Sunday, October 30, 2016

L's Caffé(è)

Watson a gñämê?

Place: L's Caffé(è)
Location: 2871 24th Street (between Bryant and Florida Streets)
Hours: open Monday - Friday 6:30am, Saturday - Sunday 8:00am
Meal: Molletes[1] ~ French baguette open face, spreaded [ sic ] with butter & refried beans topped with Swiss cheese, oven toasted, served with freshly made pico de gallo salsa; two over-medium eggs; a cuppa Mexican Café (or is that supposed to be "Cafè"?) Mocha (with whipped cream topping option, of course); and for a breakfastary dessert afterward at dynamo donut + coffee (or "coffeè"?) one Pumpkin Pie and one Molasses Guinness®

(I know that I have posted both of these songs [maybe just different versions/videos] previously in the past [because "previously in the future" makes no sense... even to Marty McFly], but I don't care. It's Sir George Ivan [and Candy Dulfer, man] and it's All-Hallows' Eve Eve.)

Even though they mispél (well, mîś-åçčèñt) their name[2], I like L's Caffé(è) (see previous 'blog-entry from Sunday, May 4th, 2014) and went back for a sécond visit. 

While they really don't have an awful lot of items from which to choose for breakfast (and this goes for both stupid vegetarians and those that partake of the dead, decaying animal flesh alike), this is another friendly little coffeehouse-joint that always deserves a return visit. As for some other breakfast idea there is always: Garden Benedicts (2 poach [ sic ] eggs, baby spinach, avocado & Canadian bacon layered over a toasted English muffin, topped with a citrusy Hollandaise sauce, served with red potatoes and fruit salad; substitute Canadian bacon for fresh lox); Belgian Waffle (7-inch round waffle topped with fresh bananas, apples, strawberries, and whipped cream); or an assortment of bagels (plain, everything, jalapeño, onion, whole wheat, Asiago cheese, poppy seed, sesame, garlic, potato-peppercorn, gourmet Pizza, gourmet pesto) that can be topped with everything from flavoured cream cheeses (sun-dried tomato, chipotle, or strawberry), hummus, lox, "veggies" (Spring mix, tomato, onion, sprouts, cucumbers, & black olives), and even a Vegan cream cheese (made from tofu).

I really had no idea (or point of comparison) what to expect from this dish. The molletes (pronounced: 
"mo-yets") were very simple, but simply very good. (Simplicity is not a bad thing when it is simply done well.) I suppose these can be described as la versión mexicana of bruschetta. Their homemade (coffehouse-made, whatever) pico de gallo was very good, too. Their choice of Swiss cheese seemed a bit incongruous to me; I would have thought that a good queso mexicano or Monterey Jack would have been a better/more authentic choice. These were a bit unwieldy at first and I ended up doing the p.o.s.h. Britishlander thing and eating them with a knife-and-fork initially. When there was less than half of the bread slices left, I did pick them up and eat them by hand like a typical 'merican heathen. I had also thought about sliding one each of the over-medium eggs on top of each half-slice of the baguette, but that might have been even messier, Captain Mark.

"What have we got going on here?!"

For condimentary supplements, L's Caffé(è) only had Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce for use. I just used some of my own Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on top of one egg and some Dragon Breath Garlic Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on top of the other egg. When the counter lady/server-person lady brought out my food, she noticed that I had my own little supply of hot sauces lined up to use and exclaimed the above sub-titular statement. She noted that she was also a hot sauce-fan and tried a couple of mine. She also noticed the Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce pin on my backpack, and I especially made sure to extol the virtues of that great local hot sauce.

I liked both of my doughnuts, but probably should have only ordered just one. However, when I saw that they had a seasonal Pumpkin Pie choice and that the Molasses Guinness® doughnuts were available again this morning, I knew that I had to go with both. I can always skip lunch later in the day. The Molasses Guinness® doughnuts always seem to be "Sold-Out" if I get there too late in the morning (I am pretty sure that I have had them before, but only once or twice). I ate both of them outside in dynamo donut + coffee's backyard patio area because I could; of course, I was the only idiot to do so ~ you can't really see it from the above photo, but it was raining pretty hard this morning. I was sitting under one of the large umbrellas and the table and my seat had remained (relatively) dry (the other three seats at the table were pretty wet, though).

And, thankfully, once again, no stupid parklets were anywhere to be seen in this neighborhood...

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Molletes ~ 6.3;
Mexican Café Mocha ~ 6.5;
assorted doughnuts ~ 7.0


1. ¿Qué?

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist (and a bit Nazi grammarian) pointer of the day:

I have stated this numerous times already. The Italiano word for both "Coffee" and "coffeehouse" is correctly spelled (accented) as "Caffè" (con l'accento grave). The Frenchy word for both "Coffee" and "coffeehouse" is correctly spelled (accented) as "Café" (avec l'accent aigu). For some reason, many 'merican restaurants mix-up the two accents.

Now, I am not putting 100% blame on L's Caffé(è) for the mispelink of their own name; they are a Mexican-owned restaurant. (I do not know if there is a corresponding acento grave en español; I do know they have el acento agudo.) I have seen many actual Italiano-owned places in the States that have also incorrectly used an "é" instead of an "è". Go figgér!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

STRAW ~ Carnival Fare

"Welcome back, my friends, to the 'Brunch' that never ends..."

Place: STRAW ~ Carnival Fare
Location: 203 Octavia Boulevard (near the corner of Page Street)
Hours: "Brunch" is featured under the Big Top Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am
Meal: Huevos Rancheros ~ two fried eggs, chili-tomato ranchero sauce, refried beans, flour tortillas with melted Cheddar & Jack cheeses, cilantro-avocado mousse, and home fries; a glassa Strawberry-Basil Lemonade; and, beforehand, a cuppa Ritual Coffee ~ Kochere-Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

(Just be glad that I didn't feel like linking the entire 29:37 version of the first song.)

Seeing as it has been well over a year since I last checked out STRAW ~ Carnival Fare (see last 
'blog-entry from Saturday, July 11th, 2015), I figured a return engagement was in order. Other than opening kinda late-ish for my tastes (and for what they call "Brunch"), I really like this place.

There really isn't a lot of stuff on their menu for stupid vegetarians and I think that I have now had all the breakfastary ("Brunch-ary", whatever) dishes that I can have there. I suppose that I can always re-try some of the dishes that I have had in the past (some of these stretch back to over five years ago, anyway). Otherwise, they do have two salads on the "Brunch" menu that sound pretty good if you are in the mood for that sorta thing: Kale Caesar (dino kale, shaved Parmesan, garlic croutons, house Caesar; I would have to make sure that their version of Caesar dressing does not include any small, dead, decaying piscine junk) or 
Beet (roasted beets, mixed greens, goat cheese crumbles, candied walnuts, honey Dijon vinaigrette, garlic crostini; if you lay [or place] a poached egg on toppa this one that might just be perfect).

It seems that they no longer offer either Spinach Benedict or Spinach Omelette like they used to. They are always tweaking/changing the menu. Of course, by the next time I visit (probably sometime in 2017?), they may be offering these once again.

This is exactly how I like my Huevos Rancheros: with a fried egg on top of two corn tortillas that have frijoles refritos and cheese between them and it is all smothered in a nice ranchero salsa... and their version of salsa ranchera was muy buena ~ I would rate it a 7.5 on the Glen Bacon Scale on its own merits (but there really isn't much "merit" in eating just ranchero salsa for desayuno now is there?). The avocado mousse thing was pretty tasty, too.

The Strawberry-Basil Lemonade was a bit too sweet for me at first this morning; so as soon as I had room in the (Mason jar) glass, I cut it with some water and kept doing so until I got it to where I liked it (it was probably a 50-50 mixture by then). There was an entire basil leaf floating on top of the glass/jar and I made sure to mull it up good, Martin.

STRAW ~ Carnival Fare only has Crystal® 
Louisiana's Pure Hot Sauce on the tables for condimentary supplementation. I used some of my own Hot Links Serrano Hot Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the potatoes. No way was I going to mess with their excellent ranchero salsa in any way.

