Coffee Time  

Reverbe2 43F
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7/16/2006 6:08 am

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7/25/2006 2:38 am

Coffee Time



On my way back from a stroll to the local shops to pick up the Sunday morning papers, I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks Frappucino.Whilst queuing, an old Denis Leary sketch from "Lock and Load" came to mind. In the stream of crazed consciousness the delightfully unpolitically correct Mr Leary defends his right to eat red meat, smoke and drink coffee.

Denis comments on the "Starbucks" Syndrome and laments how difficult it is to get a simple cup of coffee."Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee-flavored coffee? You can get every other flavor except coffee-flavored coffee! They got mochachino, cappuchino, frappachino, Al Pacino, what the fuck? www.what the fuck.com!"And you know something...he has a point..

On the way to the newsagents a minute (if that) long walk down our local high street revealed the following - BB's Coffee and Muffins,Quisnos Cafe,Starbucks, Benjys, Costa(right next door to each other)Pret A Manger and inside the station a traditional old style Italian owned and run cafe which serves lovely coffee. Pret in fact was constructed from the ashes of a lesser known cafe chain whose name I can't recall (but I know they used penguin imagery a lot).Now surely there is only so much coffee that can be drunk in such a small town in the space of a day.

I'm not knocking it though. I do admit that money allowing I am partial to partaking of a treat. Choice is good but I am all for the traditional. The media keep telling us we should be patronizing butchers, bakeries, grocers, fishmongers. This is all well and good if one lives in areas like Richmond or Hampstead etc etc but here in a less affluent area we simply do not have the choice of establishments. For those who cannot drive, there is only the choice of a small branch of Tescos which often does not stock the most basic essentials such as bread and milk or Marks & Spencers which provides excellent quality food items but is not really affordable for ones day to day groceries. We do have a butchers - however this only provides bulk packaged items - , the only fishmongers is a small counter at Sainsburys, the bakeries are in abundance but are only glorified sandwich and cake shops with a few packages of bread rolls and the grocers stall on the market provides very bad quality fruits and vegetables and a very limited range at that. Believe me I'd love to have the choice when shopping and to be able to exercise my right to choose, but one just doesn't have the opportunity.

If you have the chance, please try and patronize small businesses - from cafes to food sellers, newsagents to clothing stores. The corporate world is trying to squeeze out local traders and all the character is disappearing from our high streets. They pretty much look identical wherever you go. It's a real delight to find an area with its own identity.




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runzwithknives 60F

7/16/2006 6:26 am

I too indulge in starbucks, money allowing. A simple cup of great java is heaven tho...
Gone are the days of butchers (our last one closed about 10 years ago here) and fish mongers. Real bakeries still abound here thank goodness. Some of my fondest memories are going shopping with my grandmother. Picking out a live chicken for supper at the butcher, cheeses and hard salami at the Italian deli (and a pickle ffrom the bin), the grocer for fresh fruits, veggies and fresh milk, and finally the bakery where bread for the evening was always my choice.
I try to shop local and with independant owners whenever I can...


tenorsaxxman 66M

7/16/2006 6:35 am

You'd like Austin, TX. "Keep Austin Weird" is local motto. Personally, I'm retiring in Costa Rica to grow my own coffee and brew the perfect cup.

Tenorsaxxman


Reverbe2 43F
3297 posts
7/16/2006 8:01 am

I'm glad someone else feels the same way I do Runz.To have such treasured memories of a loved one is a wonderful gift. Keep up the good work!

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Reverbe2 43F
3297 posts
7/16/2006 8:03 am

Tenor,welcome to my blog. Feel free to visit anytime you feel like it.Maybe one day we'll come visit you in Costa Rica.Hope you live your dream.

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tracy_de_lacy 105F
9268 posts
7/25/2006 1:18 am

You know what annoys me, I can't find a local fruit and veg shop. I have to buy all of my fruit and veg from the larger supermarkets and I hate that. I want to wander around trying out new stuff that the larger shops just don't sell.

Small businesses like that are a dying race. It is also hard to find a good local butcher and I have to buy all my meat from supermarkets too.




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Reverbe2 43F
3297 posts
7/25/2006 2:38 am

Tracy

That's exactly my experience.

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