on the gad


In coffee on March 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

i haven’t been overly concerned about being overtaken with nostalgia and uncomfortable childhood memories with the move back to berkeley. then again, it’s only been two months and i typically have delayed reactions. but since i’m spending most of my time here in south berkeley, it’s daughter’s childhood i’m bumping into and not my own. my early years include oxford school, live oak park, north berkeley branch library, indian rock, and tilden park and i have yet to visit any of these sites. can you believe i haven’t gone to top dog yet?! we swiss are always in the mood for a good bockwurst. well, unless it’s high tea time and we are busy ordering a cappuccino and choosing a cookie.

i’ve been discovering that some friends are more in favor of lunch dates than coffee dates. i’m sure you can imagine how shocked i was to learn that a lifelong friend is “just not that into cupcakes”. i hear the words but i don’t really understand. i also have friends and family members who have no interest in coffee. since i only lose my desire for coffee when i’ve been really ill, it’s difficult not to be concerned about coffee apathy. what do you pair your cake with if you don’t drink coffee? i’m sure a grown-up peanuts’ lucy can be found these days smiling and uttering “happiness is a warm, make that hot, cup of coffee”. though i imagine charlie brown might avoid coffee because of his i.b.s.

my berkeley sisters lean towards award shows potlucks and museum cafe salads. and i’m still getting accustomed to being invited along without being required to bake a cake first! i could get used to dining out in good company. an old/new friend and i discovered the lovely house of curries up in the elmwood. bountiful, tasty food without too much fussy service; just how i like it. a hot meal on a rainy day. i wouldn’t attempt public meal adventures on my own. i’m not enough of a grown-up to wend my way through the foreign intricacies of ordering food. i need an experienced traveler to show me how it’s done.

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