Just as a point of contention, I made sure to enjoy some of my Coffee in front of the coffeehouse that had sponsored the stupid (3-car length) parklet (which is also half-way in front of the restaurant) while waiting for STRAW ~ Carnival Fare to open for the morning.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Huevos Rancheros ~ 7.0;
Strawberry-Basil Lemonade ~ 6.9 (once I had adjusted the sweetness level);
Ritual Coffee ~ Kochere-Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia ~ 6.6

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Caffé/Caffè/Café DeLucchi

Place: Caffé/Caffè/Café DeLucchi
Location: 500 Corso Cristòforo Colombo (on the corner of Stockton Street)
Hours: open Monday through Friday at 10:00am, (but luckily) Saturday and Sunday at 8:00am
Meal: polenta gorgonzola (like many restaurants 
now-a-days, they have this thing for showing all their dishes in the minuscule) ~ warm soft polenta[1] topped with melted Gorgonzola, clover honey[2], thick cut applewood smoked bacon (donna you worry, Giusepp', I mada sure to ottantasei thata porco stuffa), and poached eggs; a side of artichoke[3] hash; a glassa grapefruit[4] juice; and afterward, for breakfastary dessert, un doppio Espresso e un (raspberry[5]) bombolone at Caffe Trieste

(Not that I ever need a reason to link Sir George Ivan's songs here, but if you absolutely must have a EweToobular juxtaselection, George Ivan often mentions "[backstreet] jelly-roll" in many of his songs, so this morning's bombolone will have to suffice.)

I went back to Caffé/Caffè/Café DeLucchi (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, March 8th, 2015) for a long overdue return visit. This place never amazes to cease me... wait... strike that... but you mean what I know. Also, this place is great any time of the day even if you aren't in the mood for a breakfastary meal.

I decided to sit inside again this morning. Their sidewalk café (o caffè) seating area looked inviting (and I gave it a thought or two), but it was a bit chilly yet this morning and that area was still in the shade/shadows at 8:00am.

Here are some other intersting ideas (just to name a few) for which I will be making future visits: elvis in north beach (housemade [caffè-made, whatever] peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon [No grazie, Signor Presley!], fig jam, and bananas on a toasted ciabatta roll with house potatoes; one-of-these-days, I will have to order this); polenta funghi (polenta, melted Fontina, braised kale, mushroom medley, & poached eggs; Kale AND polenta? Oh, yeah, this is another must-try for me for the future); or mediterranean scramble (two eggs, Feta, Kalamata olives, roasted red bell peppers, red onion, spinach, artichoke, capers with potatoes & toast).

I just wish that I knew how to say "Magnifico!" or "Favoloso!" in Italiano. Polenta ~ good; (drizzled with) honey ~ very good; creamy Gorgonzola throughout ~ very, very, very good! Now, I know what you are thinking: "Honey AND stinky, moldy Italiano cheese, Brian?" Trust me, this all worked very well together. The only thing that I can see making this even better might be the addition of pears (either grilled/sautéed, roasted, or even just fresh sliced).

I already knew that I loved their excellent artichoke hash from my first breakfastary visit there three years ago and made sure to get a side of it this morning. At first, I thought it might be too much food, but it turned out to be the perfect amount for my appetite.

As condimentary supplements, Caffé/Caffè/Café DeLucchi has both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (three ways: Original Red Sauce, Green Jalapeño Sauce, and Chipotle Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I used some of my own 
Pope's Whiskey River Hot Sauce (Thanks, Amy and Chef Joe!) on the hash and some Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion & Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy![6]) on top of both of the poached eggs.

