Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cafe GoLo

There was nuthin' crooked 'bout this breakfast!

(No official web-site thing.)

Place: Cafe GoLo ~ Boutique Cafe

Location: 1602 Lombard Street (at Gough Street[1]); 
phonicular contact: (415) 673-4656

Hours: open every day of the week at 8:00am

Meal: Florentine Taters ~ country potatoes scrambled with spinach, sautéed onion, "the vile weed", mushrooms, zucchini, and cheese, with one over-medium egg laid (that is "placed"; I don't think they have any actual chickens ovulating in their kitchen) on top; a mixed fruit tart for breakfastary openers (I made sure to get a pear-apple tart and a sweet potato tart to Go(Lo), too); and a glassa orange juice

So, I decided to Go(Lo) back to Cafe GoLo ~ 
Boutique Cafe (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, January 21st, 2017) for breakfast again this morning. There was no sign of Miss PeeBee there this morning, but I did say "Hello!" to Jay (though, I did manage to refrain from bringing up the sore subject of exactly when Grits might finally be opening; at this point, I think there is a better chance of the 49ers facing the Brownies in the Super Bowl next year than Grits opening any time soon in the near ~ or far ~ future).

Much like yesterday's predecided choice of meal, I knew well in advance that I would be ordering this meal. (I just had the GoLo Ranchero on my last visit earlier in the year, or, otherwise, I would have ordered that again.) This happened to be the first meal that I had ever ordered when I "discovered" Cafe GoLo about five years aGo(Lo) now; however, they used to call it "Veggie" Tater Scramble (and I very am happy for this name change nel modo di Firenze, Ms. Nightingale). I had originally enjoyed this dish so much so that I made myself an insane annotation to return again some day soon; that "some day" turned out to be exactly a month later that year and I have been returning again and again and again ever since. What makes this particularly "special" is that they use both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes in the scramble mixture. Even with "the vile weed" as an ingredient in it (and, yes, I could have requested them to omit "the vile weed", but would you have told Michelangelo to tell Mona Lisa to try smiling just a bit more for her sitting?!), this is still a great tasting dish!

For condimentary supplements, Cafe GoLo has at least Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and a few other hot sauces. I used some of my own Dat'l Do-it® Zesty Chipotle Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on one half of the potato mess and Lucky Dog Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Brian! [There is just about one dosage left in the bottle; however, this does not mean that anyone should think about sending me three-to-five replacement hot sauces when it is used up!]) on the other half of the potato pile.

Up next (and hopefully a few different places):

Whatever breakfastary outlets might be available while vacationing next week in Wareham, Massachusetts (or on Cape Cod, even).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Florentine Taters ~ 7.1;
mixed fruit tart ~ 7.0


1. I wonder if they had initially found a different location along Lombard Street at the corner of Hyde, Lyon, or Polk Streets, if they would have called the place "Cafe HyLo", "Cafe LyLo", or "Cafe PoLo", Marco.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dottie's True blue café

♪ "I like Galettes[1] in May...
How about you?" ♫

(No official web-site no longer.)

Place: Dottie's True blue café

Location: 26 6th Street 
(on the corner of Stevenson Street); 
phonicular contact: (415) 885-2767

Hours: open Thursday through Monday at 7:30am

Meal: Sweet Potato, Caramelized Red Onion & Gruyère Tart (well, technically/culinaristically, this is called a "Galette", but Kurt changed the name several years ago to keep the stupid tourista-types [except maybe those stupid tourista-types from Frenchy-land] from always asking him what a "Galette" was) ~ served with two eggs any style (my style was "over-medium" this morning) & fruit; and a glassa orange juice

(There is no real EweToobular juxtaselection for today's music. They just happened to be playing this song on the house [well, restaurant] stereo this morning, and I felt like including it here. I am not even that big of a fan of ol' Bloodshot Eyes.)

In keeping with my plan to visit Dottie's True blue café (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, April 22nd, 2017) for breakfast at least once a month for 2017, I did so again this morning.

I was the first person (group or singular) in line this morning, so I got my choice of seating. Once again, I chose "Seat #1" at the corner of the counter-seating area ~ keeping out of the way of any stupid tourista-types... and keeping an eye on the shifty cook-staff.

I saw what I was looking for immediately on the weekend Specials blackboard and did not need to look any further to see what else they might have to offer this weekend. For next month's (my Birthday Month) return visit, I am sure that I will be ordering the exquisitely stellar Zucchini Cakes once again.

