Thursday, December 24, 2015

Breakfast for the Born-again

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM

A blueberry scone to set you on the path of righteousness. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • A blueberry scone to set you on the path of righteousness.
So, after the holiday decadence you've resolved to eat healthy foods, to treat your body like a sustainably built temple instead of the shameless altar of Bacchus it's been for the last two months. But do you have to be a monk? Because that bowl of cold grains you're starting off with is a little grim. The counter at Cafe Phoenix (1300 G. St., Arcata), which boasts a changing menu of locally sourced and/or organic everything, might be a better place to start. The cake stands are stacked with scones, brownies and coffee cakes made with organic butter, flour, eggs and fruit to ease you into your new lifestyle. The blueberry scone ($3.50) is a good place to start — soft and cakey inside with indigo bursts of berries (antioxidants!) and a delicate, buttery crust of cinnamon. Do you want that warmed up in the oven so it's toasty outside and just a bit steamy within? Of course you do. Maybe a side of butter (organic, and we've decided butter's good right now — jump on that train while it's running). There are poached eggs and veggies on the board, but hey, baby steps. Let the next table explore Brussels sprouts as a breakfast food. You just enjoy that scone. 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Fine Mess

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Biscuits and gravy to ease you into the daylight. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Biscuits and gravy to ease you into the daylight.
Trinidad's reputation as "a drinking town with a fishing problem" means it's also a town that needs a solid recovery breakfast. Lucky the place is small enough that the Trinidad Bay Eatery (607 Parker St.) is only a short stumble away. A plate of fluffy cut-out buttermilk biscuits split and blanketed with white bacon gravy might be enough to steady you ($5.99). If nothing else, the pale expanse will blot out those fuzzy memories and thoughts of the gym.
  
The Sailor's Mess after a stormy night. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The Sailor's Mess after a stormy night.
But if you're still puzzling over what to do with the drunken sailor, the Sailor's Mess might be called for ($11.99). Order it and your sympathetic server will bring you a plate filled to the edges with hash browns and topped with onions and peppers (vegetables!), a trio of eggs and three strips of bacon. Hidden beneath those eggs is a ladleful of that bacon gravy, which is a fine idea. The potatoes are all you want from hash browns — a flattened haystack that's crisp on the surface and steamy and soft within. And, wonder of wonders, it's by no means a greasy affair but an actual meal to fortify you and help you regain your sea legs.

Warm icing melts into a hot cinnamon roll. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Warm icing melts into a hot cinnamon roll.
If you're there when the cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, get one ($2.99). The spiral of pastry — taking up the table like a coiled fire hose — is doused with warm icing just before serving. The sugar melting into the simple dough is comforting rather than decadent to pull apart and nibble with black coffee — just the thing you need. 


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