Lately, whenever I have mia prima colazione in North Beach, I make a point of it to stop by Caffe Trieste for a breakfastary dessert (or just a Coffee, appetite-depending). Not only is it a local favourite hangout coffeehouse, they really do have excellent (roasted right next door) Coffee there, too. This morning I even found a legal parking spot right across the street from it.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

I only saw one pair of Wild Parrots[7] flying overhead of Columbus Street this morning. Normally I will see several of the chattering feather-heads, as this is one of their major roosting areas.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
polenta gorgonzola ~ 7.3;
artichoke hash ~ 7.5;
Caffe Trieste doppio Espresso ~ 7.0;
raspberry bombolone ~ 6.5;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero uno/numerus unus:

"Polenta" comes from Italiano, originally from Latin, meaning "hulled and crushed grain (originally barley)". It is akin to the word "pollen", meaning "fine flour".

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero due:

The Italiano word for "honey" is "miele".

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero tre:

The Italiano word for "artichoke" is "carciofo".

4. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero quattro:

The Italiano word for "grapefruit" is "pompelmo".

5. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero cinque:

The Italiano word for "raspberry" is "lampone".

6. If it seems like I am "Thanks!"-ing these two people often here for supplying me with hot sauces, that is because half of my hot sauce collection has been provided by them. The other half my mother has given me. And the third half are miscellaneous gifts from other family members and friends (and some I had even purchased myself ~ not that I ever really need to do that it seems).

7. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numero sei:

The Italiano word for "parrot" is "pappagallo".

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Daily Grill

Breakfast on Geary (redux), Part 1B

Place: Daily Grill
Location: 347 Geary Street (between Powell and Mason Streets)
Hours: open for breakfast at 7:00am Sunday to Saturday (closed every other day of the week)
Meal: Three Egg Omelette with Spinach, Tomato, & Bleu Cheese ~ served with breakfast potatoes, sliced tomatoes, or fresh fruit; and a large glassa cranberry juice (which may or may not have been of the dark roast variety from Colombia)

(Just a couple more songs from Mississippi John Hurt... even though there was no actual Coffee or c|a|n|d|y with breakfast this morning.)

I returned back to Daily Grill for the first time since I had initially started my Breakfast on Geary series (see first 'blog-entry from Sunday January 15th, 2012). As they are a small national restaurant chain (with about fifteen restaurants throughout the United States, mostly in California), I don't know why they didn't go with the more trendier sounding/spelling restaurant name "Daily Grille" (or the completely Joycean "Daile Grille").

There really aren't that many other options offered for breakfast for those of the stupid vegetarian ilk. I was thinking about either Egg White Omelette (mushrooms, tomato, and scallions, served with avocado-tomato salsa and sliced tomato; I love tomatoes, but that sounded like a bit of tomato-overkill even for me; I probably would have asked to have some of their breakfast potatoes substituted instead) or a different Three Egg Omelette (there are several items listed from which to choose and with three more choices of cheeses: Cheddar, Mozzarella, or Swiss ~ just no Feta, pity).

Or for those of you that do partake of the dead, decaying poultry flesh, or dead, decaying porky bits, or dead, decaying sea insects: Cobb Omelette (our house specialty with chicken breast, green onions, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, and Bleu cheese) or Crab Cake Benedict (two poached eggs on jumbo lump crab cakes, topped with homemade Hollandaise sauce).

Because this restaurant is basically the house restaurant for a large hotel next door (and above, I suppose), I was surrounded by Spanish speaking[1] customers; there was probably some kinda (doctors?/¿médicos?) convention in town ~ I saw a few of the customers with name tags that looked like this was the case. A few times I overheard some of the customers ask (in Spanish) what kind of eggs are served and the waitress/server person-ladies or waiter/server person-guys replied (also in Spanish) that they offered  "revueltos" (scrambled eggs), "fritos" (fried eggs), or "huevos over-easy" (sorry, I could not locate any corresponding English translation for that style of cooked egg anywhere).

Strange Coffee Interlude

Me: What brand of Coffee do you serve?

Waitress/server person-lady: We have lattes and espresso drinks if you want.

M: No. What brand of Coffee do you serve?

W/sp-l: A dark roast.

M: No. What BRAND of Coffee is it?

W/sp-l: It's a Colombian roast.

M: No. What BRAND... I'll just have a large glassa cranberry juice. Thanks!

