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Digging Deep and Building High

While multifaceted, multi-talented Boyfriend was gearing up to build the sleeping loft, I was trying to forestall the task I had set for myself for the day, so I ate up some time (literally!) by taking us to breakfast.  There are a LOT of breakfast places in Long Beach, so even though we enjoyed breakfast at Laurie’s during our last trip, I wanted to try a new place.  We decided to try the 42ND Street Cafe and Bistro.

42nd Street Cafe & Bistro on UrbanspoonWe were the first people in the door (restaurant opens at 8 am) and were greeted by a very soft-spoken server. He gave us our choice of tables, and brought coffee and menus right away.

Boyfriend decided to try their Pot Roast Hash, and I ordered bacon and eggs (over medium!) in addition to a plate of beignets.  I first tried beignets at the Cafe du Monde in New Orleans when I was 12, and have had much love for them ever since.  You don’t often see beignets on the menu in the Pacific Northwest, so I was absolutely going to try them.

Our food came quickly and was delicious.  Boyfriend actually ate his entire breakfast, including 1 1/2 of the beignets.  My breakfast was fantastic.  The eggs were perfectly over-medium, the bacon was thick cut and cooked perfectly (not crunchy, not soggy), and the hash browns were actually cooked all the way through (not crispy fried, and not half raw).  I was a little disappointed with the beignets though. I found them a little dense and chewy when I was hoping for something fluffy and airy with a lightly crisped crust.  They did serve a house made Marionberry Conserve with
Marionberries, Oranges, Strawberries and Walnuts that was terrific on the toast and on the beignets.  The food at the 42ND Street Cafe and Bistro is quite a bit more expensive than I would typically like to spend for breakfast, but wow, it was good!  I can certainly understand how they can stand behind their money-back guarantee.  For real, they offer a 100% unconditional money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with your meal.  Boyfriend said the wine list was very good, so I suspect we’ll be back to try their lunch and dinner menus!

Mmm...coffee...

Mmm…coffee…

Interior of 42ND Street Cafe

Interior of 42ND Street Cafe

Beignets with house made Marionberry jam

Beignets with house made Marionberry jam

Slow-cooked Pot Roast Hash

Slow-cooked Pot Roast Hash

Bacon and Eggs

Bacon and Eggs

After our lovely breakfast, it was time to get to work.  My job was to dig an 80-foot ditch.  Boyfriend’s job was to build the sleeping loft.

78 feet left to go.

78 feet left to go.

Header is up.

Header is up.

Joists are hung!

Joists are hung!

Subfloor going down.

Subfloor going down.

Sleeping loft, done enough to use!

Sleeping loft, done enough to use!

We both finished our tasks, but can you guess who had a LOT more fun completing their job??  The loft is about three and a half feet high in the middle.  To conserve space, I think we’ll be using a full-sized mattress up here instead of a queen.

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