Sunday, November 19, 2017

Black Bear Diner


A(nother) breakfastary mini-roadtrip:
Colma, CA[1]

"It's great to be alive in Colma."



https://blackbeardiner.com/location/colma/


Place: Black Bear Diner

Location: 4927 Junipero Serra[2] Boulevard, Colma, CA

Hours: open bright (well, sometimes even before the Sun has bothered to wake up) and early every morning at 6:00am 

Meal: Shasta Scramble ~ avocado, spinach, tomato, onion, bell pepper & Jack cheese, served with your choice of strip-cut hash browns, country red potatoes OR fresh fruit and a housemade (well, diner-made) biscuit; and a cuppa (with two refillas) Java City Coffee (not sure which blend/roast they serve, though)

https://www.javacity.com/





(Today's EweToobular juxtaselections oughtta be pretty self-explanatory from the name of the restaurant and the town in which it is located.

And, yes, that is actually Jesus Christ singing in the first song; this was during his Hippie-era days in the early 70's when he was trying to get all the young folks more interested in his church-stuff. I think that is Keanu Reeves singing duet with him, too [and I always thought he was a Canadianlander and not a Christian.].)


At the suggestion of my brother Sean, who had dined at a Black Bear Diner (one of the original locations in Northern California/Mount Shasta[3] Area) a few months back, I decided to check out one of the newer locations in this California-based restaurant-chain. I am never averse to trying new places and I don't hate chain-restaurants; I just generally much prefer locally-owned smaller places. I have seen commercials for Black Bear Diner on TeeVee for several years now and this was the first time (as Colma's restaurant is pretty d*rn close for me) that I could check out anything from the diner-chain.

I think the original/first Black Bear Diner opened in 1995. This newer location just opened last month. It is in the same space in the parking lot of Serra Center that used to once house Fresh Choice, then California Fresh, and many other businesses over the past thirty years or so. I would think that a family-oriented, kitschy diner will probably do a much longer business there. (Something tells me that ol' Guy Fietti won't be checking into any of these places any time soon on his "Triple-D" show... which ain't necessarily a bad thing.)

I enjoyed that the house (well, diner) stereo was playing many old 50's and 60's kinda songs. When was the last time you heard "Classical Gas" along with "I've Been Everywhere(, Man)" (I'm talkin' the original 1962 'mericanized version by Hank Snow, too) and early Ray Charles?




(Adding to the kitsch-quality, their menus are in the form of newspapers.)


I am not sure if I will be getting back again any time soon, but they do offer many other good ideas for breakfast, suchas: 

California Omelette ~ avocado, mushroom & Jack cheese;

Vegetarian Omelette ~ mushroom, onion, tomato, bell pepper, spinach & Jack cheese (and I am so glad they do not call this a "Veggie Omelette"; see, even Black Bears have more sense than that);

Fiesta Scramble ~ scrambled eggs, tortilla strips, pickled jalapeño, Cheddar cheese, onion & cilantro, topped with black olive & avocado. Served with a warm flour tortilla, housemade salsa & your choice of potato OR fresh fruit (this sounds like it is their version of Chilaquiles);

Cinnamon Roll French Toast ~ 3 slices of thick-cut cinnamon roll dipped in French toast batter and grilled then topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with icing. Served with fresh fruit (okay, so maybe this just-disgusting-enough-to-pique-my-abnormal-tastes dish might deserve a return visit);

and two others that I can not try, but sounded interesting for the meatetarians out there:

The Scrambowl ~ a hearty all-in-one bowl of ham, bacon, link sausage, eggs, bell pepper, onion & pickled jalapeño, scrambled over country red potatoes, then topped with Cheddar cheese & country gravy. Served with a housemade biscuit;

or (for those of you that prefer your dead, decaying bovine meat fried-up poultry-style)

Country Benedict ~ No Hollandaise on this one! Split English muffin, chicken fried steak, two poached eggs and country gravy.





There really is not much to say about this dish. It was scrambled eggs with a mess o' junk in it. It was tasty and better than I could ever make. (Besides, I don't remember when the last time that I actually bought eggs... or had bell peppers and tomatoes in my refrigerator at the same time.)

