Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cinderella Russian Bakery & Café

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses
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Place: Cinderella[1] Russian Bakery & Café
Location: 436 Balboa Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Hours: open daily at 7:00am
Meal: Cabbage w/ Butter & Egg Siberian-style Pie (Pirog); Potato Vareniki ~ Russian style dumplings with potato and fried onion filling, served with sour cream on the side and topped with crispy fried onions; and (for breakfast dessert) one Poppyseed[2] Hamentasche[3]; and to drink, with the main meal, Kompot (which they have described on their menu-blackboard as "A traditional drink in Central & Eastern Europe, especially Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia, & Bosnia [where it has been a tradition since Ottoman times]. It is a light, refreshing drink, most often made of dried or fresh fruit [raisins, prunes, apricots, etc.] boiled in water w/ sugar & left to cool & infuse."), and with the breakfast dessert, a cuppa The Republic of Tea® British (English) Breakfast

I started my Richmond (District) Coffeehouses Series exactly a year ago today (see first 'series-entry from July 26th, 2015). How do I know that? Because I started it mainly as an easy way to get something to eat while the San Francisco Marathon was in town, which basically cuts the city in half and makes it nearly impossible to get anywhere crosstown early in the morning. Well, the marathon-circus was back in town again this morning, so I decided to keep it local once more and just headed back to Cinderella Russian Bakery & Café 
(see previous 'blog-entry from March 10th, 2012). I originally had planned to hit up this place back on July 4th, but due to a stupid, useless parklet (see mini-rant below) that is now ensconced in front of the joint, I gave them a boycottlet. Luckily, I like this place and wanted to try to finish up the series, anyway. I think there is just one coffeehouse left to get to in the Richmond District; I will probably finish up with that sometime in the next few weekends.

Cinderella Russian Bakery & Café is just your standard-sized bakery. Half of the front room is taken up by the front-counter display cases. That leaves seating inside for just two tables for two and two window-counter seats. Weather permitting (and it was just barely permitting this morning), there are also seven tables for two outside on the sidewalk; and, additionally...

stupid, useless parklets mini-rant

There is yet still another one of those obnoxious parking obstructions in front of the café that has seating for several more people. At least this stupid vehicular hindrance is just a one-car jobber. So, do you think that I like all these stupid, useless parklets? I will answer that po-rooski: "In the window!"[4]

(mini-rant over... for now)

There were really several other ideas that I could have gone with to make a вкусный завтрак: Piroshki with cabbage; Mushroom and Clear Noodles Siberian-style Pie (Pirog); Cheese Vareniki (Russian style dumplings with baker's cheese filling, served with sour cream or raspberry jam on the side); Cherry Vareniki (Russian style dumplings with sour cherries inside, served in a rich cherry syrup and sour cream on the side); Blinchiki with Mushrooms (blinchiki with mushroom and onion filling, served with sour cream on the side); and Syrniki (sweet cheese fritters with sour cream & jam; I have no idea what those might be, but I might need to get back to check it out). There were also several other savoury and sweet baked goods/pastries in the front-counter display cases.

Also to drink, Pete[5], there was their own homemade (bakery-made, whatever) Kvas (Kвас). This is described on their menu-blackboard as: "A Russian fermented beverage similar to Beer, low in alcohol (0.05%-1.44%). Made from rye or barley. It is made by steeping, boiling, & fermenting rather than distilling." I have had several different versions of bottled/manufactured Kvas that are sold in the rooskie bodegas in my neighborhood, but never fresh-made stuff. This might also need drinking into.

See, this meal included eggs and potatoes just like any typical breakfastary repast would. 

I started with the slice of pirog and had finished it by the time the vareniki had been prepared and brought out. The pirog was okay, but I really enjoyed the vareniki; plus, the onion crispies really added a nice crunch and flavour.

I wanted to make sure to try something from their fresh-baked pastries, so the poppyseed hamentashe was a nice semi-sweet way to end the meal.

