Sunday, November 18, 2007

Breakfast at the Beach

We were anxious, after the dreadful oil spill despoiling San Francisco Bay and adjacent Pacific shorelines, that the gorgeous Stinson Beach would be a victim of the spill. We were invited out to Stinson to join cousins Sher and Jyah for a day with their wacky, delightful friends and a small herd of dogs in all sizes - we went with some little trepidation.

We decided on the twisty, wiggly drive through a pea soup fog out to the coast, to have breakfast at the Parkside, our favorite Stinson haunt, reasoning that their business might have suffered since the beach is closed. Sure enough, we essentially had the place to ourselves, a rarity on a Saturday morning in this bustling and popular family restaurant.

Pictured is my generous breakfast of French toast and bacon, both cooked to perfection. The French toast was richly eggy and moist, steeped in egg rather than quickly dipped and dry like so many restaurants serve it, and their real maple syrup is well worth the extra dollar they charge. The bacon was applewood smoked and crisped just the way I like it with no hint of burning but still crisp as a cracker. Not pictured is the sweet, delicious fresh squeezed OJ - breakfasts at the Parkside are always hearty. We usually walk them off with a long stroll down the lovely beach but it was closed today for cleanup and to give relief to the oiled seabirds.

There will be months or years of fault finding in the wake of the terrible spill - hindsight is always 20-20. How much better it would have been for the birds, the sea life, the beach, the businesses and the people if we had had a prompt response to the accident and a way to round up all that black goo before it marked one of the loveliest beaches in California and impacted everyone in such serious ways.


Blogger Dagny said...

Huh. Guess that article that I read on Friday, in which they said the beaches of San Mateo and Marin counties were open once more, was wrong. I was thinking it sounded a little soon. I find the whole spill thing to be depressing. Especially when I go into the store and do not see any Dungeness crab.

Great looking breakfast though. Good thing I'm on my way out for a meal or else I might be tempted to gnaw my arm off or some such thing.

Sunday, November 18, 2007  
Blogger jyah said...

Zoomie and MB,
Wish I could have joined you for that scrumptious looking french toast. Never saw anything like it in France. Go figure.

Sunday, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, we've read and heard conflicting reports all through this ordeal - neither the press nor the government seems to know what it's doing. And that seems to be a large part of the problem!

Jyah, next time we go, we'll call you!

Sunday, November 18, 2007  
Blogger katiez said...

It appears that you ate part of the French Toast before pausing for the woman!
The bacon sounds wonderful and I so miss the fresh orange juice that is everywhere in Spain and rare here in France!
That oil spill was awful - they all are... no excuse...

Sunday, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Katie, yes, sometimes I have to remind myself to take the picture, quick! before the food disappears! :-)

Sunday, November 18, 2007  

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