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Saturday is a good day for eating breakfast out.  This morning’s gray mist made an outing even more appealing.  As I drove north from Bath on Route 512, I recalled my last visit to the BeanBath Café239It was a few days before Christmas and my son was just home from college.  We were looking for someplace with an urban edge, tasty food, and strong coffee.  I came across some rave reviews of a relatively new restaurant, new at least to me, the BeanBath Café.  “Sure,” my son said after I’d read a few lines. “Let’s try it.”  We weren’t disappointed.

Today I was greeted by a pleasant young man who said to choose my own seat.  “What ever is comfortable for you,” he said with a smile.  I chose a table by a large window overlooking the vast green countryside.   A waitress quickly appeared to take my drink order – coffee and a glass of water.

I read through a menu filled with appealing choices.  Omelets, Benedicts, scrambles, frittatas, burritos & quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches, French Toast, and more.  Other reviewers often comment on the superb quality of the Eggs Benedict served at the BeanBath.  (M would have loved the Benedicts, I thought. Always a favorite.)   In December my son and I had each ordered savory omelets – spinach & provolone for me, cheddar & bacon for him.  Scrumptious!  But today I felt like something different.  When the waitress returned I told her I’d like Yogurt, Granola & Fruit, along with a slice of whole wheat toast.

Frosty sceneryWhile I waited I sipped robust coffee and opened my Kindle.  Today I opted for a romantic short story I’d downloaded last month.  A good choice.  FLOWERS ON THE WATER by Helen Scott Taylor tells the story of Lucy and Dominic.  Divorced ten years before after the tragic loss of their young son, they meet again through a twist of fate.   Award-winning British author Taylor writes sweet, incredibly heartwarming fiction.  This emotional tale, though short, brought mist to my eyes, appropriate for the day.  (A tear-jerker, M would have said.  Why do we treasure a cry over a good story or movie?)  Nevertheless, it was a good choice for me.

My breakfast, too, was a good choice.   I’ve read that presentation is as important as preparation.  Presentation is an art.   If so, BeanBath’s chef  is an artist.   A base of crunchy granola was topped with yogurt overlaid with layers of sliced strawberries, perfectly ripened bananas, and sweet blueberries.  Browned whole wheat toast was a good complement.  Best of all, I savored the strong coffee.  235 “It’s Spice Island,” said the waitress when I asked.  “No spices, just a robust blend.  Some find it too strong,” she said.  Having grown up on the aroma and flavor of a strong brew, I didn’t.  I loved finding a restaurant where I can count on a good cup.

The bill for my meal – a yogurt parfait with granola and fresh fruit, a slice of whole wheat toast, and a large cup of coffee with refills, came to just over $9.00 (excluding tip).  Excellent service, well-prepared food, and a cordial atmosphere.  A thoroughly enjoyable morning.

The BeanBath Café is located at 2425 Plaza Court in the SouthMoore Plaza, two miles north of Bath along Highway 512.  Their hours are Monday – Thursday 7 am-2 pm; Friday 7 am to 3 pm, and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm;  Saturday 7:30 am to 3 pm, and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm; and Sunday 7:30 am to 3 pm.   Telephone – 484-287-2326.   If you enjoy this review (and the BeanBath), I hope you’ll share it with others.


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The Breakfast Table

The May sun slipped into my kitchen window greeting me with a soft smile.  I was about to brew a pot of coffee when a thought whispered.  Go out.  I’ve learned to listen to such thoughts.  So, I tucked my Kindle e-reader into my purse, grabbed jacket and car keys then stepped out into the fresh Saturday morning air.

Life changed for me with M’s sudden passing.  It happened more than a year ago without warning, too soon for us to be parted.  We had so much left undone, and unsaid.  In the early days of shock and grief, a dear friend offered sound advice.  Go out to eat occasionally, she said, with family, friends, or with a good book.  Just go out.  I’ve often followed her suggestion.  It’s eased the loneliness and helped me re-enter the world.

For this weekend’s outing I chose The Breakfast Table, a charming restaurant on Tatamy Road in Palmer Township.  It had been a long while since I’d been there, but the eatery hasn’t lost its interior charm.  237At the front of the sunny dining room with its French country décor, the hostess greeted me warmly, offering a table of choice.  I took one along the wall.

A cheerful waitress brought me a glass of iced lemon water and steaming mug of black coffee.  The single page menu held breakfast items on one side and lunch on the back.  There was a broad assortment for breakfast –  French toast, pancakes, Quiche, breakfast burritos, Panini, several omelets, as well as the more traditional eggs cooked to order, steak and other meats, and fruit.  I opted for scrambled eggs, healthy fruit (in lieu of their delicious breakfast potatoes), whole wheat toast and thick strawberry jam.

