Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring (Coffee) Break

This past week I was on my Spring Break from college. My Spring Break was not the typical party adventure many college students embark on. I spent it casually relaxing with my family and boyfriend. I worked some extra hours at CVS Pharmacy and I got caught up on some well deserved sleep. This may all seem leisurely and comfortable, however, my break did not lack adventure or spontaneity.

On Tuesday, my boyfriend, Steve, and I went to the
Church Brew Works. This was his first time there and my second. We enjoyed a surprisingly decadent dinner.

On Thursday, Steve needed to run to the library to check out books for one of his classes. We went to the
Carnegie Library in Oakland. Once again, he had never been there before and I had. The library has changed a bit since the last time I had been there, about 3 or 4 years ago. While Steve updated his library card, I found my way to the library's Crazy Mocha kiosk and ordered a piping hot White Chocolate Mocha. The Crazy Mocha also offered a vast variety of paninis, wraps, pasta salads and desserts.

Finally, our biggest Spring Break adventure of the week, occurred on Saturday. Steve and I had planned on road tripping to Eighty-Four, PA to the 7-Eleven Diner. I love diners and I try to visit as many unique and original ones as possible. Early Saturday morning we began our journey around 10 am and arrived at the diner by noon. It was tucked away in the corner of a BP gas station. There were a few locals enjoying there breakfasts and coffees. Steve and I ordered breakfast also and I of course...ordered a cup of coffee. Diner coffee always seems better than home brewed coffee or high priced gourmet coffee drinks. It was fresh brewed and served with small town hospitality.

When we left the diner and started to drive a bit we realized we were only about 30 miles outside of Wheeling, WV. In a hasty split-second decision we decided that was our next road trip destination. That was one of the best decisions we could have made. While in Wheeling we did some sight-seeing and we couldn't help stopping by the
Wheeling Island casino.

After spending the afternoon at Wheeling Island we drove back into Downtown Wheeling and walked around visiting some local shops. We stopped for lunch a Later Alligator. I was so surprised by this cafe. The decor created an atmosphere that felt more like we were in New Orleans not West Virginia. The menu consisted of surprisingly creative crepes and sandwiches. Steve had a portobella mushroom sandwich on a Kaiser roll and I had...The King. A grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich that received its namesake from the late, great Elvis Presley. And of course, I had a coffee. This time I ordered an Iced Coffee. Lightly sweetened with cream and sugar. The coffee was brewed using a French Press. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, the French Press produces a very smooth and clear cup of coffee. This was one of the best and simple Iced Coffee I have ever had. It was as refreshing as a glass of water. I never would have thought that I would have found a cafe like this in Wheeling.

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1 comment:

  1. Through this Blog , I can bring my mind to travel trough other blogger's life experience during my short resting time. I live a simple live here buyt sometimes I could enjjoy happiness with my family. As a father of tree daughters and one son, I always motivates them to learn about many things in school and learn about life in the society. If possible in our own country or abroad.I can listen to Mrt Kevin's experience and also from Gloria who told about her visits to many interesting places. Hello to you all. I will be ready to share my thoughts with others eventhough my English is not good.