Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cafe GoLo


There was nuthin' crooked 'bout this breakfast!



(No official web-site thing.)


Place: Cafe GoLo ~ Boutique Cafe

Location: 1602 Lombard Street (at Gough Street[1]); 
phonicular contact: (415) 673-4656

Hours: open every day of the week at 8:00am

Meal: Florentine Taters ~ country potatoes scrambled with spinach, sautéed onion, "the vile weed", mushrooms, zucchini, and cheese, with one over-medium egg laid (that is "placed"; I don't think they have any actual chickens ovulating in their kitchen) on top; a mixed fruit tart for breakfastary openers (I made sure to get a pear-apple tart and a sweet potato tart to Go(Lo), too); and a glassa orange juice





So, I decided to Go(Lo) back to Cafe GoLo ~ 
Boutique Cafe (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, January 21st, 2017) for breakfast again this morning. There was no sign of Miss PeeBee there this morning, but I did say "Hello!" to Jay (though, I did manage to refrain from bringing up the sore subject of exactly when Grits might finally be opening; at this point, I think there is a better chance of the 49ers facing the Brownies in the Super Bowl next year than Grits opening any time soon in the near ~ or far ~ future).



Much like yesterday's predecided choice of meal, I knew well in advance that I would be ordering this meal. (I just had the GoLo Ranchero on my last visit earlier in the year, or, otherwise, I would have ordered that again.) This happened to be the first meal that I had ever ordered when I "discovered" Cafe GoLo about five years aGo(Lo) now; however, they used to call it "Veggie" Tater Scramble (and I very am happy for this name change nel modo di Firenze, Ms. Nightingale). I had originally enjoyed this dish so much so that I made myself an insane annotation to return again some day soon; that "some day" turned out to be exactly a month later that year and I have been returning again and again and again ever since. What makes this particularly "special" is that they use both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes in the scramble mixture. Even with "the vile weed" as an ingredient in it (and, yes, I could have requested them to omit "the vile weed", but would you have told Michelangelo to tell Mona Lisa to try smiling just a bit more for her sitting?!), this is still a great tasting dish!

For condimentary supplements, Cafe GoLo has at least Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and a few other hot sauces. I used some of my own Dat'l Do-it® Zesty Chipotle Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on one half of the potato mess and Lucky Dog Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian! [There is just about one dosage left in the bottle; however, this does not mean that anyone should think about sending me three-to-five replacement hot sauces when it is used up!]) on the other half of the potato pile.


Up next (and hopefully a few different places):

Whatever breakfastary outlets might be available while vacationing next week in Wareham, Massachusetts (or on Cape Cod, even).


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Florentine Taters ~ 7.1;
mixed fruit tart ~ 7.0

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1. I wonder if they had initially found a different location along Lombard Street at the corner of Hyde, Lyon, or Polk Streets, if they would have called the place "Cafe HyLo", "Cafe LyLo", or "Cafe PoLo", Marco.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dottie's True blue café


♪ "I like Galettes[1] in May...
How about you?" ♫



(No official web-site no longer.)


Place: Dottie's True blue café

Location: 26 6th Street 
(on the corner of Stevenson Street); 
phonicular contact: (415) 885-2767

Hours: open Thursday through Monday at 7:30am

Meal: Sweet Potato, Caramelized Red Onion & Gruyère Tart (well, technically/culinaristically, this is called a "Galette", but Kurt changed the name several years ago to keep the stupid tourista-types [except maybe those stupid tourista-types from Frenchy-land] from always asking him what a "Galette" was) ~ served with two eggs any style (my style was "over-medium" this morning) & fruit; and a glassa orange juice




(There is no real EweToobular juxtaselection for today's music. They just happened to be playing this song on the house [well, restaurant] stereo this morning, and I felt like including it here. I am not even that big of a fan of ol' Bloodshot Eyes.)


In keeping with my plan to visit Dottie's True blue café (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, April 22nd, 2017) for breakfast at least once a month for 2017, I did so again this morning.

I was the first person (group or singular) in line this morning, so I got my choice of seating. Once again, I chose "Seat #1" at the corner of the counter-seating area ~ keeping out of the way of any stupid tourista-types... and keeping an eye on the shifty cook-staff.