Surprisingly, Cinderella Russian Bakery & Café 
had a decent selection of condimentary supplements: Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original), Tapatio® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce, and Huy Fong Foods, Inc. Sriracha HOT Chili Sauce. Because this was just a bakery-place, I was not planning on getting any dishes that would need any hot sauces added and did not bother bringing any of my own hot sauces with me once again. I did end up using some of the Cholula® on the pirog.

Not all of us can be "brave bakers", but some of us can sing in a "bold choir", at least...[6]

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Cabbage w/ Butter & Eggs Siberian-style Pie (Pirog) ~ 6.3;
Potato Vareniki ~ 6.6; 
Poppyseed Hamentasche ~ 6.4;
Kompot ~ 6.8


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, первая часть:

Po-rooski, "Cinderella" is called "Золушка". This comes from the rooskoe word "зола", meaning "cinder or ash". Simples, nu?!

That reminds me of a silly rooskij saying/rhyming greeting (provided at no additional charge as stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, первая часть-б):

Как дела? 
(transliteration/pronunciation: Kak della?)
Как сажа белa. 
(transliteration/pronunciation: Kak sazha bella.)

The first sentence reads: "How are things?"
The second sentence reads: "As white as soot." (or "As black is white.")

This would be said facetiously if you are having a bad day.

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, часть вторая:

Po-rooski, "poppyseed" is "мак" (well, technically the word is used for both the flower itself and the edible seeds), transliterated and pronounced as "mak". (See? Sometimes this Saint Cyril alphabet ain't so hard to understand.)

I had to ask the pretty блондинка counter-lady how to say "poppyseed". That was not a common word that would ever have been taught back at Институт Иностранных Языков in Montereyski.

3. Что?

I have really only seen this word in the plural form of the German word "Hamentaschen". I am going with the singular as "Hamentasche" because I said so.

4. Look it up, yerd*mnself!

5. Yeah, sorry, that is another stupid, useless cunning linguist pun that you would have to know Rooskij to get.

6. More stupid, useless cunning linguist puns that would only make sense to stupid, useless cunning MA linguists that also went to DLI.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ro Cafe

Breakfast on Geary (redux), Part 28C

(No official web-site.)

Place: Ro Cafe
Location: 2739 Geary Boulevard 
(between Masonic Avenue and Wood Street); phonicular contact: (415) 340-9765
Hours: open at 7:00am every day
Meal: Fried Egg & Avocado ~ on toasted bread; and a cuppa (which is really a demitassa) Kurdish/Greek Coffee[1]

(As stated previously in my first visit to Ro Cafe, in Kurdish, the word "Ro" means "river". [I have no idea what the "Cafe" part might mean, though.])

Like most 'mericans, I know little to nothing of the ethnic group known as the Kurds or the Kurdish language(s).[2] (I just know that historically they have had no homeland, much like Armenians and Esperantans...[3]) However, since my last visit to Ro Cafe (see last 'blog-entry from February 6th, 2016), Google Translate is finally offering an English-Kurdish (Kurmanji) option.[4] So, in preparation for this morning's breakfastary visit, I learned two Kurdish phrases (which I seemed to pronounce close enough to not insult the owner[?]/counter-lady person): "Beyanî baş!" ("Good morning!", pronounced something like "Bay-ahnnie bash!" ~ or close enough without any aural assistance from Google Translate) and "Spas dikim." ("Thank you.", pronounced something like "Spass deekeem." ~ again, close enough without any aural assistance from Google Translate).

The owner(?)/counter-lady person informed me that they have changed their menu somewhat since my last visit there. They no longer offer their awesome Tzatziki Sandwich (well, which they used to officially call Morning Fresh), which I just had on my prior visit there. This is too bad, as that was a really good sandwich for breakfast (or any time). Also no longer on the menu is Sthara (jam, cream cheese, baby spinach, Mozzarella... "jam, cream cheese, and spinach"?), which I was really looking forward to trying this morning. Bummer. 

They do now offer a few new ideas, though: Veggie Omelette (Feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, olives, & toasted bread with butter and jam) and Kurdish Pancake (which I am also interested in trying to see how these might be prepared with a distinctive Middle Eastern-twist). 