I went with the country red potatoes as my side choice. These were very good homefries made with red potatoes, red and green bell peppers, and red onions. Their "strip-cut" hashbrowns looked pretty decent, too, but I just had hashbrowns yesterday and wanted to try the homefries.

I was asked if I wanted to substitute toast for the housemade (diner-made, whatever) biscuit ~ yeah, right! I can make my own d*mn toast at home. I will always go with the fresh-baked item, thank you! Plus, the biscuit was HUGE and very good.

This ended up being a whole lotta food. I will be honest, I could not quite finish it (and left maybe two or three bites). I did make sure to finish all of the biscuit and homefries, though.

The Coffee was really not that bad either. This was better than your Papa( Bear)'s average diner muddy-water drink. It was even better after I dumped the orange slice garnish into it.





I had come well-equipped with a few of my own hot sauces, fully expecting a chain-diner-type-joint to supply only Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce 
(Original Red Sauce) and maybe Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original). However, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Black Bear Diner offers three of their own hot sauces on all the tables: Papa Burn ~ Hanañero[ sic ], Mama Burn ~ Chipotle, and Baby Burn ~ Original Pepper Sauce. Plus, there is a fourth hot sauce (which I didn't see on any of the tables ~ I actually got up and looked around for some) that you probably have to ask for, Crazy Cuz' Sriracha chili sauce. I used some Papa Burn on the scramble-mess, and Mama Burn and Baby Burn on separate halves of the potatoes. None of these hot sauces were extremely hot (well, for someone that has progressed beyond the "Man, those habanero peppers are painful!" stage), but they all had a bit of heat and nice flavour. Of the three that I tried, I would have to say that I liked Mama Burn the best (it's a chipotle-thing).

Even though it was all a bit of a walk on the kitschy-side (which I believe was going to be Lewis Allan Reed's original title for his 1972 hit song), sometimes a "beary" corny diner can still be a lot of fun, too.

At least the meal didn't kill me, but, even if it had, I wouldn't have had to be moved very far to be buried...


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Shasta Scramble ~ 6.5 (while not really being anything extremely fancy, the portions alone are worth this rating);
Java City Coffee ~ 6.4

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1. Affectionalately known locally as "the City of the Dead" due to many cemeteries in the town. Colma was founded as a necropolis in 1924. 

Some notable names (well, people with these names) that are buried in Colma: 
Levi Strauss, Wyatt Earp (coincidentally, he is interned in the same Jewish cemetery as Levi Strauss), William Randolph Hearst, and some guy named Joseph Paul DiMaggio (I think he once played Baseball for some team in da Bronx).

https://www.colma.ca.gov/ 

2. You know, the guy who exploited and killed more Native Americans than George S. Custer ever dreamed of.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/us/to-some-indians-in-california-father-serra-is-far-from-a-saint.html

3. https://mtshastaca.gov/

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cafe Mason




http://www.cafemasonsf.com/


Place: Cafe[1] Mason

Location: 320 Mason Street 
(between Geary and O'Farrell Streets)

Hours: open 24 hours(???) every day of the week(???) 
(YGIAGAM: their "official" web-site does not indicate what their actual hours of operation are anywhere on it) for what they feel necessary to call "Brunch" (no matter what the early hour of the morning might be)

Meal: Huevos Rancheros ~ over medium eggs on a bed of corn tortillas and black beans topped with salsa and Jack cheese melted under an open flame, garnished with cilantro & herbs, served with home fries or fresh fruit; a glassa very freshly-squeezed (I could see them making it in the kitchen-area on one of them newfangled Jetsons orange-juicing contraptions) and extra pulpy (this is a good thing, Martha) orange juice; and, after breakfast, a small (12 oz) cuppa 
Philz Coffee Jamaican Blue Mountain

https://www.philzcoffee.com/coffee-varietals-jamaican-blue-mountain

(That is NOT a typo [or type-p, even]. This Coffee is actually priced at $120.00/pound. Seriously. At least it ain't cr*pped outta no Civet Cat or Elephant...[2])




(Why this particular EweToobular juxtaselection cover? 'cause the place ain't named Café Zimmerman.)


