Sunday, March 20, 2016

Craftsman and Wolves

(and specifically... or is that "pacifically"?)

Place: Craftsman and Wolves
Location: 1643 Pacific Avenue (between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street)
Hours: open Monday - Friday at 7:00am, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00am 
Meal: (off the Good Morning section of the menu) market-driven quiche,  pickled things ~ today's pickled thing(s) was sweet potato, this also includes Swiss chard (How can you tell the difference between Swiss chard and German chard? The Swiss chard always maintains a neutral flavour.), onions, and goat cheese (I think the counter-person guy said it was a Humbolt Fog[1]); (off the the Counter section of the menu) thai scone ~ green curry, candied ginger, coconut; (also off the the Counter section of the menu) morning bun ~ créme [ sic ][2] fraîche, grains of paradise[3], muscovado[4]; and a cuppa (very excellent)
Highwire Coffee Roasters Tightrope

(Do I really have to explain today's EweToobular juxtaselections? 

Okay, fine. It is a well-known fact that Los Lobos really enjoy fresh-baked goods and locally roasted Coffee.)

Much like last Sunday's breakfastary bakery visit, I was very happy to eat at Craftsman and Wolves this morning. (I am just curious as to why "Craftsman" is in the singular and why "Wolves" is in the plural; plus, it is interesting to see they have "and" spelled out and not with an ampersand.) They now have two locations in San Francisco. This second (newest; open since just December 2015 or so) location is just down the street from where the old Henry Africa's[5] (one of the original "fern bars" in San Francisco in the 70's) used to be (on the corner of Pacific and Van Ness Avenues). 

This location isn't very large, but I expect most people just get their fresh-baked goods to go/take home. There is (stool-style) seating for twenty-two among five bench-tables. Their original shop in the Mission is a little larger and has more of a neighborhoody coffeehouse flavour to it (see 'blog-entry from August 3rd, 2013).

This morning I tried to make sure to get a nice diverse selection of baked goods. There were still several other good ideas from which to choose: smoked cheddar, hot pepper gougère[6]; twice baked croissant (hazelnuts, flying disc ranch dates, whiskey; I was thinking of getting this instead of the morning bun for my sweet choice, it looked very good, too); and (of course, this one would not be for me, but I would expect this is a great one for those of you that partake of the dead, decaying grounded-up porcine bits) the rebel within (Asiago, sausage, green onion, soft cooked egg [which would be inside the baked good; think 'merican/Californianized version of a Scotch Egg ~ just baked, not deep-fried]). 

stupid parklet mini-rant

i happened to see yet still another new one of those stupid urban parking obstructions located at the corner of pacific avenue and polk street in front of a local deli/cheese purveyor-place (henry wensleydale would never go for that! public dancing and bouzouki music, sure, but never a stupid parklet.). really?! is this even necessary? (mini-rant over... for now)

The quiche was good, but I don't usually get quiche, so I really don't have much with which to compare it. I asked for it cold, but they will (re-)heat it for you if you like. I particularly liked the two sweet potato pickle spears alongside the quiche; I would love to see vlasic® make those. The thai scone was just a mini-scone (two or three bites worth), but I liked the flavour and it was not rock-hard like many places serve. Of the baked goods items, I think I liked the morning bun the best; mainly because I liked the interesting flavour of the grains of paradise (which is not your typical spice used in most bakeries).

I was most impressed this morning with the brand of Coffee that they serve. Highwire Coffee Roasters turned out to be a very excellent cuppa. I realllly liked this Coffee that I had this morning; I am not sure if I have ever had this brand before, but the name sounds familiar. They used to have Sightglass Coffee (which also happens to be a great local roastery) at their location in the Mission; however, it looks like they now exclusively serve this newer roastery brand at both locations. 

I didn't bother to ask (nor bring any of my own hot sauces) what Craftsman and Wolves might have in the way of condimentary supplements. I figured it was mainly a bakery-joint and I wouldn't get much use for any hot sauces, anyway. I suppose some hot sauce would have gone well with the quiche, but it was not really needed.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: market-driven quiche,  pickled things ~ 6.4; thai scone ~ 6.7; morning bun ~ 6.8; Highwire Coffee Roasters Tightrope ~ 7.4



2. Ooh! Soooo close! They used the incorrect accent aigu, not accent grave. This is funny because (unlike many places that would simply omit it) they did get the correct circumflexy hat accent on the "î". Don't worry, no Glen Bacon Scale Rating points are ever deducted for mîspèlïnks.



