I usually try to improve my cooking skills, I am not always successful. I still cannot make an amazing omelette like Jacques Pepin, but I no longer feel bad about it. After seeing this amazingly bad way to make a quesadilla, I feel more at peace with the world. He doesn’t seem to care that he uses a shitty looking tortilla de harina, some months-old jar of “hot salsa”, shredded Vons cheddar cheese (trust, I know!), and some canned corn for his oily ass lunch. So why should any of us get upset about some recipe not coming out perfect? We all have our own skills that make our lives unique, maybe interesting, hopefully better. But Jacques, a world famous chef with incredible talents, has none for making quesadillers. And that in itself is a point of relief, an exhaling, a sense that we are all on the right track.
You may not know this about me, but I am a major fan of Biscuits and Gravy. No, I am not joking. This might seem like a stupidly unnecessary statement but if you live in Los Angeles you are just outside of the terrain I like to call Biscuit Country. It took me some time to figure this out but if you take enough road trips just a few miles out of LA County, you’ll soon be in the enchanted land of biscuits and gravy. Alas, even while being in BC, you will be hard pressed to find some vegetarian biscuits and gravy, that’s like some exotic bird that only migrates through a territory for a few days or so. But I know of this place in Flagstaff that I’ve given squatter rights in my mind (down with rent!) because I do want to be reminded regularly about their fabulous biscuits. Since I was planning a trip in this direction my magnetic compass pointed towards this stopover where I would be assured a nice breakfast.
Look at that beauty! Some nice warm biscuits smothered in a rich, thick, and satiating gravy which has me puzzled as to what it’s made of. Flour, black pepper, and who knows what else? Add some of their steamed eggs and it’s a big breakfast to fuel you up for that long drive. Did I mention they also have great coffee? Yeah, they do.
I don’t know when, but I will be back to have these again.
Macy’s European Coffeehouse & Bakery 14 S Beaver St Flagstaff, AZ 86001 macyscoffee.net
Hola amiguitos! Aqui les traigo otra instalacion de mis babosadas en forma de un HR review!
As you all may have noticed, HR reviews have been few and far between. One obvious reason is that blogs are dead. Every time I start working on a post it feels as if I’ve pulled out the ol’ Selectric to write a letter of complaint to some outfit or other. I used to really enjoy the blogging days before social media. For a brief moment it really felt like people were open to online discussions. I made a few friends and so many enemies, it was great! Nowadays I can’t be bothered to engage. Basically, Me Vale! The other reason for the dearth of HR reviews was my avoidance of eating out since the pandemic hit, which I am still doing. Why hang out amongst potential sick people when you can probably cook something tastier at home? Nowadays I mostly order out when its just easier to pick something up rather than think ahead and do all the prep work to make a meal. But maybe Recreational Eating is about to make a big comeback in my life, quien sabe?
Wait, none of that has anything to do with HR’s, sorry about that! On to the show!
Yay, we made it! Despite it all! Wot a crazy year that 2022 was, que no? Did I travel? No! Did I get Covid? Yes! Was it a year full of anxiety and stress? Claro! Were there moments of joy and peacefulness? Possibly! Was shit still falling apart all around? You know it!
Bah, whatever, I’m not going to think about the year that was cuz I’m just looking into the bright future, nothing can stop us now!
Just a friendly reminder to keep checking those beans for impurities, bad beans, and most importantly, hard ass rocks that will chip your teeth! Look at the size of these bad boys that were lurking in a bag of Peruano beans, they certainly mean business. I either bought them at Smart & Final or Superior, I don’t remember. I sure hope I found them all.
Speaking of which, S&F had once again run out of shopping carts but they have once again stocked a few new ones for the time being. Give it a month or two and you’ll have to lug all your stuff around like a burro. What is it about Brown bodies that makes companies think we are okay with extra labor?
I ended up here by chance as this was not on my travel plans for the day. 2 years into this pandemic and I’ve only gone to a few places to eat. But after a long drive to Calabasas and an even longer drive expected for the return home, we were already hungry. We decided to throw the dice and eat at a place with a patio. Likely to be surrounded by a fair number of people that don’t seem concerned about about getting covid (I am) so it wasn’t an easy decision. Fuck it, hambre wins, let’s give it a go! On to some weird looking Mexi themed restaurant!