I am very surprised that the end of the year is almost here and this was my first visit back to Cafe Mason (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, October 8th, 2016) for 2017. It truly is one of the better places in the Union Square/downtown area for breakfast ("Brunch", whatever) and they really do offer a lot of good choices.

This morning, they were playing a very interesting/eclectic/cool music selection on the house (café, whatever) stereo (possibly some kinda pandora®-channel or such) ~ everything from Buena Vista Social Club to Hozier to 60's and 70's classic Soul/Motown hits, too.

Still other good ideas for breakfast (and more reasons to get back there again; hopefully sooner than later):

Spinach Crépes[ sic ] ~ homemade (well, café-made) cream spinach soufflé topped with cheese and Mornay sauce;

Blintzes ~ cheese blintzes on top of your choice of homemade apple or blueberry sauce (I would probably go the blueberry-route [which is known as Route 1 up in Maine, eh-ya!]; and also make sure to order a side of their excellent homefries [if still available]);

California Omelette ~ tomato, Jack cheese, cilantro & fresh herbs (which can be "Deluxe"-d for a nominal extra charge adding avocado, which is what I would definitely go with);

or

Croque Vegetali ~ diced and grilled portobella mushroom, zucchini, sundried tomato, and Feta cheese with homemade cilantro pesto on egg battered nine grain French toast (this will have to be my choice next time; however, I am not quite sure that it is still available; it still is showing in their on-line menu, but I do not remember seeing it in their printed menu).





I did not expect to see (or order) Huevos Rancheros, but I was so surprised to see it on the menu, that I decided to go with that choice this morning. This was served with a decent pico de gallo on top (and lotsa fresh cilantro ~ luckily I am not averse to the Chinese parsley stuff) and not your salsa ranchera tradicional/estándar. This was a different take and very good, but I do prefer the salsa ranchera version.

The hashbrowns were also very good; however, I was rather looking forward to their excellent homefries, which was one of the things that most impressed me on my first visit there a few years ago and one of the reasons I like returning. I just hope they have not stopped offering the homefries.

For condimentary supplementation, Cafe Mason offers both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce 
(Original Red Sauce) and Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original) (at least they did last time I was there; I didn't bother checking this morning as I had come armed with a few of my own hot sauces, anyway). I used some of my own Punch Drunk Chocolate Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Sean!) on the hashbrowns and left the huevos-dish unadulterated.

I had skipped ordering any Coffee with breakfast because I had planned on getting a decent cuppa afterward at a nearby downtown Philz Coffee. I knew they had started offering their own Jamaican Blue Mountain and wanted to see how theirs compared to Bettys (which, to me, is not only the touchstone of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, but also the Marilyn Monroe of Coffees). This was a very, very good cuppa (and at $7.00 for a small cuppa [12 oz] and $10.00 for a large cuppa [16 oz] it oughtta be); however, I really do appreciate Bettys version (it might be the roasting they do) a bit more. The truly funny thing is that all of the baristas and baristettas are trained to ask if you would like your Coffee with "cream and sugar" (which they actually stylize as "Creamy and Sweet"). I had to laugh and told the baristetta-lady person making my cuppa that no one should EVER ruin a perfectly good cuppa Jamaica Blue Mountain by adding any cream and/or sugar. She actually laughed along with me and agreed 100%. That would be like adding ice cubes to a glassa fine red wine... or ketchup on a hotdog!


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Huevos Rancheros ~ 6.5 (this is factoring in their good hashbrowns; however, it would probably have another 0.2 Glen Bacon Scale points added to that if this came with their excellent homefries);
Philz Coffee Jamaican Blue Mountain ~ 8.0

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1. I think it is funny how they have "Cafe" spelled sans l'accent aigu; however, they have "crêpes" mispelded on their menus (both on-line and printed) as "crépes". Maybe the place should be renamed "Câfê Mâsôn"?!

2. If you have to ask, don't. Trust me.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Delancey Street Restaurant




http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/enterrestaurant.php

(This is not the greatest web-site, but it is all they have to offer.)