(Never trust a waitress/server person-lady [or waiter/server person-guy] that doesn't know which specific brand of Coffee a place serves. Don't worry, no Glen Bacon Scale Rating points are ever deducted due to the knowledge [or lack thereof] of workers at a restaurant. It didn't affect the tip amount none any, neither; other than the lack of knowledge of the Coffee variety, she was very nice, attentive, and friendly.)

I was rather pleased with my particular choice of ingredients for this omelette; they all went together very nicely. Not enough places offer Bleu cheese as an ingredient. The only complaint that I might have (and this is no fault of the kitchen in any way) was that with both tomatoes and spinach inside, it all made for a bit of a water-y omelette. 

Of course I went with the potatoey option for my side choice (even I can slice tomatoes or chop up fruit; not that I ever have any in my refrigerator, but I could if I did). Their breakfast potatoes are very good, too. There were lots of chunks of green and orange bell peppers and (white) onions mixed in. I also forgot from my last visit there that they have really good fresh-roasted jalapeños. Those would have gone extremely well with the breakfast potatoes, too.

They don't list it on the menu, but most egg dishes also come with a choice of toast; I went with white toast. Now this was very strange ~ it came as three halves of toast! That got me to thinking: Did I get someone else's half-slice of toast or did I get cheated out of another half-slice of toast? (And I am not trying to be optimistic or pessimistic in my questioning there.)

I didn't bother to ask what Daily Grill had for condimentary supplementation, but I think that I saw bottles of both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce for use (these were not on any of the tables, but at one of the busboy stations). I had brought some of my own hot sauces with me, anyway, and used some Dixie Crossroads Hot Habañero [ sic ] Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the omelette and some Old St. Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on the potatoes.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Three Egg Omelette ~ 6.5


1. If a Spanish-speaker never learned to rrrroll their "R's" when they were young, do you think that they call all dogs "But"?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rise & Grind

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses
33-1/3 rpm 

(No official web-site. Yet?)

Place: Rise & Grind
Location: 785 8th Avenue (near Fulton Street); phonicular contact: (415) 795-0724
Hours: open at 7:00am Monday through Friday; 
open at 8:00am Saturday and Sunday
Meal: Belgian Waffle ~ with powdered sugar dusted on top; (as a starter) a strawberry-banana muffin; and a cuppa Crème Brulee[ sic ][1] Latte (Yes, ferreals, a "Crème Brûlée" Latte!) made with Mr. Espresso® 

(My initial intention was to link li'l Robbie Zimmerman's original version of "My Back Pages" in honour of his recent [and, in my opinion, much deserved and long overdue] Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, but it is almost impossible to find any of his original music on EweToob; they never remain up for very long. Be sure to enjoy this ★ Stellar ★ version now while you can. In my opinion [and "my opinion" is all I ever listen to, anyway], "My Back Pages" might be one of the best [if not The Best] 'merican Folk Songs ever written.

The second song ain't none too bad neither...)

I am pretty sure that with today's breakfastary visit to Rise & Grind, thus concludes my Richmond (District) Coffeehouses Series (initial) entries (however, I am sure there will be many reduxes along the way). Rise & Grind is a brand-new coffeehouse and has only been open now since September 25th (exactly three weeks ago thusly). They have opened up in the location that was recently vacated by Cafe Muse (which I had planned on visiting a few months ago, only to find a sign in the door stating that they had closed after about twenty-five years in that location). That they are located just across the street (and a few doors down) from Golden Gate Park and are really the only place within walking distance outside that area of the park that sells Coffee, I expect that they will do a good business.

Rise & Grind has Superhero artwork on some of the walls (it looked mostly like DC characters, though). The first thing that I saw when I walked in the door was a large Green Lantern poster ~ and I just happened to be wearing my Green Lantern ring, à-propos-iately. The owner-manager-lady told me that some of the artwork is by a local cartoonist that lives right across the street from the coffeehouse.

Rise & Grind really doesn't offer much else in the way of food other than some pastries and baked goods at the front counter. I did speak with the owner-manager-lady further and she said that they will be offering some savoury toast-type foods later on once they are up and running more smoothly.

