I was recently introduced to Shakshouka, a simple dish of poached or baked eggs in a saucy concoction of tomatoes, peppers, onions and herbs. How had I not been familiar with this one before?
One of my favorite cafes in the East Bay, Julie’s coffee and tea, had the perfect accompaniment to my rainy, Sunday afternoon. It was cold, it was wet… and all I wanted was something to warm my bones. I’ve been here quite a few times and each visit has never been short of delightful. Actually, when I first moved up to the Bay Area (nearly two years ago!! I can’t believe how fast time has flown!), this was my go-to spot. Partially because I needed a place with wireless internet, but mainly because it was so easy to fall absolutely head-over-heels for this place. On a nice, warmer, dry day their backyard patio is an idyllic reading nook. Peaceful, cellphone free! Another reason to love the place; patrons are asked to take their calls outside! Anyway, I digress, back to Shakshouka.
Included on the menu, their rendition of Shakshouka: Baked Eggs, “seasonal veggies, two organic eggs, garlic & cheese, baked to a golden brown perfection.”
Perfection it was indeed!
It reminds me of a thicker, tomato-y French Onion Soup… that you would use crusty bread to sop up all the veggie, yolky goodness. As a side, I ordered their seasonal artisan bread – cranberry and walnut rye toast served with a creamy whipped butter and strawberry jam. Just look at that plate! Adorable!
Dishes are prepared to order and all I can say is that it’s definitely worth the wait. The ingredients used here are always fresh. Julie’s Coffee and Tea has been open since 2005, and one of their main focuses is on organic, handmade products — an easy return destination in my opinion!
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501