Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cafe For All Seasons

Breakfast and a haircut… six bits*, Sir Thomas
(give or take $29.25)

(No restaurant web-site available.)

I headed over to West Portal this morning fully intending on checking out Fresca, a Peruvian restaurant which looks to have a pretty interesting breakfast/"Brunch" menu; however, when I got over there they told me they did not open until 11:00am for "Brunch". They really need to update their on-line information as it shows that they open at 10:00am. When I got home, I checked with their other two locations (one on Fillmore Street and one on 24th Street) and they both stated that they are open on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am for "Brunch", so I might be checking out one of those locations in the future.

As I was already in the neighborhood (and had a legal, free parking spot, and didn't really feel like driving elsewhere, and was already hungry), I decided I might as well eat at another restaurant there. The line was out the door at Squat & Gobble (see 'blog-entry from March 5th, 2011) just across the street, so I walked down to the next block and ate at Cafe For All Seasons (as far as I can tell the "Cafe" is sans accent aigu on their window and menu logos).

Cafe For All Seasons has a decent enough menu from which to choose for breakfast. There were a few omelette choices I could have gone with ("with which I could have gone" sounds a bit ~ and not the 12.5¢ type ~ hokey), but I decided on the Waffle of the Day ~ Special Orange Buttermilk Waffle with sliced bananas, fresh strawberry (sic ~ singular) topped with whipped cream and served with a side of pure maple syrup. I also had a side order of pan fried potatoes (that would simply be the "home fried" variety, Mrs. Huneycutt) and a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice (without any bananas or even a singular strawberry in it).

This was a very large Belgian Waffle** piled high with lots of fruit and whipped cream. Now I didn't re-form all of the strawberry pieces that were on top, but I am sure there were at least two or three entire strawberries there, not just a single strawberry. I think some Mandarin oranges, pineapples, and bananas might have been a better taste combination… ooh, and maybe some toasted Macamadamia nuts, too. Breakfast came with a complimentary mini cinnamon muffin (the orange juice was almost complimentary, too, as they didn't put it on my bill, but I pointed it out to them and made sure to pay for it).

It really was an awful lot of food ~ I probably shouldn't have ordered the extra side order of potatoes… "A man's got to know his limitations", Inspector Callahan ~ but I really love me some potatoes for breakfast, no matter what else I have already ordered.

As I was expecting to eat at Fresca, I had already stopped at Peet's Coffee & Tea®, which is just two doors down. I had a cuppa their House Blend.

Cafe For All Seasons only offers Tabasco® (and just the standard red) for condimentary supplementation, so I used some of my own El Yucateco® Chipotle sauce (a mere 3,400 Scoville heat units ~ which is Gringo hot, but really is just more flavour than heat) on the potatoes. This is a very tasty addition to anyone's hot sauce collection. El Yucateco® has several other nice flavoured hot sauces. Their XXXtra Hot Sauce ~ Salsa Kutbil-li de Chile Habanero is one of the best bottles (both in flavour and Scoville heat) you will find.

After breakfast I went to Supercuts for a haircut, hence the stupid, sub-par sub-titular joke above.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Special Orange Buttermilk Waffle ~ 6.4; Peet's® House Blend ~ 6.8

*(Here is a little "bit" of info on the etymology of "bits": )

**(Porquois gaufres belges? You might ask. Didn't they already have their culinary plate filled with their little sprouts from Brussels?

And don't even get me started on that whole mayonnaise atrocity that they put on their frjtz, Jean-Claude!)

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