Posts tagged ‘coffee’

March 25, 2011

Persephone’s Cocina | Lamb Chili

This is as close to elegant as a bowl of chili can get – it’s more appropriate for date night than for game night.  The lamb mellows beautifully after some time on the stove, the texture is velvety and tender, and the flavor is at once comforting and surprising.  This recipe makes use of some bold and non-traditional spicing, and the payoff is extraordinary.  The black cardamom provides a smoky warmth, the fenugreek a little burnt maple.  Pair these with the traditional cumin, chili powder and coffee, and the result is wonderful.  Its stunning, brick-red color is worth making it alone.  It’s a refined chili with a faint, almost-Persian echo.  Serve it over tamales, with some homemade cornbread, or simply with some sour cream.  It’s easy, and it’s a star.

Chile de Cordero, Serves 2

2 strips bacon, chopped

1/2 pound ground lamb

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November 27, 2010

Giveaway of the Day | Silver Bridge Coffee

I have enjoyed Silver Bridge Coffee since earlier this year.  I sampled it at Whole Foods and was smitten.  I’m a sucker for a really good flavored coffee.  And Silver Bridge has some great ones.  Right now I’ve been drinking the Pumpkin Spice.  If I’m not careful I can go through a whole carafe.

I recently met Lorraine Walker, owner of Silver Bridge, at the Dublin Whole Foods when she was sampling her coffee for people.  She had a line three deep when I walked up.  It’s wonderful to talk with her because she is so passionate about her business.  Lorraine is a proponent of fresh, small batch roasting. “Coffee is an agricultural product that should be roasted and brewed fresh. The difference between fresh roasted coffee and the stuff in the can or gourmet coffee at the store is like the difference between eating a strawberry shipped in from the West Coast or picking one fresh from your garden.”

In addition to being passionate about quality and freshness, Lorraine is also a champion of other women-owned and -run businesses.  Which is why she stocks several varieties of Cafe Femenino.  The Café Femenino Coffee Project is a social program for women coffee producers in rural communities around the world.  Additionally, Lorraine charitably donates a portion of  her sales from these coffees to support the homeless women and children at Amethyst.

Great story, right?  I know!  And the coffee is really, really tasty.  Silver Bridge gift packages would make perfect holiday gifts, 12 ounce packages make great hostess gifts.  Locals here in Columbus can pick up Silver Bridge at either Whole Foods or the Hills Market.  And for non-locals, she has a complete selection online.

Today’s giveaway includes a Silver Bridge travel mug, one 12 ounce bag of whole bean Dominican Republic Cafe Femenino, and one 12 ounce bag of ground Caramel Creme.  

To win, either write in the comments section of this post how you take your coffee, or send me a tweet with the same information.  Entries end November 28th at noon EST.  Full giveaway rules can be found here.  Good luck!

November 13, 2010

Dine Originals Week | Pistacia Vera

Why don’t I live in German Village again?  Seriously.  I think I’ll just move there to be closer to Pistacia Vera.  I will, of course, gain 35 pounds over the course of a week or two because I would be there every. day. Three times a day.

I knew the pastries were good.  I’ve had them before.  The coffee is hot and strong and delicious from Cafe Brioso.  And the shop is so lovely and light and minimalist.  I know all these things.  But today, there was something magical about the perfectly arranged platter of six (!!) lovingly crafted sweets, my tasty Americano and a November day when it’s almost 70 and you can sit in the pretty little side courtyard and close your eyes and imagine you’re in Paris.  I close my eyes and imagine that Cherub is behaving herself, too.  But, alas, I’m a dreamer at heart.

The $10 menu, specially designed for Dine Originals Week included left row, bottom to top: fruit pates (black currant champagne and orange ginger), a mocha praline jaconde, and a mouth-watering cashew caramel.  On the right, two of their famous Parisian macarons (a pumpkin and a maple walnut), their Florentine and the pear ginger frangipan.  I swooned over the cashew caramel.  This has risen to the tip-top of my holiday gift list.  People would kiss you if you sent them a box of these babies.  Which you can

The true beauty of Pistacia Vera is that you can get these creative and inspiring bites, along with tremendous coffee for the same price as your typical afternoon chain coffee stop.  So get thee to German Village for an unpretentious little break.  And when you do, make sure to invite me along.  You know I’m game.

September 16, 2010

Luck Brothers’ Cubano

If you find yourself in the Grandview area with as little as 10 or 15 minutes to kill, stop by Luck Brothers Coffee House and order the Cubano.  I had a bit of time this morning, as Cherub has started back to school two days a week.  There’s something magical about this particular mix: a shot of simple syrup, two shots of espresso, and foamed half and half.  Don’t order this to go, please.  Have a seat and enjoy it properly in a mug and saucer.  I know, it could have been just me that seemed to melt a little bit after the first sip, but wouldn’t you like to see if it worked for you, too?

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