History of Thanksgiving

Considering we are one day away from this national holiday, a bit of the history of Thanksgiving seemed appropriate.  The source for the information today comes from the History Channel.

Were you aware that it was Abraham Lincoln who made Thanksgiving a National Holiday to be celebrated every year?

Turkeys were not on the menu in the first celebrations of thanksgiving by the settlers and their neighbors.  The menu consisted of lobsters, swans, and seals for the main course.

It was in 1621, after the first spring the few settlers who survived living on the ship, set about creating a feast and inviting the neighboring Native Americans to join them.  The meal consisted of what was available then, not the traditional cakes, pies, and other familiar dishes of today’s feasts.  The Native Americans taught the settlers how to survive in this new country, sharing their knowledge of how to grow corn, avoid poisonous plants and to fish the local water ways and ocean.

Can you imagine?  There are those individuals today who do not have to imagine a Thanksgiving holiday without the traditional meals many of us favor.  The homeless, the war torn, the impoverished, and around the world many who live without holiday meals, let alone any real meal.

Click to watch the video from the History Channel, The History of Thanksgiving.

Today I am grateful for all that I have.  Family, friends, a growing business, a roof over my head, medical care, food to eat, clean water to drink, a car that provides me transportation, and all that life holds for me this day and the next.

What about you?  What are you grateful for? Share in the comments and join us on our social media pages.

The Fish You Eat. All You Can Eat Fish.

Did a bit of research regarding cod.  Did you know there is more than one type of cod? There are two primary types: Pacific & Atlantic.  But there is more to the fish than most realize.

Cod is a common word used in different fish species.  However cod is a member of the genus  Gadus.   The Atlantic cod is found more often in the Northern Atlantic ocean and generally considered Alaskan Cod.  The Pacific cod does not seem to have a preference to the Northern or Southern Pacific ocean.  If you wish to learn more about the cod family, Wikipedia has an informative article.

The cod used here at the cafe is from the Northern Atlantic ocean.

Here are the nutritional facts of the Atlantic Cod:

  • Total fat content is: 0.5g, with saturated fat at 0.1g and polyunsaturated at 0.2g and monounsaturated at 0.1g.
  • Vitamin D is 5% of your daily requirements.
  • Cholesterol is 55mg.
  • Potassium 273 mg
  • Sodium 351mg
  • No carbs, sugar, or dietary fiber
  • Protein 18g
  • Vitamin B12 38% daily needs
  • Vitamin B6 5% daily needs
  • Magnesium 5% daily needs

When it is breaded, the fat, salt, and sugar contents change.  The type of breading makes a difference.  The cafe dips the cod in a buttermilk mixture, then rolls in a white flour mix.  It is deep fried until golden brown and drained before serving.

Your dips include blue cheese, ranch dressing or tartar sauce.  Salt and any other condiments you care to add.

Enjoy your meal.  Take a pic and share with us.


Hump Day?

Just another day of the week?  The term “Hump Day” is used to describe Wednesday, the middle of our work week.

Halfway to the end or halfway from the beginning? The answer depends on your perception.  It would seem the majority perceives it as half way to the weekend.  What about you?

The Urban Dictionary defines Hump Day as the middle of the work week. In working your way through a touch work week, the term is to aid in a sense of ending.

Are you halfway to the weekend or halfway past it?

Tell us, we will listen.

Daylight Saving: Is it a savings?

I am curious why they call it Daylight Saving?  I do not see any savings.  We gain an hour in Spring, and it is given back in Fall.  Not sure about you, but it leaves me feeling worn out and like I cannot catch up.

I did a bit of digging, here are some interesting facts about Daylight Saving:

From CNN: Myths and truths about Daylight Saving Time; By Michael Pearson, CNN. Posted October 30, 2015.  From Michael’s perspective, it is not much of a time saver.  Which was the rationale behind the concept, spring forward and fall back.  Yet, according to the article Michael refers to by the US Department of Energy, we save about 0.03% in energy consumption yearly.  Read more here.

Great, but my energy is not saved each year.  Rather I feel like I lose an hour no matter which we set our clocks.  How about you?

From Gizmodo: This Turning-The-Clocks-Back Nonsense Needs To Stop, written by Maddie Stone. She provides a bit of the history behind Daylight Saving Time, which when we spring forward is to provide us more time in our day.  Read more here.

Wikipedia provides a bit more information, which by the way could probably use some edits.  The credit goes to “New Zealander George Hudson proposed the modern idea of daylight saving in 1895.”  You can read the article here. 

What’s your view?  Do you have one?  Share it with us.  You can join us on our social media pages and post your comments.

