A really great cup of coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures: the taste, the smell, the feeling of a warm mug in your hand—it’s just all so good. But if you’re getting your coffee beans from the grocery store, you’re missing out on a giant piece of the puzzle: really fresh coffee. Coffee tastes best as soon as it’s roasted, and for up to around four weeks after, so if you’re buying beans that have been sitting on the shelves beyond that, you’re likely not starting out on the right foot. That’s where coffee subscription boxes can come in
Sometimes dogs need a break, too. Chasing birds, taking sun naps, and barking at their friends all add up to some stress that could only be relieved by a happy hour drink. Newly opened in January, San Antonio-based Cool Beans Cafe offers a pup menu right alongside its human menu.
And while I could write about their specialty coffee drinks and brunch mimosas, I’m much more interested in their pawsome bites and brews. Step aside, puppuccinos, there’s a new breed in town.
Bowser Beers, a non-alcoholic beer made for dogs, features flavors like Quiggley’s Beefy Brew and
Almonds are a key ingredient in this classic French side dish, and the word “amandine” translates into “almond” in English. In the culinary world, “amandine” (also called “almondine” in America) refers to dishes made with a garnish of almonds, like green beans, fish, asparagus and even potatoes.
The classic recipe calls for French green beans (haricot verts), which are often longer and more slender than other green beans. Haricot verts can be difficult to find in our area, and I was quite satisfied with the beautiful fresh green beans I found at my local Hornbacher’s grocery store.
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