I saw what I was looking for immediately on the weekend Specials blackboard and did not need to look any further to see what else they might have to offer this weekend. For next month's (my Birthday Month) return visit, I am sure that I will be ordering the exquisitely stellar Zucchini Cakes once again.

I did spy one really tasty-sounding (and, when I saw it in the pastry display-case, it was just as tasty-looking) fresh-baked item on their pastry specials chalkboard at the entrance-way: Peach Streussel Coffee Cake. Unfortunately for me, it was a size big enough to feed two (or three) people. However, if they offer that awesome entry next month, I just might have to gorge myself and order that, too (I can always skip lunch... and dinner).





I have ordered this dish many times before. It had been quite a while since I last did so and I figured it was about time to re-do so. Of course, I liked it very much as always. The ingredients can change seasonally (I have had it with leeks and different types of fermented curd, Mr. Wensleydale), but this combination is always a good one.

Today's fruits du jour: blackberries (not a berry), blueberries (a real berry), strawberries (also, not a berry), cantaloupe (not a berry none neither), red grapes (another real berry), and watermelon (and, as strange as it may seem, this is actually a real berry, too).

Dottie's True blue café offers a wide variety of condimentary supplementation. I simply used some of their Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce ~ Chipotle Sauce on top of both eggs.


Up next (hopefully tomorrow on Sunday morning that is):

Back once again to the friendly confines of Miss PeeBee and Jay's place (aka Cafe GoLo ~ Boutique Cafe).


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Sweet Potato, Caramelized Red Onion & Gruyère Galette ~ 6.9

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

"Galette" is the feminine equivalent of the French word "galet", which means "smooth pebble on a beach". So, I am not quite sure of the etymology of how it came to be the name of a type of sweet or savoury pastry.

Hopefully this explanation helps with any stupid tourista-types questions:

http://www.finecooking.com/article/tart-vs-galette

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eats




(Still no official web-site.)


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

Meal: Homemade (well, Restaurant-made) Waffle Berries & Crème (v) ~ berries, bananas, honey butter, powdered sugar, whip [ sic ] cream; a side of Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes (because no trip to Eats should be made without some of these); and a glassa Power C ~ Orange Grapefruit Pineapple





(There is/are no EweToobular juxtaselections for today's music. I just like this song[1] and it's been rollin' 'round my head for a few days now.

"But why would you provide two versions of the same song, Brian?" Hey! Do I ask you how to present your d*mn 'blog-stuff?!

Nah. Actually, even though Kris Kristofferson [and that is his actual birth-name, Kristoffer Kristofferson; I suppose his parents wanted to make sure he didn't forget his name] wrote the song ~ much like Jimi Hendrix "owns" the little Robbie Zimmerman-penned song "All Along the Watchtower" ~ Janis really "owns" this song.)


I went back to Eats (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, January 15th, 2017) for breakfast this morning.

I have eaten there so many times now that there are only a few other ideas still left for me to try: 

Kale Quinoa Salad ~ cucumbers, ricotta salata, carrots, radish, arugula, cranberries, walnuts, garbanzos, tahini vinaigrette (I would probably have them add a poached egg or two to the top to make it more of a breakfast meal)

or 

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).




This came as two medium-sized waffles. You can order a half-order, but why would you?! This was made with only two botanical berries: blueberries and bananas; there were also some of those non-botanical berries, strawberries, on top. I think they may have stylised the whipped (or "whip") cream as "Crème" in the name of the dish to signify "Crème Chantilly". (Well, that is my best guess and I'm sticking with it until proven wrong.)

This morning, there were five (5!) cloves of roasted garlic in with the potatoes (for which I am adding an additional 0.01 Glen Bacon Scale point per clove). I even took some of the rosemary sprigs that were in the potatoes and placed them on top of the waffle, too; I discovered that rosemary really goes nicely with both strawberries and bananas ~ trust me, I'm a 'blogger (well, I play one on the Intro-Net)!

