Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday at the Cafe

Panino Specials:
Roasted Eggplant, Pesto & Mozz
The Torpedo - Spicy Italian Sausage, Pepernata & Provolone

Soups of the Day:
Chili - Vegetarian and Chili Con Carne
Potato Leek (vegetarian)

Saturday Special: Ham and Cheese Biscuits & Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I am not a morning person. It is an unfortunate coincidence that people want coffee and baked goods first thing in the morning and I am a purveyor of fabulous coffee and outrageous baked goods. Truth is, it only hurts for the first five minutes and by the time I reach the Cafe it's all good.

Monday through Friday I hit the kitchen ready to tackle the morning prep list. Marinate those mushrooms, saute the leeks, what soup should I make today? And the customers are on their way to work or school. Everybody is working on their agenda. Places to go and people to see.

And then there is Saturday.

It is a completely different vibe. Everyone smiles a little bigger, chats a little longer. Rather than lunch with co-workers, folks are meeting their friends, family come in together and lovers are making morning-after doe eyes at each other.

And people eat differently on Saturdays. That is one of the reasons Saturdays are my favorite day at the Cafe. Monday-Friday people stick to "their regular" (whatever that is). On Saturdays the trend is toward something special, different or a little indulgent. Which means I get to cook "off the menu". Sometimes it's a meal special like strata or french toast, but almost always there is a pastry case special guest.

If you are a workday patron make an effort to stop by some Saturday morning - maybe in the spring when the terrace is the social spot of Charles Village. And to my Saturday regulars - remember you can stop in on your way to work, pick up coffee and a muffin and carry a little of that groovy Saturday feel into the office.