Saturday, December 5, 2009

Coffee, Waffles and Will Edwards

What is sexier than a man that can cook? As long as I'm that man, who cares!

I'm a fan of Java Jones Coffeehouse. They roast all the beans right there in the store. My favorite is the Warrior Blend. Not just because every time you buy a pound of it, they donate a dollar to the Warrior Foundation either. Or the fact that during the month of December, when you buy a pound you can have a pound sent to the troops overseas. It's just my favorite flavor of all the good flavors. Their commitment to fair trade is a huge bonus as well. The establishment is highly active in the local community with its constant support of events such as the American Cancer Societies Relay For Life in downtown San Diego and its willingness to provide a venue for local artists and musicians alike. Every Friday night you can catch the Coffeehouse Radio Live @ Java Jones East Village which showcases various artists from 7-9 with the East Villages ONLY open mic and a featured artist from 9-10.

Last night, the featured artist was Will Edwards. Listening to Will in any setting automatically transports you to a warm living room with your favorite couch and a nice fire in the hearth. His style of playing and intensely relevant lyrics is as pleasing to the ears as the last school bell before Summer Break is to a school kid. His crafted brand of story telling sucks you into the moment and never disappoints. A calm demeanor and a sharp wit makes for an incredible evening of music and story telling.

The only way to round out that evening was to wake up and make waffles and bacon. Here's how I make my waffles:

Use Krusteaz brand pancake/waffle mix- 2 cups dry measure
1 1/2 cups cold water
It calls for oil but I don't use it. Instead, I use a tsp of vanilla extract and a tsp of cinnamon powder
Mix with a whisk. It should be a bit lumpy
I set the waffle iron a notch back from the high setting so they get golden brown and are firm on the outside.
I top with butter and syrup OR confectioners powder (powdered sugar) or any mixture of fruit. Strawberries and bananas seem to go the best

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