Just hand her the damn coffee.

Cafe Grumpy T-Shirt

Master forgot how grumpy His dievca is in the morning
if she doesn’t have coffee.

He kept laughing at her and saying,
‘Boy, someone is really grumpy without her coffee…’

Umm, that doesn’t help.

Just hand her the damn coffee.
No comments, please.


“A Better Cup by Design” – a NYC tradition

Nutz4Nutz Candied Nut Cart NYC

When dievca first moved to NYC, she was mesmerized by the lovely smells emanating from the nut sellers carts. Every time she walks by, her mouth waters…. But after buying the nuts three times from various carts around the city to ill effect. dievca sniffs deeply and walks past.

In the 1920’s a Times Square nut seller switched gears with the market during the Depression and created a standard that still sells nationally.

A little nut/coffee/NYC History:
The chain, Chock full o’Nuts,  was founded by William Black, who sold nuts in Times Square to theater-goers. In 1926, he opened a store on Broadway and 43rd Street, eventually adding 17 more. When the Depression settled in, New Yorkers could no longer afford the luxury of shelled nuts, so Black converted his shops into lunch counters, selling coffee and sandwiches.

Their signature “nutted cheese” sandwich, made of cream cheese and chopped nuts on dark raisin bread, cost a nickel with a cup of coffee when the company was founded. When coffee prices went up in the 1950s, Black, like other restaurateurs, held to a 5-cent cup of coffee by watering it down. But he soon broke ranks and raised the price, announcing that he refused to compromise on quality.

In 1953, the coffee brand was introduced to supermarkets. Several years later baseball star Jackie Robinson became the company’s vice president and director of personnel, after retiring from the game. In 1961, Chock full o’Nuts introduced a brand of instant coffee.

Within that decade the chain had approximately 80 restaurants in the New York City area. Hygiene was a selling point, with the sandwiches advertised as “untouched by human hands”. Cooks used tongs to assemble them.

In the 1970s, the lunch counters gradually closed. After Black died, the company sold its remaining 17 restaurants to the restaurant company Riese Bros.

On September 10, 2010, the company announced it was returning to the lunch counter business by opening its first store in almost 30 years, on West 23rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The company said it planned to add stores and kiosks in New York City serving the “nutted cheese” sandwich and other traditional Chock full o’Nuts menu items (plus new choices).

The youngest franchise owner in the years after the comeback was Corey Torjesen of Staten Island, New York who opened a Chock full o’Nuts franchise at the age of 19 with his own money which he saved up from a newspaper route. The 23rd Street store closed in 2012.

To assure those with allergies to nuts, the company began adding the slogan “NO NUTS! 100 % Coffee” to its packaging in the 2000s.

The company also sells its single-serve K-Cup variation called “A Better Cup by Design”

How did this NYC history lesson come about? dievca has been enjoying the 100% Colombian version of Chock full o’Nuts. It’s a good, solid basic coffee and not too expensive from Wal-Mart (about $6).  Always a pleasure to find something simple for a good price.

Photo: dievca NYC 07/2019


Hungover


The watermelon salad was amazing, but it didn’t hold up to the rosé wine and the sun.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (10 cups), chilled
  • 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups)
  • 1 1/4 cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves

Steps

In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Add the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Garnish with the mint and serve.

Rhode Lea Dress Uzbek

Master’s Vintage Chain

Jeanine Payer Necklace

Vintage Sterling Silver Bracelet


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Silver Studs

Jade Ring

Teva black Olawahu flip flops

dievca is going to take a nap. Enjoy the salad. XO


Bedside Coffee – is it a want or need? … $445

From Delta’s InFlight magazine.

Barisieur $445 – click photo to buy at UrbanOutfitters

Barisieur Kickstarter Campaign from 2016
Brew the perfect cup right when you wake with Barisieur’s ingenious alarm clock. Whether you’re a coffee or tea person, this innovative design has you covered with the capability to brew pour-over coffee or loose leaf tea first thing in the morning when its alarm goes off, even storing your milk in a refrigerated compartment to keep it chilled + fresh, activated by an infrared sensor. Comes with glassware resting on a walnut tray and plastic base. Features drawers for storing your essential ingredients. All you have to do is set it up the night before and you’ll wake up to the perfect cup!

Features
– Brews coffee or tea
– Water boils in 3-5 min
– Refrigerated milk vessel for freshness
– Volume control

Content + Care
– Metal, plastic, glass, walnut wood, Lithium battery
– Wipe clean
– Imported

Size
– Dimensions: 11”l x 6.6”w x 11”h
– Voltage: 110V-127V

from Delta’s InFlight magazine.


The largest cup in the cupboard

1st – there was no caffeinated coffee in the house.
6:30 am coffee run and grocery store K-cup caffeinated coffee purchase.
2nd – the K-cup machine does 8 oz. as the largest amount.
8 oz. doesn’t fit in Mom’s “normal” cups, 8 oz. does fit in the “Nana” cup.

Mmmm, I am not a Nana and will not ever have the chance to biologically be a Nana …

I am a Grand Aunt, though. One who likes to play WrestleMania, steamroller, drop the clothespins into a milk jug and other hands-on games. Talk about high energy and rejuvenation! Kids share so much Joy.

And if the kids call me, “Nana” instead of “Aunt dievca” – excellent! My Mom is a fabulous Nana and if I slide into her shoes seamlessly, all the better.

You can call me “Nana” when I’ve got the coffee cup in hand.
But my grandnephews and grandnieces can call me “Nana” anytime!


A little Nip in the Morning

Topless Mug Urban Outfitters Sale $9.00 (click photo)

An engaging way to start your day if you love breasts!

 


Decoration Day (Normandy at 75 Years)

Ed Clarity, New York Daily News Archive / Getty Images

Happy Memorial Day!
Happy Decoration Day.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because to honor the deceased soldiers people would decorate their graves with flowers and flags.

dievca wonders who decorates the graves in Normandy…

Staff at Normandy American Cemetery is actively involved in the preparations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings Ceremony of June 6.

So, its the staff who decorates….

All dievca knows is she saw the beach where the troops got decimated and her fertile imagination went wild.  June 6th will involve a prayer from dievca for the blood bath. It made the message of this Westside Hwy NYC billboard hit home.

And don’t forget — its unofficially the 1st Day of Summer. Time to wear white!

Photos: dievca - Normandy, France 08/2018 and Westside Hwy NYC 05/2019