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Helser’s and those beautiful Scotch eggs.

April 6th, 2010 · 4 Comments

On a Tuesday morning like this, I wish I were in Portland, probably at Helser’s on Alberta.   Yes, I wrote about our beautiful breakfasts there, but now Kevin Conrad has created this video taste of the place.

These guys know how to make some scrumptious Scotch eggs and some good looking food.  (And a big thanks to Gretchen, Alex Helser’s sister, for her proud-sibling comment on the original post!)

Tags: "Breakfast Special"

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  • 1 phil allen // Jul 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the “Breakfast Special”, which aired last evening on KQED/SF. Soo many places to dine, east of the Miss. I owe myself one more grand tour of the lower 48 before i expire (hopefully from overeating); thanks to you and your several food doc’s, it will largely be an eating tour, with the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station as Ground Zero.
    Until i view the entire program, i’m assuming the west gets shorted, although Nick sez this will be a 2-parter. We have (too) many choices around the Bay–my favorite being The Homemade Cafe in Berkeley and its sweet-spicy waffles–but i’m open to suggestions from someone whose heart is in his stomach. I can’t find my favorite anywhere..yet: buckwheat cakes. And i can’t just peel off to the Maple Tree Inn come winter.
    Have you, or will you, do a doc on ice cream? (Seems as though you have). I haven’t had my favorite in years: orange-pineapple. For that matter, plain ol’ orange doesn’t seem to exist at all. I’ll be tuned, phil in west Berkeley

  • 2 Rick // Jul 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    ORANGE-PINEAPPLE PHIL: Yes, I did AN ICE CREAM SHOW back in the 1990s. I could start again if somebody’d give me the money! I remember the ginger ice cream at Four Seas on Cape Cod as being sublime. With tons of ginger. My regular favorite is vanilla. Love vanilla like so many people love chocolate. But there used to be a small place near my office here that made maple-grapenuts ice cream and I still crave that.
    There are lots of great places to discover and eat in. That’s why we’re alive. Just keep your eyes and ears and nose open!

  • 3 ursula // Mar 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Rick,
    Please share with me the names of the musicians on the breakfast special that played the ukelele.

    Thank you,

  • 4 Rick // Apr 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    URSULA The music on BREAKFAST SPECIAL was composed and performed by the great Buddy Nutt who is a one-man band. His then-fiancee/now-wife UkuLizzy performs the duet with him that is featured at the end of the program. They both play and love the ukulele. Check out the info at http://www.buddynutt.com

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