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In Praise of Local Coffee

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What’s your favorite local­ly-roast­ed bean? I’ve tried three recent­ly myself: old favorite La Colombe as well as new jacks Green Street and ReAn­i­ma­tor. Is it blas­phe­my to say I pre­fer La Colombe?

It may be my per­son­al pref­er­ence, but no mat­ter how much cof­fee I brew, I just find that La Colombe has a bet­ter, rounder fla­vor than the oth­ers.

Am I miss­ing some­thing? Are their local beans that blow your socks off? Drop me a line in the com­ments.

In Praise of Dock Street Brewing Co.

Ah, spring. It’s so nice to be out­side again. Noth­ing quite like run­ning Char­lie ragged in some nice parks. Thing about nice parks in Philadel­phia is that most of them are in West Philly. Helen and I may be river­ward  chau­vin­ists, but, man, I wish Penn Treaty Park were as nice as Clark Park.

You know what else the river­wards don’t have? A brew­ery and piz­za spot like Dock Street Brew­ing Co. Went with Mark and Erin before a Par­ty Pho­tog­ra­phers’ show at Younglove’s last win­ter, but had no idea how great it was for lunch. Bought two pies — Flam­menkuchen and Flo­ren­tine — and got a growler of their Sum­mer Ses­sion to go. Can’t beat it!

Helen, who tends to hate brew­pubs because the food is often oh so bad, real­ly loved it. Win-win! Beats hav­ing to con­vince her to haul out to Iron Hill or Vic­to­ry for lunch and we can stroll down to Clark Park after­ward.

Maybe we’ll be West Philly peo­ple yet…

In Praise of Iron Hill Brewery

Going to a great brew­ery and restau­rant is bet­ter when your baby isn’t pee­ing through his dia­pers. What a dif­fer­ence a year makes, right?

Picked up a growler of Iron Hill’s Biere Noir out in West Chester yes­ter­day. Had a few glass­es last night. Deli­cious! Can’t wait to get back for a refill.

Married Dudes Drink Four Loko, Live to Tell Tale

Wasn’t the great­est idea we’ve ever had, but we made the best of it. Feel like I final­ly recov­ered from Sat­ur­day night. It was the last bach­e­lor par­ty of our clan, so it seemed worth it at the time. Not so sure that we would’ve jumped out of the 2nd floor bal­cony onto a pile of mat­tress­es on the liv­ing room floor oth­er­wise.

How Much Can You French Press?

French press cof­fee is as much a part of my morn­ing rit­u­al as “Thomas the Tank Engine.” I’ve watched sev­er­al videos to help me hone my skills and Jasper here has real­ly done the trick, espe­cial­ly with the tem­per­a­ture of the water and the tim­ing. I feel pret­ty con­fi­dent about my cof­fee to water ratio these days.

I’m drink­ing a deli­cious, oily cup of cof­fee right now. Love it!