Place: Delancey Street Restaurant

Location: the Embarcadero at Brannan Street

Hours: open at 10:00am for "Brunch" on Sunday only

Meal: New Mexican Omelette ~ pepper Jack cheese, green onions & tomatoes, topped with sour cream, salsa & guacamole, served with home fried potatoes & toast, additionally, all "Brunch" meals come with homemade (restaurant-made, whatever) bagel chips; and a glassa fresh-squeezed orange juice






(Happy 72nd Birthday to ol' Noel Yang!)[1]


I had joked the last time that I ate at Delancey Street Restaurant (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, February 9th, 2014) that I would probably get back there in another three years. Well...

The previous time that I ate there was the day after I had eaten at Town's End Restaurant Bakery 
(which is located just a block away) and it jogged my memory to try them again. Now it seems that turn-abouts-fairplay and I probably need a return visit to Town's End soon, too.

Once again this morning, I parked a block away over on Delancey Street (which is actually the last two blocks of where First Street would finish at the Embarcadero, but has been renamed such for several years now) where there was plenty of free and legal parking at that time of the morning on a Sunday. 

Even though they are located "all the way across town"... and they don't open until 10:00am... and they call this meal "Brunch", I still want to get back there again to try some of these other ideas:

Garden Scramble ~ onions, mushrooms, bell peppers & tomatoes, served with 7-grain toast and home fried potatoes (this was going to be my original choice ~ see following explanatory information below);

"Veggie" Benedict ~ English muffin, wilted spinach (okay, I understand that they are a nonprofit organization and all, but they really should use fresh spinach), roasted tomato & avocado, with home fried potatoes (despite the odiously monikered dish, this still sounds good);

3 Eggwhite Spinach & Mushroom Omelette ~ fat-free garlic & chive schmear[2], served with bagel thins & apple butter (sorry, I would probably have to order a side of their home fried potatoes or Potato Latkes, Mr. Gravas, to go along with this way too healthy-sounding meal);

Kale & Brussel[ sic; and this place isn't even owned by Koreans[3]] Sprouts Salad ~ diced brussel[ sic, again] sprouts, avocado, pomegranate seeds, shallots & shaved Pecorino (I would probably have them add a couple of poached eggs on top);

or

Cheese Blintzes & Homemade Tri-Berry Jam ~ with sour cream.

Beforehand (because I had arrived thirty to forty-five minutes before they opened and was going to walk around the neighborhood a bit), I decided to get a cuppa Coffee at the nearby Crossroads Café. I only later discovered when I got back home and looked it up on line that this nearby coffeehouse is also operated and run by worker-trainees from Delancey Street Foundation ~ so, there ya go! This is a pretty cool place; it is a bookstore, mini-arthouse, and café all rolled into one! I don't normally comment on the prices of items (let's face it, you are lucky to get some coin-change from a tenner when you order a cuppa and a pastry these days), but I really have to point out that a cuppa Coffee here was only one buck! And refillas are only two bits! H*ck, even Mackey-D's Rainbow Room charges more than that now-a-days! With prices that cheap, I prolly-shoulda figured that they were a charitable/nonprofit type place. This was a pretty decent cuppa, too. I didn't get the brand-name of Coffee that they served there, but I think I saw them serving Superior Coffee at the main restaurant.

http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/entercafe.php




I like that each meal comes with a little bowl of fresh-made bagel chips and butter as a breakfastary starter. I am not sure if they make all of their own bagels, but you can tell that these bagel chips were fresh-made there. There were at least four different types of bagel chips, too: plain, pumpernickel, poppyseed, and a cinnamon-raisin(? it may have been cinnamon-apricot even).

Here is where it would pay for me to look up past visits to make sure that I try something different... however, I actually did check earlier this morning and completely forgot that I had already ordered this same dish on my previous visit there (it was three years ago, after all). I was all set on getting the Garden Scramble, but overheard a women at the next table order the New Mexican Omelette. I then quickly re-looked over my own menu and thought that it did sound pretty good and changed my mind just as my friendly waiter/server-guy person (who, by the way, was more than proficient and should be working at another restaurant soon, I am sure) came by to take my order...

Even so, this really was a perfectly tasty choice for a Sunday "Brunch". It is not as if I go there every one to two years and order the same meal...

