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Chicago Eats

July 20, 2009 Leave a comment

This summer, I traveled to Chicago for work and managed to try some local restaurants during my free time. My favorite find was Pastoral Deli Restaurant (found about a block or two away from the Magnificient Mile) which served a number of delicious rustic sandwiches, including duck, pate, etc. Amazingly, this place also sells artisan cheeses, wines, and international foods. If you need to eat and go and weather permitting, you can eat in their outdoor seating area but be warned that spacing is tight and just forget-about-it if you’ve got a stroller. Also, you may not even get a seat during key busy times such as lunch and dinner. It’s also around these times, that you’ll get the most number of passers-by, which is a note for those who mind the smokers walking by and for those who want to know the best times to people watch.

Being a huge fan of Intelligentsia Coffee which is roasted in Chicago, I absolutely had to visit an Intelligentsia Cafe. I wanted to tour the office and roasting location but alas, I actually had to work on the one day they allowed tours (Mondays, in case you are interested yourself). The Cafe I found (located near the Millenium Plaza) served the best latte I had ever had, hands down. The flavor was so intense, more so than the one I get at any other cafe I’ve been to and definitely more so than the flavor I get at home making my own lattes. Taking a nice stroll and sitting at a bench in the Millenium Plaza, I savored my latte down to the last drop. Life is beautiful when you’ve got a delicious cup of caffe latte in your mug!


Murky coffee * Arlington, VA

October 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting a cafe that I frequented while working in the Eastern Market area: Murky Coffee. (Actually, I’m sitting in the cafe right now typing Murky’s review on my blog!)

No longer in the same location, Murky has moved to Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA. The new location is pretty nice, definitely twice the size it was before, with a more urban, rundown sort of feel to it which actually fits Murky’s image better than the old place did. It feels almost like a different cafe.

But after sampling the coffee, I’d say it’s still the same Murky. The quality’s still there. Sometimes no change is good too! I had hoped to purchase a specific coffee bean from the cafe but they were carrying limited kinds of beans, such as the usual espresso toscano, santa ana el salvador, and others. All of which are pretty good, but I really loved this one bean they carry every now and then. Oh well, maybe next time.

On this particular Thursday evening, I’m just sitting back and observing what’s going on. The ambiance is laidback and casual, just the way a good cafe should be. People are here working on their laptops or talking with their roommates, friends or partners. Some arrived here on foot, others (like myself) drove here. I wonder if any of those in the latter category ventured here from DC in search of their old Eastern Market haunt. I wouldn’t be surprised.

So you guessed it: Murky rates pretty high in my book because their coffee is pretty “damn” good, there I said it (haha, a direct quote from Murky’s tagline). I’d give them a 4 of 5. When I worked in Eastern Market, there were several choices of cafes: Starbucks (or as my husband likes to call them, Charbucks), Java Cafe, a Belgian sandwich place that brewed European coffees, Bread and Chocolate, Marvelous Market that brewed Mayorga coffees and Dunkin Donuts (ick). At the top of my list of go to cafes is Murky.

Now, I’ve heard that there are alot of other good cafes out there, such as Greenberry’s. I’ve tested Greenberry’s coffee at the cafe out in the McLean, VA area and maybe I need to sample their other coffee drinks to get a better idea of how good their coffee is. I thought the coffee was good but not quite Murky good. The other thing was that Greenberry’s cafe feels alot like a Starbucks and I prefer the rundown feel of a neighborhood cafe.

If you know of any, please comment on my blog and let me know where I need to go. I would love to make it out to those other good cafes in the metro DC area!