Happy National Coffee Day!
…Just don’t post a photo of your coffee or you might anger Rant Chic. Although, apparently there are coffeehouses that “print” your selfies into your latte with edible brown powder. The latte selfie is real!
I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season on Sunday. Oh how I love my Barnes & Noble Cafe discount!!
What I really want to tell you about, though is that I discovered espresso cheese!! I road tripped out in Connecticut with two of my very dear friends whom I’ve known forever and ever, and we went out to Stew Leondard’s. Have you been there? It’s amazing. Maybe it’s all my city living, but grocery stores in suburbs amaze me with their wondrous wide aisle lit with bright lights showcasing jalapeño potato chips and refrigerated dog food. This one was one was particularly exceptional. They have cupcakes shaped like cheeseburgers and animatronic butter.
The employees are all super nice too. One saw me pondering an espresso cheese. I was so curious, I immediately answered “yes” when he asked me if I’d like to try it, even though I normally bashfully say no because I don’t want to bother them or appear greedy. Let me tell you: I am so glad my eagerness betrayed me. Made by Sartori, Espresso Bellavitano is earthy and sweet, decadent, and complex. It’s the perfect cheese to impress guests. I’d pair it with red grapes, raisins, currants, and cherry chutney. A hearty red wine would go well with it.
Here are a few of my past coffee-related posts to celebrate @NationalCoffeeDay:::
The Coffee Habit of Jack Kerouac
Kerouac Opened a Million Coffee Bars
Caffe Reggio is one of my favorite coffeehouses in all of New York City. I recommended their cup in my Beat gift guide.
Places to drink coffee in Grand Rapids
From the Ottoman Empire to Greenwich Village: Coffee Houses’ Literary History
What’s Your Coffee Personality? Get Greek-American author Dean Bakopoulos’ take
Not to be outdone by my Greek side… The Starving Artist Gulps Down Konditori’s Swedish Coffee
A habit I got from my mother.
Coffee not your drink of choice?
Stir up Kerouac’s Big Sur Manhattan
Or toast to Ernest Hemingway with a Daiquiri Recipe
Take a road trip to Monterey and visit Bargetto Winery for an apricot wine
Or hop on the subway and try the orange wine (not orange flavored!) at Brooklyn Winery
Go Greek with Pindar’s Pythagoras Wine
Speaking of lemonade… How ’bout some Champagne Pink Lemonade Punch?
Want something sans alcohol?
Hibiscus Nectarine Tea: A Trip to Hawai’i in a Glass
Holla for some Jalapeño-Infused Lemonade
Or if you’re a starving artist, Jazz Up Your Tap Water