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OK, it's been quite some time since I've posted a write-up about a club meeting held at Charlie's Caf, which is our de facto standard restaurant for breakfast, but trust me, we've visited the restaurant many times during the last several months, albeit sans write-up.  On Friday, October 16, 2009, when we held an "emergency" club meeting, we chose to meet at Charlie's, as Charlie's Caf is our default breakfast restaurant of choice.

Photo:  Three days before this photo was taken, we enjoyed over three inches of rain, so this was the first foggy day of the season, as I snap the photo of Charlie's Caf on this foggy Friday morning.

By gosh, it had been almost a month since a formal Sacramento Breakfast Club meeting, and our members were in need of their bi-monthly breakfast fix.  Yet things were a tad difficult, as it was Mark's turn to choose - and pay - for the restaurant of his dreams, yet Mark chose to go deer hunting instead?  What???? One of our core breakfast club members chooses to pursue deer hunting instead of breakfast?  What???  We'll need to have a talk with Mark, to assist him with life's priorities, but that's not within the scope of this article...   So popular vote, an "emergency" club meeting was to he held at Charlie's.

Photo:  Charlie takes Latasha's order, as Dan ponders his coffee cup, and seems to recall his U.S. Air Force days, when he and countless other patriots seving in the U.S. armed forces, helped keep folks like me, and other members of our club, from having to learn to speak Russian, by force.  

Now you ask, what is an "emergency" meeting of the Sacramento Breakfast Club?  Well, it's determined by a couple of factors, including:

1)  We hadn't had a "formal" meeting for nearly a month
2)  The member in question, who was choosing (and paying for) the restaurant was absent
3)  By Jove, we're always HUNGRY for breakfast!

Dear Reader, the way the club works is after you become a "core" member, the club works on the rotation method, as when it's "your" turn, you not only get to pick the restaurant, but you get to treat the other "core" members to breakfast.  Now that's only the six "core" members, as when their spouses join them, the "core" spouse picks up the tab for the visiting spouse, unless the spouse becomes a "core" member; then the spouse is put into the rotation.  Visiting wannabees pay their own way, as there's no free breakfast in this world.  If the theory sounds complicated, just remember a few things:  a)  You attend  b)  You choose  c)  You pay  d)  You attend club meetings and enjoy breakfast for the next couple of months until is it your turn again, in the natural scene of things.  It's simple and easy, and it works for the Sacramento Breakfast Club.

Photo:  Charlie delivers Brad's breakfast burrito with a smile, after having placed my order on the table.  OK, this was a posed photo, but what the heck?  The photo captures the fun and friendly spirit at Charlie's Caf.

"Emergency" club meetings are different, as it's simply a meeting called on-the-spot, and it adheres to the three criteria mentioned above.  Two days before our meeting, Dan and Brad declared an "emergency" meeting, and I was first notified as I was nearly ready to go to bed, by a text message on my phone from Brad, declaring an emergency club meeting.  Yes, I had other things to do, but since there is nothing in life more important than breakfast, I hurriedly sent apologetic text messages to clients in waiting, and cancelled appointments via email, and arranged to attend the emergency club meeting, held at Charlie's Caf, on Friday, October 16, 2009.  After all, wouldn't want to miss breakfast at Charlie's for anything else that this world can offer.

Sure, we hadn't been to Charlie's for a couple of months, but when we walked into the restaurant, nothing had changed, as Charlie, her husband Dave, and Cheryl, the friendly manager, welcomed us to the place, and greeted us by name.  (Yes, the traditional country and western music was playing in the background....)  Sure, we're regulars and they know us, but if you're a first-time visitor, they'll treat you like family, as Charlie's Caf is a super friendly, family-friendly place to enjoy a delicious breakfast.  Among many other attributes, Charlie's Caf is only open for breakfast and lunch, which means that the majority of Charlie's business is concentrated on the breakfast crowd, so guess what?... You'll be treated to an outstanding breakfast!

Photo:  You can't see my breakfast burrito, as it's covered with Charlie's delicious breakfast gravy, just the way I ordered it, but you can see Charlie's homestyle potatoes, served with the optional diced onions and bell peppers. Normally, the burrito is topped with salsa and sour cream, but, dude, I'm a he-man, so I opted for gravy!  In reality, I simply followed Brad's example, as Brad is a true connoisseur in fine breakfast cuisine.

Normally, I can't resist Charlie's delicious chicken-fried steak, but on my way to the club meeting at Charlie's I vowed to break from the mold and order something different, so I followed Brad's lead and ordered a breakfast burrito, and Charlie's homestyle potatoes on the side.  Like Brad, I chose to omit the salsa that normally covers the breakfast burrito; instead, like Brad, I chose to have the whole thing smothered in Charlie's delicious breakfast gravy!  Yaaaa!! Hoooo!!! Ride 'em cowboy!!!!   

Today, we welcomed a Sacramento Breakfast Club member wannabee, Latasha Banks, who is member of the AT&T night shift team, an excellent technician, a nice person, and a gal who puts breakfast as a priority in her life. Latasha tackled breakfast at Charlie's head-on, as she ordered Charlie's fabulous chicken fried steak breakfast, complete with hash browns, three eggs, with biscuits and gravy on the side... way to go, girl!  ... and welcome to the club.

Photo:  Today's Sacramento Breakfast Club members, left to right:  Eric Rench, your webmaster and author, Brad Holther, David DeMario, Latasha Banks, Dan MacLeod, and his charming wife, Bev MacLeod.

If you're in the mood for a fantastic breakfast, treat yourself to Charlie's, as you won't find a better breakfast in the greater Sacramento area.  After all, Charlie's Caf is the de facto standard of the Sacramento Breakfast Club, and you can't go wrong with an endorsement like that.  Bon Apptit!

Charlie's Caf
8000 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
916 726-4772

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