{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, after dropping almost 2grr into the Fart Box yesterday I was thinking we could possibly start renting it out as an extra bedroom. Any takers? Dear Favorite Coffee Drink, some people refer to you as a Dirty Chai, Soul Soup, or Tiger's Eye. I never order you by these names because I fear the barista won't know what the hell I'm talking about. (Insert three Buehller's here). Dear Foundation Group, after much expectation and anticipation we finally get to meet you tonight. Our house = dinner, leg kicks, dessert, fist pumps, life maps, jazz hands. WE'RE GONNA LOVE YOU. Dear Husband, Exhibit A: Old Man Flash Face and Loerke Catch Phrase. Exhibit B: One laughing wife who wanted to cry. Job. Well. Done.

In honor of it being National Coffee Day today (thanks T.Jett!), what's your favorite coffee shop? And if you'd like to humor me with other ways to order a soy chai with a shot of espresso I would be delighted.

23 comments:

LB said...

I had an iced soy Caramel latte last night atnordigiddies and loved it!

ZigZagKitty said...

What time do you get up in the morning to post these??? Yikes!! *yawn*

Han said...

From the corner with a D hat: What's a Foundation Group? Is it like marriage prep for newlyweds hehe. We met with a married couple before we got married called Kev and Wendy they were youth leaders from my old church so they knew us already kinda. Then when we got married we started meeting with our lovelies called Nick and Karen - they are superstars! (Can I declare fist pumps and leg kicks for awesome friends?!)

Coffee Shop - Jaffa Orchard here in Bedford :D except I have a strawberry milkshake and chocolate cake lol.

czam said...

Two favorite coffee shops in two different cities:
Austin: Mozart's (voted best desserts in Austin, btw)
Waco: Common Grounds

Lima said...

Two things:
uno) Last night, I did a diversity present for the New Student Orientation class and I asked a question. All I got was silence. Then I said "Buehller" three times. I got some chuckles which eased the tension. Success.

b) My favorite coffee shop here in the Land of Up: The Jumping Bean. Hands down. The Drake's do an amazing job keeping that place off the chain.

Peace, love & Lima.

Anonymous said...

Favorite Coffee shops in San Francisco:

1. Blue Bottle, the New Orleans iced coffee will change your life.

2. Ritual, sweet tooth latte = amazing.

Stacy said...

The Roasterie in Brookside - Brooksider Bob (Mint Mocha) with whip. Don't order many coffee drinks, but when I do I splurge.

I think if you visit the same coffee shop(s) frequently you could say, "I'd like a Dirty Chai" and then see if they look at you funny. If they do, you explain and maybe will have to a couple more times, but then they'll know your drink. Or you could make up a new name for it "A Jazz Hands with a Shimmy-Shake Chai, please"...

When I was a Barista, I enjoyed knowing the lingo and putting it to use when someone ordered a Red Eye or a Zebra. Made me feel like I was fully immersed in my job.

Kayla said...

"Cups" in Fondren, MS is still my favorite coffee shop even though I moved back to my hometown of Atlanta recently. My favorite here,in metro Atlanta, is Sneaky Beans in Marietta.

Scatterbox said...

During our stint in Raleighwood, it was Helios.

Here in Sacramundo, Old Soul and Temple. Too bad my Land of Sprawl neighborhood means the best-closest coffee shop is in my kitchen. But we have great beans!

Scatterbox said...

p.s. - Are you aware that today is National Coffee Day?

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-coffee-day

sarah richmond said...

local 123 in berzerkly, of course... coava, verve, and flying goat a'plenty! bangin' single origin xeucalvitz from guatemala (roasted by coava) and face melter street level espresso from the verve boys in santa cruz. (insert twinner's happy place right here*)

ps. emo little, i miss you more than dirty chai lattes.

Shandell said...

I just love the way you write. You already know that, but I wanted to remind you that it makes my day.

