Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ash’s Vallemar Station

A breakfastary roadtrip:
Vallemar, Pacifica, CA

Place: Ash's Vallemar[1] Station[2]
Location: 2125 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA
Hours: open at 9:30am Saturday and Sunday for "Brunch"
Meal: Angelina (Omelette) ~ marinated artichoke hearts, fresh mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, & cheese (Station Omelettes are made with three large farm fresh eggs, served with pan fried potatoes, fresh fruit, and English muffin or toast); a (small) glass of orange juice; and a small cuppa America's Best Coffee Roasting Company Peru Organic from P-town Café 

(No official web-site. 
Location: 152 Reina Del Mar Avenue, Pacifica, CA; phonicular contact: (650) 735-5529)

(The reason for today's EweToobular juxtaselections? Simples. It's a well-known fact that both Steve Earle and Louis Prima were originally from Pacifica, CA. 

I suppose I could have linked "March of the Dead" by Danny Elfman, which was the theme song from the movie "Army of Darkness", but I figured that only two people might get the joke.)

I felt like making a small roadtrip for breakfast this morning and the weather even cooperated, too, so I locomoted back down to Pacifica (see last 'blog-entry from August 24th, 2014) and ate at Ash's Vallemar Station. This is a pretty cool old building; originally built in 1905 for use as an actual railroad station (hence the "Station" part of their name). It's a medium-sized place with seating in the main dining area of nine tables for four people and five tables for two people; plus, there is an outdoor/backyard patio area with four tables that can seat four to six people (I wanted to sit out there this morning; however, the tables and seats were still wet from all the rain we had overnight and this morning); additionally, there is bar-seating for about eight to ten people.

They are only open for "Brunch" on the weekends, and there really aren't that many selections on the menu (five different omelettes and about ten other breakfastary choices). Some of the other items that I might have gotten were: Virgin (Omelette) (Jack, Cheddar, & Swiss cheese); Huevos Rancheros; or Banana Pancakes (three large buttermilk pancakes with fresh bananas; even though I am not a big fan of Jack Johnson).

This was a decent enough version of an omelette. It had two different types (as opposed to two of the same types?) of cheese shredded on top (and lots inside, too); I am guessing that these were probably Cheddar and Jack. I also liked that the artichoke hearts were the kind that were marinated in brine, not marinated in oil and vinegar (which are good in a salad, but tend to be too greasy for an omelette or in a crêpe dish). I went with an English muffin instead of toast for a change. The side of fruit was just a slice of watermelon, a slice of honeydew melon, and a slice of orange. The best part of the meal was that they have really excellent homefries; these may possibly have been deep fried first then finished on the grill(?); they weren't greasy at all, but they were extra crispy all around and creamy on the inside, like you would get with correctly-made French fries.

I had gotten down there a few minutes before Ash's Vallemar Station opened, so I decided on getting a cuppa at P-town Café. (Actually, I was planning on going there after breakfast for a cuppa, anyway.) This little coffeehouse is located in an old red caboose[3] right behind Ash's Vallemar Station. P-town Café offers about five to six different types/blends/roasts of Coffee from which to choose in self-serve thermoses. Which is nice, as you can sample the different types before pouring yourself a whole cuppa. As luck would have it, the first one I tried was very good and I went with that. As best as I can figure, P-town Café serves mainly Coffee from America's Best Coffee Roasting Company (they were really hopping when I was there and there was only one lady working the counter making Lattes and bagels and such, so I didn't want to bother her with any foolish questions ~ "But, Brian, there are really no foolish questions, just fools asking them"). 

Ash's Vallemar Station only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red) for condimentary supplementation. So I used some of my own Fat Cat® Surprisingly Mild Guajillo Ghost (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on the potatoes and some Fairhope Favorites Aged-N-Charred Moonshine Hot Sauce XXX (Thanks, Phyll!) on top of the omelette. I did discover an interesting flavour combination by accident, I got a drop of the Fat Cat® on the slice of honeydew melon and it was actually pretty tasty like that.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Angelina (Omelette) ~ 6.5 (factoring in their really excellent homefries); Peru Organic Coffee ~ 6.5

1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número uno:

"Vallemar" simply means "sea valley" en español.

2. Not to be confused with Voldemort's Station, which would probably be found along the coast of Northumberland, England.

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/somewhat historical pointer of the day, nummer twee:

"Caboose" comes from the Middle Dutch word "kambuis", meaning "a ship's galley". This probably comes from the Low German "kabhuse" ("a wooden cabin on ship's deck"); probably a compound whose elements correspond to English "cabin" and "house".

So, the next time you say that a woman has a "nice caboose", hopefully you are not planning on eating a meal off it.

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