the week at 8:00am (even if that day happens to be "Labor", apparently)

Meal: Huevos Rancheros (v) ~ fresh tomato salsa, beans, over easy eggs, pepperjack, avocado, sour cream (and, for those of you that do partake of the dead, decaying animal flesh, this can have either pulled pork, bacon, or chicken added to it); a side of Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes; and a glassa ruby red grapefruit juice




(The reason for today's EweToobular juxtaselection? Simples! 

Todd Rundgren is also a big fan of Huevos Rancheros. [Here's a little-know Cliff Clavinistic fact: Huevos Rancheros were actually invented in Upper Darby, PA. 
I read it on the Intro-Net (right here); so it has to be true.])


In continuing with the End-of-the-Season Workout of my Breakfastary Starting Rotation, I headed back over to Eats (see previous 'blog-entry from Sunday, May 7th, 2017) this morning. I particularly like that they open up early (even on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) and are in my neighborhood (even if that happens to be thirty-one blocks away each way).

I probably shoulda sat outside at one of the sidewalk tables for two (which are along both Clement Street and 2nd Avenue) like I did yesterday morning. It has cooled off considerably from the past few days mini-heatwave by at least another 10° and would still have been very comfortable outside. (It has finally reached a much more reasonable 75° inside my apartment this afternoon after three straight days and nights with all my windows open.) 

With today's ordering of Huevos Rancheros, I think there only remains but one more item off their menu (under the vegetarian-friendly guise) left for me to try:

Kale Quinoa Salad ~ cucumbers, ricotta salata, carrots, radish, arugula, cranberries, walnuts, garbanzos, tahini vinaigrette (which I would probably order with one or two poached eggs dropped on top ~ gently, of course ~ to make it more of a compleat breakfastary meal).





I have had similar renditions of Huevos Rancheros before, where the two eggs (which can usually be over-medium or fried, too) are layered on top of the beans on top of corn tortillas. Their take on this was that the corn tortillas were fried first (aka tostadas[2]), which I have also had this way before and like (I do prefer just grilled corn tortillas, though). Now the two main differences in their version are that their salsa ranchera was a simple pico de gallo and (this was totally unexpected) the type of beans that they used were not whole pinto beans or frijoles refritos, but small white navy beans in some kinda Mexican-style barbecue sauce. ¡Muy interesante! I also liked the amount of fresh, sliced avocado on top of the pile.

"But, Brian, with the added starch/carbohydrates from the corn tortillas, why would you order a side of homefries?"

First off, mind yer own d*mn biddness!

Second off, I ain't on any of them new-fangled paleontologist diets!!

And third on, these are not just any boring ol' "homefries" that you might get at your local diner-joint. These are "Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes", dammit!!! And these happen to still be the best breakfastary potatoes in town! (Even if there were only two cloves of roasted garlic in the mix this morning. Additionally, on the major plus-side [for which, Captain Minus is extremely jealous], there were many nicely roasted/browned sprigs [stems, whatever] of rosemary throughout the potatoes, too; and I made sure to eat each and every crispy morsel.)

Even knowing that Eats already offered a great selection in the way of condimentary supplementation (which included the San Francisco Triumvirate of Hot Sauces [Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce); Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce ; and Cholula® Hot Sauce], as well as El Yucateco® [three ways: Green, Red, and XXXtra]), I still decided to use some of my own Pepper Palace Gator Bite Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on half of the potatoes and Laura Plantation Vidalia® Onion & Peach Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cynthia & Gregory!) on the other half of the potatoes. And because I felt that their salsa ranchera could use a bit more (as they say in Mexico) "el zingo", I also added more GatoBite Hot Sauce all over the Huevos Rancheros.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Huevos Rancheros ~ 6.7;
Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes ~ 7.62

___________________

1. Any which way you can name and cook 'em, too:

http://breakfastatepiphany.blogspot.com/2012/02/one-potato-or-potatoe-dan.html

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day:

In Spanish-Spanish, "tostada" simply means "toast"/"toasted"; however, in Mexican-Spanish, "tostada" generally refers to a fried (corn or wheat flour) tortilla.

(This is very similar to how "official" English-English has different meanings for many of their words from the obviously much more kerrekt 'merican-English words.

Ferinstance #1: Them Britishlander-types mistakenly call "French fries" ~ "chips" or "chippers" [and then have the nerve to miscall "potato chips" ~ "crisps", too... now what the h*ck is up with that?!]. 

