Sunday, December 29, 2013

Seal Rock Inn Restaurant

Isn't it moronic… don't you think?

Place: Seal Rock Inn Restaurant 
Location: 545 Point Lobos Avenue (at 48th Avenue)
Hours: Open everyday at 6:00am (They were even open on Christmas Eve morning and Christmas Day morning for breakfast and lunch, and they will also be open on New Year's Eve morning and New Year's Day morning.)
Meal: Andy's Omelette ~ fresh mushrooms, Feta cheese, salami (which I 86-ed, of course), olives (served with hash brown[sic], toast and jelly); and a glass of orange juice

(Sorry. The reason for today's EweToobular video and sub-titular comment is that I recently heard this song on the radio and it just upsets me that Alanis seemed to have no idea what "ironic" really means.

noun, plural ironies.
1. The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its meaning

1. Using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony

While I am sure some of her lyrics may have had a semblance of "irony", the majority of them had nothing to do with it whatsoever. Take for example the very first few lines:

"An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late…"

Her first example of "ironic" is nothing more than a sad coincidence and bad timing. An insect in your glass of Wine? How the heck is that "ironic"? Now an insect floating in your glass of Retsina might be "ironic", as everyone knows that stuff would kill most insects. And what is "ironic" about some convict being killed? 

Then there is the refrain:

"It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take…"

Bad weather on your wedding day would only be considered "ironic" if you happened to be marrying a meteorologist. And why would someone get a free ride after they had already paid? That just makes no sense. Maybe she should have named the song "Nonsensical". I'm thinking that it may be a bit "ironic" that she didn't take the good advice of someone telling her that none of this really had anything to do with "irony".[1])

This morning was supposed to be a Breakfastary Roadtrip down to Nini's Coffee Shop in San Mateo (see last 'blog-entry from October 17th, 2010) for a "Brunch" (my friends' wording, not mine) gathering with a group of friends; however, several people had to beg off due to lame excuses like "I have the flu.", etc. So I had to come up with a quick back-up plan, Lenny. It had been several months since I last ate at Seal Rock Inn Restaurant (see last 'blog-entry from June 1st, 2013) and I knew that they are always a good secondary choice (as they are very close and local for me).

My usual choices would be: Greek Omelette No. 1, (Feta cheese, olives, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes); Greek Omelette No. 2 (Feta cheese with fresh spinach); or Greek Omelette No. 3 (which is actually called Sophia's Omelette, but I renamed it this because it really is ~ Feta cheese, olives, onions, tomatoes, spinach). However, I have had all three in my past three visits there.

I am going to call this Greek Omelette No. 4. It was made with lots of black olives, mushrooms, and Feta! (Yeah, so?! I like Feta. You got a problem with that?) I have said this before many times, unfortunately the olives that they use are just the canned, sliced variety; this would be soooo much better with αυθεντικά ελιές Καλαμών (and here is the "ironic" part, the owners are of Greek descent). It was still very good. However, if you have an aversion to canned black olives or fungus, you might not like this as much as I did. 

They always have good hashbrowns (which is the spelling that I prefer, as one word and never in the singular ~ now it would have been "ironic" if they had given me just a single shred of potato only… and it wasn't really brown but uncooked). I simply went with rye bread as my toast choice.

While I was eating, the lady at the next table asked for some more hot water for her tea, and when the guy brought over a Coffee pot full of a clear liquid, I had to ask him how he knew that it contained "hot water" and wasn't really Coffee. Without missing a beat, he looked at it and replied "Because it has a green handle, of course." Nicely played, Mr. Busboy-person/Coffee-refiller-guy, nicely played!

I forewent any Coffee with my meal mainly because I had recently received a whole buncha new Christmas swag and enjoyed a cuppa Bettys Mexican Cloud Forest while typing up this 'blog-entry. Of course, this was another truly great Coffee from Bettys (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!).,22565,44.aspx

For condimentary supplements, Seal Rock Inn Restaurant has both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red) and Cholula® Hot Sauce. In the past, I think they only used to offer just Tabasco®; the Cholula® is a new twist. It really didn't matter as I came prepared with a few of my own and on the omelette I used some Youk's Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kevin and Brian!), which I had recently transferred into a smaller 2 oz bottle (which was an old, empty bottle of Big Papi En Fuego Hot Sauce ~ Sorry, Kerry and Señor Ortiz!) so that I could carry it in my new Tabasco® holster (Thanks, Sean!), too. I also used some Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on the potatoes (plural and brown).

After breakfast, I took a small walk over to Lands End and Sutro Baths to walk off the meal. However, Mr. Turner, this can not be considered a true "cross-'blog" as the entire "hike" was probably less than a mile in total, and the elevation only went from about a couple hundred feet above sea level down to sea level and back again.

Now what would have been truly "ironic" this morning is if I was supposed to meet my friends at a restaurant called "Great White Shark Lagoon Bistro", Mademoiselle Morissette.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Andy's Omelette ~ 6.4; Bettys Mexican Cloud Forest ~ 7.2

1. Just in case anyone thinks that I might hate Alanis Morissette or that song, in actuality, I really like both. Now, "isn't it ironic..." ♪♪

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