Monday, May 29, 2017

Airport Breakfastary Food - 4

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
(Friday, 05/19/2017)

Place: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Location: Terminal 3 (near Gate 74), SFO

Hours: daily, 5:00am for breakfast (well, that is according to the official information posted on the Fly SFO web-site, but I know for a fact that they were not open until a little after 6:00am [per the sign at the door and per me being the first idiot in there for the morning])

Meal: Veggie Omelet ~ sautéed mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese, breakfast potatoes and sourdough toast; a tall, cold glassa Maibock[1], which was their Seasonal Selection; and beforehand (while wandering around waiting for the place to finally open) a medium-size cuppa Peet's Coffee Sumatra

("Beer for Breakfast, Brian? D'ja think ya were livin' back in Germany or sumthin'?!" 
Hey! It was after Noon... somewhere... in the middle of the Atlantic, probably. Plus, the barkeep assured me that there is more Vitamin C in a glassa Beer than your standard glassa orange juice[2]... or, perhaps, I misheard him, but still... )

(If you need a hint at today's EweToobular juxtaselection, I have it on good authority that
Air Traffic Controller are huge fans of die deutschen Frühlingsbiere.)

Travelling Back-East last week for a vacation, I had to get up extra early to get to SFO to have breakfast before heading to Boston. The main choices for sit-down sorta joints for (a very early morning) breakfast at Terminal 3 are limited. I was originally thinking about going to Y*nkee Pier® (which was actually open at 5:00am as stated), but as a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, I really didn't want to patronise a place with that kinda name. 
(I actually did like the sound of their Greek Scramble [eggs scrambled with spinach, mushrooms, red onion, Feta, & tapenade]. Maybe next time.)


(Okay, you may actually have to add the "a" in place of the "*" in the above link to get it to work.)

Otherwise, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant only had a couple of other entries for stupid vegetarians. I could have ordered either their French Toast (thick sliced brioche French toast, choice of strawberry, banana/coconut, or blueberry topping) or Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese, and bacon [of course, it is a forgone conclusion that I would have forewent the dead, decaying porky stuff] wrapped in a flour tortilla; served with a side of salsa and seasoned breakfast potatoes). 

Abhorrent name of the meal aside, this was a decent enough entry for "airport food" (which is not exactly high praise; this is like being called "prettier than any of the Golden Girls"). This had a good amount of sautéed (baby?) spinach in it at least and I liked their version of homefries. I would have liked a bit more goat cheese in it, though.

The glassa Beer was a pretty large one for that early in the morning. Sadly, I only drank about 3/4 of it. That is still 75% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of Vitamin C, right?!

(Overheard from a stupid patron: "Do you sell Bud Light?" I kid you not. Even if they do sell other Beers [they offer a few national brands in bottles], what kinda idjit orders a Bud Light at a brew-pub?! And who would order one for breakfast, anyway?!)

The only thing that I saw available for condimentary supplementation was Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce). I really didn't feel like using any of that, so I skipped any extra additional flavour for a change.

NFL (with a San Francisco 49ers connection, too) Strange Interlude

Retired NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan[3] was sitting two tables over from me at the restaurant. I didn't even notice him until he started talking to another table of customers that he had overheard saying they were going to Cancún (the one in Mexico) for their honeymoon. He also happened to be heading to Cancún on vacation himself that morning. I made sure to tell him to give his son best wishes for the upcoming NFL Season, too.

Up next:

Breakfasts in Wareham (the one in Massachusetts, not the much larger market town in Dorset, England).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
Veggie Omelet ~ 6.2;
Gordon Biersch Maibock ~ 7.2;
Peet's Coffee Sumatra ~ 7.3;
San Francisco 49ers ~ 5-11 (if they are very lucky this year)


1. Per our friendly friends at WikipediA (and mainly because I am just too lazy to look it up elsewhere):

"The Maibock* style, also known as Helles Bock or Heller Bock, is a Helles Lager brewed to Bock strength; therefore, still as strong as traditional Bock, but lighter in colour and with more hop presence. It is a fairly recent development compared to other styles of Bock beers, frequently associated with springtime and the month of May. Colour can range from deep gold to light amber with a large, creamy, persistent white head, and moderate to moderately high carbonation, while alcohol content ranges from 6.3% to 7.4% by volume. The flavour is typically less malty than a traditional Bock, and may be drier, hoppier, and more bitter, but still with a relatively low hop flavour, with a mild spicy or peppery quality from the hops, increased carbonation and alcohol content."

*(Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day:

"Maibock" translates from German as "May Billy Goat".)

2. Here's a little-known Cliff Clavinistic fact: Potatoes are high in Vitamin C. 

That is not a joke. Potatoes actually possess about a third as much Vitamin C as an orange does. If you don't believe me, just check out the back of a bagga potato chips sometime. However, I really don't think that there is any market in the near future for a glassa potato juice (with or without pulp) with breakfast.

3. If you really need to ask, you probably should stop watching Football altogether, but here is a link, anyway:

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