When we left one of the Association House benefits, they gave us a goodie bag and inside that bag was a sample of Metropolis Coffee’s The Good Soldier Schweik’s Ottoman Adventure coffee. It was whole bean, but that’s fine because my coffee maker has the ability to grind and then brew all in one swoop. This coffee sat in my cupboard for a while, but when I finally tried it, I loved it. And I started drinking it almost black.. shocking for me! A while later I saw it at Whole Foods and could not resist buying a whole bag of the beans. Highly recommended!
* The Good Soldier Schweik is an unfinished novel by Czechoslovakian Jaroslav Hasek.
** Metropolis Coffee Company roasts beans and sells coffee in Chicago. They have their own cafe, supply other cafes and restaurants, and sell their beans online and at Whole Foods.
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Jess got me a small Krups coffee maker for my 28th birthday going on 5 years ago. It was the first coffee maker I ever owned. The size of the machine was perfect for my tiny New York apartment and the maximum that it could brew was 4 cups of coffee at a time, which suited me fine since I never really drank more than a cup or two in the morning. That little coffee maker has served me well over the years.
Lately, though, the coffee has not really been tasting great no matter how I cleaned the coffee maker and filter and base. And no matter which coffee I used in it. Also, when I have people over who drink coffee I often have to make multiple batches of coffee so that there is enough to go around.
So, I decided to take Erin‘s recommendation and I got this Grind & Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker. It grinds! And brews! Up to 12 cups! And is programmable! Erin recently got this coffeemaker and was bragging about how great her coffee is tasting now.. and the best part is that Overstock has it for 40% off the retail price. Done!
As for coffee, my favorite lately has been Lion Coffee’s Toasted Coconut flavored whole bean coffee. I just got a shipment from Lion in last week and I just got my new coffee maker delivered today. I set it up and brewed a few cups and I can’t even describe the difference.
Now, what to do with that coffee bean grinder I bought a few years ago…
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Birthday Hamburger, East Village, Manhattan
After being out til 3:30 a.m. the night before, Jess and I got up at 9:30 a.m. to go to Times Square and stand on the TKTS line. To celebrate my last day as age 27 we got tickets for Stomp and made plans to go to dinner. To say I was hungover from the night before would be quite an understatement. And to be in that condition in Times Square is pure torture. But luckily the TKTS line moved quickly and the ticket man was some sort of comedian who made me laugh.
When we got back to Jessica’s apartment, she and her roommate prepared lunch for all of us. I cut two tomatoes and then passed out on the couch trying to get some sleep before the show. Susan made and grilled some pretty amazing cheeseburgers and Jess made a salad and sliced veggies for the burgers. Big thanks to them for making me lunch and helping me get over the results of last night’s drinking binge. After lunch Jess gave me a coffee maker as a birthday gift. I was just mentioning the other day that I may have finally come to terms with my coffee consumption. You see, I never drank coffee until I moved to New York 2 years ago. In the beginning it was only now and then and if you asked me I’d say I didn’t consider myself a coffee drinker. Somehow things escalated into drinking the free coffee at work every morning from paper cups to bringing in my own mug to use to craving it on the weekend mornings. Thanks, Jess!! Now I will never be tired and crabby! Heh, yeh right.
Stomp Stage, Orpheum Theater, East Village, Manhattan
Stomp. It’s not like the hip show to see right now.. it’s been out for about 8 years. Back when it first came out and was big and everywhere I remember living in WI and thinking how great it would be to see it. So yesterday I finally saw it and it was fantastic. Everyday objects being used to make sounds and to have these sounds composed into “music” and to have the “music” orchestrated and performed by up to 10 people on the stage at once is amazing. There is just enough “music” with just enough “dance” sprinkled with satisfying helping of humor. If you haven’t seen it already, go!
Birthday Cake at Gnocco, East Village, Manhattan (photo by Jessica)
For dinner, Jessica & Susan and I met up with Mark & Wendy and Jeannette & Yvan at one of my favorite restaurants in the East Village, Gnocco. The food is delicious and the waiters are all from Italy and very personable .. even if they make lame-o jokes that you don’t really get. Jeannette & Yvan and Mark & Wendy all gave me gifts that support my digital photography habit. Thanks to everyone for a great dinner and for the thoughtful birthday gifts!! Age 27 can get the hell out! Here comes 28!
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