Monday, October 27, 2014

If you roast it we will come and drink


If you roast/cook/build it we will come…
Years ago when we bit the bullet and moved into the city, we moved into a very sleepy part of town. There was not much in the way of restaurants and especially coffee shops. When one opened we were there every Sunday, except for vacations, until it closed. 
Now a new shop has moved in and we go. Zekes Small Roastery and shop is now the coffee shop to go to in our NE neck of the city. Most of their business comes from roasting and selling at farmer’s markets, local stores and in some restaurants and in other venues in the city. I must say their coffee is good the staff is very friendly and they know their beans. When we first started going to Zekes and didn't know the staff we called them all Zeke and Zekettes. We were lucky that they sell their coffee at our local farmer's market on Saturday and then on Sunday we would visit the shop.
The roasting machine is quite the contraption with parts that can be found at the local hardware store. 
They offer tasting flights and now they sell pastry. With the prospect of outdoor seating in the spring this just maybe our Sunday hangout.
John Kepner and Brain Bovard are the proprieters of Zekes. The shop is a franchise from Baltimore. We are gald that they settled on this space. The sidewalk is super wide and we cant wait until they have tables outside. We hope to continue the tradition of sitting and reading the Sunday paper drinking good coffee.  

Zekes Small Roastery and Coffee shop 2300 Rhode Island Ave., NE Washington, DC
Hours Tues through Friday 7:30-4pm
            Saturday and Sunday 8:00-3
             Closed Monday    

Zekes will celebrate their 1 year anniversary November 1st with a celebration! They do offer coffee tastings check out their website Zekescoffee.com 

The roasting machine

Beans roasting


The roasted beans

Beans waiting for purchase

The Calkboard

John Kepner and Brain Bovard aka The Zekes

A new delivery of beans


     

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blogher Food 14 Miami


All ready to go

This year marks my fourth year attending a food blogging conference. This year I'm going to BlogHer Food 14 in Miami. Sundresses and sandals are packed are ready to go and so am I.
Food conferences are no different than other conferences. There are  panel discussions , excursions and of course there will be food. And the SWAG, oh the swag!
One other reason to go this year is the opportunity to meet some big food bloggers that I follow. I hope that once again I can get up enough nerve and not get tongue tied and have something interesting to say and maybe get my book signed!
Unfortunately I won't have a lot of free time to explore Miami but I hope to find a good cup of authentic Cuban coffee. I may not have a lot of free time but I know I will learn a lot and come back energized.
Bon Voyage and see ya when I get back.

I'm Going to BlogHer Food '14 in Miami!



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National Apple Pie Day



 I did't want today to go by without acknowledging that it is National Apple Pie Day.  And it’s a good thing, with all the apples I had in my fruit drawer that needed attention and soon. Nobody wants to open a drawer in the refrigerator and find the shriveled apple faces or the remains of fruit way past its prime and the juice that is left behind. Ick  
 I decided to make Kelly Senyei's Caramel Apple Hand Pies  http://www.justataste.com/2012/09/salted-caramel-apple-hand-pies-recipe/. I saved the recipe some time ago. It just so happened that along with the apples I also I had a block of caramel in the cupboard ready to be used before the heat of the summer got to it (of course cubes of caramel needed to be taste tested during the process. One for the pie and one for me)!  I did not make Kelly's pie dough, I had some in the freezer. It seems like cosmic alignment of baking ingredients.
 It did't take long for the apple pie assembly line to begin. I ended up with more hand pies than we could eat. The hubster trekked to the neighbors pies in hand, no pun intended, to give them away. Now, I suspect that my neighbors are also happy to celebrate Apple Pie day.  If they weren't ready to celebrate before they are now.


Apples and caramel

Let the assembly begin

That's a lot of pies

One o the many trays of pies

YUM

These did not make it to the neighbors!