For condimentary supplements, Eats has a pretty decent array of hot sauces: Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce), Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce, Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original), and El Yucateco® (three types: Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero ~ Red; Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero ~ Green; and XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero). With such a good selection, I probably shouldn't have brought any of my own hot sauces, but I really do have so very (way too) many bottles to use up. Hence, I used some of my own Punch Drunk Chocolate Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Sean!) on half of the potatoes and some Dat'l Do-it® Spicy Jalapeno Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on the other half.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

It is not very often that you see (or hear, then see) any of the Wild Parrots of San Francisco in this nape of the forest, but I did see (well, heard first, then looked up to see) a small pandemonium of eight flying overhead (heading East) while I was waiting on the corner for the restaurant to open this morning. I do not know if they have an actual roost anywhere in the Richmond nearby, though.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Homemade (well, Restaurant-made) Waffle Berries & Crème (v) ~ 6.8;
Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes ~ 7.65;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

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1. To me, this is truly an iconic Americana Song. 

It transcends any specific music genre: it can be sung as Rock-and/or-Roll, Country-and/or-Western, Blues, Folk, or You-Name-It. Everyone from Gordon Lightfoot (who actually recorded his version before both Kris and Janis did) to the Grateful Dead to Johnny Cash to P!nk to Jennifer Love Hewitt (yes, Jennifer Love Hewitt ~ check out her acoustic version; it really isn't bad) has sung their takes on it.

And here's a little-known music secret, the song was written about a real person that Kris Kristofferson once knew*. His name was "Robert McGee". Why else is the title "Me and Bobby McGee" and not "Me and Bobbie McGee"? This was probably the first true Gay Love Song ever written. And if you don't believe me on this, just look it up yerd*mnself on the World Wild Webs!

There are some great lines from the song:

(from the classic opening line)

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin' for the trains
Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans..." 

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free..."

and 

"Well I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday..."

*(Okay. So maybe I made that story up. But it really is not about Janis Joplin either.)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Baker Street Bistro


"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation." 
~ W.C. Fields (as Augustus Q. Winterbottom in "Tillie and Gus")



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: Œufs Baker Street Bistro ~ ratatouille, poached eggs, English muffin, tomato sauce, served with home fries & mixed greens; and a glassa Fresh Squeezed Limonade [ sic ]


Je suis retourné à Baker Street Bistro (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, January 8th, 2017) pour mon petit-déjeuner.

I sat outside this morning for a change... mainly because I could and because it was nice and sunny for a welcomed respite of the Antediluvian days we have had here recently.




Even though Baker Street Bistro really only offers a few "Brunch" items that are suitable for stupid vegetarians, I have absolutely no problem going back again and again and again. This dish or their Pain Perdu Extraordinaire are always worth reordering. Needless to say, I liked this meal very much once again.

Baker Street Bistro only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) for use as condimentary supplementation. I used some of my own Great Wall Wasabi Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on the rabbit-food and some Hot Licks® Serrano Hot Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the potatoes.

A Prebreakfastary[1] (and Post Prandium, too) Coffee Interlude

Earlier this morning, much before even heading out to eat, I made me a cuppa Colectivo® Coffee Roasters Costa Rica - Santa María (Thanks, Kerry!). After getting home from breakfast, I also decided to make myself another cuppa to enjoy while keyboarding uppa this 'blog-entry. Both of these cuppas were made via the pour-over drip method.

https://shop.colectivocoffee.com/pages/coffee/






the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

Before breakfast ~ or "prebreakfastary", even ~ (and, for which, I had specifically made sure to arrive about forty-five minutes earlier than when Baker Street Bistro opened), I had parked on Lyon Street, under the tall Eucalyptus trees over by Lombard Gate of the Presidio, where I knew there is a large pandemonium of the chattering feather-brains. My timing was perfect because there were still many of them in the trees before they headed out for other parts of the city for the day. I can't be sure exactly how many Wild Parrots were in the roost this morning, but there had to be dozens of them at least.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Œufs Baker Street Bistro ~ 7.3;
Colectivo® Coffee Roasters Costa Rica - Santa María ~ 7.0;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

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1. Because "breakfastary" was already a completely madeuppery word of my own make-uppering, I decided that I could come up(pery) with even more stupid, useless words using it as the root.

