Sorry for the fuzzy image but you get the idea. I love my life in France, no question, but I’m just north of San Francisco right now, so I stopped into a place I’ve been wanting to try for ages and seriously, I want to move around the corner from this place and eat here every day. Keep the Louvre. I want a reliable source of good, cheap tacos.
There is how we were raised and then there is how that morphs into what we become. I was your basic white kid who morphed into your basic old white lady.
The thing is, I grew up in a largely Hispanic neighborhood and spent a lot of time in Baja. So tamales, carnitas, guacamole, that’s all pretty normal for me. At home in Paris I have started slipping cumin into everything. I have been thinking I need to learn how to make tortillas because those Old El Paso things from the HyperU just don’t cut it. In my souvenir pile are seed packets for cilantro and tomatillos.
The other thing is, I love a good coffee shop. Back in the day, you could smoke indoors. So the parents would settle in with their coffee and cigarettes and, just for a little while, stop arguing. It was heaven. To this day, eggs with hash browns, burgers and fries, my my my, talk about your comfort food.
Over time I developed a taste for something a little healthier than fried potatoes with everything but I still like the old stuff. So what a treat to find a coffee shop run by somebody who could have sat in my high school home room, who also morphed in many of the same ways. From the outside the Shoreline Coffee Shop looks pretty old school. Inside, nope. They stripped out the linoleum and the Naugahyde booths, preferring polished concrete and molded plywood seating. While the food is organic, local, all that correct bla bla, you can still get a plate of fries. And the mix of Mexican — their term — and Marin is brilliant.
When I get home, just as soon as the cilantro and tomatillos come up, I’ll be making some of those duck confit tacos. And when I work out an acceptable approximation of their cumin vinaigrette, I might possibly share it. Maybe.