Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

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It’s take-off time at Camarillo Airport, originally an Air Force Base that became a unique public aviation field in 1976. Home to the Commemorative Air Force Museum, the always active air field is also home to Chuck Aaron and his fully aerobatic helicopter Red Bull Mig, as well as the all-female Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots.

A great flight center deserves an outstanding airport café, and Waypoint Cafe at 325 Durley Avenue is just the ticket. Open daily for breakfast and lunch ’til 4 p.m. The Waypoint menu merely promises “good food and decent service” but delivers much more.

Made from the original Belgian recipe, the Belgian waffle Breakfast combo prepared in a custom iron baker is nothing short of sensational at $8.75 with two eggs and bacon or sausage. Hand-cut French bread is dipped into a batter of vanilla, cinnamon, eggs and cream then grilled golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar and served with a pair of eggs and a choice of bacon or sausage, $7.25

Perhaps best of all is Waypoint’s big “old fashioned” pancakes with warm syrup and butter, $8.50 for a stack of three and only improved with the addition of wild, organic blueberries cooked in the batter and sprinkled on top. For hearty breakfast appetites the pancake combo includes two eggs, with bacon or sausage, $8.75.

At lunchtime, they serve an appealing list of sandwiches and melts, including melted cheddar with grilled onions on grilled rye, $8.75, and the popular, healthful pepperjack turkey melt on grilled garlic bread, $9.25. A fill-up treat is the Triple Decker Club with thinly carved slices of fresh roasted turkey, crisp bacon, Swiss cheese, guacamole, lettuce and tomato on your choice of bread, $9.25. Beverages include freshly brewed peerless gourmet steamy coffee, organic iced tea or iced latte.

Waypoint is nothing fancy — just good American cookery in an unusual setting at modest prices. No charge for the aerial view.

I’d be the last scribe to suggest dining at Marie Callender’s. The best thing they do is bake pies, and this is the start of their $6.99 (plus tin) take-home special for 30 varieties, a substantial saving from regular $10.99 to $15.99 at all their various locations.

At last some positive corporative response in the battle against obesity. Several of the nation’s largest food product companies say they will take 1.5 trillion calories out of their products by 2015. The effort was announced through a coalition dubbed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation endorsed be First Lady Michelle Obama, who earlier this year launched her own “Let’s Move” anti-juvenile obesity movement.

The belated move by food companies reflects concerns about national and local lawmakers seeking to write legislation to force caloric reduction. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation has more than 80 members including General Mills Inc, Kraft Foods, the Kellogg Co., Coca Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc., and the Hershey Co. Whatever the pressures involved, this is a move in the right (as in thinner) direction.

Tired of the same old alcoholic beverage every evening? Freshen up your routine with a Banana Mocha Smoothie. It takes advance planning and a few minutes to prepare but I guarantee it will leave a smile on two or three refreshed faces.

Here’s what you’ll need: 100 mi 3% fl. oz chilled espresso, 125 g/4 oz. melted plain chocolate plus 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, 100 mi/3 ½ fl. oz. chilled milk, 2 ripe bananas, and whipped cream and chocolate shavings to decorate the smoothie. Here’s how it‘s prepared: Place coffee and chocolate in the blender and blend til combined. Add ice cream and milk, blend again. Add bananas one at a time and blend til smooth. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Serve topped with whipped cream and decorate with chocolate shavings.

Fair warning — the smoothie is sinfully rich so take it slowly and don’t count the calories.

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