If you’ve been following my tour, then you know I have a bad habit of destroying my legs on Sunday and Monday, and this week was no different. On the bright side, the soreness hadn’t completely set in yet (Wednesday was not fun) and I was able to ride to Foundation Grounds in Maplewood, at the corner of Manchester and Marshall. This cafe has been on my radar for a long time, though I passed on it earlier in the tour to visit Stone Spiral a few blocks away. I don’t know what made me skip it since my experience at Foundation was much more enjoyable.
It was a short ride, so not much to rant or rave about. I took the scenic route down Wydown to Demun, then across Clayton and down Bellevue. After a few twists and turns I found Marshall and just had to cross Manchester at the light. It was an easy ride and a nice change of scenery since I’m always riding the same two routes down Clayton Rd. or Forest Park. Foundation has a very welcoming fenced in front patio, which helped counteract the lack of a bike rack. It’s kind of a hipster part of town so I’m shocked there wasn’t one close by. Bottom line, this place was very crowded, so I knew it was the right choice for a solid neighborhood coffee shop.
The drink menu listed some enticing options, but I wanted to stick to my guns and get the no-frills house brew. It was self-serve at the counter and the day’s specialty was Bona-Fide, “a full bodied roast with low acidity and hints of chocolate.” The description held true and I was happy with my choice. I do appreciate learning what the coffee should taste like, since besides detecting acidity, I’m still working on picking up the flavor notes. As usual I scoured the pastry selection, which featured a well-rounded selection of savory quiches, scones, cookies, vegan offerings, and a wild card – the GooBall – which, you guessed it, is the one I ordered. Pictured below, it is a no-bake cookie ball made of oats, sugar, and a handful of other ingredients, served cold to retain its shape. The other treat is chocolate-dipped macaroon, which may have been vegan. The GooBall was excellent, but what oatmeal cookie batter wouldn’t be. The macaroon was good too, though I was more interested in the dark chocolate coating better than the coconut.
My seat outside didn’t offer much in terms of lush landscapes or architecture, so I settled on this traffic light. It turned out to be a great exercise in contrast and suggestion since it was such a dark subject. I really liked how the green signed matched the grass below, and the red light and orange crosswalk hand offered a touch of warm contrast. I finally figured out the right combination of washes to achieve a nice gray, so the black ink lines make more of an impact.
Next week may require a trip to Soulard to sample some famous donuts I’ve read about. I just need the weather and my legs to cooperate.