I did spy one really tasty-sounding (and, when I saw it in the pastry display-case, it was just as tasty-looking) fresh-baked item on their pastry specials chalkboard at the entrance-way: Peach Streussel Coffee Cake. Unfortunately for me, it was a size big enough to feed two (or three) people. However, if they offer that awesome entry next month, I just might have to gorge myself and order that, too (I can always skip lunch... and dinner).

I have ordered this dish many times before. It had been quite a while since I last did so and I figured it was about time to re-do so. Of course, I liked it very much as always. The ingredients can change seasonally (I have had it with leeks and different types of fermented curd, Mr. Wensleydale), but this combination is always a good one.

Today's fruits du jour: blackberries (not a berry), blueberries (a real berry), strawberries (also, not a berry), cantaloupe (not a berry none neither), red grapes (another real berry), and watermelon (and, as strange as it may seem, this is actually a real berry, too).

Dottie's True blue café offers a wide variety of condimentary supplementation. I simply used some of their Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce ~ Chipotle Sauce on top of both eggs.

Up next (hopefully tomorrow on Sunday morning that is):

Back once again to the friendly confines of Miss PeeBee and Jay's place (aka Cafe GoLo ~ Boutique Cafe).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Sweet Potato, Caramelized Red Onion & Gruyère Galette ~ 6.9


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

"Galette" is the feminine equivalent of the French word "galet", which means "smooth pebble on a beach". So, I am not quite sure of the etymology of how it came to be the name of a type of sweet or savoury pastry.

Hopefully this explanation helps with any stupid tourista-types questions:

Sunday, May 7, 2017


(Still no official web-site.)

Place: Eats

Location: 50 Clement Street (on the corner of 2nd Avenue); phonicular contact: (415) 751-8000

Hours: open for breakfast every day of the week at 8:00am

Meal: Homemade (well, Restaurant-made) Waffle Berries & Crème (v) ~ berries, bananas, honey butter, powdered sugar, whip [ sic ] cream; a side of Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes (because no trip to Eats should be made without some of these); and a glassa Power C ~ Orange Grapefruit Pineapple

(There is/are no EweToobular juxtaselections for today's music. I just like this song[1] and it's been rollin' 'round my head for a few days now.

"But why would you provide two versions of the same song, Brian?" Hey! Do I ask you how to present your d*mn 'blog-stuff?!

Nah. Actually, even though Kris Kristofferson [and that is his actual birth-name, Kristoffer Kristofferson; I suppose his parents wanted to make sure he didn't forget his name] wrote the song ~ much like Jimi Hendrix "owns" the little Robbie Zimmerman-penned song "All Along the Watchtower" ~ Janis really "owns" this song.)

I went back to Eats (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, January 15th, 2017) for breakfast this morning.

I have eaten there so many times now that there are only a few other ideas still left for me to try: 

Kale Quinoa Salad ~ cucumbers, ricotta salata, carrots, radish, arugula, cranberries, walnuts, garbanzos, tahini vinaigrette (I would probably have them add a poached egg or two to the top to make it more of a breakfast meal)


Huevos Rancheros (v)  ~ fresh tomato salsa, beans, over easy eggs, pepperjack, avocado, sour cream (and, for those of you that do partake of the dead, decaying animal flesh, this can have either pulled pork, bacon, or chicken added to it).

This came as two medium-sized waffles. You can order a half-order, but why would you?! This was made with only two botanical berries: blueberries and bananas; there were also some of those non-botanical berries, strawberries, on top. I think they may have stylised the whipped (or "whip") cream as "Crème" in the name of the dish to signify "Crème Chantilly". (Well, that is my best guess and I'm sticking with it until proven wrong.)

This morning, there were five (5!) cloves of roasted garlic in with the potatoes (for which I am adding an additional 0.01 Glen Bacon Scale point per clove). I even took some of the rosemary sprigs that were in the potatoes and placed them on top of the waffle, too; I discovered that rosemary really goes nicely with both strawberries and bananas ~ trust me, I'm a 'blogger (well, I play one on the Intro-Net)!