At least they do have Belgian Waffles (and these seemed to be a very popular choice as they had two waffle-grills going constantly the entire time I was there). The waffle was good. It was a waffle with powdered sugar on top; not really rocket-bakery stuff there, though. I hope that they might offer some fresh fruit to top these with in the future, too.

They get all their baked goods from Devil's Teeth Baking Company (over in the Sunset).

Now, whereas the waffle was "just a waffle", I really have to give them extra points (No, really. I added another 0.2 to the Glen Bacon Scale Rating below.) for originality of this Coffee drink. It was absotively, posilutely, totally disgusting... meaning: I loved it! And I normally don't like sweet Coffee drinks. And it was truly brûlée-d, I saw the barista-guy using one of those small hand-held blow-torches to burn/crust the sugar on the top. Due to the originalness of this Coffee drink (and that it really was extremely good), I am calling this the Best New/Original Coffee Drink Find of 2016. This was so good (and sweet) that it could be ordered all by itself as a dessert. 

Because I asked, they told me that they use Mr. Espresso® Neapolitan Espresso (Medium-Dark) blend/roast in all of their Espresso drinks. When I first ordered at the front counter, they asked if I wanted this Coffee "to go"... Ha! I would love to see how they brûlée the top with a paper cup.

They also offer another completely disgusting-sounding WhOppers® Latte ~ with malted milk flavour. (I had to ask to make sure that this wasn't made with a flame grilled quarter-pound beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion.) Of course, that will have to be tested/tasted on a future visit.

Also because I asked (if you don't ask, they normally don't tell you, I have found), they told me that their normal House Blend Coffee is Mr. Espresso® 
Golden Gate House Blend ~ "Whether approaching by sea or from within the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Strait imbues a sense of magic and wonder. The stunning landscapes and picture perfect sunsets inspired us here at Mr. Espresso to create a blend that attempts to capture its grace and majesty. Dark chocolate, sweet caramel and fruit toned acidity seamlessly blend together to create our homage to this wonder of nature."

They also offer four different (because "four of the same" isn't really much of a variety, nu?) Mr. Espresso® roasts/blends that can be prepared as single-cuppa pour-over styles.

I didn't notice (nor ask for) any condimentary supplements. The food that they are currently offering really doesn't require any hot sauce addition. However, just in case, I had come prepared with three of my own hot sauces. With no "official" web-site thing, I couldn't check ahead of time to see what might be on their menu.

This meal was a complete sugar-overkill for me this morning. Forget about a caffeine-buzz; I may not get to sleep for another three days with all this sugar coursing through my veins.

Does anyone have a spare Insulin shot that they can loan me?

♪ "Oh, I was so much fuller then, 
I am hungrier than that now..." ♪

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Belgian Waffle ~ 6.3;
Crème Brulee Latte ~ 7.3


1. I don't know why they used the correct accent grave on "Crème", but didn't use either l'accent circonflexe ou l'accent aigu in "Brûlée".

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Place: LaLe
Location: 731 Irving Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Hours: "Breakfast is served everyday [ sic ] between 8am and 3pm!"
Meal: Istanbul (Egg Scambler[1]) ~ onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cheese, served with home style potatoes and housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) English muffin; (to drink with the meal) a large glassa fresh lemonade with mint; and (afterwards, from around the corner) a cuppa Snowbird Coffee (pourover-style) Guatemala Huahuasomethingerother

(Love their Coffee; however, their web-site really needs a lot o' work.)

(As far as I know, there are no EweToobular juxtaselections between today's breakfastary destination and Mississippi John Hurt[2]... or Stagolee [or Stagger Lee or Stack O' Lee][3]... or Frankie and Albert[4]. I just felt like linking some of ol' MJH's songs.

Besides, you just try to find any decent songs about tulips.)

I have mentioned this before, if I ever needed to DFA one of my current Breakfastary Starting Rotation restaurants, there is a great rookie call-up in LaLe (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, January 30th, 2016). They are still a relatively new place, and I had only "discovered" them earlier last year (about two months after they had just opened). I've only eaten there three times now, but I really have liked the food and the selections they offer.