5. Lemon Drop, anyone?

6. Qu'est-ce que c'est?

(I would just like to point out that they do use the correct accent grave here on the menu, so it's not as if they couldn't have used it for "crème", too. Nitpickery? Peut-être.)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery

Place: Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery
Location: 599 Post Street (on the corner of Taylor Street)
Hours: open Monday - Sunday at 7:30am
Meal: Mediterranean (Savory Crepe) ~ Cheddar, onion, tomato, Feta, artichoke, olives, & avocado; and a cuppa (and a 1/2-refilla) America's Best 
Coffee Roasting Company (I didn't get which specific roast/blend, though)

(Sure, I have used this Sir George Ivan song [and more than once] before, but I am pretty sure that this is the first EweToobular juxtaselection of this particular cover version.

The second song is another cover by Sir George Ivan's daughter.)

I went to a new (well, for me) crêperie joint called 
Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery. For some reason (like many other 'merican establishments), they do not use either the "é" in "Café", nor the "ê" in "Crêpery" (and I prefer the spelling "Crêperie", anyhow).

Due to it's location close to Union Square and the Theatre District, this place seemed to be very popular with the tourista crowd (well, those stupida touristas that didn't mind getting there as early as 7:30am). Like a lot of crêperies, you order at the front counter and get a number (mine was #4 this morning, Mr. Orr) and then they bring out the food when it is ready (I suppose if they brought out the food before it was ready, people might stop going there). This is a pretty large space with seating for about 50-60 people (or touristas); plus, there are three or four sidewalk tables for two people each.

There are still many other good ideas from which to choose: 

(also off the Savory Crepes section of the menu) 
Torino (Feta cheese, fresh basil, tomato, mushroom; this was going to be my second choice); Eggplant (Cheddar, tomato, garlic, fresh basil, sundried tomato, eggplant); or Salsa (Cheddar, onion, tomato, avocado, olives, salsa, sour cream);

(off the Eggs & Omelettes section of the menu)
Post Street (Cheddar, ham, onion, mushrooms, green pepper; which I would have ordered without the porky-stuff) or Athens (Feta, spinach, and olives; if I had been in an omelettey mood, this would have been my νούμερο ένα choice);

(and off the Dessert Crepes section of the menu)
(the classic) Crepe Suzette (orange zest, orange juice, sugar, and butter) or (get this) Baklava(!) (cinnamonwalnut, and white syrup; they didn't actually have an explanation point after the name, I just added that because it should; this one definitely deserves a return look-see).

This was a very decent crêpe, and I liked it a lot. There was a good amount of Feta (which a lot of places seem to skimp on); plus, it included real (whole) Kalamata olives. The artichoke hearts were of the brine-marinated type (which I much prefer in omelettes and crêpes), not the vinegar and oil-marinated type (which are okay in salads, but tend to muck-up the flavour in omelettes and crêpes). Now, I am not so sure how "Mediterranean" an avocado really is (well, to tell the truth, neither are Cheddar cheese nor tomatoes [historically]), but it all worked out nicely.

All Savory Crepes are served with either a salad, fruit, or potatoes. Of course, I went with the potatoes (Who in their right [or left] mind orders a d*mn salad or fruit when there are potatoes offered as a choice?!); and I was very glad I went with this choice, too. First impression: these are some excellent homefries!!! These were made with lots of burnt crispy-cracklies just like I like 'em. These are worth a return trip all on their ownsome. Because of which, I am claiming these as: Best New Potato Side-dish Find for 2016.

Unlike many crêperie places, they offer free Coffee refillas. So I made sure to get at least a half cuppa more.

Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery offered the standard San Francisco Triumvirate of Hot Sauces (Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce [both Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Sauce], Cholula® Hot Sauce Original, and  Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce) for condimentary supplementation. I just used some of my own Old St. Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on half of the potatoes and some Lucky Dog Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the other half of the potatoes.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Mediterranean (Savory Crepe) ~ 6.8; homefries ~ 7.4

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Butter Love Bakeshop

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses ~ Part 25

(Also: The proverbial "double-avicide with a solitary lapis" breakfastary trip.)