Delancey Street Restaurant only offers Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce ~ Original Red Sauce for use as condimentary supplementation. I used some of my own Palo Alto Firefighters XXX Ghost Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) liberally (a bit too much) all over their good homefries.

Looks like I am now due for a return visit sometime before New Year's Eve 2020...


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
New Mexican Omelette ~ 6.7;
a decent $1.00 cuppa at Crossroads Café ~ 6.4

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1. The first EweToobular song is just a lotta fun with dueling Noels singing and harping together.

The second is one of my Top Five Favourite Noel Yang Songs, which makes it one of my All-Time Favourite Rock-and/or-Roll Songs of All-time. Plus, there is the extra-added bonus of the back-up singers (who can be heard prominently near the end of the song) ~ two unknowns named Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor... I wonder whatever became of them? I suppose they couldn't cut it in Show Biz and are now selling insurance somewhere.

And the last cover song happens to be my All-Time Favourite Noel Yang Song of All-time (and possibly #3 on my All-Time Favourite Rock-and/or-Roll Songs of All-time). I like that this album happened to be recorded live on my birthday, too.

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

There really is no kerrekt spelink for this word in English as it is of foreign origin. It can be spelled as either "schmear", "schmeer", "shmear", "shmeer", or "whathaveyeer". However, whenever it comes to any kinda words of Yinglish-origin, I will defer to my only lexicon of the Yiddish language ~ The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten. In it, Mr. Rosten dictates:

shmeer

Pronounced as it is written; rhymes with "shear". From German: Schmiere: "grease", or "bribe".

1. To paint.
2. To smear.
3. To spread. "Shmeer it on the bread."
4. A spread or paste. "With drinks, a caviar shmeer on crackers goes well." "Smoked fish, cream cheese, sour cream, and chives make a wonderful cocktail shmeer."
5. To bribe; a bribe. This is the most interesting usage, and has long been part of American slang. It is related to "greasing the palm". "Do the officials expect to be shmeered there?" "Do they take a shmeer?" There is a saying: "Az men shmeert nit, fort men nit." ("If you don't bribe, you don't ride" - or, less literally, "Without bribery, you'll get nowhere.")
6. To strike or beat. "He landed a shmeer between the eyes."

3. You would have to look back through a couple of my most recent visits last month to Blackwood ~ American Thai Fusion and Surisan to get that remark.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

eight am


I was almost in the Military once... 
I served nine years in the USAF.[1]



(No official-type web-site.)


Place: eight am

Location: 1323 Columbus Avenue 
(between Beach and North Point Streets); 
phonicular contact: (415) 292-4888

Hours: (ironically enough, they actually) open at 7:00am seven days a week

Meal: Avocado Toast[2] Three Ways & Fresh Fruit Salad ~ you'll get all three toasts described below and a side of fresh fruit[3]:
Avocado Toast with Fried Egg ~ toasted multigrain bread spread with mashed avocado topped with one sunny-side up egg;
Avocado Toast with Heirloom Tomato ~ toasted sweet baguette spread with mashed avocado and heirloom tomato slices; and
Avocado Toast with Bacon ~ toasted sourdough spread with mashed avocado and bacon (I had them substitute a second Avocado Toast with Fried Egg instead);
and to drink, a cuppa (and two refillas) Royal Cup Coffee and Tea Rain Forest Bold Coffee

https://store.royalcupcoffee.com/home




(There is no particular juxtaselection for this EweToobular song this morning. I just have it under good authority that both Keith and Greg were big fans of the fruity avocado, but I heard that that d*mn Carl was an obstinate berry-hater! 

[And I bet that it will take longer to listen to this entire song than it will take to read this morning's silly li'l 'blog-entry.])


If I hadn't already had "discovered" Surisan (which is just around the corner a block away) earlier this year, I would easily (ex- and/or pro-)claim eight am (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, April 16th, 2017) as both Best "New" Breakfast Find of 2017 and Best Breakfast on Fisherman's Wharf. As it is, they are definitely My Second-Favourite New Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf

Because it was not raining and Monsieur Soleil was (sorta) out this morning, I decided to sit outside at one of the four sidewalk tables for two. It was a bit cool still, but I had on both a jacket and sweatshirt underneath which made it sufficiently comfortable for me.

