While I was on my photowalk today, I stopped into Cafe Latte for an iced dirty chai. Yes, it was delicious. As I was walking back to my car, I started reading the text on the cup. I was surprised to read that it was environmentally friendly. The plastic cup is made by a company called Fabri-Kal. The Greenware cups are manufactured from NatureWorksÂ® biopolymer, a resin currently derived entirely from plants. During composting, the cup will begin to break down at 150Âº F and 90% humidity. In approximately 50 days within those conditions, the cups will be completely gone.
I hope all the major chains like Starbucks will start using this or something similar. They may already. I haven’t really notice, but I definitely will look next time. Big props to Cafe Latte for using it.
All espresso drinkers should take a moment to remember Ernesto Illy, coffee giant. Illy passed away last Sunday. Not only was he the head of IllycaffÃ¨, be he was also a chemist who contributed a lot to the world of espresso. For that, I am most thankful. Everyone know how much I love coffee. My condolences goes out to his family. I have much admiration for anyone who dedicated his life work to improving and mastering all aspects of coffee. If you wish to leave a message of condolence, you can visit the IllycaffÃ¨ website.
So, after enjoying some delicious coffee at A Fine Grind Coffeehouse. I headed over to Shish on Grand. This is my second time there. The first time I went there, I had their chicken gyro. That was alright. Today, I had their regular gyro. I have to say, it was damn tasty. It was really just the meat that made it so great. Full of flavor. Both times I was there, the services was very helpful and friendly. Also, as a friend pointed out to me, they make good use of sconces. Shish is a great choice for Mediterranean food in St Paul.
Shish website (down at the time this was written)
Shish on Grandave.com
Today I went to A Fine Grind Coffeehouse. It’s located on Marshall Ave right next to Izzy’s. I didn’t notice it until last week when I went to Izzy’s for some delicious ice cream. I guess I’m usually too focused on getting my ice cream that I’ve not noticed A Fine Grind. I’m glad I actually went in today. First off, it’s quite roomy in there. Plenty of seating with a back room with cozier seats.
As always, I ordered a cappuccino as my benchmark same as when I order bun bo hue at every Vietnamese restaurant I try out. It was good. Great balance of froth to milk to espresso. The ambiance was awesome. Very comfortable and lighting was low but not too low that you’d call it dark. The service was great. Friendly. It was fairly busy for a Sunday evening. The customers looked to be mostly college students with there books and laptops. I’m not sure if they have free WiFi. It is definitely a perfect place to go read or study. There wasn’t any music blaring. I actually cannot recall if there was any music playing. I highly recommend A Fine Grind if you have not been already. I will definitely go back again. It’s sort of a deadly combo having a creamery and a coffeehouse right next to one another.
I checked out Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe last week. It’s the coffeehouse on Selby that hosts the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival. They have drinks named after famous jazz musicians. I had the Cab Calloway, which is their cappuccino. It was very flavorful. Not super strong, but the flavor was there. I also had a blueberry muffin. I was hoping they had some of their other pastries, but they were out. The walls are decked out with paintings of musicians. It reminded me of Muddy Paws Cheesecake over in Uptown. The cafe has a banquet room beside the main cafe area for various festivities. It’s a little bit more laid back. It’s definitely a place to check out.
Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe at Twin Cities Dining Guide
Review of Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe