Good Morning Gentle Readers,
A well prepared morning repast of Eggs Benedict is an especially classy way to begin the day, and, frankly, there is nothing quite as pleasurable. To be enjoyed properly, Eggs Benedict musn't be rushed. It is to be savored and is best when accompanied with good coffee, good company, and good conversation.
Twenty6 is one of several eateries at the sprawling and gorgeous La Quinta Resort near Palm Springs. This morning's breakfast was as magnificent as it looks. A solid 9.25 on the TWC Eggs Benedict Scale and one of only five that have passed into the rarefied and coveted nines.
But TWC is a purist. Oh sure, one can enjoy Sardou or Florentine or even Montoya, which can tempt with grilled filet mignon, but each of these is but a mere change of pace and never a substitute for the real thing. And please, Eggs Benedict isn't done with ham. It is Canadian Bacon. If it tastes like ham, it isn't Canadian Bacon, regardless of what the label claims. Don't start with that, there is a difference.
Unfortunately, there are very few artisans that are skilled in the preparation of this epicurean treasure. The world is filled with hacks using canned Hollandaise or, worse, Knorr powdered Hollandaise. I once was served Eggs Benedict with green Hollandaise. How, exactly, did that make it out of the kitchen?
Legends abound about the origin of this breakfast phenomena but it is more than likely that the dish originated at Delmonico's in New York around the onset of the Civil War. Delmonico's has the distinction of being the very first American restaurant. Isn't that odd? That there really is a first American restaurant?
Umbrella to the Right Shaded Our Breakfast Table This Morning