Friday, July 25, 2014
For my lunch break, I walked to Marcy Park from Mayo Memorial Building on the University of Minnesota campus. Like most of my walks, this one ended up being more about the journey than the destination. While it is a lovely playground and I'm so happy it exists for the families in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood, it doesn't have many unique attributes as far as Minneapolis parks are concerned. Mapping out this walk did help me realize that Van Cleve Park should be my next work park walk.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Open since April 2011, Bread & Pickle is a food stand at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. In addition to tasty coffee beverages, it also serves Minnesota craft beer on tap and food (which I've never ordered). This morning was perfect outside so I celebrated by walking one of my favorite routes to get my coffee.
Bread & Pickle
4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The Crack Press is $5.00 and a rare treat for me. It is cold pressed coffee, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate over ice. I have them hold the chocolate because I'm not crazy and know where to draw the line. The first time I had this drink, I compared it to Vietnamese iced coffee at Pham's Deli. It doesn't quite hit that bar for coffee drinks that involve sweetened condensed milk but it is definitely a tasty treat. It lasted me all the way home as I like these drinks to last as long as possible.
Here's the rest of my walk in photos:
Saturday, July 5, 2014
After reading about Peace Coffee's seasonal offering of es Alpukat on Mpls/StPaul magazine's Land of 10,000 Crazy Iced Coffees, I was motivated to hit the trails early on Saturday morning to try it for myself.
This is what Dara wrote:
Everyone’s crazy about avocados right now, with their good-fats and their ultra-creamy texture. But in coffee? Yes, blended up with espresso and sweetened condensed milk at Peace Coffee’s Wonderland Park home base, you can call this a full on breakfast.
Peace Coffee Shop - Wonderland Park's Facebook post:
Peace Coffee Shop - Wonderland Park
3262 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
I left the house at 5:38 AM (MapMyWalk tells me so) knowing that it would take me more than 1.5 hours so I'd arrive close to when they open on Saturdays.
The morning was cool and quiet - perfect for walking alone. I love walking along the Minnehaha Creek and this morning was particularly enjoyable since all the homes and gardens look their best this time of year.
I arrived at Peace Coffee Shop a little after 7 AM and ordered the Es Alpukat. They hadn't made a batch yet so I waited about five minutes while they whipped one up. I love the bright, cheery colors and the creative use of old materials throughout the shop. During my Minneapolis 81 days, I met with Peace Coffee's director of marketing, Melanee Meegan to learn more about the name Wonderland Park, an amusement park in the Longfellow neighborhood from 1905 until 1911.
I had no idea what to expect and had ordered my drink to go thinking I'd enjoy it on my journey home. Turns out that I should have just stayed at the coffee shop because definitely a sipping drink and one best served in a glass. An extremely filling coffee drink, the 5 oz drink is like breakfast in a cup. I won't try to describe it further because I don't yet have the language to deconstruct my coffee experiences but Peace Coffee Shop is the place to go to learn!
I will enjoy an es Alpukat again this summer while it is still on the menu. I look forward to introducing my cousin, Kristina to this wonderland!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Eleven years ago, Scott led me on a shorter version of this walking tour of his hometown, New Hope and neighbor suburb, Crystal, Minnesota. New Hope is a first-ring suburb northwest of Minneapolis with the craziest borders you'll ever see on a map.
Friday, July 4, 2014
My weekly walking partner, Lisa and I took advantage of the holiday to enjoy a bonus walk together. A fellow coffee lover, Lisa was enthusiastic to try the "cocktailish" iced coffee drinks featured in Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Iced Coffees:
This is the new coffee shop on this list and maybe the finest among the new wave of craft coffees. Five Watt is a shop that just wants you to enjoy your coffee whether it’s a basic cup of black, a VERY fancy drink laced with bitters (yes, bitters) or tips on how to brew yours at home. Recommended…go to their website (here) and browse their coffee drinks. It’s the equivalent of the very impressive cocktails at Marvel Bar or Prohibition. There’s the Orange Blossom Special (minus Johnny Cash) with Cocoa, Orange bitters, Espresso and Milk. Or the Hendricks with Cold press, Juniper + Basil simple syrup, Grapefruit bitters, Cream. This is some serious craft coffee!
Five Watt Coffee
3745 Nicollet Ave S.
Mpls, Minn. 55409
The weather was perfect for our journey north on Garfield Avenue South, one of my favorite streets in the Kingfield neighborhood. The street is lined with homes of varying styles, many with elaborate front yard gardens, free little libraries, and sculptures.
At 38th Street we headed east and got our dose of Vitamin D for the day as the bright sun's rays beat down on us. Five Watt is at 38th and Nicollet Ave S, a business node with solid restaurants with Blackbird Cafe, Kiyatchi, and Cocina Latina. There is an empty space on the northeast corner but it looks like it may be under construction so I'll be watching for updates.
I felt welcomed by the baristas as soon as we entered Five Watt. I love the space - light and breezy for the summer yet I imagine it will be nice and cozy in the fall and winter. We ventured toward the back of the shop to check out their set up. They don't hide all of their equipment which resembles Scott's homebrew lab in the basement. It made me realize that Scott could duplicated this on a smaller scale for my home cold press brewing.
I know next to nothing about bitters. That may change now that I'm in love with Five Watt Coffee.
Count me in for Sunday Service. Coffee, oatmeal and music sounds like a winning combination.
I chose the Orange Bow Tie: cold press, cream, simple syrup, chocolate, and orange bitters. Lisa had the Purple Bow Tie: cold press, cream, simple syrup, hibiscus, pepper, and grapefruit bitters. Several drinks on their menu called my name so I will definitely be back.
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