Place: Butter Love Bakeshop
Location: 3717 Balboa Street (betwixt 38th and 39th Avenues)
Hours: open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am; Saturday and Sunday at 8:00am
Meal: Smoked Gouda-Jalapeño[1a] Quiche Cup; Blueberry[1b] Scone; and a very decent cuppa 
Mr. Espresso® (I didn't ask which roast/blend it was, though)

(Wait for the EweToobular juxtaselection.)

Because it is St. Laundry Day (this is the one annual holiday that most Irish-Americans like to forget about) and I needed to eat breakfast and it was raining outside (... again), I figured what "butter" way to combine both activities (and to get only half as wet [or is that "to stay half as dry"?]) than to check out a new bakeshop in the ol' neighborhood while doing my laundry at one of the nearby 'mats on Balboa Street. Even though Butter Love Bakeshop is not technically a coffeehouse, I am still counting it in my Richmond (District) Coffeehouses series (it serves good Coffee and the baked goods/pastries are much better and diverse than you can get at most ~ if not all ~ standard coffeehouse joints).

Butter Love Bakeshop is a brand spankin' new (as in they have only been open for the last two to three months or so) bakery/bakeshop/bakehouse and is located in the same space that Nibs Bakery & Cafe (see previous 'blog entries from April 4th, 2010 and April 18th, 2010) used to be. Sadly, Nibs Bakery & Cafe closed up (bake)shop a while back; however, I am very happy to report that Butter Love Bakeshop is a great replacement. There is really not a lot of seating ~ just four tables (two tables for two and two tables for four), but I expect that most people will be doing take-away service for pies and pastries and such, anyway.

I wasn't quite sure what I might be able to get in the way of any savoury breakfastary repast(ry) items, but I was happy to see a few different things at the front counter that all looked very tempting. The other choice of their scones (which sounds like they offer at least two different ones daily depending on what is fresh and seasonal) was a Raisin-Apple(?) Scone (there was some confusion by the teenager-guy working the counter as to exactly what the other scone of the day was; it really didn't matter as I was looking towards [Damn lazy eye!] the Blueberry Scone, anyway). And not that I could have gotten one, but for those of you that do partake of the dead, decaying porky-flesh they do also offer a Ham and Cheese Croissant

Now I normally wouldn't get a piece of pie (even though tomorrow is actually Pie Day ~ 3/14/16 [See, for any of you non-mathematical geek-types, if you round up  3.14159 to the ten-thousandth's place it would be 3.1416.]) for breakfast (well, I have been known to have a slice or two of cold Pizza pie, but that's something entirely different altogether), but I was almost tempted to get a piece of what was cut open and displayed on the front counter. While I was eating my scone and drinking my Coffee, I overheard another customer ask what the pie was; he was told it was a Pineapple-Blueberry Pie! Now if I had known that, I probably would have skipped the scone (and I don't mean across a pond; "skipped the scone" is kinda fun to say, though) and gotten a piece (or two) of that. Who would think of that fruity combination? Absolutely brilliant! And from checking out their on-line menu, I see that they also have something called a Butter Pie(?!?). I have no idea exactly what that means, but I am sure that both Admiral Halsey and Uncle Albert would have approved (and there you have your EweToobular juxtaselection; okay, so maybe it wasn't really worth the wait, but tough!).

Smoked Gouda and Jalapeño?! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it actually works as a great combination. The smoky Gouda flavour with the espicy jalapeño was a very nice surprise. The scone was exceptional, too (much like Nibs Bakery & Cafe used to make); it had a nice crisp shell on the outside and a nice soft, chewy interior. (People, please keep in mind that scones were never meant to be used to kill two birds at the same time.)

I have no idea what Butter Love Bakeshop might have had to offer in the way of condimentary supplements. And, because I figured I'd be going to another local coffeehouse along Balboa Street, anyway, I did not bother schleppen any of my own hot sauces with me this morning. However, I bet that a little chipotle-style hot sauce would have gone great with the quiche-thing (but probably not so much with the scone-thing).