Also, my favorite coffee drinks sometimes change with the season, but I always love a good caramel machiatto.

annie h. said...

this is so hard. in slo, it was for sure sally loo's (best little shop around. great food and homemade baked goods, free refills on coffee...cutest atmosphere). but, then there was also higher groundz and they seriously have some DE-LISH iced coffee for a $1 on fridays.

blue bottle in sf is awesome (as we have discussed).

peet's is right up there, even though it's a chain. i love them and i was customer of the week, so i gotta represent.

LB said...

Also, Shades of Brown in Tulsa is an awesome coffee shop that sells Oregon chai, displays local art, has an awesome selection of sweets, and the baristas have armpit hair :)

kelli said...

Sweet Eugene's House of Java in College Station, Texas!
(it's where my husband and I worked, met and got engaged in college...sigh)
As for ordering a "soy chai with a shot" I'd say just leave it at that -it could be worse. Like a venti half-caf one-pump hazelnut non-fat extra shot caramel machiatto with double whipped cream and one of those little stopper thingys for the lid please. I bet someone's ordered that before.

morgandkim said...

soy chai with a shot eh?? hmmm i might have to try that..
kim

e.nachtigal said...

In Minneapolis there is a place called Bordertown. If the coffee doesn't put this place on your #1 list, the atmosphere will. It operates in the first floor of a large old house near the University of Minnesota campus. It truly makes you feel right at home!--no pun intended. I am not sure if I would get a "dirty chai" with you, but I would get a chai with a shot of almond!

Stacy said...

Dirty Chai is my favorite drink!! The problem is though, that I've have THE BEST dirty chai in the world and any other dirty chai pales in comparison. It's at Red Eye Coffee in Tallahassee, FL...I no longer live there so I'm still grieving it. But I always say dirty chai (with soy)and i've never had a barista confused.

courtney said...

Best coffee shop(s) in Nashville: tie between Crema and Fido. Both must be visited asap.

Today's Letters said...

lb, nordigiddies in t-minus 8 wks.

zigzag, usually 8, but yesterday we got up at the crack for free pancakes. because they're worth it!

han, group for newly married couples. we help lead them through their first 18 months which is the best time to establish healthy habits in your marriage. we love it!

czam, mozart's is on our list for our next austin trip.

lima, i used to work at games control. the bean was my woobie.

anony (although i'm guessing hailee walsh), blue bottle and ritual are the freakin shiz. we've had them both and love love love. four barrel is also amazing.

stacy, in honor of you i will order my next drink as a dirty chai. if i'm feeling really brave i might say tiger's eye.

kayla, if i'm ever in hotlanta ...

t.jett, you always know the facts. love it.

bubby, your comment made me want to get on my bici and ride all the way to berkeley. twinner misses you.

shandell, thanks for the encouragement. it came at just the right time.

sweet annie, you are my customer of the week.

lb, shades of brown? that is new to us. might have to add that to the list for turkey day.

kelli, i feel like i should first start off with a whooop. second, you got engaged at a coffee shop? you have captured my heart.

morgandkim, lemme know what you think. promise it won't disappoint.

e.natchtigal, tell me you frequent birchwood! and please kiss the cherry and the spoon the next time you see her.

stacy, don't give up! you shall find your best dirty chai because you weren't meant to be soul mates.

court, are you at vandy? if so please hug melissa chaney for me.

Han said...

That is so awesome! (Being half of a couple who's been married 3.5 years) It's such a massive change of lifestyle that it's soooooo good to have people to help guide you through it. Fist pumps and leg shimmies for you!!!!

Today's Letters said...

han, we wish we would have had a foundation group when we were newly married. those first two years were the hardest for us. thankfully, we've learned how to communicate better, celebrate one other, and extend grace and forgiveness to each other on a daily basis.

Heather said...

Dirty Chai! One of the my favorite drinks! Another combo that I have tried.. A Mississip Mud Chai: 3 shots of Espresso, chai tea, and chocolate layered over ice. I didn't sleep for most of the night...

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