I have also decided that the "correct" pronunciation for this word shall be "pri-BREAKFAST-a -ree" (like with the first syllable in "preliminary"*) and not "pree-BREAKFAST-a -ree". If anyone has any problems with this choice... tough! Start yer own d*mn 'blog-thing then!

*(How come you don't usually hear of many "postliminary results"?)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ella's


"The one with the Spring Vegetable Hash."



http://www.ellassanfrancisco.com/


Place: Ella's Neo Classical American Cooking

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: Spring Vegetable Hash ~ new potatoes, peas, spring onion, with two (over-medium) eggs added on top, served with toast of your choice (my choice was their honey oat raisin once again); and a glassa orange juice




(What's the EweToobular juxtaselections for today? 
It is a well-known fact that both Lady Ella and Satchmo were big fans of pea shoots/sprouts/greens.)


This was my first visit back to Ella's Neo Classical American Cooking (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, January 7th, 2017) since the new change of ownership. (I think this has been the third or fourth now since I have been going there, anyway.) New owners; same old name; open for "Brunch" at the same old time; somewhat same old menu; some old waitstaff/cook-staff; and some new faces in both the waitstaff and cook-staff (just fewer than they used to have crowded into the kitchen area).

Of note: they no longer list any of the dish names in the minuscule on the menu. Plus, it doesn't look as if they will be changing their "Brunch" menu every weekend. I liked that the menu changed from visit to visit; you never knew what you might see listed (it was never a complete surprise for me, as they would normally have the weekend "Brunch" menu up on-line on Friday night and I would pre-check it before heading over; there was always at least one good dish for stupid vegetarians). They may still change the menu seasonally, but just not as often as they used to.

Today's menu still had a few other good ideas for me: Spinach Salad (grilled portobello mushroom, pickled onion, shaved Parmesan, sherry vinaigrette; which I would also have had added a couple of eggs ~ probably poached for this dish ~ on top of); Wild Mushroom-Bacon Scramble (shallots, fines herbs, Asiago; which I would have ordered sans the porky bits); or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (3) (with a blueberry compote on top; I saw this going out to one of the tables, these were three extra-large pancakes, and it looked very good).

Not for me, but if there are any of "those type of people" that enjoy eating dead, decaying marine insects, there is Shrimp & Grits (white Cheddar greets, Creole bbq sauce, greens). I also saw this dish being brought out and it didn't look half-bad (of course, that half would have been the half without the shrimpy-stuff on it). 





This was very similar to the dish that they used to call "potato scramble". The new potatoes were small/baby potatoes (blue [purple], red, and yellow) cut into half/bite-sized pieces. It also included lots of fresh peas, corn, AND (not listed, but this may be one of those items that gets changed seasonally) pea shoots/sprouts/greens. I happen to love me some pea shoots/sprouts/greens, so I was very happy to see that included in this dish. Needless to say (but I will say it needlessly here, anyway), I liked this dish a lot.

Ella's offers Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (both Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Sauce) in bottles or Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce in single-use packets for condimentary supplements. I used some of my own Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion Picante Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on top of one egg and some Palo Alto Firefighters 
XXX Ghost Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on top of the other egg.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Spring Vegetable Hash ~ 7.1

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Café de Casa




http://www.cafedecasa.com/


Place: Café de Casa[1]

Location: 2701 Leavenworth Street (on the corner of North Point Street)

Hours: open Monday - Saturday at 7:30am

Meal: Veggy [ sic ] (a Savory Crêpe) ~ eggplant[2a], tomato[2b], arugula[2c],  & fresh herbs[2d], made from tapioca flour, gluten free, served with seasonal fruit or salad; one Enroladinho de Queijo[3] (off the Salgados[4] section of the menu) ~ coconut[5] bread with Mozzarella cheese(?!?); and a medium cuppa (pour-over style) Coffee Magic Brazil Poço Fundo[6]


http://quickdrip.com/

(That is one horrible web-site, but it does give you some information on their available Coffees.)





(Both of these EweToobular songs are juxtaselections to my Coffee choice this morning. The second song is even based on a true story; I read it on the Intro-Net.)


