Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sweet Sage Breakfast At The Beach

As the Chef de Cuisine in our kitchen by the sea, I do most of the meal planning and cooking. The one meal that I rarely do is breakfast - breakfast American style. I prefer something akin to a Thailand Gwit Diao, a soup with rice noodles, garlic, pickled radish, chicken or pork, bamboo sprouts or pak boong (morning glory). It’s basically chicken soup.

Breakfast, to my darling bride, is eggs, bacon, potatoes or grits, and biscuits. That's what she grew up with in the nether-reaches of Ohio and that is what she expects here in our stately pleasure dome on Gulf Boulevard. As far as I am concerned, that's way too much mis en place and cooking first thing in the morning.

To assuage her morning hunger, we have to go out if we want more than breakfast bars and cereal. That brings me to the point of this gastronomic epistle. This morning, after coffee and paper in bed, we suited up and headed out to the Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique at 16725 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach.

We broke fast at the charming eatery a few weeks ago, and loved it. The cafe has indoor seating, but dining outdoors in their magical garden is spectacular. The garden, like the rest of the cafe, is decorated in touristy kitsch, which only adds to the enchantment of the place. While the parking lot in front was packed, we found street parking nearby. We also expected a wait, but we were surprised to immediately be seated in the garden.

Hardly had our tushies touched the chairs before Heather presented us with menus and took our beverage orders. Since we had already consumed our morning coffee, we decided on one of the cafe's healthful juice drinks. In a flash, Heather appeared with our perfectly seasoned and prepared beverages.

Bloody Marys first thing in the morning seems like a completely civilized way to start one's day, and reminded us of why we decided to eschew going to w-w-w-work. That was rather painful to say.

While allowing that nectar of the gods to work its mellowing magic, the Belle of the Boulevard and I decided on our solid food druthers. For the Gardenia of the Sage Garden, the choice was clearly the Eye Opener with two scrambled, bacon, grits, and one of the Sage heavenly biscuits. This dish was a delight and the eggs were as light and fluffy as clouds.

The last time I dined at Sage I had the simply divine Scrambled Crab Benedict, a tasty crab cake topped with creamy scrambled eggs and covered with hollandaise. That was a superb dish, but this time I made another wise decision and requested the West Virginia Benedict with biscuits topped with creamy scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. Oh, my gawd, was that ever good!

If my old country Grannie had been from West Virginia, that is what I imagine she would have cooked. Grannie was from Germany, so she never cooked stuff like that, but I bet she could-a if she tried, and would-a hollered, Wunderbar!, if she did.

Food and adult breakfast drinks came to a pleasing $31.96. We tacked on an additional 20%-plus gratuity for Heather. As we were leaving I saw a beautiful display calling attention to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sweet Sage Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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