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Recipe: Iced Coffee

If you’re a fellow coffee drinker,  you probably know that an iced coffee generally costs more than a regular hot coffee. But, on those hot summer workdays, sometimes nothing else will do. The good news is, after searching high and low, I found a recipe for iced coffee that actually works–in fact, I think it’s actually better than store-bought. It does require some forethought and planning, but it’s surprisingly easy and well worth the extra five minutes in the morning. It definitely got me through a very busy summer at work last year.

Recipe from The New York Times:

What You’ll Need:

1/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best), water, milk (if using)

What To Do:

Stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. The Times suggests to cover and let it rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours, but I like to put mine in the fridge. It keeps it safe from the cat and I think it yields a slightly stronger flavor. I also use a Pyrex measuring cup instead of a jar or glass for an easy pour the next morning.

Strain twice–I use a tiny hand-held strainer that works like a charm. Place some ice cubes in a tall glass, and then mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or adjust to taste. Remember to leave room for milk if you usually take it in your coffee. It might take a couple of tries and playing around with the measurements to get the exact flavor and strength that you want, but once you get it right, you’ll never go back to buying iced coffee. Enjoy!

Salud,

The Saucy Scholar

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Ess-A-Bagel: Sometimes, A Bagel Is Just A Bagel

As a native New Yorker, I’ve oft been ridiculed for never going to the “real” bagel joints in the city. For me, bagels are simply a neighborhood thing, a weekend breakfast food that you pick up on a short walk, along with a cup of coffee and the day’s paper. While I have had the privilege of living near some excellent bagel shops (especially in Queens), I’ve never lived near any of the more famous ones, and so I never had reason to make the trip. Then, on one of my Fridays off, B brought me to Ess-A-Bagel in Midtown East after an early afternoon workout. While it was not the epiphanic moment I had been almost hoping for, it was a solid bagel and certainly better than what many of the delis and other breakfast places in the area have to offer. Also, all of their bagels (and most everything on their menu) is certified kosher.

Eager to go on a carb binge after a long cardio workout, I opted for the Nova Lox sandwich on a Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel. (I know, I’m crazy, and I don’t blame you if this causes you to lose faith in my review. It’s a taste I acquired at some point, what can I say?) In any case, I highly recommend this particular sandwich on the bagel of your choice. The cream cheese was generously applied but not overwhelming, the lettuce was fresh, and the lox was particularly outstanding. My only disappointment, actually, was the bagel itself–it wasn’t stale, but it was noticeably hard. Still, the Nova Lox made it thoroughly enjoyable, and now I’m curious to try the Belly Lox next time.

B and I ate our bagels there, which worked out fairly well since it wasn’t a particularly busy time of day. The line was long but moved quickly, and though seating is a little cramped at this location we found a table just fine. Service was short and surly–but at a New York bagel shop, that’s sometimes how it should be, especially when it helps move the line along. And finally, I don’t always comment on bathrooms, but theirs was impeccably clean. So clean in fact, that I was kind of embarrassed thinking about the condition of my own.

Domestic woes aside, Ess-A-Bagel is well worth a visit, and I would consider anyone who is able to make it their neighborhood bagel stop very lucky indeed. While the one particular bagel I had was not especially life-changing, they have an impressive selection of cream cheeses, fish, and salads, and all of these looked fresh and delicious.

Report Card

  • Food: B+
  • Coffee:B+
  • Service: B
  • Atmosphere: A-

GPA: 3.425 (B+)

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