Cowgirl at the Bookstore

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Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery

I ventured with some friends last week to a terrific new bar in South Bethlehem called The Bookstore Speakeasy. It turns out it’s run by the same people who brought the Tap and Table Gastropub and their enormous Belgian beer list to Emmaus. I won’t spoil the fun, but I can tell you that stepping inside is like stepping back in time. They serve signature vintage cocktails, but one of the real treats in the small plates list and the cheese plates. The Crispy Pork Belly was sinful and melts in your mouth and the S.O.S. (local dried beef, maitake mushrooms on sourdough) is an upscale take on the classic chipped beef on toast. But by far my favorite treat of the night was the Red Hawk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery. I did a little research and Cowgirl turns out to be a pretty nifty company with a cool name to boot. Based in California, Cowgirl makes artisan organic cheeses. I’m sorry I missed their retail store in The Ferry Plaza in San Fran, but it turns out they have another little outpost in (semi) nearby Washington D.C. on F Street NW. Until I make the drive, I’ll just have to keep returning to The Bookstore for the Red Hawk – and a Champagne Cocktail of course.

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November 12, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Posh Makeover for London Starbucks

I have a love-hate relationship with Starbucks. As a huge proponent of buying local, I prefer the independent coffee shops. But they do a few things that make it hard to hate them altogether – they use Fairtrade coffee, they support the community, and they let me spend hours on end doing my homework even if I only bought a single cup of coffee.  Besides, who doesn’t love a pumpkin spice latte? Today I came across some images of the newly redesigned Starbucks in London. It has a warmer, more natural feel to it. And, they’ve returned to their “heritage” logo. starbucks1

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November 11, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.