Soul String

Soul String by Casey Clifford

As I waited for my food I pulled out my Kindle and continued reading SOUL STRING, Book I by Casey Clifford.  SOUL STRING tells the tale of a grad student, Brenna Jane (B.J.) Kelley, and her long-lasting relationship with Professor Caleb Forrester.  It opens on the campus of the University of Madison in the turbulent 1970’s.  It’s the first novella in a series that will span twenty years of B.J.’s life and career, a time of change for women in both the academic and the business world.  Clifford’s voice drew me in with her compelling description and tidbits from another time.  A truly intriguing read – can’t wait to finish this novella, and continue the saga.

My food was delivered by the pleasant waitress.  I took out a moment to take a quick picture for this blog then enjoyed the flavor of the eggs and fresh fruit.  I continued reading.  Around me I heard the cordial chatter of other diners enjoying their visits and meals.

234My scrambled eggs were moist and flavorful.  I spread my wheat toast with thick, homemade jam.  The fresh melon and strawberries were cool and sweet.  The coffee was both fragrant and hot.  As I ate, I saw large plates of blueberry pancakes and thick French Toast topped with cream pass by, headed toward another table.  I almost envied the diners, then took another bite of strawberry.

I had ordered two scrambled eggs, two slices of whole wheat toast with jam, fresh fruit, and coffee.  The substitution of fruit for potatoes added $1.25 to my meal, for a total of just under $8.00 (plus tax and tip).   The restaurant accepts only cash or check – no credit cards.

The Breakfast Table is located at 1315 Tatamy Road in Palmer Township.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 7 to 2 for breakfast and lunch.  Sunday hours are from 8 until 2, breakfast only.  Closed on Monday.  Charming atmosphere, friendly service, delicious food.  What more can one ask?  I wholeheartedly recommend a visit.


Breakfast Table on Urbanspoon

On Valentine’s Day a fellow blogger, Capri, visited the Coopersburg Diner and reviewed it in her blog.  Her fine review prompted usCoopersburg Diner to add it to our growing list of diners to visit for breakfast.  Recently, on a lovely April morning, we decided to stop.  I do agree with Capri.  What a great spot for breakfast!

As we drove south, the construction along Route 309 almost caused us to pass right by.  Just in time, Penn Dot’s orange cones alerted us to the temporary turn-in lane.  (This accounts for my slightly lopsided photo.  Hard to get a more centered shot without risking life and limb.)  Given the traffic situation, the parking lot was fuller than I expected.  Apparently a little roadwork isn’t keeping folks away.

Inside, we were shown to a side window booth.  The diner has a clean refurbished look, homey with wood paneling, and an interesting ceiling.   Our waitress brought menus, water, and a carafe of coffee, which she left at the table :).   The breakfast menu held a wonderful variety; well worth reading through.  I opted for a croissant sandwich, although I was sorely tempted by the cinnamon roll sandwich with vanilla ice cream.  Sometime.

Croissant sandwich As we chatted and browsed through the newspaper, still more folks arrived.  Soon the servers were bustling.  Our smiling waitress brought our order.  As mentioned, I’d chosen the croissant sandwich – fried eggs, cheese and bacon on a croissant.  It came with homefries, browned, just as I’d requested.  M. ordered eggs, homefries, and a large order of bacon.

The breakfast croissant was huge, and delicious.  Couldn’t quite finish it.   M. thoroughly enjoyed his meal as well, superbly prepared.  We both agreed that the bacon and homefries were exceptionally tasty.  Our one disappointment was the coffee, a bit weak.  (We like strong coffee.)  Still, given the quality of everything else and the fine atmosphere, that won’t keep us away in the future.

Service was excellent, with our friendly waitress checking back often.

Our meals – two eggs, five pieces of bacon, homefries, orange juice, toast and coffee for him, croissant sandwich, homefries and coffee for me – came to under $12 (plus tip).   Most reasonable, given our large orders.

The Coopersburg Diner is located at 336 North 3rd Street (Route 309) in Coopersburg, PA.  610-282-1853.  They offer call ahead seating, have banquet facilities, and cater corporate and family functions.

Have you visited the Coopersburg Diner?  Please share your experience.


Coopersburg Diner on Urbanspoon

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" ........... "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" ...... "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. ... Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.” ...... ― A.A. Milne
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