Welcome to the neighborhood, Butter Love Bakeshop! I hope to get back again soon and to see if the butter really does melt when you put it in the pie.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Smoked Gouda-Jalapeño Quiche Cup ~ 6.7; Blueberry Scone (Hmmm-mmm! I wonder if they ever do a Pineapple-Blueberry Scone.) ~ 6.9


1. For those of you paying attention (or even bothering to read this silly li'l 'blog-entry):

a. A jalapeño is a botanical berry.

b. As is a blueberry.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

(PlumpJack) Balboa Cafe

Place: (PlumpJack) Balboa Cafe
Location: 3199 Fillmore Street (on the corner of Greenwich Street)
Hours: open Saturday - Sunday at 9:00am for "Brunch"
Meal: baby kale salad ~ shaved fennel, avocado, goat cheese, grapefruit & orange segments, pepitas (that is just roasted pumpkin seeds for you gringo-type), 
pomegranate vinaigrette, and I also had one poached egg "laid" on top; a side of roasted potatoes; and a cuppa (and 1-1/2 refillas) Peerless Coffee & Tea® (some kinda organic Coffee, but I didn't get the specific roast/blend)

(Do I really need to explain the EweToobular juxtaselection between this song and today's breakfastary destination? 

Well, fine. It is a little-known Cliff Clavinoid fact that Pete Townshend's real last name was "Balboa". I can not confirm whether Roger Daltrey's real last name was "Cafe" or not, though.)

Mainly because it had been almost five years since I last ate there, I went back to (PlumpJack) Balboa Cafe 
(see previous 'blog-entry from April 2nd, 2011) for breakfast this morning.

(PlumpJack) Balboa Cafe has been continuously 
operating in the same location (at least I believe it has been in the same spot) for over 100 years. They have a very spacious restaurant and bar area with seating of about 25-30 tables for four; plus, there is a really nice raised seating area by the front door, before the long bar area, as you enter. There is also a second restaurant of the same name now in downtown Mill Valley (but I have never been to that location). I particularly like that there is a small glassa crayons[1] on every table (whether you are there eating breakfast ["Brunch", whatever] with kids or not); I made sure to make good use of mine for a small graffito cartoon or two on the butcher-paper table covering. (Well, I just hope those were paper and not cloth table coverings that I coloured on.)

There really isn't an awful lot of choices that they offer on their "Brunch" menu for stupid vegetarians. There were still a couple of other ideas that I could have gone with ("... with which I could have gone.", whatever): omelette of the day (today's was spinach, cherry tomato, salami [which I would have skipped, of course], and Cheddar; served with roasted potatoes and mixed greens [you know, rabbit stuff]); balburrito (scrambled eggs, house-made chorizo [again, I would have nixed that junk], black beans, fresh pico de gallo, Jack [they didn't say if it was "plump" or not] cheese, and avocado salsa); or huevos rancheros (avocado, black beans, Jack cheese, eggs over easy, & salsa fresca; but I just had huevos rancheros last weekend and wanted to try something different).

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

Once again, I had parked closer to the Presidio, and when returning to my car after breakfast, I heard several (but didn't really see any) of the noisy little chatter-birds.

I know what you are thinking: "Salad?! For breakfast?!" Well, it did have an egg on top and there were both grapefruit and orange segments in it, so that is good enough for me. Having the poached egg added on top turned out to be a great idea as the salad was pretty basic otherwise. Plusses: the shaved fennel was good, there was lots of goat cheese droppings (chunks, whatever), I liked the added crunch of the pepitas, and the pomegranate vinaigrette was pretty tasty. Minuses: Where the heck was the baby kale?! This turned out to mostly a mixed greens (you know the basic mesclun you can get pre-mixed in bags at the grocery store) with just a small amount of baby kale interspersed in it. I was really expecting (and would have much preferred) an entire bed of baby kale; this would have been a much better meal then.

(PlumpJack) Balboa Cafe offered for condimentary supplementation both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I used some (well, a lot ~ about as much as you would use ketchup) of my own 
Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce (Thanks agains, Amys and Brian!) on the potatoes and just three drops of Fat Cat Chairman Meow's Revenge (Scorpion Pepper Sauce) (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on top of the poached egg.

Not that I would normally ruin a perfectly good cuppa by adding any cream or sugar, but it was interesting to see that they had both lumps of turbinado-style sugar and packets of "White Death", as well as the yellow and pink[2] packets of pseudo-sugar crapola. (Could these be labeled "Yellow Death" or "Pink Death"?)

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: baby kale salad (with the poached egg on top) ~ 6.3 (this would probably have been at least 0.2 GBS points higher if there were considerably more baby kale or only baby kale in it); 
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. I think that it is pretty cool that Crayola® now lists the colours on their crayonin English, Español, and Français.

Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número/numéro uno/un:

red = rojo, rouge
yellow = amarillo, jaune
green = verde, vert
blue = azul, bleu

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número/numéro dos/deux:

"Pink" in Spanish is "rosado" or "rojillo", and "rose" in French.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Corner Store

(There were actual photos to go along with this morning's 'blog-entry, but the stupid photographer has somehow misplaced all of the photos that he downloaded. His incompetence knows no bounds, it seems, when it comes to all this computer-stuff.)

Place: The Corner Store
Location: 5 Masonic Avenue (on the corner of Geary Boulevard)
Hours: open Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am for "Brunch"
Meal: Breakfast (even though this was actually served at "Brunch") Sandwich ~ sunny-side egg, bacon (which I subbed with slices of avocado), basil aioli, burrata[1], arugula, pain de mie bun, home fries (which I subbed with a potato pancake); a glassa Apple Cinnamon (off the House Soda and Shrubs portion of their menu); and, afterward, a cuppa (pour-over style) Costa Rica La Tirra Honey at Snowbird Coffee

I am surprised that it has been over three years since I last went to The Corner Store (see previous 'blog-entry from December 2nd, 2012). I remember really liking the breakfast ("Brunch", whatever) that I had there at the time, but for some reason (probably due to their "Brunch" hours ~ it's really close enough right down the street from me and on the corner of Geary Boulevard to almost be eligible for a Breakfast on Geary series entry) I haven't been back there, well, until this morning.

Unlike yesterday morning, the Sun was up early and shining brightly so that I sat outside again on their sidewalk patio-café area. It was even warm enough to take off my coat the entire time that I was there, too. I had arrived only a few minutes after they opened and the place was already hopping. There was no real wait to be seated, but they did seem to fill up quickly enough with the "Sunday Morning Brunch" crowd while I was there.

Their menu changes seasonally and they did not have the Ricotta Pancake that I had on my first visit. They really only offer a few options for stupid vegetarian-types (this was probably another reason that I hadn't bothered to make a return visit until now) on their "Brunch" menu. Some other ideas that I could have had were: French Toast (which they offer two ways: with fresh berries and berry jam, or with whipped cream and Chocolate sauce; I was thinking about getting this, but only if I could get it with both toppings); (off the Bennies portion of their menu, Elaine) Spinach Benny (aka Eggs Florentine; served with home fries); or I could have made a mish-mosh[2] breakfast with Veggie Hangover (biscuit with housemade [restaurant-made, whatever] veggie gravy), a side of two eggs (I was thinking "poached"), and either Cheddar Grits or homefries or a potato pancake.

This was a pretty decent breakfastary ("Brunch"-ary, whatever) sandwich and a much nicer looking meal (see above photo... oh, wait, never-mind) than you will ever get at Ronald's Rainbow Room (or the likes). The pain de mie proved to be a much better vehicle than that which Mr. Thomas would normally provide. I also liked the inclusion of arugula instead of plain ol' lettuce (and there was a good amount of it, too, as can be seen in the above phot... D'oh!).

I like that they have a choice of potato side dishes: potato pancake, homefries, or French fries. The potato pancake was not that bad either.

I did not really look around or ask to see what 
The Corner Store might have to offer in the way of condimentary supplements. I did use a little of my own Marie Sharp's Grapefruit Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce on the breakfast sandwich (it actually paired very nicely with the fancified mayonnaise stuff) and some Fan The Flames Sriracha Hot Sauce on the potato pancake (mainly because they don't serve it with any sort of Apfelmus/applesauce; Was ist oben mit dem?). (Thanks for both hot sauces, Mom!)

Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! ~ Part VI (cont.)

Disappointingly, The Corner Store no longer offers the choice of a cuppa French-press Blue Bottle Coffee and only has Mr. Espresso®, which is a fine enough cuppa, but I was looking forward to a really good cuppa this morning. Because of this, I skipped any Coffee with my breakfast and decided to head over to the Sunset to grab a really great cuppa Coffee instead. The Costa Rica La Tirra Honey at Snowbird Coffee is a single-origin roast, which they describe as "Bing Cherry, Tangerine, Brown Sugar"; I don't know about all that, it just tasted like a very good cuppa to me. This is the fourth or fifth different roast/blend that I have had now at Snowbird Coffee and they have all been truly exceptional.

