Critical Linking: July 4, 2012

“This is still the best fiction to file a report on the days when we were all miserable and clueless—days we long to return to.”

Patriotic book choices for all eras.

Abbott Awaits also provided my own marriage with the now oft-used phrase ‘Hogging the Bad Mood,’ which is the situation where one spouse refuses to give up being grumpy, despite the fact that in a successful marriage only one spouse can enjoy being in a foul temper at any given time.

Even smart people’s beach reads allow for the occasional pop–goes-the-culture moments.

We are both coffee whores—think three macchiatos every morning, followed by mid-afternoon cappuccinos. Please don’t speak to either one of us prior to morning coffee. No—really.  Legit ice cream shops must have coffee ice cream. It’s just a fact. Our variation is an interpretation of Vietnamese coffee, and, surprise surprise, it’s not cloyingly sweet like most coffee ice creams and actually tastes like coffee. There was never any doubt that we would use Blue Bottle for our coffee ice cream. For starters, we needed some street cred while we were getting off the ground, and at the point Blue Bottle was one of the only artisan coffee roasters in San Francisco. 

Here is the Humphrey Slocombe recipe for Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. (And yes, it’s from their book. This isn’t Food Riot–yet!) You’re welcome.

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