I thought it funny that they have this drink named as "Kurdish/Greek Coffee" instead of the more familiar "Turkish Coffee", but I think that all might stem from the animosity of the Kurdish people towards the Turks. This came with a shot glass of water (which, at first, I thought might have been a shot of some kinda Kurdish equivalent of Ouzo, Raki, or Tsipouro, but thought that would be very strange for breakfast... not that I wouldn't have drank it, anyhow) and a piece of lokum/Turkish delight (or whatever is the Kurdish equivalent to keep it from seeming too Turkish). I ended up eating the lokum before the sandwich was brought out.

Now this was a pretty simple and basic sandwich, but I liked it still. It was a simply and basically made sandwich with a fried egg on top of (lots of) sliced avocado, with fresh cracked pepper in it. I can only think that this would have been even better with some of their special Ro sauce (which I had on my first visit there and knew to be very tasty).

For condimentary supplementation, Ro Cafe has at least Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce), which I used on only one half of the sandwich. I purposely did not bring any of my own hot sauces with me this morning because I was fully planning on ordering the Sthara and really didn't think that "jam, cream cheese, baby spinach, Mozzarella" would go very well with any hot sauce (even with my strange tastes).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Fried Egg & Avocado ~ 6.3;
Kurdish/Greek Coffee ~ 7.0


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, jimara yek:

The Kurdish word for "Coffee" is "Qehwe" (sorry, I have no idea on the actual pronunciation of this word as Google Translate doesn't have an aural pronunciation for this language yet; I can only assume it is pronounced something close to "Coffee" as this word is the same word in many languages the World over).

2. If you are interested in a short history of the Kurds, you can thank the friendly folks at WikipediA:

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, Միավորների քան-երկու/numero du:

The word for "Coffee" in Armenian is "Սուրճ " (transliterated as "Surch" and pronounced something like "Soork") and in Esperanto it is "Kafo" (but I have no idea how that might be transliterated or pronounced).

4. Bing Translator still does not offer any English-Kurdish; however, they do have two (cha') Klingon options. Seriously.

Stupid, useless cunning linguist/Trekkist-nerdist pointer of the day, ml' wej:

Oh, by the way, the Klingon word for "Coffee" is "Qa'vln".

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Le Marais Bakery 

Place: Le Marais[1] Bakery
Location: 2066 Chestnut Street (between Mallorca Way and Pierce Street)
Hours: Monday - Sunday open at 7:00am; however, la cuisine doesn't open for le petit déjeuner until 8:00am (or five minutes or so later)
Meal: Cr'q Forestier ~ mushrooms[2], Gruyère, salade; for a breakfastary dessert, a Kouign-Amann[3] (which had just piqued[4] my interest at last Sunday's breakfast destination); and a cuppa (and one refilla) Stumptown Coffee Roasters Holler Mountain

(I am continuing yesterday's EweToobular non-juxtaselections with some more Lucinda Williams songs because I can.

If youse got a problem wiff that, start yer own 'd*mn 'blog-thing!)

I had passed Le Marais Bakery last weekend when I was heading to La PanotiQ Bakery Café. I have been meaning to check them out ("out which to check them"?), too. It's nice to see two decent French bakeries battling it out in the Marina (and just two blocks apart on the same side of the street). Le Marais Bakery is a littler older and has been open for just over three years now (end of June 2013). They currently have two locations (this one and another nearby shop in Ghirardelli Square) and are opening another in the Castro very soon. The restaurant/bistro area is small-to-medium-sized (but with very high ceilings to give the place an open-aired feel to it almost) and has seating of thirteen tables for two and two large bench-style tables for six-to-eight people; additionally, there are six small, round tables for two people each located on the sidewalk outside (because an inside sidewalk makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever, even for a French bakery/bistro).

(This painting of persimmons[5] was above my table this morning.)

Quelques autres idées pour le petit déjeuner: Breakfast Board (you get to choose five different items [I suppose you can choose five of all the same item, but that would be pretty boring] from a long list of pastries/croissants, eggs, yoghurt, and fruits and such; if I get back there again [one of these days/years], I will probably go for this choice); Quiche (they offer both vegetarian or ham versions; this comes with a side of petite salade, aussi); Avocado Toast (sunny-side egg, crème fraîche [which I was very glad to see spelled la manière française correcte; you'd be surprised how many so-called "Frenchy" places do not bother to use the actual diacritics]; I see this dish more and more often on menus); or even Shakshouka (eggs poached in tomato stew; I have had versions of this Middle Eastern dish at a few other restaurants).

