Finally, a break from the rain! I was starting to think I needed to invest in an umbrella company or something. Scott and I took advantage of the sunny weekend skies by going to the movies, which yes, kind of defeats the whole get-out-in-the-sun purpose, doesn’t it?
We saw Superbad, which unless you are still into the kind of humor endorsed by boys in a 7th grade gym class, was indeed super bad. A much better use of our rain-free time, in my opinion, was dining on the patio at Barclay Gallery and Café where tables are filled with a delightful mix of young families, people my grandmother’s age (Whatever that is, she still won’t tell us.), and twenty-somethings club kids rehashing drama from the previous night out.
Nestled in a flower laden corner in the Historic Third Ward, this colorful café was the perfect place to get an early lunch and indulge in some much needed outdoor time. Actually, I’d planned on getting brunch, but didn’t realize that unlike Sunday, where brunch is served until 3:00, on Saturday brunch ends a little earlier. Having arrived about half an hour too late, we settled into a table shielded from the street by a lush row of flowers, and scoured the lunch menu instead.
Packed with a wide varied of salads, soups, sandwiches, and more substantial fare such as tenderloin tips, vegetable lasagna, or chicken pot pie, the Barclay offers an interesting mix of affordable choices.
I ended up getting a bowl of soba noodles. I used to eat these, rice balls, and ramen noodles all the time in Japan. Which reminds me, I’ve been craving Japanese rice balls and I’m much too lazy to make them myself, so if anyone knows of a place I can buy them, please let me know. Now back to the soba.
Made of buckwheat and often served cold, soba noodles are a perfect choice for summer. Mine came tossed with carrots, mushrooms, pea pods, chopped green onion, and a dash of sesame-ginger soy sauce. Usually they mix in some sprouts, which provide a little more texture, but you can also add chicken or shrimp to pump it up even more. Meanwhile, Scott’s menu selection went in a completely different direction.