Friday, July 30, 2010

Peet's Coffee (8)

We are coffee snobs here at Cafe Koontz and there is no better coffee than Peet's. Peet's served as the inspiration for the Starbucks franchise, but we don't hold that against them. Peet's never really made it in the cafe scene however; their outlets mainly serve as coffee bean stores. The original store is in Berkeley, California. We have 3 lbs shipped monthly to Texas and they only ship beans that are freshly roasted.  You cannot make a decent cup of coffee without freshly roasted beans and filtered water. Throw out your Folger's, Starbucks supermarket bags, and those pricey Italian pods. Those beans were roasted back when people put mousse in their hair. Order your Peet's today.
(No, they did not pay me to advertise their product.)

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Flesh in Rubens' Paintings (7)

Dynamic foreshortened limbs! Undertones of green and blue! Hooray for orgiastic pyramids of flesh! Is there anyone alive who can paint like Peter Paul Rubens?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Gulf Coast Rocker! (6)


KACC is a commercial free community college station here in Alvin. If you've sold your soul to rock n roll as I have, then just go to 89.7 on the radio dial to listen to some surprising tunes. It's the only station in the Houston area that will play obscure rock classics. Last night they played a mix of The Jam, early David Bowie, Judas Priest, and some local bands. There is no arty stuff here and everything is pretty guitar-centric. They also have a web station if you click the link above.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rock n Roll Singers in Top Hats (5)

Men should accessorize more often.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mango Cut in the Latin American Style (4)

1. Slice along each side of the pit so you are left with a pit piece, and two kidney-shaped mango halves. 2. Place one of the halves in your palm and score a grid with a sharp knife into the mango flesh. 3. Invert the peel and either eat the cubes or cut them off the peel. 4. Repeat with the other side. 4. Peel the pit piece and suck on the pit while standing over the kitchen sink.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wheelbarrow (3)

If you have to move earth from one place to another, a wheelbarrow certainly beats a bucket.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tango (2)

Geraldine and Javier Video Link

Having taken tango lessons, I can assure you that it is an extremely sexist art form. The man guides the woman's movements by applying pressure with base of his palm into her back. Experts will tell you there is no woman's tango; the style is determined by the man. Yet the woman is no delicate flower in heels. She's a femme fatale.
Perhaps it's this ritualized domination and submission that makes the tango so witheringly romantic. Geraldine and Javier are my favorite youtube tango couple. Even at a simple rehearsal, they may be the best couple to ever cross the floor.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gulf Coast Shrimp (1)

Over the course of the next year I plan to post a list of 365 beautiful things as a therapeutic exercise to cure my perpetual ennui. This is my first post.
A block from my house a lady in a royal blue wooden trailer sells fresh-caught shrimp out of two dirty coolers. The jumbo variety costs $5.50 a pound. BP has stolen this from coastal Louisiana.