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Walk around Torrevieja at 10 in the morning and you will see the typical Spanish breakfast. Tostadas with various toppings and cafe con leches. It is the way many people start the day and not bad at all. But one day we came upon this little gem on Calle Ramon Gallud that had something different. Our first visit was so good we went back 2 weeks later to try other dishes and so this blog will feature the desayunos from both of those experiences.

On both occasions the outside tables were full so we sat inside the cute little dining area just beyond the bakery counter.

The downstairs area. There is also an upstairs that looks inviting as well.

The first thing I noticed on the menu was they had an XL size coffee. Coming from the United States I must admit I do miss my BIG coffees so that was the first thing I ordered.

I ordered the coffee without milk so the cup was half full and they brought me extra hot water, XL size – $2.60 euro

The one and only time I have had an English Breakfast was in 2005 in France. Obviously it did not leave a grand impression and I have never liked baked beans. But, upon walking into the restaurant I saw an order delivered to another table, it looked good so after 17 years I decided to give it another try.

Desayuno Ingles – Pan, Huevos, Bacon, Salchicha, Patata, Grilled Tomato, Alubias $6 euro

Was I glad I did! This is what makes this restaurant good, the ingredients and attention to detail. The eggs were perfectly cooked, not burned on the edges or runny on top, just perfect. The quality of the products (I will probably mention that a few times during this blog) were excellent. I loved everything about it, from the arugula on top to the crispy fried shallots or onions sprinkled over the entire dish. I have been conformed.

And then came Terri-Lynn’s dish. If I thought mine was good, I have to say I was jealous. The dish was simply called ‘Hash Brown’. Gofres de patata, Salmon Ahumado, Aguacate, Tomate Cherry, Queso Filadelfia topped with arugula and black and white sesame seeds. It was a simple dish that just worked. Actually I have been making something like this since I was in my young 20’s. A potato pancake with smoked salmon, either sour cream or cream cheese and caviar, so I understand the concept but this was a really nice presentation for breakfast. And again, the quality of the ingredients (I told you I would mention that again) really sets it above the standard fare. The cream cheese itself was whipped so it was light and fluffy. I had to steal a few bites when she wasn’t looking.

Hash Brown – $5.80 euro

The restaurant is also well known for their cakes so we will need to come back and sample those another time. (Says Terri-Lynn)

And…… We’re back. This time it is for my Birthday breakfast.

We both wanted to try something different. I knew they had crepes on the menu and the pancakes looked amazing so here we go.

This time I ordered the XL Cafe con Leche, still $2.60 euro. And, received my first Birthday gift of the day

The really artsy looking pancakes were the ‘Frutas del Bosque’ but Terri-Lynn did not want all that fruit so she chose the Tortitas de Avena con Manzana, Nueces y Canela. Basically apple, walnut and cinnamon for all my english readers out there. They were very good albeit not quite as photogenic as the others.

Tortitas de Avena con Manzana, Nueces y Canela – $5.10 euro

But I came back for the crepes. Which one to choose? They had five options and so of course I chose the one that seemed the most unusal at least for breakfast. It was called the ‘Cesar’, Pavo Ahumado, Queso Parmesano, Lechuga, Chia, Tomate, Salsa Cesar. It was basically kind of a smoked turkey sandwhich with parmesean and cesar dressing. It was absolutely delicious and I found myself sharing half of it with Terri-Lynn because one, it was huge and filling and two, Terri-Lynn loves a good turkey sandwhich.

Crepe Artesano Salado – ‘Cesar’ Pavo Ahumado, Queso Parmesano, Lechuga, Chia, Tomate, Salsa Cesar $5.50 euro

So there you go. I can honestly say this is currently our favorite breakfast place in Torrevieja.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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