Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Corner View...Coffee


Oh, coffee...I sing thee praises daily. When at home, I drink straight black coffee, typically the Organic Pacific Rim Blend from Whole Foods (it's cheap, despite being from Whole Foods). I drink so much coffee that I can't afford the boutique roasters that charge upwards of $10 a pound. It's good basic coffee. I have an old drip coffee maker although this past weekend, after being reminded how nice a french press can be, I may have to switch back.

I first had coffee when I would go on special shopping trips with my Mama and Grandma. My Mama didn't drive at the time and we lived in Omaha, Nebraska. We'd ride into downtown with my Dad and then take a bus to Lincoln to spend the day with my Grandma. It was a glamorous day for a 7 year old. First off, I'd get to skip school. We'd get to see the big 1930s bus terminal with its amazing murals. An hour ride took us to Lincoln, where we'd get pastries. Halfway through the big day, we'd stop for pie and coffee in a quiet restaurant in one of the old department stores. It was quiet, the sort of place where ladies would lunch and all you could hear was the gentle tinkle of dainty cups upon saucers and soft piano music. I would have a cup of coffee swimming in sugar and milk.

I didn't pick up coffee again until I was a moody teen, spending many late nights at Deux Gros Nez (an infamous coffee shop in Reno, now quite sadly defunct). My drink was the cappuccino, which still has a tender place in my heart. No one takes beautiful cappuccino photos like Sandra of Smoosch. Every time I see one of her coffee photos, I have a strong yearning to drop whatever I am doing to get a cup.



Now, my favorite coffee shop in town is a little place called Bibo. It's interior seating leaves much to be desired (not nearly enough seats), but when the weather is nice, one can sit outside under the trees, oogle other peoples dogs and bikes. That's where the photo above was taken...I like the idea of taking photos of clouds in my coffee. Always loved that song.

So there you have it, another rambling Corner View from yours truly...visit some other picturesque spots on the web and have a cuppa...

jane
, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad,
caitlin, joyce, ani, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april, rebecca, b, sunnymama, kyndale, samantha, karen, kristina, angelina, dorit, goldensunfamily, sophie, janet, nicki, ruth, mcgillicutty

18 comments:

jane said...

lovely post and lovely images. have a great day!-jane

Bonnie said...

whatcha knitting ? i see it sitting there with your coffee and i was just wondering ...

i like to knit too ...

Jeannette said...

What a great post!
Love the story about your trips to your grandmother. And the late nights at Deux Gros Nez (did the owners have big noses?)
And so nice to see the picture of your cup of coffee with the knitting....
Have a great day, Jeannette

vanessa aka Nessie Noodle said...

ah, I miss the Deux. so so sad.
And you know me, I love me some Bibo, good think it is just out of the way from work/home. Has to be a special trip to get my fav Thia Cafe from them.

:)

Francesca said...

What a great initiation to coffee: skipping school and shopping!

caitlin said...

I love the shot with your knitting needles by the cup. So pretty.. and telling of what you are up to while you drink your cup of jo.

MODsquad said...

Love your ramblings!

Happy Day!

...Lisa

Ritva said...

thanks! great post!
see you next week!

B said...

I love your story about your trips to see grandma, a great way to discover coffee!

isabelle said...

Deux gros nez ... what a funny name !! and thanks for your today's visit and sweet comment !!

Madre Adoptiva said...

mmmm coffee. Great post!!

Kari said...

I imagine that whenever you have coffee it takes you back to the days that you just shared with us.
That's so cool. thanks for sharing your memories.

A Day That is Dessert said...

great coffee post!

Bean said...

oh Deux Gros Nez, how we miss you! I loved the little dumb-waiter elevator thingamabob that brought up the best grilled cheese in the west!

My favorite coffee shop now is Dreamer's. We like to sit by the river and sip our mocha & hot cocoa. Don't get me wrong, I like Bibo too... but it doesn't hug me like Dreamer's and the river do :)

kyndale said...

I love Bibo's! I go there often.

Katie said...

My sister and I are as oil and water as they come, but she gifted me the nicest stainless steel french press after I broke 2 glass ones within a week of each other. For a moment each time I make coffee, I think of her and her ability to give great gifts.

Coffee is certainly awesome.

Kristina * said...

i love the reflection of the trees (and you?) in that cup of coffee. something only a black coffee can do, right? ;)

Ian said...

That is some interesting rambling. Believe it or not, but to an Englishman, Lincoln, Nebraska sounds so exotic.