Why do I drink hot coffee in the summertime? I pondered this question yesterday when the TasteBUds staff and I grabbed donuts at Mei Mei (more about that in an upcoming article) and I waited patiently for fifteen minutes for my hot pour-over coffee over an instant iced beverage. And I wasn’t alone; editor-in-chief Cat Lau also insisted on a hot drink in the very warm and packed Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Isn’t it counter-intuitive to heat yourself up when all you want is too cool down and embrace the summer’s iced coffees, teas and frozen hot chocolates? Experts disagree.
I decided to start this article off with a little background information on Quebec City, QC, one of the most egregiously overlooked cities in the entire world.
One of the earliest settlements in North America, Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, father of New France (an area that stretches from the northernmost part of Quebec to Louisiana.) The most famous part of the city, aptly nicknamed “Old Quebec," is composed of two-hundred-year-old stone buildings and European-style churches, and is surrounded by“the only fortified city walls north of Mexico" (Canadian Broadcasting Company). The walls were initially built by the French but eventually expanded upon by the British after the city was taken in the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and even America got in on the action (of course) when the city became the site of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. All is peaceful now (unless you count the ongoing culture war between traditionalists who want to keep the city French and those who advocate for English and French bilingualism), but the ramparts remain and give the city a magical, old-world feel that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in North America.
Ah, Autumn. The season of crisp leaves, and even crispier apples. But after being subjected to the great flavors of Fall year after year, they can manage to become, dare I say, dull. Here are a few uses for those amazing apples I’m sure you enjoyed picking from your local apple farm.
In this era of having Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts on every corner, I think it is safe to say many of us love our warm, caffeinated beverages. But what, if anything, can you tell about a person through their coffee of choice? Well, I'll tell you, though my research may not exactly be clinical (ok, so it’s purely anecdotal, but still).
If the sight of green grass, budding flowers, and shooting stalks are any indication,winter has come to a close. Yes, spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing: The countdown to bikini season is well underway. With the rising temperatures comes the desire for many to lose those last 5 or 10 pounds before hitting the barbecues and beach parties.