This blog is rather quickly turning into my own rather aimless ramble about cars and food. I’m fine with that. I have other interests, but these are the things I choose to write about on the Internet.
I think my earlier exuberance over a fortune cookie was a bit misguided. I was reading a lot about Ferrari cars at the time and I still think it could be an interesting experience to own one. However, I’m a bit discouraged by the level of care required to keep one on the road. The models I might actually be able to afford from the 70’s and 80’s are not particularly durable nor are they “gas it and go” appliances. I need to face the fact that I’m not a particularly motivated to spend a lot of time turning wrenches. So, Ferrari might not be the best fit and I should probably dip my toe into the car hobby rather than jump into the deep end. For the time being, Porsche and Alfa Romeo are looking a bit better to me again. Granted, some of these models require some real upkeep, but the costs are lower. A major screw up on my part would also be easier to recover from with a generally cheaper car. A Porsche 944 could serve as a new set of car enthusiast training wheels.
I’m always keeping my eye out for a car that speaks to me. I need a new way to get to all these restaurants.
My wife and I frequently visit Toast in Birmingham for breakfast. There is a branch in Ferndale that is very similar, but Birmingham has the better atmosphere in my opinion. In any case, the food is very good. It rates near the top of my list of favorite breakfast places and it must for others as well since it is busy during peak breakfast hours on weekends. The menu includes several omelet choices including the Petosky (brie cheese, caramelized onions, dried cherries, bacon), which is my current favorite. The Spicy Cali omelet has been the only disappointment as it needs something to add some texture. Other menu choices I enjoy include the Breakfast Burrito and Huevos Rancheros. I usually get coffee, but they do serve alcohol, in case you like to start your day with a bloody mary or mimosa. There are usually specials, but rarely anything that surpasses the offerings of the standard menu.
Unlike some other breakfast joints, Toast also serves lunch and dinner. I’ve visited for dinner a couple times and it does not disappoint. They offer several excellent appetizers including a delightful Shrimp & Crab Ceviche and Fried Green Tomatoes. My only quibble is that the balsamic reduction on the tomatoes seems to overpower the rest of the dish. The Mediterranean Crunch Salad is excellent as well. The main dishes are good but a bit predictable. In all, Toast is a good choice for a bite any time of day.
A Benedict special with shrimp.
The Toast Breakfast Burrito, a standard menu item for those with a big breakfast appetite.
I had some Chinese carry out earlier this week from Lim’s Palace in Clawson. The food was pretty bland and unsatisfying (dumplings were ok), but I received a great fortune in my cookie. It reads “Something on 4 wheels will soon be a fun investment for you!”. Well, that seems strangely specific and relevant to my interests. I guess the universe is telling me to abandon the motorcycle shopping. A four wheeled “investment” has to be a car, and not just any car. A car is typically a liability that depreciates over time, not an investment. Is some cosmic power really telling me to buy the Ferrari I’ve been fantasizing about? Appears so, does it not?
I’m not one to fight the universe, so I’m now officially going to embrace the search for something special. I’m in no rush to buy, but if a reasonable Ferrari 308 comes up for sale, maybe it is time to take the plunge. Of course, a vintage Alfa Romeo or late model Maserati Coupe could fit the bill as well. I’m not even sure I will fit in a Ferrari. I sat in a 308 GTS at the Auburn auction over a decade ago and recall it feeling very snug. It’s time to give it another try.