There are more articles, it would take forever to fill this up.  I would rather let you share your findings.

Thank you.


Trick or Treat? Which do you prefer?

Good day,  since we are only a few days from Halloween, I thought I should pose a question.

Please add our comments.

Let’s see how many answers we can get.

Trick or Treat?  Which do you prefer receiving?

Which do you prefer giving?

Are you too old to go out trick or treating?

There are several activities through out San Diego County planned for children and adults.

The back country to the ocean.

Here is a list of some of the events happening in San Diego.

Ghosts & Gravestones

KPBS has a list here

The Haunted House

San Diego Monster Bash

San Diego Zombie Crawl (Note it automatically starts playing, so turn the volume up or down, your preference.)

There is more, but I am not doing the work for you.  :)

Have a safe and fun Halloween.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

We are nearing the end of the year.  Marked by the three holidays that seem to consume more money than any other.  As I said, “seem to.”  Though research has shown that more money is spent on Halloween than Thanksgiving.  Certainly there are more costumers this year than last.

What are our plans?

The Cafe is open for Halloween with a full bar, and since it is a Saturday this year, full breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Open New Years.

Will you go trick or treating this year?  Would you like to attend the Halloween parties?  The Neighbors & Friends newsletter has a ?? for a possible Halloween part on the 30th.  The Potrero Branch of the San Diego County Library will host their annual Halloween Party on Friday, the 30th.  Doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.   Carnival, band, costume party, and a haunted house.   The weather is cooling, so be prepared to wear something warm.

The Dulzura Community Center has a church service on Sunday’s at 10 a.m.  The San Diego County Library sends their mobile library out on Thursdays.  The first and third Thursday it is at the Barrett Mobile Home park, on Barrett Lake Rd.  The second and fourth Thursday it is at the post office in Dulzura.

The Jamul Action Committee continues it’s fight to stop the building of the nearly finished casino at the Jamul Indian Reservation.  The drive by shows the structure is near ready for the finishing touches.  The graveyard has remained intact, the fire station is right across the street. Monday to Saturday traffic is slowed to 45 through that small stretch of road because of trucks entering and exiting.  To learn more and join in the fight, visit the Jamul Action Committee site. 

Another resource to consider to find the latest about some of the back country, well, Jamul and Deerhorn Valley, visit the Jamul Shopper and News. 

To stay on top of the county emergency alerts, the best subscription you can give yourself is through East County Magazine.   They are linked to the San Diego County emergency alerts system.  Also providing Amber Alerts.

And of course you can always check in here, follow us on our social media sites.  Share your news and events with us.  Schedule your next event at the cafe and receive a 20% discount for a Baker’s dozen or a few.  :)  Call the cafe and speak to Leon or Bill.

Thank you for spending the last few minutes with me.  I look forward to meeting you.

Vintage, Antiques, and Collectibles

Living in the past.  Funny when you think about it, today may not be the best yet in 50 years or more we will revisit it.  Considering it’s wonders of a new age, the value of it’s collectibles, and the horrors it holds.

Vintage as defined by Dictionary.com as a noun, used to describe wine, or a class of an object with the year listed.  As an adjective, old fashioned, obsolete, and used in relation to the good of the past, example used is: They praised the play as vintage O’Neill.  As a verb it is used in relation to wine gathering.

Investopedia defines collectible as “An item that is worth far more than it appears because of its rarity and/or demand. “

Finally we come to antique.  When does an item become an antique?  Mirriam-Webster defines antique as “belonging to an earlier period, style, or fashion : old and often valuable.”

And we go to Antique’s Roadshow for further clarification regarding antiques.   The Roadshow’s glossary offers insight into classifications of antiques by one of it’s own, Michael Flanigan.  The short of the long story is this, an item becomes an antique when it reaches its 100th birthday.  To read more visit Antique Roadshow’s glossary.

antique dentist chair
1895 Dentist Chair, complete with headrest

Few items at the cafe make the category of antique, but this one made it with more than a 100 year birthday.  This 1895 dentist chair, looks more like a torture chair, but it is complete with the head pads.  The head pads could use an update, since they are worn, but the patina in this chair provides much character.

I have found a replica of this chair that is priced at well over a grand ($1,350 at 1stdibs.com) They attempted to duplicate the patina.  Now you could pay $1,350 or $300.  We won’t ship, because this is a cast iron chair.  Not sure who would want to ship it or how much.  If possible, come out to the cafe and pick it up.  You will need help.

The cafe is now closed on Mondays.  Except when a holiday falls on Monday.  Call ahead to reserve your table of 13 or more.  We want to make sure we have plenty of fish and barbecue.

