Saturday, April 13, 2013

Baker Street Bistro

Conversely, I doubt that God has ever proven the existence of philosophers and scientists either.

(There is no correlation between today's EweToob musical selections and breakfast; I just felt like linking these two songs[1]. The second song makes me think that if I ever were to purchase an island that I would probably name it "Anytime Atoll".)

With the recent start of the new Baseball season, I am trying to work my way again through my Breakfastary Rotation and went back to Baker Street Bistro (see last 'blog-entry from February 3rd, 2013) pour mon petit déjeuner (which they unfortunately call "Brunch" on their menu even though they open up at 9:00am on the weekends). I sat outside on the sidewalk café part of the restaurant. Although the Sun was out and shining, it was still a bit chilly. It did warm up some by the time I was done eating and I had the Sun to my back, which felt nice, but I still kept my jacket on during the entire meal. I had parked over by the Presidio again (right in front of Liverpool Lil's, which ties in the Beatles song above nicely).

The Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude
When I first arrived, I heard about twenty or more of the little feathered chatterboxes in the tall eucalyptus trees in the dog park near the Lombard Gate, but I only saw about six of them. Later on, after breakfast, I spent a little more time looking in the trees for some. This guy was keeping an alert eye on me as he was busy pruning himself. It always makes me smile to think of Wild Parrots in San Francisco, and especially some that live in trees that are also not indigenous to California (or the United States).

Even if Baker Street Bistro only had to offer just their Pain Perdu or Oeufs Baker Street Bistro on their menu, this would still be one of the best places for breakfast (or "Brunch") in the Marina (if not the entire city). As I just had the Pain Perdu the last time, I ordered the Oeufs Baker Street Bistro ~ Ratatouille[2], poached eggs, English muffin, tomato sauce; served with home fries and mixed greens. This is truly a great meal on its own, it's just not the ultimate Pain Perdu. I also had a cuppa the house coffee.

I think their ratatouille only has zucchini (courgette), green and red bell peppers (poivrons verts et rouges), and tomatoes (tomates) in it. I had always thought that it contained eggplant (aubergine) in it also, as is the case with most traditional ratatouille. Now this is a small point (but always a major plus), they grill the English muffins that are underneath, they do not toast them. I asked for this without the mixed greens junk and they gave me more of the homefries, which is always very nice, too!

I was fully aware that Baker Street Bistro only has for condimentary supplementation Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (and just the standard red). So I had come prepared with a few of my own collection and used seulement un soupçon El Yucateco® XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero (Thanks, me!) on top of one of the poached eggs and beaucoup Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce ~ XX Habanero (Thanks agains, Amys and Brian!) on the potatoes. Coincidentally enough, I had purchased this bottle of PAFFPS at a nearby restaurant, Pizzeria Avellino, which is one of the few places in San Francisco that currently sells this fine product (by the way, Pizzeria Avellino makes some very decent Pizza, too).

Seeing as this restaurant is just one block from the Presidio with its many open-aired parks and walking areas, I was very surprised to not see even one stupid parklet in the neighborhood. Someone in the San Francisco Planning Department must really be slipping.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Oeufs Baker Street Bistro ~ 7.3

1. And just in case anyone complains about the "folksiness" (which apparently is a real word as the Spell-check Nazis at Microsoft have no problem with me typing that word) of the first song, I would like to point out that Bob Neuwirth has some pretty deep roots in the 60's and 70's Rock-and/or-Roll scene even though he started out as a mainstay of the folk scene. He was a good friend and associate of some Jewish guy named Robert Zimmerman. He co-wrote the song "Mercedes Benz" with Janis Joplin; and he also introduced Janis Joplin to Kris Kristofferson.

Plus, Peter Case may be primarily a Folk Rocker these days, but he got his start as the main force in the 80's Power Pop group the Plimsouls. (Anyone that has ever seen the movie "Valley Girls" will know of them as the house band playing in the Hollywoodland club that Nicholas Coppola drags his new-found, valley girlfriend to.)

I am pretty sure that no one will question the validity of the second video as a Rock-and/or-Roll song.

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-epicurean pointer du jour:

The word "Ratatouille" comes from the regional Occitan (French) dish called "la ratatolha", which comes from the French verb "touiller" ("to toss/to stir"); from the Latin verb "tudiculāre" ("to grind/to mix"); from the Latin noun "tudes" ("hammer").

None of which really explains the long-tailed rodent part of the word.

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