Coffee, Earl Grey Tea Bread and a Remembered Poem

After our walk, my friends Jen snd I Went to have a coffee. There was a slice of of Earl Grey Tea Bread in the case and she’d had it before. Encouraged me to order snd try it . It was brought to the table with a generous amount butter and lemon zest on top.

We were at de Fer Coffee in the Strip District. And she was right. It was delicious. The butter slathered on top reminded me of the A.A, Milne poem the King’s Breakfast when the Dairymaid asks the Alderney “Don’t forget the butter for
The Royal slice of bread.” I’d say the cow did the butter spreading royally!

Remembering how my mother read aloud to me, this is a poem I can hear her voice recite the verses. Another she’d read with great expression was Milne’s poem Disobedience. I’d not thought of either in years.

Until the slice of bread arrived at the table in the coffee shop.

Funny how a slice of bread with lots of butter sparks a childhood memory of a poem being read aloud and the cadence and tone of a mother’s voice can come alive in your head, decades later.

Once my cousin John B wrote that my mother’s voice was mellifluous. I had to look it up!

La Prima Espresso in the Strip District

Pandemic adjustments for serving La Prima Espresso customers delicious coffee.

I had my first cup since the beginning of 2020. You can’t go inside now but they’ve found a way to offer safe service.

The coffee as wonderful as ever!

Carrie, you would LOVE it!

Step up and order here
Pick up window

Ketchup Soda? And/Or/Nor Dill Pickle Soda?

This morning as I parked on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District a young woman came out to the sidewalk with the Ketchup Soda sign. Now I was on my way to get a coffee at La Prima Espresso but on the way back to my car I thought I have to see what Ketchup Soda looks like.

and here it is on the shelf at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop 

Which flavor would you sample to see how it tastes?

I’ll make a return trip to purchase an

 

Vintage Eyeglasses at Neighborhood Flea

Sunday July 8 10-4. 26th and Smallman Street. A. Boss Opticians of Braddock will have a booth of vintage eyeglasses for sale.

They are about the only establishment who will install replacement lenses in vintage eyeglasses.

The flea market will have lots more vintage items besides eyeglasses.

I learned this today when I picked up my new reading and computer glasses. Mr. Boss brought out some samples and I photographed them.

poster above taken from Simonsgranddaughter.com

Meet A.Boss Master Optician

https://rutheh.com/2018/06/22/meet-a-boss-master-optician/

Infinity, Lost

Infinity, lost.

An infinity scarf. No beginning. No end. Have you knit one?

Found in Pittsburgh’s Strip District on top of a recycle can, as I parked Friday morning.

Penn Avenue.

Headed for La Prima Espresso for a delicious start to the day.

I didn’t touch it to determine if it was hand knit or determine fiber content but I felt sad when I saw it. The snow flakes caught on the stitches.

Usually you find a lone glove.

Yinz Irish?

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“Yinz Irish?”

from Wikipedia (Yinz is a second-person plural pronoun used mainly in Western Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh, but it is also found throughout the Appalachians.[1)

1. Rehder, John B. (2004). Appalachian folkways. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-7879-4. OCLC 52886851.

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No shortage of green t-shirts for sale.

A few more photos in case the people look for themselves on the blog in Sunday’s post

and  a link to the FB Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Page

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A family with stroller headed to watch the parade

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A young horsewoman from the Victory Stables

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 Gnome at Cottage

A gnome gone Irish at COLLAGE gift shop, dressed for the occasion

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Castle Shannon- Green Monster

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Not sure if the parasol helped keep her dry!

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Pittsburgh Allderdice Marching Band

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Phil who promotes Pittsburgh’s Strip District, jumped in to get in photo two

(See photo one below!

My favorite shot of the day)

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Rain on the St. Patrick’s Parade Doesn’t Dampen Pittsburgh Irish Day Celebration

Saturday moring around nine, I was driving through the Strip District and saw green in every direction.

Ahhh, St.Patrick’s Day Parade!

How could I have forgotten.  Parked the car and got out in the rain and realized all I had was my cell phone camera.

Everyone was so nice when I asked if I could photograph them.  The rain didn’t dampen their spirits.

Attending his 27th Parade

Twenty-seventh parade !

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Ladies of the AOH Auxilary  Sue and Marian

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The Shriners

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Hanging up green merchandise.  Love the shades.

Check out Neighbors in the Strip page

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Grand Marshall

The Parade Marshall.  He thought I was lost.  So nice.

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Markie

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The Teamsters
The Teamsters

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This group has placed first in their category!

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New Dimension Comics    and Steel City Ghostbusters

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Pitsburgh Allderdice High School Marching Band

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Miniature Schnauzer Winston with a green bandana