As for other possible ideas (and more reasons for return visits in the future; even if this means having to deal with driving "all the way over" to Fisherman's Wharf and having to deal with all the d*mn touristas, too):

Haight Ashbury (Frittata) ~ mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and Swiss cheese;

Nob Hill (Frittata) ~ mushrooms, spinach, shallots, and Swiss cheese;

or

Noe Valley (Frittata) ~ Black Forest ham, zucchini, and Gruyère (I would have, of course, sechsundachtzig-ed the Schwarzwälder Schinken, Adolf); 

and several different crêpes (both sweet and savoury) from which to choose, too:

7AM ~ tomatoes, yellow and red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese; 

8AM ~ berry compote made with fresh seasonal berries (hopefully not including any avocado or tomatoes) and Chantilly cream; 

or 

11AM ~ peanut butter and sliced bananas drizzled with maple syrup.




♪ "Come and knock on our avocado..." ♫

Ha! These came out presented with two perfectly executed Mooby's-style sunnyside-up eggs! 

This was a virtual toasty Mélange-à-Trois (well, 
Mélange-à-Deux for me). What is there really to be said about Avocado Toast? It is basically mashed fresh avocado (and I know it was fresh as there was even one small piece of the skin/shell that I discovered before eating it... luckily) on toast. Simples! I did like that they offered three different (well, in my case, two different) versions and with three different types of bread/toast. Additionally, the heirloom tomatoes would be a welcomed sight and taste by everyone (well, by everyone not named "Greg Kipe", that is).

Even though it was just another "fruit salad"-thing, this contained a very impressive display o' fruits: banana 
(a botanical berry), kiwi (also a botanical berry), strawberries (not quite botanical berries), blueberries (quite the botanical berries), blackberries (nope, sorry, not botanical berries), raspberries (also, nope, not botanical berries), pineapple (I am not quite sure if the fruit of the pineapple trees are also botanical berries, but they are probably just as much a berry as strawberries or raspberries), cantaloupe (I really can't determine one way or the other on the berry-status of this one), and honeydew melon (see cantaloupe ~ ditto).

For condimentary supplements, eight am offers just Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original). Knowing this, and because I was figuring on ordering Avocado Toast Three Ways , I made sure to bring a troika of my own hot sauces to use upon each slice. I used some Dat'l Do-it® Scorching Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on top of one egg, some Great Wall Wasabi Hot Sauce (Thanks again, Mom!) on top of the other egg, and some Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion Jalapeno[ sic ] Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on top of the heirloom tomatoes (I determined [correctly, I might add; even one of the waiter/server-guy persons agreed with me when he saw that I had three of my own bottles with me] that the jalapeño flavour would pair up nicely with the heirloom tomatoes [and just who the h*ck bequeaths their garden fruits and vegetables to their offspring?!]).

I am sure that Jack and Chrissy (and that other one) would whole-heartedly approve of this meal. However, Mr. Roper would probably frown-upon this frivolous use of perfectly good berries (he always disliked those "fruity"-types, after all). (No one really cared what Mr. Furley ever had to say, anyway.)


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Avocado Toast Three Ways & Fresh Fruit Salad ~ 6.6 (as simplistic as the meal was, I am still giving it a pretty good rating, mainly for the trinity [the Father, the Son, and the Holy Toast?] uniqueness and especially for their excellent fruit selection);
Royal Cup Coffee and Tea Rain Forest Bold Coffee ~ 6.6

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1. Trust me. This joke kills at any VFW or American Legion hall among members of all the other Branches of Military.

A Happy Veterans Day to all of you that are Veterans!

(A Happy Saturday to everyone else!)

2. "Avocado Toast" is the new "black" in the Breakfastary World it seems. It can now be found ubiquitously everywhere as often as you might see the word "ubiquitous". Because of which, I have decided to add a separate "Label" (see right-side column) for it now. 

I have only had it a few times (at least two times that I could find in past 'blog-entries) in the past few years; so it took me a while to locate even those two times.

3. They didn't specify whether or not the fruits were into Ménage-à-Trois-ery. However, both avocados and tomatoes are technically fruits (and botanically berries).

