Sunday, January 29, 2017


Happy Raccoon Island Discovery Day!!!

Place: LaLe
Location: 731 Irving Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Hours: Breakfast is served everyday [ sic ] between 8am and 3pm!
Meal: Portland (Benediction) ~ tomatoes, veggie (ugh!) hash, mushrooms on a housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) topped with poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, served w/ potatoes; and a glassa pomegranate juice

(I was trying to get fancy and take a photo of some tulips[1] that were on one of the tables and align it with a large tulip picture on one of the walls. The alignment seemed to work well enough, but the tulips in the foreground took on a bit of unwanted bokeh.)

(Yes, Lena Horne and then Phish. Two more differing versions you will not find on the World Wilde Webs.)

I have stated this for the last few visits to LaLe (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, October 15th, 2016), if there is ever a need to DFA any of the restaurants in my Breakfastary Starting Rotation, this place would be an immediate perfect replacement. And depending on whether or not the new ownership at Ella's keeps their current "Brunch" menu format, we might just see this rookie brought up to the Bigs later this year.

There are still several other good ideas (for both stupid vegetarians and dead, decaying animal-fleshetarians) left for me to check out on subsequent visits: 

Mexico City (Egg Scrambler) ~ 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 (Egg Scrambler) ~ goat cheese, mushrooms, bacon, bell peppers (once again, the porky belly bits would have to go);

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


Ricotta Stuffed Almond French Toast ~ served with seasonal fruit, orange butter, housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) whip-cream, organic maple syrup.

Additionally, they also offer a few changing weekend specials:

Polenta w/ mixed veggies + poached eggs (I would assume this would have been very similar to what I did order today);

Baked Potato stuffed w/ bacon and veggie ragu and topped w/ poached eggs (Say whaaaaa'?! Without the crispy porcine junk, that sounds amazing, too.);

or (and I really want to try this dish one of these days)

Dutch Pancake w/ caramelized apples (however, you have to allow twenty minutes for this dish to be prepared; I am never that patient when I go out to eat breakfast, though).

Ho-boy! This was another great tasty success! The "veggie (ugh!) hash" was a melange of zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and red bell peppers. Unfortunately, with this selection, I was not able to use/enjoy any of their housemade (restaurant-made, whatever) jams or marmalade this morning.

For condimentary supplements, LaLe has both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I used some of my own Punch Drunk Chocolate Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Sean!) on top of just one of the poached eggs and some Pepper Palace Chocolate Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) all over the potatoes.

(It's a good thing that squirrels can not read.)

Raccoon Island Discovery Day Anniversary Strange Interlude ~ 2017

The actual date of Raccoon Island Discovery Day is tomorrow, January 30th, 2014, but, for some reason, it is not a National Holiday day-off... yet. I went back there this morning hoping to see Rocky and some of his friends, but they must have taken the three-day weekend off (as they should) or were sleeping-off any earlier celebrations from last night. Unlike that completely made-up holiday on October 12th, there are never any indigenous mammals protesting this holiday.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Portland (Benediction) ~ 7.2;
Raccoon Island (when there are actually some of the masked beggars around) ~ 8.5


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

Again, the word "lâle" (as best as I can figger, it is pronounced as "lah-lay") is Persian-Farsi and Turkish for "tulip".

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