When we began our journey together 10 months ago, I couldn't wait to see you every weekend. The thought had me jumping out of bed on Sunday morning filled with glee, waiting to see where and how I'd find you that week.
But somewhere around a month ago I realized that our relationship had to change. Things are starting to feel forced and repetitious. But it's not you, it's me. You've been available, versatile and in most cases a breakfast food I could count on. Oh and the ways I've had you --curried, sauced, baked and poached (too many times to count). Few other foods could do all the things you do, baby.
And I have to be honest. You run with a bad crowd. Your decadent, calorie-laden, breakfast companions like coffee and cream, mimosas/brunch cocktails (for journalism;), not to mention your buddies-- bacon, hashbrowns, biscuits and coffeecake--have literally been on my ass for months now and I can't seem to shake them off.
I think it would be best if we took a nice, long break.
It's not that we won't see each other again, I know we will --as you are a valuable part of the Cobb salad I treasure. You can be assured, you will always be my friend. In a month or two, when I can utter "Hollandaise Sauce" without vomit rising in my throat, I know you'll be waiting for me, at one of these fine establishments which have given us the Top Five egg dishes of our Swoon-tastic relationship.
Ahhh, the Huevos Rancheros (Crisp corn tortillas, 2 eggs over medium, ranchero sauce, cotija cheese, green rice, black beans & warm tortillas-$8.95- Add Carne Asada for $3). That was a memorable morning in the rare Seattle sunshine. I'll never forget finding you over medium on a bed of perfect beans and rice wearing nothing but a little ranchero sauce and a smile.
Those Baked Eggs alla Boscaiola (two eggs, tomato, sausage, mushroom, mozzarella) still give me shivers. I'll never forget our afternoon together in Ballard and what you did to my mouth that day. Sighhhhh
We always liked to get baked together, didn't we my love? But on this very special morning we got down right broiled with Jambon Fromage (Two eggs broiled with ham and gruyere-$7.50). Maybe that's how I got roped into that three-way with you and that Pain au Chocolat à l'ancienne?
The Pulled Pork & Caramelized Onion Scramble, (seasoned pulled pork, caramelized onion, roasted tomato, garlic and thyme- $7.99) lit our fire all over again at this dive with an incredible weekend kitchen. I thought I was dizzy because of the lightening-fueled drinks, but now I know it was you all along.
You didn't get mad when I flirted with the incredible beignets and weren't even jealous when the cheese grits made me moan, because you knew you were about to do me so right it almost stopped my heart, via the Hangover (double order of crispy browns topped with homemade sausage gravy and two eggs, severed with a biscuit-$9.50). It was so fantastic, I was literally rendered immobile.
Hey Swoon Fans, Thanks for being such loyal readers. If you are not yet sick to death of me, you'll find me here, same time next week with a new column combing food and music.
In my first shocking expose, I'll being throwing open the lid on a Pandora's Box holding some of the direst secrets in the Seattle music scene... Stay tuned.