Friday, November 10, 2017

higher grounds coffeehouse


♪ 
"Across Chenery Street
P*mps tryin' to catch a crêpe that's sweet..."
♫ 



(No official-type web-site.)


Place: higher grounds coffeehouse

Location: 691 Chenery Street (on the corner of Diamond Street); phonicular contact: (415) 587-2933

Hours: open daily at 8:00am

Meal: Alla Milanese[1] (à la mode d'une crêpe) ~ tomato, eggplant, Mozzarella, black pepper, olive oil, spices, served with potatoes & salad (you know, your basic boring salad mixed greens stuff, aka rabbit-food); and a (large-ish) cuppa the (coffee)house Coffee





(There are no real EweToobular juxtaselections with these two videos [well, other than the rain today]. Maybe ol' Bobby W. and the wolf-boyos like crêpes and eggplant[2], too.)


(Here we have a special bonusary Friday 'blog-entry due to the three-day Veterans Day Weekend this year. I knew it would pay off being one of them WWII Vets one of these days.)


While this morning's wicked ol' rain may have let up by the time I arrived at higher grounds coffeehouse (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, December 18th, 2016), there was still a bit of a wet mist in the air. 

It's funny, I had arrived just a little after 8:05am, but there were already several people (neighborhood regulars by the looks of them) in this tiny joint; some had been served already and some were still waiting to order ahead of me.

D'autres bonnes idées encore (all of which can be made as either crêpes or omelettes; next time [and there will be many other next times, believe me] I really should oughtta try one of their omelettes):

Pesto ~ cheese, pesto (well, natch'), mushroom, & Feta (this one I would probably like to try as an omelette);

Simply Italian ~ Mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, spices, salt, pepper, olive oil, zucchini (this sounds like it would be good as either);

Florentine ~ cheese, spinach, cottage cheese, onion (I don't care much for cottage cheese in my omelettes, so this would have to be tried as seulement une crêpe);

Curry ~ bell pepper, cheese, onion, sour cream, potato (while they don't state it on the chalkboard menu, I am sure there are some kinda curry-spices involved there, too; I could go either way with this one, but it sounds like it would be better as a crêpe); 

or

Apple Cheese ~ cheese (well, duh!), apple (duh x2), brown sugar, cinnamon (okay, this one should probably only be made as a crêpe, but I am not discrediting the choice of this as an omelette until I try it). 





I think that I might have enjoyed their Puttanesca Crêpe just a little bit better on my last visit, but this was another stellah-winnah for me! This was made with lots of eggplant in it (which is a good thing, as this was my main reason for going with this choice this morning) and the eggplant was cut into nice bite-sized/palatable 1/4" strips (sometimes places will go with 1/2" chunks or larger and it makes the crêpe a bit unwieldy... if you are into wielding crêpes, that is).

Their special coffeehouse blend/roast is very strong (read: good!), too, but they could serve brown mud-water there and I would still come back again and again for the great food. "But they are a coffeehouse, after all, Brian, shouldn't they be serving good Coffee, anyway?" You would be surprised...

As far as condimentary supplementation goes, higher grounds coffeehouse only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (just the standard Original Red Sauce). Knowing this (well, making sure to re-read the previous few 'blog-entries from this place), I made sure to come prepared with some of my own hot sauces. I used some Pepper Palace Gator Bite Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on the (also very tasty) potatoes and some Dixie Crossroads Hot Habañero[ sic ] Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the crêpe (which turned out to be a mistake, as this really didn't need any extra flavour, but I had already liberally doused it before trying it... oh, well).

This tiny bonhomous coffeehouse really is:
"a nice little place to eat".

I'll testify to that... heheheh!


Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Alla Milanese ~ 6.8;
higher grounds coffeehouse Coffee ~ 6.6

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1. Didn't she star in "Who's the Boss?" with Tony Danzig?

2. Pop-quiz to see just how many of you have been paying attention or have been sleeping through class (well, these silly li'l 'blog-entry things):

Is an eggplant a vegetable or fruit (and it does NOT come from the chicken-tree, Nick!)?

Much like it's New World cousins tomato and peppers (both of the chilli and bell variety), the eggplant is actually a fruit... and botanically a berry!