For condimentary supplements, Eats has a pretty decent array of hot sauces: Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce), Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce, Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original), and El Yucateco® (three types: Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero ~ Red; Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero ~ Green; and XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero). With such a good selection, I probably shouldn't have brought any of my own hot sauces, but I really do have so very (way too) many bottles to use up. Hence, I used some of my own Punch Drunk Chocolate Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (Thanks, Sean!) on half of the potatoes and some Dat'l Do-it® Spicy Jalapeno Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on the other half.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

It is not very often that you see (or hear, then see) any of the Wild Parrots of San Francisco in this nape of the forest, but I did see (well, heard first, then looked up to see) a small pandemonium of eight flying overhead (heading East) while I was waiting on the corner for the restaurant to open this morning. I do not know if they have an actual roost anywhere in the Richmond nearby, though.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Homemade (well, Restaurant-made) Waffle Berries & Crème (v) ~ 6.8;
Excellent! Roasted Home Potatoes ~ 7.65;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. To me, this is truly an iconic Americana Song. 

It transcends any specific music genre: it can be sung as Rock-and/or-Roll, Country-and/or-Western, Blues, Folk, or You-Name-It. Everyone from Gordon Lightfoot (who actually recorded his version before both Kris and Janis did) to the Grateful Dead to Johnny Cash to P!nk to Jennifer Love Hewitt (yes, Jennifer Love Hewitt ~ check out her acoustic version; it really isn't bad) has sung their takes on it.

And here's a little-known music secret, the song was written about a real person that Kris Kristofferson once knew*. His name was "Robert McGee". Why else is the title "Me and Bobby McGee" and not "Me and Bobbie McGee"? This was probably the first true Gay Love Song ever written. And if you don't believe me on this, just look it up yerd*mnself on the World Wild Webs!

There are some great lines from the song:

(from the classic opening line)

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin' for the trains
Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans..." 

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free..."


"Well I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday..."

*(Okay. So maybe I made that story up. But it really is not about Janis Joplin either.)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Baker Street Bistro

"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation." 
~ W.C. Fields (as Augustus Q. Winterbottom in "Tillie and Gus")

Place: Baker Street Bistro 

Location: 2953 Baker Street (between Lombard and Greenwich Streets)

Hours: open for "Brunch" Saturday & Sunday at 9:00am

Meal: Œufs Baker Street Bistro ~ ratatouille, poached eggs, English muffin, tomato sauce, served with home fries & mixed greens; and a glassa Fresh Squeezed Limonade [ sic ]

Je suis retourné à Baker Street Bistro (see last 'blog-entry from Sunday, January 8th, 2017) pour mon petit-déjeuner.

I sat outside this morning for a change... mainly because I could and because it was nice and sunny for a welcomed respite of the Antediluvian days we have had here recently.

Even though Baker Street Bistro really only offers a few "Brunch" items that are suitable for stupid vegetarians, I have absolutely no problem going back again and again and again. This dish or their Pain Perdu Extraordinaire are always worth reordering. Needless to say, I liked this meal very much once again.

Baker Street Bistro only has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) for use as condimentary supplementation. I used some of my own Great Wall Wasabi Hot Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on the rabbit-food and some Hot Licks® Serrano Hot Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the potatoes.

A Prebreakfastary[1] (and Post Prandium, too) Coffee Interlude

Earlier this morning, much before even heading out to eat, I made me a cuppa Colectivo® Coffee Roasters Costa Rica - Santa María (Thanks, Kerry!). After getting home from breakfast, I also decided to make myself another cuppa to enjoy while keyboarding uppa this 'blog-entry. Both of these cuppas were made via the pour-over drip method.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

Before breakfast ~ or "prebreakfastary", even ~ (and, for which, I had specifically made sure to arrive about forty-five minutes earlier than when Baker Street Bistro opened), I had parked on Lyon Street, under the tall Eucalyptus trees over by Lombard Gate of the Presidio, where I knew there is a large pandemonium of the chattering feather-brains. My timing was perfect because there were still many of them in the trees before they headed out for other parts of the city for the day. I can't be sure exactly how many Wild Parrots were in the roost this morning, but there had to be dozens of them at least.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Œufs Baker Street Bistro ~ 7.3;
Colectivo® Coffee Roasters Costa Rica - Santa María ~ 7.0;
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. Because "breakfastary" was already a completely madeuppery word of my own make-uppering, I decided that I could come up(pery) with even more stupid, useless words using it as the root.

I have also decided that the "correct" pronunciation for this word shall be "pri-BREAKFAST-a -ree" (like with the first syllable in "preliminary"*) and not "pree-BREAKFAST-a -ree". If anyone has any problems with this choice... tough! Start yer own d*mn 'blog-thing then!

*(How come you don't usually hear of many "postliminary results"?)