My breakfast sandwich was off the "Sur Le Pouce" section of their menu. "Sur Le Pouce" (which literally translates as "on the thumb") basically means "On-the-Go". "Croque" means "crunch" and comes from the French verb "crouquer" meaning "to eat noisily". (I am throwing in those two stupid, useless cunning linguist pointers sans frais supplémentaires.)

My sandwich this morning was really chock-fulla (sautéed/grillé) mushrooms (definitely not for any of you fungiphobes out there) and about as cheesy as you could expect (definitely not for any of you lactophobes, either). I have always wanted to try a "Croque"-style sandwich, but most of the offerings that I have ever seen are made with dead, decaying animal flesh (usually of the porky variety) of some sort. If I had ever ordered this sandwich sans les morts chair animale en décomposition, I suppose that would just be like a French version of "un lapin gallois"[6]

The "petite salade" was really very simple and nothing special. It was your typical mesclun with some cherry (grape?) tomatoes, and it had the lightest (if any) of dressing on it. Even so, it went well with the heavier sandwich and I finished it all off.

I am glad I got a chance to try the Kouign-Amman. I liked it. It was a sweetened square of puff-pastry dealie.

I didn't bother to see what (if any) condimentary supplementation they may have had to offer. I figured it being a French bakery kinda place and all, I wouldn't need any of my own bottles of hot sauce. If I ever get back there again, I might bring some with me just in case I decide to go with any kind of eggy-dish or potatoes side.

Now which of these new French bakery places located in the Marina did I like better? I did really like the fingerling potatoes side last weekend; however, these two places offer different breakfast fares, and both places offer very good Coffee choices. So, it's really a coin-toss (or is that "un €-jet"?). 

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Cr'q Forestier ~ 6.7;
Kouign-Amman ~ 6.4;
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Holler Mountain ~ 7.2


1. Le stupide, inutile cunning linguist pointer of the day, première partie:

"Le marais" means either "the swamp" or "the marsh" in French. I like the former translation better for the upscaley Marina neighborhood. 

(Or for you Red Sox fans out there, "le marais" can also be translated as "fen". [Just how much does a fen weigh, anyway?!])

I don't think that this "swamp" (or "marsh") is in reference to the Marina District being built on swampland/landfill. Apparently, Le Marais is an historic neighborhood in Paris (the one in France, not Texas).

2. Le stupide, inutile cunning linguist pointer of the day, deuxième partie:

The word for "mushroom" in French is "(le) champignon".


4. Le stupide, inutile cunning linguist pointer of the day, numéro trois:

Sorry, I could not locate the specific French word for "piqued".

5. Le stupide, inutile cunning linguist pointer of the day, numéro quatre:

The French word for "persimmon" is "(le) plaqueminier".

6. I will let you do your own translation of that phrase to get the stupid, useless cunning linguistic pun.

I also noticed that on the weekends pour "Le Brunch", they even offer an Australian grilled/baked sandwich version made with kangaroo meat that is called a Croque-Dundee*...

*(I am truly sorry for that horrible last joke there, but if I didn't include it here, I am sure that either my brother Nick or old Air Force buddy Karl Brandt would have done so on my defacedbook Timeline-thing.)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gallardo's ~ Mexican Restaurant

(No hay ninguna página web oficial. 
[They used to have one, but it no longer seems to be in effect.])

Place: Gallardo's ~ Mexican Restaurant
Location: 3248 18th Street 
(on the corner of Shotwell Street)
Hours: open every day of the week at 7:00am
Meal: Papas con huevo ~ scrambled eggs w/ potato, onion, tomato, & bell peppers, served w/ rice, beans, & tortillas; and a large glassa Jugo Mixto (1/2-orange juice and 1/2-carrot juice ~ a San Francisco Giants fan favourite)

(I have no EweToobular juxtaselectionary ratiocination for including these Lucinda Williams[1] songs today. I just feel that she thoroughly inspires an overwhelming feeling of reverence and admiration[2]. I particularly like her live rendition of the first song where she completely muffs it at the start and has the good humour to laugh at herself.)