Enjoy the drive out Highway 94.

History of Dulzura and it’s Neighbors

Did you know that San Diego County has a rich history dating back to the early 1800’s with homesteaders? We all know about the Gold Rush but what do you know about the homesteaders? Few families are left in the back country of San Diego County. Few books are published to tell of these families and their lives.

Recently I was gifted a loan of one such book, Pioneering in Dulzura by Dorothy Clark Shmed. The San Diego County Library has a copy if you wish to read it in detail. This book offers a view point of the area called San Diego County, from the ocean to the hills, the families who claimed their space and how they lived.

Pioneering in DulzuraPioneering in Dulzura begins with the first homesteaders in the 1880’s. Many came here by way of ship, others by land across the rough country to claim their homes and hopes of wealth. As mentioned earlier, few homesteads are left. Many have sold their land and moved on. Those who remain continue their lives. Few farms remain. Horses and wineries are most common.

The first train running from coast to coast brought homesteaders to claim land for cattle, farming, bee keeping, horse ranching and fruit groves. There were no big cities at that time. Dirt roads ran across the back country.

history highway 94Another book that explores Highway 94 back country is “History of Highway 94,” written by Shirley Bowman Reider. The history covers the changes to the highway as well as the growth from early homesteading to the more recent years of 2000’s. This book offers stories and pics from some of the families that began their lives in the 1800’s here in San Diego County. This book is for sale at the cafe or you may find it at the San Diego County Library.

Potrero Roots“Potrero Roots,” has seen a second volume, offering stories of it’s homesteading families and the growth of this small town located on Highway 94, past Barrett Junction and Tecate. There are many landmarks still available to visit and rich stories to read.

Taking a tour of the history of San Diego County can be very intriguing. Just imagine what it was like to live by candle light or kerosene lanterns, fire places and wood burning stoves to warm and cook, and no television. No computers, smart phones, or video games. What would you do?

I cannot imagine it, can you?


The Forgotten, but Not Lost.

How long has it been since you took a drive in the country?  The country drive on the weekends seems to be forgotten.

The weekend trips to grandma and grandpa were a ritual.  We would travel Highway 94 more than Highway 8, before the new interstate was put in.  I remember the twists and turns, with a scary view over the edge into the ravine.  It was our family time together.

The roads have changed.  Many of the scary turns are now gone from both I-8 and Highway 94.  Many improvements to make the road safer.  Yet there are those who push the boundaries, sadly LifeFlight has used the field next to the cafe more than a few times.

Saturday and Sunday breakfast is served from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.  It is a beautiful drive from town, twists and turns, plenty of trees and fields of brown.  You can see where the water way runs because the trees and shrubs are plentiful.

The evening drive out is spectacular, but then it is going back to town.  The beauty of the sky is captivating, so keep your eye on the road or pull over to enjoy the view.

While the weather is warm is a good time to host a large party of up to 300 in our patio.  The stage provides room for a DJ or a band.  The floor has enough room to dance.  Hold your raffles.  The vendor booths are ready for those of you who wish to sell your wares.  Plenty of parking on the side and in front.

View our gallery to see what type of items are for sale at the cafe.  Don’t forget your saltwater taffy.  Delicious bite size pieces to take with you.

Bring your camera because there is plenty to take pictures of coming and going, and while you are here.

We are looking forward to serving you.  Directions are easy, but here is the Map.

TGIF, What are your plans for the weekend?


First the updates:

Barrett Junction Cafe is closed on Monday’s.  To view hours and directions, click here.

The patio is open for business.  Reserve your space for parties of 13 or more.  When you bring 13 or more guests, ask about your discount at check out.

The weather is lovely, the breeze is perfect, a great weekend ahead.  Take a cruise out old Highway 94, on the way stop in for breakfast Saturday & Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.  One other view would be to check out all the parts of the Highway that have changed.  There are places along the highway that are nearly covered by dirt, but if you look you can see where 94 use to wind around.

As a child I remember riding in the back seat, looking out over the cliffs and holding my breath as another car came around the curve, sometimes very fast.  The road was not that wide, so caution was of great importance when driving the highway.  It still is. This last month Life Flight has visited the field next to the cafe to take a motorcyclist off to the closest hospital.  Taking the corners at top speeds is insane, they over estimated their skill.  Never think it cannot happen to you, because you just don’t know.  BE safe.

The Highway 94 club has some great reading about the history of the back country of San Diego County, along the highway.  From homesteading to the history of the highway and its many improvements.  The books at the cafe are for sale if you would like to pick up a copy and take a read.

As always be safe, enjoy the weather and the ride out Highway 94. See you for breakfast.