10.26am, Thursday 5th December, Firehouse Coffee Company, Bullhead City, Arizona, USA
Morning folks – this is a very relieved body sitting here at the Firehouse Coffee Company in Bullhead City, Arizona. I reckon I’ve pretty much found the oasis of top food and magic coffee in this area. Why? Because this side of the Colorado River is Arizona, and the opposite bank is Nevada – a strip of casinos overloaded with ‘all you can eat’ buffets, and not the best food franchises. And it is an oasis – the gals in the kitchen and serving are really bright and breezy, they make great coffee – and are a welcome change from the jaded casino valet and wait staff we ran into last night in Laughlin – expert at calculating the trade off between just how nice they have to be to get what level of tip out of you. Not so at Firehouse. I went with their breakfast sandwich – egg, cheese, ham and tomato on a flaky butter croissant – tops – not greasy, not lukewarm – exactly the flavour stacked start you need to your day. And I’m glad I took the local advice and left the big Breakfast Burrito for another time – the croissant was fab. And the coffee…..made most of what we’ve had in the USA this last 8 weeks look ordinary. If you’re in the area – don’t muck around – the Firehouse Coffee Company for breakfast and/or lunch. They’ve got a new flavour home made quiche just starting – green chile & sausage – hmmmm maybe I’ll be back for breakfast tomorrow! Oh….and the place itself is tremendous. The space is divided into dining areas – high top tables – and a lounge, and completely decorated with fire department memorabilia, equipment, historical photographs, t shirts and cloth badges from all over the world – most of them donated. Why? Because one of the owners is a fireman. And they roast their own beans. There’s even an Australian Firefighter shirt up on the wall. So many good reasons to find the Firehouse in Bullhead City.
And why am I so relieved? Because this time yesterday, I was crawling along at 15 miles an hour through driving snow up at 7500 feet in the mountains around Flagstaff. Fortunately for me, I was crawling along in the tyre tracks of a big semi trailer – thanks enormously to the Express International Freight line truck driver that I sat behind from about 40 miles East of Flagstaff where the snow started, until Williams – the first town on the down side of the Mountain. Remember folks, we have no experience with snow and ice driving in the Barossa Valley, South Australia – so in all honesty, I’m pretty thrilled with my first go – even though it wasn’t by choice. I’m glad I bought the container of anti freeze windscreen washer fluid in the Gallup gas station – no wonder they had so many cartons!! And my thrift store 50 cent egg flip – invaluable for scraping ice off everything! Talk about inclement weather preparation! Truthfully – it was fairly hairy there for about 70 miles, but now I can safely add ‘one time only snow storm driving’ to my skill set. Unfortunately all the Flagstaff sightseeing will have to wait for another trip, but yesterday in that snowy mountainside country – it just wasn’t the “winter wonderland” to be exploring.
So, now I’ll be spending a bit more time in Nevada than I’d planned, so today it’s all the chores – the laundromat, clean the salt and grit off the car, catch up on the emails, and search out the local hotspots. This evening, I’m going to try and track down a locals riverside bar – Lazy Harry’s Sunshine Bar. Apparently it’s easier to find by boat……so wish me luck! See ya when it’s Friday and we’re off to Vegas……finally!
PS Just a massive Thank You to the boys at the Roadrunner Cafe in Seligman, Arizona. I pulled in there yesterday for lunch – they make the ‘world famous’ green chile burger, and seeing as it was yesterday’s ‘cant go wrong’ special – $8.50 with home made coleslaw and a drink – and wouldn’t you know it, one of the boys had a mate that lived in Adelaide, South Australia. So I left them with a bottle of our Shiraz Viognier for dinner last night. And folks – that could be the most remote Yalumba trade call ever done!! Seligman, Arizona.