Ferinstance #2: Do not ever try shopping at a local green grocer's in Great Brittania without the aid of an interpreter. They foolishly call "eggplant" ~ "aubergine", "zucchini" ~ "courgette", and "snow peas" ~ "mangetout". ["Where am I, London or Paris?!"] [And do not even think about ordering any "Swedes" in the hopes that you are gonna get a nice, hot Scandinavian babe; it turns out that "Swedes" in British-speak are just some cr*mmy ol' rutabagas! Man was that ever disappointing.]

And [especially] ferinstance #3: You can pick up a "pack of fags" at any corner store in Englandia, but to do so in 'merica, you have to be a pretty hot male yerd*mnself and reside in the Castro District of San Francisco.

[And I won't even go into how ridiclously they spell simple words like "flavour", "favourite", "honour", etc. It is all very humourous to me.])

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Rue Boulanger Bistro




http://www.bakerstreetbistro.com/


Place: Baker Street Bistro

Location: 2953 Baker Street 
(between Lombard and Greenwich Streets)

Hours: open for "Brunch" Saturday & Sunday at 9:00am

Meal: Pain Perdu A brunch favorite! ~ two slices of cinnamon French toast, fresh fruit, strawberry coulis & crème fraîche; a side of frites maison; et un grand verre de jus d'orange (avec une paille pliante)


Sure, I know that I should probably start off these workouts of my Breakfastary Starting Rotation by either going to Dottie's True blue café or Baker Street Bistro (see previous 'blog-entry from Sunday, April 30th, 2017) first; however, sometimes, it is just much easier to park over in Cow Hollow and the Marina on a Sunday morning.

I sat outside once again this morning and it was 
le temps parfait to do so. It has finally cooled off considerably from the mini-heatwave of the past three days and Monsieur Soleil had not yet awoken. (So, 
San Francisco's Summer came on August 31st and left on September 3rd. Typical.)




Really, what else can I say about this great dish that I haven't already said many times already? C'était simplement un petit-déjeuner très exquis une fois de plus...

I think it is funny that they actually offer this in a 
"Half portion – one slice instead of two". Who would ever want to order just one slice? Would you ever want to view just half of Michelangelo's Moaning Lisa or watch only half of "Some Like It Hot" (the half without Marilyn Monroe in it, too)?!

Les fruits du jour: framboises (pas une baie botanique); mûres (pas une baie botanique); myrtilles (une baie botanique); pastèque (une baie botanique); ananas (pas une baie botanique); orange (une baie botanique); pomme (pas une baie botanique); et cantaloup (une baie botanique).

Baker Street Bistro only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) for use as a condimentary supplement. I just used some of my own Dat'l Do-it® Zesty Chipotle Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on les pommes de terre.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Pain Perdu A brunch favorite! ~ 8.2 (mais certainement)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ella's American Kitchen




(I do not know if you can see it or not [well, "not see it"], but the logo of "Ella's" on the left side window is missing the apostrophe in the possessive word. Maybe that side had been painted by a British sign-maker.[1])

https://www.ellassanfrancisco.com/

(This web-site has been newly-updated and is much more user-friendly [read: not-so-savvy-computer-user-friendly] now.)


Place: Ella's American Kitchen

Location: 500 Presidio Avenue (on the corner of California Street)

Hours: open for breakfast Monday through Friday at 7:00am; open for "Brunch" Saturday and Sunday at 8:30am

Meal: "Veggie" Scramble ~ tomatoes, leeks, broccolini[2], white Cheddar, served with country potatoes and toast (I simply went with my standard choice of honey-oat-raisin); and a large glassa orange juice (I was informed by the waitress/server lady-person that they were out of Ginger Orange Juice Punch this morning, and had not made a fresh batch yet; pity)




(I may very well have EweToobular juxtaselectioned this song once [or twice] before in the past. But so what?! It's Lady Ella! You'll listen again and like it! Dammit!)


Because it is the start of yet still another September (Lady Ella would never lie to you), that can only mean one thing: it is do-or-die (or "due"-or-die) time for the Boston Red Sox once again... and that means that it is about time for another workout of my Breakfastary Starting Rotation. So, it was back to (the now-called) Ella's American Kitchen (see previous 'blog-entry from Sunday, April 30th, 2017) this morning to start it all off.

