Saturday, December 20, 2014

Velo Rouge Café

"We are all travelers in this world, and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend." ~ Bobby Louie Stevenson

(In lieu of that, we can always remain alone at home and just lie.)

(That is their official web-site, but it is very sparse and more in the form of a 'blog-thing; very strange. It doesn't even list their hours of operation on it. At least it does have their menu on it… somewhat.)

Place: Velo Rouge Café
Location: 798 Arguello Boulevard (on the corner of McAllister Street)
Hours: open at 6:30am Monday through Friday; open at 8:00am every other day of the week (including both Saturday and Sunday)
Meal: Leipheimer[1] Breakfast Burrito ~ 2 eggs scrambled, black beans, potatoes, Cheddar cheese, avocado, salsa, and sour cream, (comes w/ tortilla chips and pico de gallo); a side order of country style potatoes; and a cuppa Blue Bottle Coffee Bella Donovan

(I regret nothing that I couldn't find a decent bicycle-related EweToobular juxtaselection for today.)

Je suis retourné à Velo Rouge Café (see previous 'blog-entry from June 2nd, 2012) pour mon petit déjeuner. I actually drove my car over there this morning and didn't ride my bike, though. 

Like most of the coffehouses in the City, you order up front and pay for it first; you get a number (I got number "1" this morning; I wasn't the first customer, that was just my random number given); then they bring out the food and Coffee when it is ready (it was pretty funny as the food was actually brought out before the Coffee was even done yet). They have seating of: one really cool bicycle-themed table for three people (the table and seats are actually made from bicycle parts, etc.); four window-counter seats (overlooking the McAllister Street side); six tables for two to four people; and another three sidewalk tables for two to four people (or dogs, as was seen this morning).

For being really just a coffeehouse, they have a pretty decent choice of breakfastary items. From their "Weekend Specials" chalkboard: Velo Rouge French Toast (topped with fresh fruit and powdered sugar; why this is not called "Velo Rouge Pain Perdu", je ne sais pas) or Hueuvos Rancheros ("Oeufs Éleveurs", peut-être?). From their standard breakfast menu: Mt. Ventoux[2] (egg sandwich served on a croissant with Jack; add bacon or avocado) or (the most unfortunately-named) Jack Johnson Banana Pancakes (maybe that just means these particular pancakes taste like total crap).

(Please ignore the quality of today's meal photo. If you can believe it, this was the best of the three that I took. It looked good enough on the 2x3" view-screen when I took it.)

This was more like a Breakfast Burrito Panini ~ as it comes nicely grilled (with grill-marks and all). I actually liked that idea. I did not notice any sour cream, nor potatoes inside it, though. This can also be ordered with bacon or sausage added to the scramble (if you are of that inclination that partakes of the dead, decaying porcine products). Their version of country style potatoes was very good (however, they don't really specify which "country" this is in the style of, but I figured it must be France); nicely spiced and crispy.

The Blue Bottle Coffee comes as a single-drip cuppa and is made fresh for every customer. They only offer this one roast/blend, and it was a naturally sweet blend/roast. Why Velo Rouge Café doesn't serve Bicycle Coffee co exclusively, I do not know. (Mrs. Blankenship may find this interesting, they even label each ceramic-"for here" cup with a dry-erase marker with your name on it.)

For being "just a coffeehouse", Velo Rouge Café actually has a pretty decent selection of condimentary supplementation; they offer Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red), Huy Fong Foods, Inc. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce,  Pico Pica, Crystal® Louisiana's Pure Hot Sauce, and Tapatío®. Even so, I still went with some of my own hot sauces. I used some Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on the potatoes and some El Yucateco® XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero (Thanks, Brian!) on bites of the burrito.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Leipheimer Breakfast Burrito ~ 6.3; cuppa Bella Donovan ~ 7.2

1. As best as I can figure, "Leipheimer" refers to some 'merican road racing cyclist.

Either that, or this is a burrito made famous in a small town in Bavaria.

Here's a little-known Cliff Clavinist fact: this dish used to be called the "Lance Armstrong Burrito", but it seems that the USADA made them change the name.

2. Mont Ventoux is a legendary, grueling climb in Le Tour de France:

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