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the mocha puff

During our hour-plus drive to Seattle the other day we stopped on a whim at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma for some much needed caffeine and hopefully a decent cappuccino.

The decor is sleek with white tile, Edison light bulbs, and a pretty grey espresso machine. As we ordered our drinks we noticed something listed with a few other beverages called a mocha puff. When the barista explained it was cocoa puffs with two shots of espresso, I decided we had to try one. After all, we wouldn’t make it to brunch until well after noon. A bowl of cocoa puffs split two ways would be perfect, as would an extra shot of espresso for each of us.


Cocoa Puffs + milk + two shots of espresso

Oh, and not to forget the best part: you get a glass of ice for the leftover milk and espresso that has absorbed the chocolaty sweetness of the cereal.

Turns out it tastes exactly as you would expect – like that milk you loved to slurp from the bottom of your bowl with the added awesomeness of espresso. Cereal milk for grown-ups. Thumbs up from us both.

And while we were in Tacoma, we swung by the famous coffee pot shaped building.

Some would argue Bob’s Java Jive is actually shaped like a tea pot, but either way it’s incredible it has remained standing for more than eighty years at this point. You would think you could drive-through for a latte, but this place has been a dive bar/music venue for ages.


This post is best accompanied by the Ink Spots song the Java Jive was named after back in the fifties. Enjoy!

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day twenty-seven


(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Here’s what we ate for $4.53 yesterday, January 28, 2011.

BREAKFAST

steel cut oats (from 1/3 cup dry) $0.10
1 tablespoon slivered almonds $0.06
2 teaspoons brown sugar $0.02

LUNCH

Big-Hearted Macaroni & Cheese with Artichokes $1.21
grapefruit $0.25

DINNER

tempeh bacon & egg sandwich $1.50

DESSERT

affogato (Tahitian vanilla bean gelato with stovetop espresso) $1.39

total $4.53

Here’s an inside shot of the sandwich. It is locally made six grain bread with chipotle aoili, tempeh bacon, tomato, a fried egg, clover sprouts, and avocado. We planned to make coleslaw for the side, but dinner was running late and everyone was tired. Turned out the sandwich was a very filling and satisfying meal on its own.

We love chipotle aioli around here. We simply used a tablespoon of light mayo for each person, a teaspoon of lime juice, and pureed chipotles in adobo to taste.

For once we didn’t buy day-old bread. We found plenty of day-old options, but all of them were mostly white flour. Even at full price we found fairly affordable whole grain bread for 23 cents per slice.

And what good is Friday night without dessert? While we were out shopping we found a fancy $3 pint of gelato.

One of our all time favorite simple desserts is an affogato. The word is “drowned” in Italian. You simply drown some ice cream or gelato with espresso. You end up with this wonderful, creamy ice cream espresso float. You can also add liqueur to kick it up a notch, which we skipped this time since we’re on $5 a day.

Happy bellies all around and still under budget.

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