Since my last visit a few months back, there have been some minor changes made by the new ownership. They have tweaked their name a bit and no longer go by Ella's Neo Classical American Cooking, but are now stylised as "Ella's American Kitchen". They have also re-done (or so I think) the kitchen-overlooking diner-counter seating area (I know that there are brand new chairs at least; I used to be able to hang my backpack off the back of them, but the new chairs do not have any posts up-sticking). Plus, there are lotsa new faces in both the cook-staff and wait-staff.

They have also standardised their weekend "Brunch" menu a bit. I do not think they change the menu every weekend like they once did, but probably just update it seasonally. They no longer offer a version of a "potato scramble" every weekend, but I am looking forward to any interesting concoctions that might be available seasonally as a weekend "Brunch" item. Even so, they do still offer a very decent breakfastary (well, "Brunch"-ary) menu and have several other good items (for both stupid vegetarians and stupid dead, decaying animal-fleshetarians alike) from which to choose. Some other possible (new) ideas: 

Avocado Omelet ~ avocado (natch'), Cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, country potatoes, toast (this might be my choice next time that I visit; unless they have a really interesting weekend special offering);

Mushroom Swiss Omelet ~ sautéed mushrooms (natch'), Swiss (doppelt/à deux fois-natch'), country potatoes, toast;

or

Kale Caesar Salad[3] ~ organic kale (natch', once again), croutons, Parmesan, Caesar dressing (if it is made sans poisson minuscule mort en décomposition) (I would probably have a coupla eggs dropped [well, cooked first ~ probably poached or over-medium] on top of).

There was also an off-menu weekend "Brunch" special: Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes. I have had a similar version of these in the past there and really liked them.

I thought it was very cool that during a lull in the cooking-chores, their head chef Veronica[4] came around to the tables asking how everything was. (Big mistake) of course, I bored her for a few minutes with my hatred of all things "the vile weed" and my unbridled enthusiasm for broccolini (luckily, she agreed with me, too).

And for those of you Vaniller-lovin' Y*nkees fans, they do also offer the simple[minded]-enough-named "Two Eggs, Country Potatoes and Toast", which can be ordered with bacon or country style sausage.





Even with the moniker of "Veggie" Scramble (uggh!), this was a very tasty scramble. I particularly liked this combination of broccolini (happily, of which there was a very good amount) and cherry tomatoes. I made sure to compliment chef Veronica on her choices of ingredients for this dish. Yeah, I am not ashamed to say it: I really do love me some broccolini!

This was a different (and, per chef Veronica, brand new as of this very morning) version of homefries than they used to serve: it is now made with lots of fresh red and green bell peppers and (white) onions interspersed throughout the potatoes. This was a very good rendition of breakfastary potatoes, and would (will?) still make a great base for a potato scramble.

For condimentary supplementation, Ella's American Kitchen only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce 
(two ways: Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Sauce). I used some of my own Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion & Jalapeno[ sic ] Pepper Hot Sauce 
(Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on the scrambled-mess and some Old St. Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg! [For the record, these are two entirely different people from the first thank-you-ed pair. I think that I might even have four or five other "Greg & Cindy" couples as "Friends" on defacedbook, too.]) on the potatoes.

New owners, new web-site, and somewhat new name: still a great place for a breakfastary repast (and Starting Rotation-worthy, too).


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
"Veggie" Scramble ~ 6.9 
(no GBS points are ever deducted for "uggh!"-ly named meals)

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1. Fans of both Bettys Café Tea Rooms and Walkers Crisps might get that joke.

https://www.bettys.co.uk/

https://www.walkers.co.uk/

2. "But, Brian, how can you like broccolini and hate 'the vile weed'?!"

First off, they are NOT the same thing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccolini

(Mmm-mmm!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai_lan

(Mmm-mmm!)

And, similarily:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapini

(Mmm-mmm!)

(Sorry, there will be no additional WikipediA links for "the vile weed".)

Second off, I like Ashley, but feel Mary-Kate is too pretentious and not that pretty (or maybe it is the other way around; like anyone can really tell the difference between the two of them). Plus, I used to like the actress that played Patty Duke's English "twin" cousin much better than Patty herself.

Third off, mine yer own bidness! Dammitt!!!

3. Ha! I just got that pun now.

4. When I first introduced myself to chef Veronica, I kiddingly asked her if she was the eponymous "Ella" in the window logo. Of course, I was just joking as I knew the name was around for many years and did not represent a name of the previous owners or chefs. Veronica also told me that the restaurant name was originally in honour of Lady Ella herself. This was the first time (in the past twenty years or so that I have been eating there) that I had ever heard that explanation. Whether it is apocryphal or not, I do like that reasoning.