Sunday, December 18, 2016

higher grounds coffeehouse

(No official-type web-site.)

Place: higher grounds coffeehouse
Location: 691 Chenery Street (on the corner of Diamond Street); phonicular contact: (415) 587-2933
Hours: open daily at 8:00am
Meal: Puttanesca[1] Crêpe ~ tomato, olives, onion, mushroom, garlic, capers, red pepper (as in chilli flakes), parsley, olive oil, sour cream (savory crêpes are served with potatoes [of the homefries variety] & salad [of the rabbit-food variety]); and a cuppa/glass-mugga Caffè Borgia (which is a Mocha/Latte-style Coffee drink)

(Do not be fooled by the first song and the fact that today happens to be the Sunday before Christmas into thinking that I have suddenly "discovered" religion; it's Sir George Ivan, dammit, and I do not ever need a reason to post any of his music here. 

The second EweToobular song is because today happens to be the 73rd birthday of Keif Richards. It was not very often where Keif got to sing lead vocals.)

Because I could and because I wanted to, I went back to higher grounds coffeehouse (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, September 6th, 2015) for breakfast this morning.

I just love this little coffeehouse/crêperie. The food is always great and the friendly neighborhood atmosphere is, too. That they open up pretty early on a chilly Sunday morning is an extra-added bonus. If it were closer, I would probably go there more often and add it into my Breakfastary Starting Rotation.

Some other ideas (and still more reasons for which to return), all of which can be made either as a crêpe or an omelette:

  • Alla Milanese (tomato, eggplant, Mozzarella, onion, black pepper, olive oil, spices; this will probably be my top priority on my next visit); 
  • Simply Italian (Mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, spices, salt, pepper, olive oil, zucchini);
  • Florentine (cheese, spinach, cottage cheese, onion);
  • Curry (bell pepper, cheese, onion, sour cream, potato; they don't state it on the menu, but I am sure there are some kinda curry-spices involved there, too); or
  • Apple Cheese (cheese, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon; okay, this one should probably be made only as a crêpe, but I am not discounting the choice of this as an omelette until I try it). 

This was another great-tasting crêpe from them (well, from the owner-guy that seems to do everything from cooking the food to making the Coffee drinks all by himself first thing in the mornings). Capers and Kalamata olives?!? Oh, yeah! Thankfully, there were no anchovies in the mix, though.

They (well, he) make (makes) their version of Caffè Borgia with almond syrup and Chocolate. The Coffee drink was also very good, but I do prefer my Caffè Borgias made with orange syrup (or, better yet, actual orange slices in them) and Chocolate a little better.

higher grounds coffeehouse only offers Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) for use as a condimentary supplement. This really didn't matter because I brought two brand new hot sauces from my own collection to try out for their first taste-test-run. I used some Pepper Palace Gator Bite Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on the potatoes and some Palo Alto Fire Fighters XXX Ghost Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian! [Now I really did not need to buy any more hot sauces for myself this year. I still had about nineteen bottles in my refrigerator already. However, I saw this newest hot sauce from Palo Alto Fire Fighters last week and couldn't pass it up.]) on the crêpe. I went lightly with both of these this morning until I knew the heat level that they would provide. The Palo Alto Fire Fighters XXX Ghost Pepper Sauce was a bit hotter (it does have Jolokia Chile Peppers in it, but they are tempered a bit by jalapeño, serrano, and cayenne chillies, if you can believe that) of the two, but both pack a lot of flavour.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Puttanesca Crêpe ~ 6.9 (this rating is based upon the inclusion of a good amount of capers and an extra 0.2 points for the use of authentic Kalamata olives);
Caffè Borgia ~ 6.6


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-culinaristic pointer of the day:

In Italian "alla puttanesca" means "in the style of a prostitute". The word for "whore/prostitute" in Italian is "la puttana".

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