Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A West Coast treat for hungry travelers

Golden grown empanada with sidedish and salsa

What's an empanada?

Until last October, I don't think I'd ever heard of one. And then I ate one.

And one could say that was the start of something new. But that's not the case.

My first experience with such a treat occurred on our nine-day trip along the West Coast back in October.

We had spent the night in Willits at the Old West Inn and then decided to head to the Coast for the final  leg of our trip down to San Francisco.  We were hoping to find a coffee shop in Fort Bragg, but that didn't pan out.

We headed south and, since having spent time in Mendocino previously, we decided we were going to give some place in that community our business.

We drove around taking in the scenery and seeing what kinds of shops were open and busy.

We decided on the Goodlife Cafe and Bakery. There were a lot of people coming and going and enjoying the food and atmosphere.

Goodlife had a wide assortment of items, all of which looked really delicious.

And then our decision was the pastry stuffed with a variety of ingredients and then baked or fried. Our empanada included cheese, egg and sausage, a well-enjoyed treat for a late-morning meal.

I always get some type of coffee drink, usually a latte or cappuccino while wifey orders tea.  That is what we did.

The counter by the window offered some good people-watching while we devoured the offering. 

I haven't had an empanada since. I haven't seen it on any menus. I guess down South we're just more likely to enjoy eggs and grits and biscuits and bacon.

Next post: April 23, 2013

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