I was planning on finally heading back to Fattoush (see previous 'blog-entry from June 28th, 2014) this weekend. Now here is where it pays to plan ahead sometimes, kids. I checked out their web-site last night to make sure when they opened in the morning and saw that they had closed recently (well, a quick Intro-Net search shows probably as far back as mid-November): "Due to smoke damage from an unfortunate event, Fattoush will be closed until further notice." ("Unfortunate event"? If it was from a fire, why not just state such?) Too bad, too, as I was looking forward to ordering the Corn Flake Crusted French Toast

¿Cómo se dice "back-up plan" en español? 

So, instead, I just went back to Gallardo's ~ Mexican Restaurant (see last 'blog-entry from March 15th, 2015) where I knew I would get another desayuno muy sabroso.

There are still otras buenas ideas para desayuno: Huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs w/ onion, tomato, & bell pepper); Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs on a tortilla topped w/ salsa ranchera & Monterey Jack cheese); Torta de huevo (scrambled eggs w/ onion, tomato, & bell pepper cooked in a crepe style); or Nopales Omelette (filled w/ melted cheese, onion, tomato, bell pepper, & cactus [that would be the nopales]). And, possibly one of these days, when I am in a more (or very) adventurous mood: Banana Omelette (I kid you not); they have this listed as "filled w/ melted cheese & banana[3]".

(This photo does not do the orange neon colour any justice. It was truly cornea-burning; I almost had to put on my sunglasses.)

I knew that I was going to like this meal a lot right from the start. Whenever potatoes are the central figure in a breakfastary option, I know that it will be a good choice for me in earnest, Papa Hemingway. This was made with huge chunks of potatoes, tomatoes, and white onions (and that is all a good thing, unless your name happens to be Greg Kipe or you are a Golden 
Retriever). This really didn't need any extra espiciness, but I probably shoulda asked to have one jalapeño or serrano chilli added to the scrambled mess.

There were three (3, tres) warm, fresh, homemade (restaurant-made, whatever) corn tortillas provided this morning. It all made for a good amount of food with the rest of the meal, but I made sure to force myself to finish all three with the meal, anyway.

I have no idea what Gallardo's ~ Mexican Restaurant may have had to offer in the way of pre-bottled hot sauces (none were asked for and none were needed), because they have their own very good salsa fresca in jars on all the tables. I used up almost half of the jar that was on my table by adding some (well, a lot) to the frijoles refritos, rice, and scrambled pile.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Papas con huevo ~ 6.6


1. If you have never seen Lucinda Williams perform live, I suggest that you do so if you ever get the chance.

2. I had originally typed that as "She's totally awesome!" However, in an effort to be less vernacular, Misters Howard, Fine, and Howard, I rewrote that sentence. I am also happy to note that no doibies were dropped during the rewrite.

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-botanical pointer of the day:

In Spanish, the word for both "banana" and "plantain" is "plátano". So, I am not sure which of those berries they use to make this omelette. (What have I said before about bananas botanically being berries? ["Bananas botanically being berries"? Try saying that ten times fast.]) This may have just been some kinda translational error on the menu... or, at least, I hope so. 

I have no idea what that might taste like. I suppose if they actually use fried plantains and not sweet bananas, it might not be half-bad (which, of course, means it's only half-good).

Sunday, July 17, 2016

la PanotiQ Bakery Café

"Say, was you ever bit by a dead bee?" ~ Eddie the Rummy (Walter Brennan), 
"To Have and Have Not"

(This quote has no bearing what-so-ever on the contents of today's breakfast. I just thought of it yesterday while doing the whole "honey" juxtaselections with that restaurant.)