While I was there, I figured this was a great time and place to carry on this weekend's Pay It Forward session. I gave the barista-lady (baristetta?) an additional $5.00 and told her to use it to pay for the next person's Coffee and if there was any leftover (and I bet there wouldn't be a whole lotta, as the prices here are juuuust a bit higher than your normal coffeehouse usually are) to make sure to put the change (if any) in their tip-jar.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Breakfast Sandwich ~ 6.5; 
Apple Cinnamon (soda-thing) ~ 6.8; 
Snowbird Coffee Costa Rica La Tirra Honey ~ 7.2


1. Burr-what-a?

(One again, I would like to point out that just how cool is it that there is a!)

2. (Not necessarily) stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day (mainly because Yiddish or Yinglish really isn't a language):

"Mish-mosh" is just Yiddish/Yinglish for "hodge-podge". (What "hodge-podge" means in English, you can look that up yerdamnself!)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mo'z Café

Place: Mo'z café
Location: 36 5th Street (on the corner of Stevenson Street)
Hours: open at 6:00am(???) every day of the week 
(I still have no idea what their actual hours are; their web-site does not state times anywhere)
Meal: Huevos Rancheros ~ two eggs scrambled with black bean chili, ranchero sauce, Cheddar cheese and sour cream, served with corn tortillas; and a cuppa whatever their house Coffee was

(Get it? Keb' Mo'... and "enchilada" is close enough to "huevos rancheros" for me.)

I went back to Mo'z café (see previous 'blog-entry from August 31st, 2014) for breakfast this morning.

There are still a few more good breakfastary ideas worth checking out. Ferinstance: Eggs Florentine (I wonder if they would let me substitute their ranchero sauce instead of the Hollandaise sauce; that would be perfect); several different crêpes (but I just had a crêpe last weekend for breakfast); and also, off a separate (smaller) chalkboard (under the name Mo'z Specials [I was disappointed that it wasn't called "Specialz"]), next to the cash register counter, Italian Scramble (eggs, onion, mushrooms, spinach, Italian sausage [which I could have always ottantasei-ed], topped with pesto sauce, served with fruit or salad [but I would probably have asked them to substitute hashbrowns]).

This was really a pretty simple dish, but their ranchero sauce is really very good, better than many salsas that are generally more watery/runny. This is the same salsa roja that was served with the Breakfast Burrito that I had on my first visit, and I really enjoyed its 
sabor (then and today). This version of huevos rancheros differed a bit from los huevos rancheros típicos. This was made with scrambled eggs instead of fried (or over-medium) eggs. The two corn tortillas had the Cheddar cheese melted between them. And it was served with black beans on the side instead of the standard frijoles refritos. I suppose that it could have used some fresh avocado, but, all in all, it was still very good. 

I liked their house Coffee, too; it was strong and dark. However, unlike my first visit there, they did not come around offering any refillas. (I put this down to their being very busy today, even at 7:00am on a rainy Saturday morning.)

Mo'z café had Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (both Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce for condimentary supplementation. I also had brought a few of my own hot sauces with me, but after (re)tasting their excellent ranchero sauce, I did not bother ruining it in any way.

Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! ~ Part VI[1]

This afternoon, before going to the eye exam that I had scheduled last weekend, I went back to Greenhouse Cafe for a mid-afternoon snack. I got another 12 oz cuppa Equator Coffees & Teas Mocha Java. I happened to notice a small display of mini-macarons[2] on the front counter and got one raspberry[3] mini-macaron and one pistachio[3] mini-macaron
The raspberry one was good, but the pistachio one was my favourite.

As the mini-macarons were only $1.00 each (they were only one or two bite-sized), it gave me a great idea for this year's Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! I gave the counter-guy (by this, I mean the guy working the cash register; he was in no way reminiscent of Caitlyn Jenner) an extra $10.00 for nine more macarons and told him to also keep $1.00 for the crew. And, don't worry, the guy didn't pocket the entire tenner when I turned my back (which would go against all that Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! stands for); I saw him set out nine macarons on the counter and heard him asking subsequent customers if they would like a free macaron. I am only sorry that I forgot to tell him to tell these customers that the macarons were compliments of Mr. XV.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Huevos Rancheros ~ 6.5; mini-macarons ~ 6.5-7.0


1. If you are wondering just what the heck Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! is all about, you can read my explanation in this previous 'blog-entry:

R.I.P. Scott.

2. Not to be confused with a coconut macaroon, this is the French pastry-confection known as "macaron".

3. Please note: raspberries are not technically botanical berries and pistachios are not technically botanical nuts.