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October 7, 2017

Au Bon Pain, Boston…nothing to be impressed about. The end.

All the epicurean comforts we crave on frigid days: steaming soups, mac and cheese, hot paninis, and more.

2 eggs & cheddar on plain bagel, with hard-wood smoked bacon was adequate and decent. To go with that, I had the morning blend coffee, medium roast, smooth flavored blend of Costa Rican beans. 100% Arabica. The person who took my order looked really angry at the world. Dining area looks pretty clean and there’s also a nice patio.

Nothing to be impressed about. The end. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

au bon pain bos1

 

November 8, 2015

Peet’s Coffee, San Francisco…”must-not-miss” clam chowder

So, I’ll admit it, I’m not a coffee snob. I’m not likely to highbrow with the best of them when it comes to coffee

The must-do thing in San Francisco of course is to have Boudin clam chowder soup which is clam chowder in fresh-baked sourdough bread bowl. In a feat of chowder engineering, the impossibly creamy textured and rich in taste but not overly salty soup, comes loaded with chunky potatoes, and fresh, chewy and tender clams in a huge fresh sourdough bread bowl. This was literally one of the best clam chowders I’ve ever tasted – it doesn’t get much better. If it’s not already obvious enough how much I’m loving this chowder, let me start raving about the best part yet: the sourdough bread. With a crispy outer crust, a soft inner texture, and a slightly sweet and sour taste, this sourdough bread paired with creamy clam chowder is simple perfection. By the end of my meal, I became a happy digger myself, scraping off every little piece of that delicious bread bowl and dipping it into the chowder with every bite.

Peet’s seems to be way more popular than Starbucks over in San Francisco. The service is quick and this coffee is strong.

Give it a try and see what all this sourdough snobbery is all about. To me it tastes like a hug feels. It’s kind of a nice place, so maybe don’t lick the bowl? This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

boudin clam chowder soup n peet's coffee

June 21, 2015

Galaxy Diner, New York City…Fantastic breakfast place within a stone’s throw of Times Square

I can’t believe this kind of place – good food with a lot of choices (serving everything from bagels to steak and everything in between) and generous portions,  attentive staff, great service, and REASONABLY PRICED! – exists anywhere in Manhattan anymore, much less in Hell’s Kitchen/Theater District.

The meal was absolutely delicious, eggs perfectly poached. Decent coffee, too. The place is open 24 hours. Had a cool atmosphere which resemble outer space. Pretty clean. It is a diner and certainly not a fancy upscale kind of place but the service and food were much better than iHop. As diners in NYC go, this one’s a goodie. If you find yourself walking around Times Square and you’re hungry, don’t eat there. Prices are through the roof and many restaurants don’t even post a menu outside. For a good meal, walk west on 46th two blocks to 9th Avenue where you’ll see the Galaxy Diner in front of you on the NW corner of 9th Avenue.

Short story shorter: Fantastic breakfast place within a stone’s throw of Times Square. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

galaxy hell's kitchen ny

galaxy diners, nyc

March 28, 2015

Cassatt’s A Kiwi Cafe, Arlington, Washington DC…tasty dishes in a cozy bistro-style environment

Cassatt’s, “a Kiwi cafe” in Arlington is a pleaser. Along with the good food, which is styled with a New Zealand flair, it has a nice, cosy neighborhood feel.

The Big Kiwi Breakfast is very similar to the traditional British breakfast with two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, mushrooms & tomato. The Full English. The Full Monty. A fry-up. Call it what you want, but digging into this piping hot fry up is an experience that can set you right no matter what situation you may have gotten yourself into. The flat white, a not-too-milky espresso drink long adored by Australians and New Zealanders is also known as the “quintessential Kiwi coffee.”  It’s hard to find fault with the flat white here. The thin head was smooth and silky while the coffee itself was chocolatey with a light smokiness to it. The coffee was also powerful enough to keep me going well into the afternoon.

Cassatt’s A Kiwi Café doesn’t push the boundaries of cafe-dom but is novel simply by being such a cosy, personal space with flavourful food.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

cassatt's dc

 

November 1, 2010

Cafe Ursula, Helsinki…lovely setting

9.45am Sunday morning, BeRt and I walked along the coast down to the southern tip of the city and went to the Cafe Ursula in the park of Kaivopuisto which over looked the island of Soumenlina – lovely setting from which you can admire the wonderful sight of the Gulf of Finland.

There is a wide selection of pastries and local bakeries to choose from to go along with your coffee. Their pastries are quite tasty and sandwiches and cakes are good too. I watched with keen interest at a couple had champagne breakfast on a neighbouring table. (the tables are quite close to one another). The round shape of the main room is interesting and makes observing the view pleasant. The sun shines directly onto the front of the café, and the outdoor terrace would be great to lounge around during the summer months.

I hear this place was first set up as a temporary facility for the 1952 Olympic games. It is still here. This has to be one of the classic coffee houses in Helsinki.This is still the true truth as I still say it as it is…

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