Pipe Dream


I have two dreams in life: 1. To open and run a little cafe. 2. To start a farm. Today, let’s explore dream number one, an idea a college friend and I have been scheming for years.

The cafe might be called something like Olallie, open for breakfast and lunch daily from 6am to 3pm. My friend, a lovely girl, would run the front of the house, wooing customers with her big smile and California charm. I would be the devil in the back of the house, running a tight ship, raising hell when my little culinary student interns burn the croissants and overcook the oatmeal. And if all goes as planned, around 10 am everyday, when the grunt work is completed, my friend and I would turn the reins over to our obedient staff while we dipped biscotti in our cappuccinos and read the newspaper on our sunlit patio.

At Olallie, we would serve coffee and tea, homemade muffins and scones, wood-burning-oven-baked breads and pizzas, salads and soups, house-made granola and open-faced tartines. We would be renowned for our sandwiches. All of our ingredients would, of course, come from local farmers or Fair Trade vendors and would change with the seasons, peaches in the summer, persimmons in the fall. I’m still working on perfecting our signature coffee cake, but Teddy’s Apple Cake will make a fine substitute in the meantime.

I know, I know. Let me dream.

This folder, created in 2003, holds all of the recipes we will use at Olallie’s.
With any luck, our cafe will draw a loyal following, much like San Francisco’s Tartine:
And, after years of honing our skills as restaurateurs, we will turn that folder of recipes into a fantastic cookbook. I am so excited about my latest purchase: The Tartine Cookbook:


23. October 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes | 46 comments


Comments (46)

  1. What a great dream! Go for it! I am sure if you have the passion and perseverance you can do it!

  2. How exciting! I love all the plans you’ve come up with. I’d love coming to your cafe!!

  3. I loved your candy corn haiku!

  4. Ali, we miss you back here, so much. I know I’m not the only one that tries to ‘keep up’ with you. Thank you for your shout outs, and I applaud your dreams!

  5. Hi A – really enjoying your blog. I’m in Escondido married to a 1st Med. Battallion officer. Nice to hear all the references to local sources. Thanks for the entertainment and good luck making Olalie happen!!

  6. Thanks Chris! Nice to meet you, virtually anyway. I wish I knew more about the area — I’ve been here for almost a year now but have yet to do as much exploring as I would like. I’ve been meaning to make a day trip to Escondido.

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