Richmond (District) Coffeehouses ~
Place: Marla Bakery
Location: 3619 Balboa Street (between 37th and 38th Avenues)
Hours: open Tuesday - Sunday at 8:30am for breakfast; open Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am for Weekend "Brunch"
Meal: Savory Scone ~ Dry Jack, caramelized onion, and black pepper; Sweet Scone ~ tart cherry and oat; Cardamom Spiced Coffee Cake ~ la pièce de (much less) résistance; and a 12oz cuppa Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters Sulawesi Toraja Toarco Jaya
(I will let you figure out today's EweToobular [threepeat] juxtaselections after reading on.)
I really love living in San Francisco and I love that there are always events going on around the city year-round... however, sometimes these events tend to be a bit of a nuisance and lock-up the city and block-off specific neighborhoods for a few hours (sometimes a lot longer). Take today, Henny. Please! Today's major traffic impediment/temporary neighborhood imprisonment was the 2017 United Airlines Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco.
I was initially planning on heading over to North Beach to eat breakfast again at Mama♥s on Washington Square, but due to the above-mentioned event, that part of the city was basically unattainable this morning (until almost Noon). So, instead, I just figured I would keep it as local as possible and hoofed it over (pedestrian-style, not equestrian-style) the six blocks to Marla Bakery (see last 'blog-entry 'blurb from Sunday, July 3rd, 2016). Mama♥s on Washington Square will just have to wait until next Sunday now (unless American Airlines decides to do some kinda Blues Triathlon event then, too).
I sat outside in the backyard garden patio once again, and, once again, I had the entire space all to myself. A few people stopped back to check it out, but it was still a bit overcast and gloomy, so they wimped-out and headed back to the safety of indoor seating. Thank you!... which left me with just my thoughts... and my Cardamom Spiced Coffee Cake to enjoy in peace.
(If I only had some lemon-butter!)
I was hoping to order Baked Eggs w/ Grilled Bread (spring herb & onion cream, bacon [Nah!] & lemon confit), but it looks like they don't offer that item any longer for just breakfasts on the weekends. (I wonder if I can blame this oversight in any way on marathons or Rock-and/or-Roll.) I think they do still offer this dish during the week for breakfasts and on the Weekend "Brunch" menu. It looks like I will have to bite the bullet (or at least "bite the pastry") and check them out some other (later) time for "Brunch", where they do offer some other (changing seasonally) items. This weekend I might have been able to order: Potato & Butternut Squash Fritter (city ham [I wonder if it was a "gridlocked city ham"], grilled asparagus, pea tendrils, avocado-cilantro crema) or Winter Salad (frisée & escarole, toasted walnuts, griddled mandarins, walnut Skordalia & Marla spice vinaigrette).
These are scones the way they are supposed to taste/be made ~ very moist and fluffy on the inside with a nice exterior crunch. They were both very good, too. I liked the cherry sweet scone better than the savoury one, but I am partial to cherries, anyway, Ms. Currie.
The Cardamom Spiced Coffee Cake was as good (or better) than I remember it from before. (Hmmm?! Have you ever tried to "remember something from the future"?) I could really taste the cardamom in this pastry, which is a good thing, and the cardamom flavour always goes very well with Coffee. ("Cinnamon?! We don' need no stinkin' cinnamon in our Coffee cakes!")
I do not know what they might have had to offer in the way of condimentary supplements. I had come prepared with a few hot sauces of my own, but with the items I had ordered, I did not need to use any.
Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Savory Scone ~ 6.5;
Sweet Scone ~ 6.7;
Cardamom Spiced Coffee Cake ~ 7.6;
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters Sulawesi Toraja Toarco Jaya ~ 7.2
1. Apropos-iately enough, I was just talking with someone on defacedbook earlier this morning about this tasty Greek dish/dip.
This stuff ain't Tzatziki, but it ain't half-bad none neither.