Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dottie's True blue café

(No official-type 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: Zucchini[1] Cakes ~ topped with poached eggs & spicy Marinara sauce - with fruit + potatoes; and a glassa orange juice 

(Simply put, Lady Ella and Dottie's True blue café go together like poached eggs and Zucchini Cakes.)

Today's breakfastary destination was completely premeditated (I did some meditation last night on where to go for breakfast this morning and I came up with this grand idea): I went back to Dottie's True blue café (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, May 13th, 2017) for an early Birthday celebratory meal. The specific breakfast choice also happened to be pre-medicated (that one came to me in a crazy dream after taking too much nighttime cold medicine): if they had their stellar Zucchini Cakes on the Specials Blackboard (which they have had for several visits now, anyway), I knew I was going to go with that dish.

Otherwise (luckily not needed, but just in case), I would have made a choice of one of the following dishes (also off the Specials Blackboard):
Coconut French Toast ~ with pure maple syrup;
Banana Raspberry Rice Flour Pancakes ~ with pure maple syrup;
Spinach Provolone Strata ~ served with Italian sausage (which I would have ottantasei-ed, ovviamente), roasted tomatoes + fruit.

What more can I say than this was yet still another stellar Zucchini Cakes meal!
(If you would like more detailed details detailing how much I normally like this dish, I suggest checking out the one or two... or dozen... other times I have 'blogged about this specific meal already.)

Today's fruits were: blueberries (a botanical berry), blackberries (not a botanical berry), (red and green) grapes (both are a botanical berry), strawberries (not a botanical berry), cantaloupe (not a botanical berry), watermelon (a botanical berry), and honeydew melon (not a botanical berry). (Strangely enough, zucchinis are actually a botanical berry, too.)

Knowing full well (I didn't really need any meditation or medication to help me with this decision) what Dottie's True blue café has to offer in the way of condimentary supplements, I used some (well, a lot really) Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce ~ Chipotle Pepper Sauce on the potatoes only. The spicy Marinara sauce was already plenty tasty enough for me.

Up next:

Back to STRAW (maybe/possibly)

Glen Bacon Scale Rating:
stellar Zucchini Cakes ~ 7.7;
the soothing, dulcet tones of Lady Ella Fitzgerald ~ 8.5
(This is not my opinion, this is a fact: Lady Ella Fitzgerald had the most perfect singing voice of any American female [and it's debatable that she may have also had the most pefect singing voice of any American ~ male or female] in the 20th Century.)


1. Stupid, useless (and, let's face it, somewhat confusing) cunning linguist pointer of the day:

For some unknown reason, us-here 'mericans use the Italian-esque word "zucchini" to name this-here fruit. (Note: Zucchini, as with any other squash or pumpkin, is botanically a fruit, not a vegetable.) This comes from the Italiano word "zucchina" (feminine singular; the plural would be "zucchine"); it is the diminutive of "zucca", meaning "gourd, marrow, pumpkin, or squash".

Whereas, the Britishlanders (if'n I am not mistaken, whom we done gots most of our-here language-words from) call it a "courgette". This is a loan word from the Frenchies; it is the diminutive of "courge", meaning "gourd or marrow".

"Well, just maybe, Brian, Cristoforo Colombo brought the zucchini back to Rome after he had discovered Plymouth Rock and that is why we use the Italiano word now..."

That might be a possibility, as zucchini (and all squash) has its ancestry in the New World.

However... why do we we call a tomato (which is also botanically a fruit and a berry, by the way) a "tomato" (as do our Great British cousins) and the Italianos call a tomato a "pomodoro"?

And what about eggplant (also botanically a fruit and a berry)? We call it "eggplant", the Britishlanders call it "aubergine" (another stolen word... loan word... whatever... from the Frenchies), and the Italianos call it "melanzana".

All I know is that if you combine all three of these fruits, you get a mighty tasty dish called "ratatouille" ~ which is French for "rat's tail stew"; and if you doesn't believe me, you can look it up yerd*mnself!

(I will leave the whole "rutabaga vs. swede/Swedish turnip" debate for another 'blog-entry.)

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