“The one-word spelling ‘etcetera’ is commonly used and is accepted as correct by many dictionaries. It is also sometimes spelled et caetera, et coetera or et cœtera and is usually abbreviated to etc. or &c. Archaic abbreviations, most commonly used in legislation, notations for mathematics or qualifications, include &/c., &e., &ct., and &ca…
“In the 1956 film The King and I, Yul Brynner, who played King Mongkut of Siam, repeatedly used the phrase, ‘...et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...’, to characterize the King as wanting to impress with his great knowledge of many things and his importance in not having to detail them. This was based upon the usage in the book Anna and the King of Siam which related the real king's playful interest in numerous things, with the phrase, ‘&c, &c’” (wikipedia.org).
And in Galveston they have a different form—Eatcetra—a small thirty-two seat (not counting the four sidewalk tables) café specializing in sandwiches, soups, and salads.
“One might credit her education in nutrition, her well-traveled background or her creative passion for the delectable and distinctive foods that Andrea Hunting, owner and head chef at Eatcetera produces, but it is a combination of the three that has led to her success in the industry.
“Born and raised in Germany, Hunting has led a life that any person with an affinity for food would be envious of. She graduated from college with a major in nutrition…. (T)his was the perfect time to get involved in the industry because Germany was just beginning to realize that healthy food was possible. In 1983 Hunting moved to New York.... She was intrigued by Little Italy and Chinatown and the local grocers that are so common in the big city. Although she had travelled throughout Europe and experienced a wide variety of cuisines, she was amazed that they could all be found in one city like New York. Discovering new ingredients and having access to different dishes has influenced Hunting’s cooking to this day…” (Alyssa Jaisle at theislandermagazine.com).
The restaurant’s interior was spare and bright and the walls were hung with modern prints/paintings.
Hanging over the counter were these objects that reminded me of the catalpa tree’s seed pods.
The meal started with a complimentary small cup of a rich and creamy bleu cheese spread with panini bread toasts.
The two soups that day were gazpacho and black bean. I ordered the black bean which was artistically decorated with a cilantro cream.
Chuck ordered the gazpacho which was a slightly chunky puree of tomatoes and other vegetables.
We both ordered sandwiches. And here he threw out another surprise. We had been watching Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) on Food Network. She had been doing something with asparagus, and thus he was inspired to order the panini with applewood smoked ham, gruyere cheese, and asparagus.
I ordered the Thai Beef sandwich with thin sliced medium-rare roast beef, carrots, daikon radish, cucumber, sriracha mayo, cilantro, and sesame dressing.
And we finished with the “dessert of the day”—a pear tart.
I can see why this amazing small café is ranked as the number seventeen restaurant in Galveston at tripadvisor.com and we concur with the accolades by awarding 5.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.