Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Bistro Restaurant at Cliff House

"Edible, adj.: Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm." ~ Ambrose Bierce

(Happy 79th Birthday, Leonard Norman Cohen!)

Place: The Bistro Restaurant at Cliff House 
Location: 1090 Point Lobos (at the end of the World/Ocean Beach)
Hours: Monday - Saturday open at 9:00am, and Sunday at 8:30am for Breakfast
Meal: Sautéed Vegetable Scramble ~ scrambled eggs, red peppers, tomatoes, scallions, button mushrooms, and melted goat cheese; served with fresh fruit and roasted potatoes… and (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!)

Closing out my Breakfastary Rotation before the end of the regular Baseball Season is the Bistro Restaurant at Cliff House (see last 'blog-entry from June 13th, 2013). I still say this is one of the most redundantly redundant named names ever for a restaurant still; however, one can forgive their repetitively repetitious name and it can be forgiven, as have I ever mentioned the (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!)?

The morning started out almost sunny this morning (okay, I will try to curtail these superfluously repetitive redundancies), but by the time I got out and headed to breakfast, it had started raining just lightly. That didn't seem to bother the many numerous surfers (20-30) off Ocean Beach, or the several dogs walking their humans along the beach either.

Today's Hollywoodland Wall of Autographed Photos Interlude:

(Picture 1, top to bottom and left to right)

(?)Jim Ameche(?) (born James Ameche; younger brother of Don Ameche; original voice of Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy on radio); Edmund/Edward ???

Billie Burke (born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke; wife of Florence Ziegfeld of Ziegfeld Follies fame; best known for her role as "Glinda the Good Witch of the North" in The Wizard of Oz ~ here's a little known Cliff Clavin fact: she was already 55 years old when The Wizard of Oz was filmed; I think the Bistro Restaurant should have positioned this photo on the same wall as the photos of Frances Ethel Gumm and Frank Phillip Wuppermann); George Christopher (not really a Hollywoodland movie star, he was the 34th Mayor of San Francisco from 1956-1964; he holds the distinction of being the last Republican to be elected Mayor of San Francisco; I wonder why that is?)

(Picture 2, same directions)

(?)Jack Hemingway(?) (born John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway; fisherman, conservationist, and writer; eldest son of Ernest Hemingway; father of Margaux and Mariel Hemingway); Mad About You cast ~ Anne Ramsay, Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Leila Kenzle, John Pankow, and Maui (as "Murray")

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; illusionist/magician; yeah, not really another Hollywoodland movie star; his most famous magic act was making Supermodel girlfriend/fiancée Claudia Schiffer disappear from his life); Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg III; Rock-and/or-Roll singer)

(Picture 3, ditto)

Humphrey Bogart (born Humphrey DeForest Bogie; some kinda minor character actor, I think; best known as Mr. Lauren Bacall); Olivia de Havilland (born Olivia Mary de Havilland; older sister of actress Joan Fontaine; won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role ~ To Each His Own, 1947; also won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role ~ The Heiress, 1950)

Shirley Temple (some punk kid actress); Tommy Smothers (born Thomas Bolyn Smothers III; half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers; second favourite son of Ruth Smothers)

Claude Rains (born William Claude Rains; best known in The Invisible Man, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Casablanca; I like the juxtaposition of his photo with that Bogart person above); Nicholas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppla; nephew of both Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire; cousin of both Sofia Coppola and Jason Schwartzman; best known as one of Spicoli's stoner buds in Fast Times at Ridgemont High; I guess he also won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Leaving Las Vegas, 1995)

Once again, I am asking for assistance in filling in any of the "???s" with some of the correct names. If anyone can supply any of the names, I will treat then to all the free (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!) that they can eat (my treat even).

As always, this was a very good breakfast; I liked all the ingredients and how the goat cheese melts nicely into the scramble. However, as I have stated many times before, they could serve me that Military breakfastary staple "Save Our Ship" and I would probably enjoy it, just as long as they didn't forget to bring out some (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!) for me. There were four of them warming in the basket this morning; I felt it necessary to finish all of them, too. Today's fresh fruits: strawberries, grapes, cantaloupes, honeydew melon, and watermelon.

The Bistro Restaurant has for condimentary supplementation just Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red). I used some of my own Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce (Thanks agains, Amys & me!) on the potatoes and some Serious Food… Silly Prices Chunky Habanero (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on the scramble mess.

Hallelujah ~ for (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!)!

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Sautéed Vegetable Scramble ~ 6.8; (World) Famous Cliff House Popovers(!) ~ 8.2

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