Sim! Here is another great "discovery" and new (well, for me) place for breakfast in the usually breakfastary bereft Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood! This morning I went to Café de Casa para o meu café da manhã. They specialise in Brazilian Street Food. Now I wouldn't know authentic "Brazilian Street Food" from fake "Landing Strip Street Food" (Too "racy" with that stupid joke?), but I had walked by this place last month when I was checking out another new place for breakfast in Fisherman's Wharf and the idea sounded interesting to me.

They have two locations: this one in Fisherman's Wharf (open since December 2015) and their original location in South San Francisco (open since May 2007). Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure that I had eaten either lunch or dinner (that location doesn't serve breakfast) at their other restaurant back when I still worked in Brisbane (the town just south of San Francisco, not the much-less-known city in Queensland, Austria). If I kept a lunch or dinner 'blog-thing, maybe I would have remembered it sooner.

I am happy to point out that there are still many other good other ideas from which to choose for breakfast: 

Omelette Crepe (a Savory Crêpe) ~ eggs, ham and cheese (of which I would have oitenta-e-seis-ed the carne de porco morta em decomposição); 

Caprese (a Savory Crêpe) ~ fresh Mozzarella, tomato and basil

Moça[7] (a Sweet Crêpe) ~ coconut and sweetened condensed milk; 

Cartola[8] (a Sweet Crêpe) ~ Mozzarella cheese (Again with the Mozzarella cheese in a "sweet" pastry-thing?), banana & cinnamon

or 

Romeu & Julieta[9] (a Sweet Crêpe) ~ guava jelly and (probably Mozzarella) cheese (!!! Oh, h*ck yeah ~ this will definitely be my choice on my next trip over there; if I had seen it before ordering this morning, I probably woulda gone with this one).

Unfortunately for me, they only offer a few items on their Salgados section of the menu that are suitable for stupid vegetarians. I did see that they also offer Pão de Queijo, much like my recent "discovery" at Saltroot Café (see 'blog-entry from Monday, February 20th). I will have to be sure to try one of theirs on my next visit, too.




Now this was a very cool crêpe idea. It was made with tapioca/yuca/manioc flour in place of the standard eggy-batter; this did make it to be much chewier than their Frenchy counterparts. The eggplant was more of a mooshed mistura (kinda like baba ghanoush); which was okay, I was just expecting large chunks of eggplant instead (which can sometimes be a bit unwieldy inside of a crêpe, anyway). The tomatoes were halved cherry tomatoes ~ another nice touch; these added a nice fresh "Pop!" to the dish. This was served with a large spoon (you know, the flat-bottomed kind used in Chinese restaurants as a soup spoon) of olive oil; I was instructed to drizzle some over the top if I liked (I liked, and ended up using the entire spoonful).

Today's seasonal fruits[10a] (and I was glad to see the fruits in place of any silly ol' rabbit-food) were: grapes[10b], kiwi[10c], and honeydew melon[10d].




"Mozzarella cheese AND coconut, Brian? What are you crazy?!" Well, I would answer a resounding "H*ck, YES!!!" to both questions. (Catcha-22 be a-d*mned!) Don't mock me for my tastes. Besides, I didn't concoct this strange pastry (maybe I was um padeiro brasileiro in another life). This was really very good.

I also very much liked that they offered several different roasts/blends of Coffees from which to choose (see above photo for selections available). All can be prepared as a single (small, medium, or large) cuppa pour-over. I mainly went with my specific choice this morning because I figured "When in Rome, do as the Brazilians do!" This turned out to be another nice local roastery find.

For condimentary supplementation, Café de Casa had some of their own homemade (well, casa-made) hot sauce in plastic squeeze-bottles. I had brought some of my own hot sauces with me just in case, but I found their hot sauce to be very flavourful... and a little hotter than I was expecting (about as hot as a good habanero salsa). I went a little heavy-handed with it on the top of the crêpe before actually taste-testing it, but it was all good and it went nicely with all the other flavours. The additional spoonful of olive oil helped temper the heat a bit, too. They also sell bottles of their hot sauce (with the simply-enough named "Café de Casa Hot Sauce" on the labels) for use at home. If I did not already have (too) many bottles of hot sauce in my refrigerator, I would definitely have picked up a bottle for myself. Maybe by the next time I get back there I will have under twenty bottles left in my stock, and can pick one up then.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude (or not)

I parked over on the end of Van Ness Avenue[11] under the tall Eucalyptus trees where I knew there was a large-ish pandemonium of the noisy chatter-heads. Unfortunately, I only heard some of them high up in the trees and did not really see neither beak nor feather of them this morning.