Place: la PanotiQ[1] Bakery Café
Location: 2234 Chestnut Street (between Pierce and Avila Streets)
Hours: open every day of the week at 8:00am
Meal: Cretan Vegetable Tart, served with a small side salad; a side of Roasted (fingerling[2]) Potatoes; for a breakfastary dessert, Apple Tarte (Tartlette) Tatin[3]; and a cuppa (and one refilla) Bicycle Coffee co Medium Roast Guatemala

(Happy 70th Birthday to Miss Linda Ronstadt! 
[Well, it was actually on Friday, but I missed it.]

She is neither French nor a baker, she just had such a great voice.)

I have been meaning to check out this "new" French-inspired bakery café mini-chain for a while now. They have only been open for about two years (?) locally now and the location in San Francisco's Marina District (which was my destination of choice this morning) has only been open since December 2014. I was reminded of this last week when I had mi desayuno over in Noe Valley and saw that there is a brand-new location getting ready to open on 24th Street, too. (The front-counter guy that took my order this morning told me that they were supposed to be opening either this week or next week. However, from what I saw last week, I don't think they'll be opening before August at earliest.)

Chestnut Street is the perfect location for a nice, new, neighborhoody French bakery. (I bet they will be trying to open up another location on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame some day. I always call that street "Chestnut Street South".) This café is small-to-medium sized and has six tables for two to four persons inside and two sidewalk tables outside that look like they could seat two to three people comfortably... and a large dog or two (it's a well-known fact that if you live in the Marina, you must own either a Labrador Retriever ~ Yellow, Black, or, more commonly, Chocolate ~ or a Golden Retriever, which is what I saw waiting patiently outside while his human bought some pastries).

There aren't that many breakfast (which they unfortunately list as "Brunch" Options on their menu, but they open up plenty early enough for me to forgive that moniker) items from which to choose. However, there are still many great ideas from under their Sarriette (Savoury) section of the menu and from their baked goods/pastries (both savoury and sweet choices). A few other decent choices for stupid vegetarians (even if they are not from Greece or Crete): Mushroom Flan; Risotto Al Formaggio (I think I went to DLI with him); Ratatouille; or Polenta. There were several savoury pastries displayed in the counter-case and I could have made a nice meal out of any combination of these: Mushroom Tart; Vegetable Puff Pastry (they didn't comment as to the IQ of this dish); Onion Tart; or Emmental Bechamel Pastry. Additionally, there were many sweet pastries, too, a few of which that caught my eye this morning were: Apple, Raspberry, & Morello Crumble Tart; Bourdalouse Pear Tart; and something called Kouign-Amann[4] that I might need to check out next time that I visit them.

I think a more PC-term for this tart should be "Mentally-challenged Vegetable Tart", but the stupid vegetables included in it appeared to be red and yellow bell peppers, olives (but these were just the plain ol' black, pitted ones that come from a can; now this was very strange, as the side salad had a few Kalamata olives in it, which would have made for a much better option in the idiotic tart), zucchini, and white onions (there may have been one or two other foolish vegetables in it, but those were the only ones that I could specifically discern). The tart was made with an egg-base and some kinda cheese in it, too (I didn't ask, but I figure it was some sort of white, melty cheese... like Fontina or Emmental, perhaps, Mr. Wensleydale?).

I didn't even mind the side of silly rabbit food (the addition of the above-mentioned Kalamata olives was a big plus) for a change.

As is usual with me, the great find here was their version of roasted potatoes. These turned out to be made with fingerling potatoes and were really very good. (Just my luck, they were probably roasted in some kinda goose-fat or such.) The fingerling potatoes just made for a nice, creamy breakfast potato dish.

(Yeah, so, I took a bite outta this before my meal came. What's it to ya, big-nose?!)

Needless to say (but I am saying it anyway), the Apple Tarte (Tartlette) Tatin was very tasty. 

Whenever I am in the Marina, I would normally stop by Peet's Coffee & Tea® on Chestnut Street for a cuppa whatever is their special of the month or week, but I knew that la PanotiQ Bakery Café served 
Bicycle Coffee co exclusively as their house Coffee, so I waited until I had breakfast to get me a cuppa. Apparently, they rotate between a Light, Medium, or Dark roast as the standard drip version they serve.

