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Savoring Sundays #NaPoWriMo

April 4, 2017 2 Comments

Plates of colorful food served with cheer transform the morning into a celebration

Of seasons and reasons we like to spend time at a local cafe in no rush to finish our meal

We retreat to a table for two to enjoy each other’s company and toast with a fancy libation

A tiny world all to ourselves, we rent the space on the patio, the chef, the waiter, and the baker

They create for us all the elegance and sensual delight we need to carry us through the week

This slice of time is is fuel to feed the soul and spark appreciation of our good fortune

#NaPoWriMo2017

#NaPoWriMo2017

Please join poets around the world for poetry month in April.  You can read, or submit poems here.  There are many contests and prompts going on to help those who are not sure they can write a poem…You can!!! Just do it.

#GloPoWriMo

#GloPoWriMo

Sunday Rejuvenation, Brunch

January 8, 2017 2 Comments

fortune

fortune

The keeping of a sabbath on Saturday or Sunday is traditional in religious America. A day of complete rest, apart from the daily grind, was intended to be devoted to prayer and meditation on divinity.  Today the religion of twitter has launched #SelfCareSunday as a tribute to taking a real break from the worries and stresses of modern life.  This practice is viewed from different perspectives by many proponents of self-care.  I have been reading lately about the Danish practice of Hygge, a simplistic, holistic way to stay centered and happy.  This lifestyle concept is not related to religion, but does promote mindful awareness of simple pleasures, such as entertaining friends.  Gathering to share cozy comforts is essential to maintaining community and identity in society. A good laugh and a delicious meal with friends can heal the wounds inflicted by the tragic news of the day. I like the idea of taking one meal every week to be mindful of our habits.

Here are a few ideas for #SelfCareSunday Brunch:

  • Picnic in a park or natural setting
  • Silent potluck brunch, keeping silence while sharing a meal
  • Hiking brunch, bring a backpack and climb to a destination
  • Restaurant with dining companions, an obvious oldie but goodie
  • Cooking with companions in a home kitchen
  • Informal meet up at a farmers’ market or coffee-house

It is an excellent idea to be extra aware and conscious of self-care for one day a week.  The benefits of rest and relaxation combined with good company can’t be overstated.  We all need a little help from our friends.  Do you have a self-care practice, gentle reader?  Are your Sundays sacred?  What is your favorite way to rejuvenate?

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch

 

 

Ermanos for Gourmet Tasting

November 22, 2015 2 Comments

We tried a new brunch place yesterday and have found a new favorite business in Tucson. Ermanos on 4th Avenue serves brunch on the weekend, which is when we like to go out to eat.  We arrived early before the crowds which was lucky because I convinced the chef to make me an off the menu food sampler.  She created a wonderful cauliflower creamed soup that had butter but no cream in the ingredients.  This rich and luscious starter was accented with an herbal oil, green and brightly basil scented.  I was really surprised when she told me there were no potatoes or cream in the smooth rich dish.  She happily shared her recipe so I can knock it off at home. This is one main reason I dine in restaurants (finding new recipes to make), so I am especially pleased when there is no resistance to sharing recipes.  Chef Claire was gracious s well as creative in her approach.  She took very good care of me and my tastebuds.

cauliflower soup

cauliflower soup

My tasting board included black eyed pea hummus to die for, some perfect home style corn tortilla chips adorned with fresh pico de gallo, a seasoned cubed pear, and some fried avocado with sauce.  The flavors were very exciting, each bite a contrasting taste sensation.  I enjoyed this flight of food while sipping my flight of wine.  It was an explosion of tasty  thrills.

vegetarian ceviche

vegetarian ceviche

bites with flights

bites with flights

The hip, cool setting and the vast selection of wine, beer and fresh food on the menu attracted us in the first place.  They feature local musicians often, and hold special events for beer releases, etc.  They run the kind of local business we like to support.  The reason we have instantly become loyal customers is the exceptional service.  Our server Alberto Noeggerath is knowledgeable and very helpful.  Since I rarely drink wine these days I was happy to put myself in his capable hands when selecting three reds to taste in my flight.  I also tasted a cava sparkling that rounded out the flavor party at my place setting.  All the wines were to my liking, but the zinfandel from Wilcox that came highly recommended was the star of the flight.  I would almost order a glass of that next time if it were not for the fun of flighting.  The option of tasting and trying new gastronomy with attentive, happy help from the staff makes Ermanos a great dining destination for us.  We plan to return often in the future.