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

From the Egg Scamblers (yeah, I will not tire of this, Miss Spelling) section of the menu:

Mexico City (or Mexicro Crity) ~ chorizo, green onions, mushrooms, guacamole, sour cream, cheese (I would have had to ochenta-y-seis-ed the spicy porky sausage stuff, of course)


Napa (or Nrapa) ~ goat cheese, mushrooms, bacon, bell peppers (once again, the porky belly bits would have to go).

From the Benedictions (or is that Benedicrtions?) section of the menu:

Toronto (or Troronto) ~ ham, grilled tomato, spinach (without the Canadian porky loin stuff, eh?!)


Portland (or Prortland) ~ tomatoes, veggie hash, mushrooms (and despite the odious moniker of "veggie", this would have been my second choice this morning).

And, lastly, from their weekend specials blackboard (blacrkboard?) out front:

Dutch Baby Pancake (or Dutcrh Braby Pancrake) ~ w/ caramelized fruit


Polenta Special (or Prolenta Specrial [and that should be the last time I make fun of the missing "r" in "Scamblers", but only because this is the last item to be mentioned now... or nrow]) ~ w/ grilled veggies & 2 poached eggs.

This was a pretty decent dish. It was simple enough, but still good enough for me. The only thing that I might have changed was the choice of cheese. This was made with Mozzarella cheese shredded (or shedded [Okay, so maybe I lied about not making any more fun of the missing "r", Tori]) on top of the scambled mess (or mress). I would rather have seen a native Turkish cheese[5] used in its place; they do make a lot of good sheep's milk cheeses in Turkey.

The side of homefries was very good, too. I ended up mixing the last few forkfuls of the potatoes in with the last bits of scambled eggs. That turned out to be a really good idea (or idear) on my part. The onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes really complemented the potatoes. ("My, you are looking extra tasty this morning, Miss Tater!")

For condimentary supplementation, the only thing that I saw on the tables in the way of bottled hot sauces was Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I simply went with some of my own hot sauces: Lucky Dog Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the potatoes and Sunbelt Plantations Vidalia® Onion Picante Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) generously on the scambled pile (or prile).

Additionally (and this is a great "addition"-o-lee), they have two housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) jams/jellies/preserves for use. There was a very chunky-cut orange marmalade (which was my favourite) and a very nice strawberry jam/preserves. Both went really well on top of the housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) English muffin. (Don't worry, I didn't mix-and-match the two. I used the marmalade on one half of the English muffin and the strawberry jam on the other half. But don't think that I wasn't tempted to try a little of both together.)

I had skipped any Coffee with my breakfast because I know that right around the corner is one of my favourite little coffeehouses in the city. Snowbird Coffee offers four to five choices of pourover-style Coffees. I have had their Guatemala Huahuasomethingerother (see, here is where a better official web-site would be useful) before and knew that I liked it.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

After exiting the coffeehouse and on my way back to my car, I saw a single pair (because three parrots would not be single nor a pair) of the feather-headed chatter-birds flying overhead on 9th Avenue (heading southward-ish to who knows where [or should that be "... to whom knows where"?]). This could be considered a mini-pandemonium[6], I suppose.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Istanbul (Egg Scambler) ~ 6.4;
strawberry jam, orange marmalade, and housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) English muffin ~ 7.0, 7.5, 6.8 (respectively... or espectively);
Snowbird Coffee Guatemala Huahuasomethingerother ~ 7.1;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. While their on-line menu has this spelded correctly as "Scramblers", their printed menus on the tables and in the front window have this mispelded as "Scamblers", which I kinda liked the sound of, anyway ("... of which I kinda like the sound, any way"? Whatever!). 

2. Kim? که؟

I really liked him in "The Elephant Man" and "Alien", too.


There are also these cool and related versions:


5. (I just love that there is a web-site called!)

6. This Term of Venery usage can be considered 
à propos of an earlier conversation this morning on defacedbook where my brother Nick was talking about the collective nouns of some other birds and animals.