As I knew that this joint was basically a bakery, I didn't bother to ask what they may have had to offer in the way of any condimentary supplements. I just used some (well, a good amount) of my own Pope's Whiskey River Hot Sauce (Thanks, Amy and Chef Joe!) on the potatoes and some (just a few drops really) Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion & Jalapeno[ sic ] Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on the crazy vegetable thing.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Cretan Vegetable Tart ~ 6.7;
Roasted (fingerling) Potatoes ~ 7.3;
Apple Tarte (Tartlette) Tatin ~ 6.8


1. I could not locate an actual corresponding word in French for either "panotiq" or "panotique". This may be just a completely made-uppery word that this bakery/café/restaurant mini-chain has come up with ("up with which they have come"?).


3. If they are trying to maintain an air of Frenchiness about them, I don't know why they don't call this 
"Tarte (Tartlette) Tatin Pommes".


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery

"'Well,' said Pooh, 'what I like best,' and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called." ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Place: Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery
Location: 599 Post Street (on the corner of Taylor Street)
Hours: open Monday - Sunday at 7:30am
Meal: Baklava[1] (Dessert Crepe) ~ cinnamon, walnut, and white syrup; a side of potatoes; and a cuppa Coffee (I didn't ask which brand or roast, but the last time I ate there they had America's Best Coffee Roasting Company, and I just assume it was still the same)

(I know you are trying to figure out just what the heck the EweToobular juxtaselection is here. 


The song segues into "Who Do you Love?" with a Bo Diddley beat, and everyone knows that Ellas Otha Bates/Ellas McDaniel/Bo Diddley's real last name was "Honey". 

If you didn't know that, you didn't know squat!)

Sometimes you just need a good crêpe (or "crepe" for those of you that are circumflex-challenged 
[in-circumflex-ible?]) for breakfast, whether it be a sweet or savoury crêpe, too. Because of which, I decided to head back to Honey Honey ~ Cafe & Crepery 
(see previous 'blog-entry from March 19th, 2016).

I had arrived there at about 7:15am and there were only two people ahead of me waiting patiently in line for them to open up. By the time they did open at 7:30am, there were probably another ten to twelve people behind me, and by 8:00am, the line to order was from the counter to the door, and they were basically full then.

There are still many more good ideas from which to choose at this place:

(off the Savory Crepes section of the menu) 
Torino (Feta cheese, fresh basil, tomato, mushroom);
Eggplant (Cheddar, tomato, garlic, fresh basil, sundried tomato, eggplant [Oh, now I get the name of this crêpe!]); 
Florentine (Cheddar, spinach, cottage cheese, onion); 
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; of course, I would have ordered this without any of the putrefied porky-stuff); 
Milano (Mozzarella, tomato, garlic, and fresh basil); 
Athens (Feta, spinach, and olives; this will probably be my first choice whenever I get back there again and feel like ordering an omelette).

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

Before and after breakfast, while walking around the neighborhood, I heard a few of the Wild Parrots of San Francisco, but didn't see any of them flying around. As best as I can figure, there must be a local, small roost in the Post-Geary-Taylor area.

Wha'?! A Dessert Crepe for breakfast?! Well, it worked pretty well for me. This was chock full o' (wal)nuts and cinnamon. The "white syrup" stuff was probably some kinda simple sugar syrup. They offer this with a choice of either Ice Cream or whipped cream for a topping. I went with whipped cream, because I figured Ice Cream for breakfast might be a little silly and overkill.

And to contrapose the sweetness of this crêpe, the potatoes were an excellent savoury choice. These really are great potatoes for breakfast. They are perfectly seasoned/spiced and burnt/crispy just like I like 'em!

For condimentary supplementation, Honey Honey 
~ Cafe & Crepery has 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. I used some of my own Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on half of the pile o' potatoes and some Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on the other half of the pile.

I really did like this sweet crêpe for a breakfastary change-of-pace. Now if they could ever come up with a Kαταΐφι crêpe...

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Baklava (Dessert Crepe) ~ 6.8;
(really awesome) potatoes ~ 7.4;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. For any of you truly ambitious cooks out there:

(Yeah, there is absolutely no way in H-E-Double-Hockeysticks that I would ever attempt making that dish.)