Whenever D and I get the yearning to leave the city and set up a little business in the lake, I stop myself with two thoughts: 1) the busiest time of year is also the time that we would like to be doing what everybody else is out there doing: enjoying the long and warm days with the family, reading in a hammock, walking the beach, riding bikes in the forest and (for D) playing tennis every morning and 2) the off-season must be such a challenge to pare back staff and supplies and keep a close eye on expenses to make it to the next lucrative summer season.
We know the restaurant business and understand these challenges, so we were non-pulsed with the reaction from the owner and our server at Idle Thyme at the Traverse Bay corner of Highway 59, when we asked if she served decaff coffee (I am trying to cut back and I had already had my two cup limit of half caff that morning). She hesitantly admitted that she did have decaff but that she would have to put on a fresh pot and “that we had better drink the whole thing”. We also could not help but notice that there was no peanut butter, jams or jellies served with their delicious brown and rye toast. When we requested some, she scooped it out of a “home use” jar behind the counter. It happened to be our favourite variety so this too, was not an issue.
I ordered a “Build Your Own Omelet” of cheddar, mushrooms and red pepper. The concoction was delicious and perfectly prepared and was enhanced by both the toast made of bakery whole wheat bread and little half moons of fresh potato that were browned up on the grill.
D thought that he was back in the States when he spied Corned Beef Hash, a combination of pan fried potato, corned beef, onion and horseradish which came with two (also perfectly cooked) easy over eggs and rye toast.
We both thought that our selections were first rate, affordably priced and we left satisfied by our late fall breakfast at the lake. Our only concern would be for those guests, especially visitors to the province, who might not know what a struggle it is to keep the doors open once the off-season arrives. Would they be as understanding of the humphing and sarcasm?
Kath’s quote: “Canned soups can be magnificent, the lowly meatball wildly exciting, and old-fashioned corned beef hash an emotional experience.”-Cosmopolitan (1952)
Love-that is all.