One day, I will see a cafe or restaurant that I like the look of and, without further ado, go there. Straight away. Without passing go or dithering on the way. Until then, I will write lists of potential visits to be weighed up, pondered, turned around several times, looked forward to enough to build up a good head of anticipation (or steam, as the case may be), and then, only then, finally go there.
I've been wanting to visit the Moose General Store since April, when I came across it via The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Hungry (also the source of Sweetness, and so viewed as a highly reliable source of tasty distractions). So it's only taken a measly 3½ months to make it in. And it's not as though it was an expedition to get there, either.
Moose was worth waiting for. At a civillisedly late hour of a Sunday morning, it was bustling, but with a spare table just waiting to be swooped on. Most of the seating is outside so, while Moose may be waterproof (or maybe those antlers are also good as umbrellas), it might be best kept for a dry day. It was a folksy mix of furniture of varying shapes, sizes and heights - what this might lack in practicality, it made up for in a rustic and homely style. And that's before you see the menu...
Menus at Moose are to be found scattered through old children's books. With the aid of a table of contents, you flick through your Enid Blyton to various points in the book where food options await you. Deciding between the porridge (ooh... treacle...), the tea loaf, or a number of simple and indulgent sounding sandwiches was a challenge - thinking on an empty stomach always seems harder. In the end, it was the granola that won out - having heard about it being house-made* and available in a range of flavours (including a special of white chocolate), I was keen to give it a try.
Moose granola with yogurt and rhubarb compote. They also have very cute little tea glasses and milk bottles
The granola struck just the right balance between sweetness and virtuousness, and with yogurt and rhubarb compote mixed in, had a lovely fruity crunch with a tiny bit of squidge. Yum. The scrambled eggs looked good, and were pronounced very tasty by the other penguin.
Scrambled eggs with bacon
The laid back friendly feel at Moose, and the list of things to yet be tried out, mean it will definitely be going on the list of regular haunts for those irregular breakfasts. But don't try to turn round inside without making sure you've tucked your antlers in first.
What I'm really hanging out for, though, is the G&T marmalade. What a thought!
* They don't just make granola, folks... they also do jams - and they tweet...