Sunday, December 8, 2013

Moonlight Cafe & Crepe House

"Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…"
~ John Lennon, "Imagine", 1971

(No official web-site.)

Place: Moonlight Cafe & Crepe House
Location: 634 Cortland Avenue 
(phonicular contact: 415-647-6448)
Hours: Saturday open at 7:00am; Sunday open at 8:00am
Meal: Bernal Hill Omelet (with Feta cheese, black olives, spinach, and pine nuts; served with homefried potatoes and toast); and a large glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice

(Today is the 33rd anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I couldn't think of any related "Moonlight" or "Moon" songs of his, so these two will have to suffice. However, the second EweToob link may have subconsciously been influenced by John's death; even Mike Oldfield doesn't really know for sure.)

A few months ago when I ate at the Liberty Café and Bakery (see 'blog-entry from October 19th, 2013), I noticed a place in the neighborhood that I hadn't eaten at yet and I made a mental note to return again to try it one of these days. Unfortunately it isn't always the easiest trek over to Bernal Heights and I finally got around to trying Moonlight Cafe & Crepe House (just to point out, neither "Café" nor "Crêpe" were spelled with any accent marks) this morning for breakfast. As their name states, they are a small coffeehouse and crêperie, and they also offer many other items on their menu for breakfast.

There are thirteen tables that seat two each inside and two tables for two on the sidewalk out front; however, it was way too chilly to sit outside this morning (this was one of those rare mornings when there was actually frost on my car and I had to scrounge around in my trunk to find an ice-scraper thingy). There looked like there was plenty of space indoors that they could have fit several extra tables if they needed, but this is Bernal Heights, after all, and I doubt any extra seating is really required.

Like most Bay Area crêpe houses, you first order and pay at the counter, get a number to place on your table, and then they bring out your meal when it is done (if they brought it out before it was done, that would kinda suck). Other than several savoury or sweet crêpes, they had a few other interesting breakfastary choices that I thought about getting: Mediterranean Omelet (with Feta cheese, artichokes, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and onions); Sausalito Scramble (Two scrambled eggs with grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, pesto, tomatoes, and Mozzarella cheese ~ which was pretty similar to what I had yesterday for "Brunch", just with grilled eggplant instead of sautéed spinach and no mushrooms, and Feta cheese in place of goat cheese, and a scrambled egg dish versus an omelette ~ okay, so maybe they really weren't that similar); or Breakfast in a Pocket (Pita bread pocket stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon or sausage).

The omelette was made with lots of fresh spinach (again, like yesterday) and Feta (which is mainly why I ordered it). The pine nuts were a nice addition, too. My only minor complaint would be that there weren't enough black olives and that they were just the canned, sliced variety ~ as always, authentic Kalamata olives would be sooo much better and probably would have added a few GBS Rating points, too.

The homefries were made with red potatoes, which is always a nice, tasty touch. 

I know that the fresh-squeezed orange juice really was fresh-squeezed as it was very frothy and pulpy when they brought it out.

As I had skipped a cuppa coffee with breakfast this morning, I prepared a cuppa Tchibo Gold at home while writing this 'blog-entry. Tchibo is one of the largest brands of coffee (oder Kaffee) in Deutschland; they are not only a coffee retailer, but they have many coffeehouses throughout Europe. When I lived in Berlin, I regularly went to either Tchibo or Eduscho coffeehouses. At one time Eduscho was a major rival company, but has since been bought by Tchibo (maybe Tchibo should be known as Sternbocks). My local russkaya bodega carries a few different roasts/blends of already-ground packs of Tchibo. (Believe me, you do not want to order a pound of this stuff and not understand the German lady behind the counter when she asks whether you want that as whole beans or ground beans. Right, Dave?[1])

For condimentary supplements, Moonlight Cafe has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (both the standard red and the green jalapeño) and Tapatío®. I used some of my own Dave's Gourmet® Ginger Peach Hot Sauce (Thanks, Jim!) on the potatoes and Serious Food…Silly Prices Chunky Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on the omelette.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Bernal Hill Omelet ~ 6.5; Tchibo Gold ~ 6.5

1. Not that I really know anyone named "Dave" that would ever have done that by accident and not noticed this blunder until he had gotten to work and tried to make coffee for the rest of his crew (who we won't call "Dawg Flite" to keep "Dave"s anonymity). "Dave" may have then been forced to try and grind up some of the whole beans as best he could with just a hammer and some paper towels.

I am sure that would never have worked well, but this would never really happen, anyway. 

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