Monday, August 3, 2015


(Sunday, August 2nd, 2015)

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses ~ Troisième Partie

(et aussi) 

Nibs Bakery & Café (redux)

(No official web-site. 3717 Balboa Street ~ between 38th and 39th Avenues; phonicular contact: 415-379-6468)

Place: La PROMENADE Café
Location: 3634 Balboa Street (between 37th and 38th Avenues)
Hours: open Monday to Friday at 7:00am, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am
Meal: Tuscany Bagel ~ sun dried tomato and cream cheese; a medium cuppa allegro® COFFEE Blend No. 4; and for breakfastary dessert, Bob's Lemon-Blueberry Scone from Nibs Bakery & Café

Today was Day Two of the 50¢ Tour of San Francisco for Ed and Janan (and I would just like to point out that neither of the two have ponied-up the two bits yet; heck, they haven’t even donkeyed-down any coins). Today's itinerary ended up being: Sausalito for Lunch (Scoma's) and Ice Cream (Lappert's), and then Golden Gate Park (to include: Raccoon Island, the Bison Paddock, and Stow Lake) in the afternoon; however, we never got around to checking out either Japantown, nor Haight-Ashbury. As such, this was a good opportunity to do another 'blog-entry for the Richmond (District) Coffeehouses Series in the morning, before I had to meet up with them.

La PROMENADE Café is even larger than it's older sister Café ENCHANTE (see Saturday's 'blog-entry; if you are too lazy to look it up, I am too lazy to provide a hyperlink-thing), and probably twice as large as any stupid St*rbucks dive. It is located in the old Zephyr Café location (and this came in handy as I needed to catch up on some laundry this weekend and there is a decent wash-o-mat just in the next block of Balboa Street). I think they have been (re)open for just over a year now. I like some of the new interactive activities that they have added. Tuesday night is Game Night (featuring many of the old board games we all loved to play when we were growing up to waste our spare time; of course, that was long before the advent of video games or defacedbook) and (sometimes) Friday night has a Jazz Night with live music.

Like Café ENCHANTE, they also have Paris (the lesser-known one in France, not the much more popular city in Texas) street scenes painted on a few of the walls.

They even have a bookshelf that covers the entire back wall. So, even if you don't drink Coffee, you can always peruse the shelves while other normal people do enjoy their cuppas. All of the used (there may have been some new ones, too) books are for sale at $5.00 (so, basically, the cost of an over-priced, fancy-schmancy kinda Coffee at that St*rbucks joint), which is really quite reasonable.

I went with an onion bagel as the base for this sandwich, which I felt was a good pairing/choice. The bagel-sandwich had a nice amount of sliced up sundried tomatoes in it, which is always a good thing. Other than that, it wasn't really anything extraordinary that I couldn't have prepared at home myself (well, if I ever had bagels… or cream cheese… or sundried tomatoes in my kitchen, that is).

The same as yesterday, I really didn't bother to ask what kind of condimentary supplements they might have had to offer. I used a little of my own El Yucateco®
XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero (Thanks, Brian!) on just one half of the bagel sandwich.

(There is no photo of the scone. It was a triangular baked-good looking thing. Just use your imaginations.)

This morning ended up being a breakfastary two-fer. While finishing up my laundry detail, I figured I would pop-in next door to Nibs Bakery & Café (see last 'blog-entry from April 18th, 2010). The scone was great as always; it was still warm outta the oven, with lots of plump, fresh (and, as I was informed, in-season) blueberries and a nice lemon sugar-glaze on top. The key to the perfect scone is not to make it as hard as a rock and as dry as dirt; and these guys make them correctly. The outer shell is crunchy, but the inside remains nice and moist and fluffy (just as they are supposed to be made in that Ol' Blighty[1] place).

"Wash Day tomorrow. Nothing clean, right?!"
"Nothing clean, right… Your scones, give them to me… now!"

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Tuscany Bagel ~ 6.0; allegro® COFFEE Blend No. 4 ~ 6.5; Bob's Lemon-Blueberry Scone ~ 7.2


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day (that I bet not many Ol' Blighters are even aware of  its origin):

"Blighty" derives from the Hindi word "bilāyati", which means "foreign land" (and, in this case, specifically Eng-foreign-land). 

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