Saturday, July 12, 2014

Baker Street Bistro

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." ~ Mark Twain

Place: Baker Street Bistro 
Location: 2953 Baker Street (at Lombard Street)
Hours: open at 9:00am for "Brunch" on Saturday & Sunday
Meal: Pain Perdu (A brunch favorite!) ~ French Toast, fresh fruit, strawberry coulis & crème fraîche; a side of homefries; and a cuppa Café (and a few refillas)

(There is no real juxtaselection for today's EweToobular choice. I just recently discovered the Felice Brothers and like their music.)

To one with my perspicacious tastes, no summer workout of my Breakfastary Rotation would be complete without going back to Baker Street Bistro (see last 'blog-entry from April 12th, 2014) for their ultimate Pain Perdu. I actually flipped a coin this morning to decide whether to order the Pain Perdu yet still once again (I had it earlier this year, too) or Oeufs Florentine (Spinach, poached eggs, English muffin, Hollandaise sauce): "Heads" it would be Pain Perdu (mais bien sûr) and "Tails" it would be Oeufs Florentine ~ well, "Heads" won fair and square.

It was a bit cool and overcast this morning (Cool and overcast in July? In San Francisco? Who ever heard of such a thing? ~ insert that other standard quote by Samuel Langhorne Clemens here), but I still sat outside on the sidewalk patio café area (and only one other idiot saw fit to also sit outside while I was there).

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

On my way over to the restaurant from where I had parked over by the Presidio and also while sitting outside while eating, I saw and heard about ten to twelve of the Wild Parrots. They always sound as if they are laughing while flying overhead. The Parrots are probably laughing at a joke that us stupid humans would never understand: "Q: Why did the human cross the road? A: To contemplate why life always has to be so difficult." Additionally, I saw a lone coyote in the Presidio on my way over to Cow Hollow; it was along the steep downhill part of Arguello Boulevard (not to confuse anyone with Arguello Street in the Richmond, though). I thought this was pretty cool; however, he moved away too quickly for me to pull over and get a shot with my camera, though.

I really don't know what other praises I can say about this awesome meal that I haven't already said many times before ~ Simplement, c'est le meilleur Pain Perdu du monde! (Well, definitely the best French toast in San Francisco and possibly the entire U.S. of America.)

Today's side of fresh fruit: cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, oranges, watermelon, and apples.

The potatoes were a little en retard (I was more than half done with the rest of the meal), so  Chantal said they were "sur la maison".  Free potatoes always taste the best; and these were very good, anyway. (Liberté, Egalité, Pommes de Territé?

As I have become accustomed to doing when eating at Baker Street Bistro, I took the mint sprig garnishment and put it into my Coffee (à la mode de Turquie). When it came time for a refilla, the poor Mexican busboy (South of the Border municipal transportation-person? Whatever.) saw the mint leaves in the bottom of the cup and thought that some leaves from the overhanging tree had fallen into my cup. He was very apologetic and offered to get me a clean cup. I explained to him that it was just the mint from my meal. (Okay, so maybe I do it not only for the flavour, but to mess with people, too.) Not everyone is a mint fan, though. Did you ever wonder why they don't make toothpaste or mouthwash in other flavours for adults? I know that Chocolate- or Coffee-flavoured ones would be a big hit with many adults… Ooooh! or Beer-flavored toothpaste and mouthwash!

For condimentary supplementation, Baker Street Bistro only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red). I used some of my own Pickapeppa Sauce (Thanks, Amy!) on half of the potatoes and some Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on the other half. I also discovered that a combination of both was very good; the Pickapeppa Sauce tempers the habanero heat a bit.

Shameless Promotion of a Good Cause for an Old Friend

This Public Service Announcement is mainly for anyone that lives in the Medway, Massachusetts area (I really doubt anyone from my local San Francisco neighborhood will attend, but you never know). An old high school friend is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. His daughter has scheduled "a concert event to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease research" to be held on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. If anyone would like to attend, or just read more about it, here are three links for the charity event:

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Pain Perdu ~ 8.2; the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5

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