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Veggy [ sic ] (a Savory Crêpe) ~ 6.5;
Enroladinho de Queijo ~ 7.2;
Café de Casa Hot Sauce ~ 7.5;
Coffee Magic Brazil Poço Fundo ~ 7.3;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

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1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day (and get ready for a whole lotta* more of these today), número um:

Lucky for me, I know some Spanish so I can almost decipher what Café de Casa means in Português. My best 202-ing here is coming up with "Coffee on the House", but they made me pay for mine...

Now (as best as I can tell), they do not actually use the "é" anywhere in their name, but both "Coffee" and "Coffeehouse" in Portuguese are "Café". So I am going with that preferred spelling. Simples!**

*(How much is a "half-lotta more", do ya think?)
**(Hey, Cindy, I just figured out that Aleksandr Orlov must be from either República Portuguesa, República Federativa do Brasil, or Região Autónoma dos Açores. The word for "simple" in Portuguese is actually "simples".)

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

(parte a)
Eggplant = Berinjela (pronounced something like "Berin-JELLA")

(parte b)
Tomato = Tomate (Sorry, I have absolutely no idea how they might pronounce this one; Sometimes I wonder just where the h*ck they come up with all these different names from our true 'merican words.)

(parte c)
Arugula = Rúcula (pronounced something like "ROO-kula")

(parte d)
Fresh Herbs = Ervas Frescas (pronounced something like "Magic Johnson")

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número tres:

"Enroladinho de Queijo" (pronounced something like "En-ROLL-a-djin-yo de KAY-joe") literally translates as "cheese curl", but this was no cheese-flavored, puffed cornmeal snack being hyped by any suave, sunglassioed cheetah.

4. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número quatro:

"Salgados" literally means "Salties" in Portuguese. However, in this case, Café de Casa was just listing any savoury or sweet baked goods/pastries under the same menu category.

5. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número cinco:

Coconut = Coco (here's another tough one that I can not figure out how to pronounce)

6. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número seis:

"Poço Fundo" (pronounced "Poso Foondo") means "Deep Well" in Portuguese. (Hopefully that will explain Song #2 above.)

7. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número sete:

"Moça" (pronounced something like "MOE-sa") translates from Portuguese as "girl/maid/lass".

8. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número oito:

"Cartola" (you can come up with your own d*mn pronunciation by now) translates from Portuguese as "top hat/topper".

9. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número nove:

Sorry. Try as I might, I could not come up with any good translations of this phrase. Who am I supposed to be? George Costanza?!

(I wonder if Wild Bill Shakespeare spoke any Portuguese.)

10. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número dez:

(parte a)
Fruits = Frutas (yeah, sometimes this cunning linguist stuff ain't exactly cirurgia de foguete)

(parte b)
Grapes = Uvas (pronounced something like "O-vas")

(parte c)
Kiwi = Kiwi (sorry, again, no pronunciation could be located)

(parte d)
Honeydew Melon = Melão Melado (pronounced something like "MelON MelAHdo")

11. For a change, not a "stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day", but just a stupid, useless (but might actually be somewhat helpful) tourista pointer of the day:

At the end of Van Ness Avenue, where it dead-ends over at Aquatic Park Pier (between the back of Fort Mason and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park), there are many (sixty to seventy, maybe more) free and legal parking spaces. You can park there for four hours at a time on Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm, and all day long on Sundays. Most people should be able to walk up and down Fisherman's Wharf ~ including stopping at Ghirardelli Square to sample free Chocolates, etc. ~ in well-under four hours (and still have time to take in lunch), anyway.

The parking spots do fill up quickly, but if you get there before 8:00am (like I did this morning), there are usually many empty spaces still available (less-so in the Summer, but only an idiot would visit San Francisco in the Summer). There were even still about fifteen to twenty empty spaces at 9:00am when I was leaving the area.