Strenghts Discovered: California Cookshack

omeletMarcus Buckingham, the co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths and a string of organizational effectiveness books, spoke at my work the other day to ①plug his new career development program (for men) and ②grant the most amazing and fabulous one hour of our lives (for women). He was handsome, charismatic, well spoken, funny and … British.  Need I say more?

Between wiping off the drool and trying to remain somewhat composed (it was, afterall, a company event), I heard him speak about his basic philosophy — that success comes from enhancing one’s strengths and not necessarily from pouring all the effort into improving his/her weaknesses.

I would say that Mr. Dreamboat will surely be proud of California Cookshack, a popular coffee shop located in South Pasadena that only focuses on serving breakfast to locals. Moreover, the restaurant is open only on a weekend.  Talk about finetuning its strength and not messing around.

And strenght it is.  The menu is pretty straightforward – with the basic selections of eggs, bacon, pancakes and all the usual suspects  — but one thing that sets this place apart from other coffee shops is the generous portion of the moist coffee cake that accompanies every meal. It is called a coffee cake but it’s more like an old-fashioned corn bread with a bit of a twist, and it could, I kid you not, be the best freebie you’ll ever get before 9:00 a.m..  It is simply divine.

burrito

I’ve had several breakfasts here and my favorite is the make-your-own omelet. I like mine with spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese – simple but full of flavor (top). The Breakfast Burrito (above) is not bad either although it’s terrifying to see that it is almost the size of your face.

I wish I can sit on my ass all day and eat, eat and eat because I’m quite good at it (Look, mum!  I can make that burrito disappear!). But what Mr. Dreamboat neglected to mention is what you’re suppose to do if your strength happens to also be your bloody weakness.

cookshack

California Cookshack: 1929 Huntington Dr., South Pasadena, CA 91030

★★★★☆

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3 thoughts on “Strenghts Discovered: California Cookshack

  1. wha? it’s only open on weekends? i mean look at the size of that burrito! and your plate looks great too – please please take me! (and also show me around pasadena as i have no clue… you probably know a lot of great places – i haven’t been to the rose bowl flea market for like 20 years.)

  2. Hi Saori! Cookshack is such a cool breakfast place! We must take you one day. You will be amazed at the size of that burrito. I really like the Pasadena area. I’m glad I have the chance to hang around the neighborhood more often now.

    Hirono

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