After surviving three days of misery commonly known as the flu, I found myself craving some delicious food – meaning anything other than chicken broth and saltines. Having scheduled a much-needed Friday vacation, I spent my day off partaking in a culinary adventure.
Breakfast: Despite being a daily coffee-drinker, I’m not normally a coffee-house dweller. On a whim, I opted to branch out and catch up on some reading while enjoying breakfast at San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. “Breakfast” consisted of a cappuccino and a double chocolate cookie.
This was my first visit to the Virginia Highlands coffee establishment, which I found to be cozy and inviting. The breakfast, on the other hand, was sub-par at best. The cappuccino was average and notably absent of any attempt at “foam art”. The cookie simply was not good. It was one of those crunchy-around-the-edges-barely-chewy-in-the-middle types. I much prefer the melt-in-your-mouth-chewy-all-throughout kind. I think I’ll just stick to my Kuerig and Greek yogurt next time.
Lunch: En route to San Francisco Roasting Co, I passed one of my favorite lunch spots – Alon’s. Come lunchtime, my first and only thought was that of the peppered turkey sandwich at Alon’s.
The sandwich is relatively simple – smoked peppered turkey, avocado, red onion, tomato, sprouts, and grainy mustard (I prefer mine sans mayo), piled high between slices of whole wheat bread. The contrast of the rich and creamy avocado with the spicy texture of the mustard really sets this sandwich apart from your average turkey-on-wheat. The freshness of the ingredients came together into a much-needed, satisfying midday meal.
Afternoon Snack?: I don’t usually plan on eating multiple cookies in a day, but unforeseen circumstances occasionally warrant such behavior. Shortly after lunch, I received a text along the lines of: “We have two dozen Specialty’s cookies at home – if you want any you should stop by our apartment.” If I want any!? Um, that might be the best news I’ve heard all day week. To provide some context, San Francisco-based Specialty’s makes the best chocolate chip cookies you have ever eaten in your life. Naturally, I immediately rearranged my afternoon to accommodate this new development. As an added bonus, I got to enjoy the cookies (yes, plural) while catching up with good friends.
I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly what makes these cookies so much better than any others, but it lies somewhere in the delectable combination of buttery, chewy, chocolaty-chunky perfection. If you’re a cookie-lover, please do yourself a favor and orders some of their baking mix online. I promise you will not regret it – unless of course you eat the entire batch in one sitting.
Dessert (yes, I still wanted dessert after all those cookies): A few months ago, I read something on Twitter about a company in Atlanta that sold beer ice cream. After meeting one of the co-founders of this company – Frozen Pints – at an event the previous night, I was more than intrigued. I made an afternoon pit stop at Tower Wine & Spirits and spent considerably more time than I should have contemplating between the Honey IPA and the Pumpkin Ale. The Honey IPA’s promise of delivering “hoppy deliciousness [and] bitter sweet perfection” won me over in the end. Strategically placed in the craft beer section of the store, my next logical move was to pick up a six-pack of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (a personal favorite) for paring.
The beer ice cream was just creamy enough to be deliciously refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised at how fully-developed the flavor of the beer was. As promised, the honey provided a touch of sweetness to complement the bitter-hoppiness of the IPA.
The Dogfish Head paring was a success, but then curiosity got the best of me – how would they taste if I actually combined them together? The resulting IPA Float, if you will, far exceeded my expectations. Contrary to what I expected, the sweet honey flavor really stood out as the ice cream melted into a hoppy milkshake. I can’t wait to recreate this concoction on a hot summer afternoon.
At $7.50 a pint, the price tag is a little steep, but well worth it. How else are you going to enjoy craft beer and dessert all in the same spoonful? I can’t wait to try some (all) of the other Frozen Pint flavors!
*I realize that my day is missing a key component, also known as dinner. This can be attributed to the fact that I got a little overly aggressive on the other courses, so my culinary adventure ended with the beer ice cream. Not to worry though – another day, another dinner.