Regular customers were arriving as we finished, and we spoke to a couple who were as enthusiastic as we are about the place.  We are big fans who recommend Ermanos for party time, gourmet time, or homestyle, homegrown down home downtown Tucson time.  This place is perfect for everyone who likes eating and drinking.

Bob loves beer, and I love dining.  We both love fabulous service.

chef Claire Ferguson

chef Claire Ferguson

server Alberto Noeggerath

server Alberto Noeggerath

Bob ate biscuits and gravy and four beers in a flight.

biscuits and gravy

biscuits and gravy

beer and wine flights

beer and wine flights

We had to try the beer float for dessert.  Loved it!

beer float

beer float

#WeekendCoffeeShare at Cafe Coronet in Tucson

March 28, 2015 9 Comments

This is a perfect weekend to be in my home town of Tucson, so you are all invited to use your transporter cloaks to join me for coffee downtown Tucson at Cafe Coronet. I have recently been told how delicious the food is, so I decided to try it. The small bistro on Fourth Avenue has more space on the patio than inside the restored space.  Today the U of A basketball team is playing in the NCAA finals, so the street fashion was distinctly Wildcat as students and others geared up for the game party.  The Coronet patio is the perfect vantage point from which to take in the scene without being crowded.  Pull up a chair and order a beverage of your choice.  They pride themselves on the coffee as well as the cocktails.  Today I sampled the Orange Blossom Special with Luksusowa vodka, Cointreau, Creme de Cacao, and a couple of shots of espresso.

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

The menu offers plenty of choices. I ordered the “Bunnies”, a selection of three different salads, chosen from a list of four. They combined to create a brunch just to my liking.

bunnies salad trio

bunnies salad trio

If we were having coffee (and maybe a bite to eat) I would tell you that I have taken a big leap.  I have committed to writing 30 poems in 30 days as part of the #NaPoWriMo program in April.  I do publish my poetry, but I have not done so here, on my grown up WordPress blog.  On one hand I am inspired to do it and feel it will be a super challenge from which I will grow.  Another part of me is wondering why I did not just register my tumblr for the event, as I have in past years.  It is symbolic in a way I don’t yet understand.   Wish me luck, my coffee friends.  I will continue to write a weekend coffee post (not necessarily in verse) to stay in touch with you.  I enjoy our visits and don’t want to lose track of any members of the group.

#Weekendcoffeeshare

#Weekendcoffeeshare

It is starting to heat up fast in Arizona, which is not a personal problem for me because I love the heat.  My senior dog with kidney problems will need extra care and more frequent trips in and out of the house.  She is holding out well even though we know she has more limits all the time.  I am considering a radical change in schedule to leave me more time with her.  If I go to the gym when I wake up in the morning instead of the middle of the day, which is my habit, my dog will be outside in the coolest part of the day.  It may also be a good way to switch things up to be poetic every day. Perhaps by moving first and writing after vigorous exercise I will come up with a new approach. I listen to poetry while I work out very often, so it could be a source of inspiration. Have you ever turned your schedule upside down for results?  How is your daily grind going thee days?  Do you have anything new planned? Thanks for visiting my city this week.  Fly over town and check out all the flowering trees and wild flowers that are blooming right now. These flashy colors appear and fade very quickly while we return to summer temperatures.  There is horse racing at the Rillito Downs today, so take a turn up First Avenue to watch the excitement before you take the trip back to your home.  You will see some true cowboy culture at the racetrack.  The entire city is fixated on the basketball team, so if you will excuse me, I need to go Bear Down!!!

Cafe Coronet

Cafe Coronet

Easter Gourmet

April 1, 2013 3 Comments

We had the best time at brunch yesterday with our neighbor Mindy.  We arrived as service began and enjoyed wonderful attentive wait staff, a great ambiance, and most of all, delicious food.  The Lodge on the Dessert is our new total favorite place to celebrate holiday meals.  Christmas was good, and Easter perfect.  I do not enjoy all you can eat buffet, or anything that resembles it.  I don’t even want to see other people eating like that.   Tucson’s Iron Chef, Ryan Clark, rocked the a la carte cuisine for the omnivores and also for me, a nice lacto-ov0 vegetarian girl.  We were too full to finish our desserts, so we packed it to take home.  As we headed out many families were arriving with eggs, baskets, kids and some darling fashion.  We will be back..hungry.

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