Monday, May 27, 2013

Just For You Cafe

Sensory… Laudatory… Chicory[1]?

For the past three years now it has become my Memorial Day tradition to go to Just For You Cafe (see last 'blog-entry from December 30th, 2012) for breakfast. I like that they open up plenty early enough (7:30am Monday-Friday, 8:00am on the weekends). So, even though heading over to Dogpatch for a meal takes about half an hour drive from the Richmond, I can still get there early enough before the crowds show up or it is already late enough to be considered "Brunch". I am just surprised that this was only my first breakfastary trek there this year.

Just for You Cafe has a very good standard "Weekend Brunch Menu" (which was extended to Monday for the Memorial Day holiday) and they also offer several good "Weekend Brunch Specials" (which change periodically and seasonally):

A Special Omelet! (they added the "!", not me) ~ A fluffy three egg omelet folded around Zoe's ham, roasted leeks, with Swiss Gruyere cheese. Choice of home fries or grits (substitute cup of fresh fruit $2.00) and bread.

A Special Scramble! ~ Thinly sliced roast beef, white onions, crimini mushrooms, fresh tomato with Jack and Cheddar cheeses! Choice of home fries or grits (substitute cup of fresh fruit $2.00) and bread.

A Special Frittata! ~ An open faced omelet with chopped bacon, red onions, fresh spinach and Provolone cheese. Choice of home fries or grits (substitute cup of fresh fruit $2.00) and bread.

A Benedict Special! ~ Two poached eggs on house-made bread with sautéed onions, spinach and red bell peppers! Choice of home fries or grits (substitute cup of fresh fruit $2.00)! 

(Again, they added all the "!"s, they really must like that punctuation, Mark.)

I could easily have gotten any of these without the dead, decaying animal flesh, but I decided on the Greek Scramble ~ 3 eggs scrambled (hence the "Scramble" part of its name) with Feta cheese, onions, spinach, tomato, and Kalamata olives; with (my choices of) homefries and cinnamon-raisin toast (they bake all their breads on-site daily). I also had a cuppa (well, two-and-a-half cuppas) very good N'Orleans-style coffee.

I knew I was going to like this one a lot. What's not to like? It was made with lots of Feta, lots of spinach, and lots of real Kalamata olives (which makes all the difference; none of those fake, tasteless olives from a can). The coffee is N'Orleans-style as it is blended with roasted chicory root. Not everyone likes it this way, I do; but I also love cardamom in my coffee.

Just For You Cafe has one of the better selections of condimentary supplementation, probably ten different types or more. I knew this and never bother schlepping any of my own collection with me. (I wonder if they would ever start carrying Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce, that would really make their collection great.) I saw a bottle of something that I haven't tried before (or, if I have, I don't remember it): Maison Louissianne Shut My Mouth! (again with the explanation point) Creole[2] Pepper Sauce. It had a really nice aroma and I used a good amount of it on the potatoes (I left the Greek Scramble un-sodomized[3]). The flavour matched the aroma ~  it wasn't too hot, just right; I liked this one a lot. I also like that it is made in N'Orleans, which tied the whole meal together. You know what they say: "When in Greece, do like the Creoles do."

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Greek Scramble ~ 6.8

1. Chicory roots are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute or additive in many parts of the World. Its use as a coffee additive is very popular in parts of the southern United States, particularly in N'Orleans.

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

"Creole" comes from French, from Spanish "criollo" ("a person native to a locality"), from Portuguese "crioulo", the diminutive of "cria" ("a person (especially a servant) raised in one's house"), from "criar" ("to raise or bring up"), from Latin "creare" ("to produce, create").

A creole language is a stable, full-fledged language that originated from a pidgin. There are many subgroups of creole languages, to include: Louisiana Creole French, Haitian Creole (also French-based, and an official language of Haiti), or Jamaican Creole (which is English-based). 

3. Why does Gomorrah always take a back seat to Sodom?

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