Saturday, April 21, 2012

Baker Street Bistro

Petit-déjuener à le frais, Signor Alberto Fresco.


(Man, that Jimmy Fallon guy has seen better days, the late night hours are taking their toll on him and make him look thirty years older than he really is; but he is still pretty talented. By the way, support Farm Aid and have a great Earth Day.)

I went back to Baker Street Bistro (see last 'blog-entry from January 28th, 2012) for mon petit-déjuener. I sat outside on their sidewalk patio as it was an unbelievably nice morning for April ~ Mother Earth provides for me ~ and just in time for Earth Day, too!

Baker Street Bistro offers a pretty nice line-up for breakfast. I have never had their Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame (both contain the dead, decaying little piggy flesh), but I would think they would be nice choices. They also offer several interesting versions of Eggs Benedict (I have had both Oeufs Baker Street Bistro and Oeufs Florentine and liked them). Plus, for the truly adventurous at heart, there is Moules Poulette, mussels in a cream sauce.

I forewent all of the former and had Pain Perdu ~ Two slices of cinnamon French Toast, fresh fruit, strawberry coulis[1], & crème fraîche. I also ordered a side of home fries (they have this as two words on the menu ~ score one for Monsieur Gates and company) and a cuppa great coffee.

Yada, yada, yada[2]… What else can I say that I haven't already said many times about cette version la plus excellente de Pain Perdu? C'est tout simplement le meilleur Pain Perdu I have ever had. The strawberry coulis (which was somehow missing from the plate this morning) and crème fraîche only add to its greatness, as well as the orange-infused maple syrup that comes with it; however, even sans les extras, this is still one of the best ever, not only in San Francisco, but very possibly this side of l’océan Atlantique.

Today's fresh fruit (fruits frais du jour): grapes (raisins), oranges (oranges), cantaloupe (cantaloup), watermelon (pastèque), pineapples (ananas), and (et) apples (pommes).

As it is still the start of the new Baseball season and the Boston Red Sox are struggling of late ("struggling" is just a nice euphemism for "total suckfest", of course), for condimentary supplementation I used a little of my own BIG PAPI En Fuego Hot Sauce ~ Original Mild (Thanks, Kerry!) on the potatoes; hopefully this will bring a little hot sauce mojo for the home team.

Whenever I am in this neighborhood I always like to check out the Wild Parrots of San Francisco that roost in the Presidio. I heard about a dozen this morning, but only saw 4-5 high up in the Eucalyptus trees near the Lombard Gate. Okay, this is a pretty crappy (guano-y?) photo, but they are all pretty high off the ground.

Et voila[3]! Bon appétit!

Glen Bacon Scale RatingPain Perdu ~ 8.1 (I took .1 off the normal rating due to the missing strawberry couils, but it's still one of the best French Toasts with or without any extra fancy-shmancy accoutrement); Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

[1] Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-culinary pointer du jour, numéro un:

A "coulis" is a sauce made with puréed vegetables or fruit and used as a base or garnish. The word literally means "puréed" in French and comes from Old French "couleis", from Vulgar Latin "colāticus", from Latin "colātus", past participle of "colāre" meaning "to strain".

[2] Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day,
מספר 2:

As discussed by Leonard Alfred Schneider, PhD - Linguistics, Hahvahd University:

"Yada-yada-yada comes from Hebrew, from the Ancient Aramaic word for 'that which shall not be mentioned and glossed over nonchalantly, you anti-dentite bastard'!"*

[3] Of course, the voila is not as cool an instrument as the cello, with all due respect to Rob Paravonian:


*(Nah, I'm just kidding here, Jerry. Once again, never believe anything you read on the Intro-Net, especially if it is written by me. If you want to verify anything here, you can always do your own research on the World Wild Webs yourself.)

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