This week’s coffee tour fell on Wednesday, thanks to an intense workout on Monday that left me too exhausted and sore to move on Tuesday. Since Wednesday was only a slight improvement in health, I decided to stay closer to home and visit Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios in Maplewood. The route was about 5.5 miles round trip, all uphill and into the wind (at least it felt that way). From the outside it looks like your standard neighborhood coffee shop, though it’s name is taken from the large spiral formation of rocks out front. Pretty neat looking, but I failed to take a photo of it, sorry. The biggest draw on the inside is the wall of books and plenty of seating options, and I can only imagine the eclectic range of titles and subjects mixed in.
The website lists homemade pie on the menu, so of course I was completely deflated when they didn’t have any. Since I just had my usual oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast, you can imagine how thrilled I was when my pastry choices were a blueberry muffin or oatmeal raisin cookie. I snapped at the barista, “I rode 2.5 miles with sore legs for a muffin?!” That didn’t really happen, and the muffin turned out to be quite fresh with a nice sweet topping. Although my large black coffee wasn’t from a country that I can’t pronounce, it did the job and was a good value at $2.00.
I was more time-conscious than usual that morning, so I chose the closest seat to the counter and decided to try my hand at the green chair with plaid pillow. Not bad for a rush, though I’ve learned my lesson not to use mechanical pencil for the initial sketch – way too dark and smeared easily. This is one I may try again from the studio since I like the composition of horizontal and vertical lines, and extreme strong light source in the background.
As long as I’m not as worn out next Tuesday, I’ll make the jaunt down to Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square. Can you tell I’m craving gooey butter cake?? They better not be out, or else they’ll have one pissed off painting cyclist on their hands. Sounds intimidating, right?!
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