Thursday, February 16, 2012

Golden Donut on Lake Otis and Tudor

So i woke up this morning reached for my phone to see what was happening in the world since it is my life line. It was off! I rubbed my eyes and looked at the clock 9am...what!!! Its a good thing Dave and I arranged for him to start leading the Coffee with Jesus on Thursday AM's so that I can focus on starting another one. So that panic quickly subsided, turned on my phone and the emails came in...Dale was in the hospital having emergency surgery last night to have his appendix removed. So now of course I feel terrible that my phone was off, why do things like that always happen when you do goofy things like turn your phone off, sorry Dale for turning off my phone. Surly, I am the reason for your current situation. I did head over there and visited with him and for those of you who know him, he is in good spirits and will be out later today, besides he is surrounded by pretty nurses.

You know I got over to Alaska Regional and realized I had no idea that this particular hospital even existed. But what I did know is that I would be passing Golden Donut on my way back to the church. I thought to myself, "it has been forever since I went to an actual donut shop. How could I pass this amazing opportunity up?" So, I parked, walked in, and it was exactly as I pictured it, they even have free wifi. I got a bear claw, I haven't had a real bear claw in I don't know how is excellent! Although they have espresso drinks I ordered just a cup of their drip coffee, probably Yuban or Folgers...pretty terrible but I wanted the true old fashion donut experience.

The is a nostalgic feel here although it isn't necessarily conducive to reading. But visiting or just grabbing a donut and coffee, this is the place! I am going to give it 3 and 1/2 cups only because of what I am truly looking for...however the donuts are exceptional!

Golden Donut U>U>U> J>

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kaladi Brothers Coffee on 6901 E. Tudor

I was given some Kaladi Brothers gift cards for Christmas and I am putting them to good use buying coffee and visiting the several Kaladi locations around town. This isn’t my first visit to this location I had coffee with a friend here once but its been some time since then. 
Have you ever seen the movie, “That Thing You Do”? Well the main character ‘Guy Patterson’ and his eventual girlfriend ‘Faye’ played by Liv Tyler in the movie are here in this local. Not the actors, but a couple of college kids that if they were making a remake of the movie, they just walked off the set. 
I’m not a big fan of valentines day, at least what society has turned it into. Also, taking into account what St. Valentines Day can represent, Chicago gang wars of the late 1920‘s is one and the 14 martyred saints named “Valentine” is a bit odd and creepy but all in all it is a day of love now and that is what people think of it. I don’t mind it all that much but it is a day of constant reminders of where I am currently in life, not so much fun. Time to count my blessings....ok done, just kidding. I am super blessed. God continues to shower down upon me major blessings and I am extremely thankful for each of them. 
I was reading Thomas Merton, I know big surprise, he writes this: “The thing is to cling to God’s will and truth in their purity and try to be sincere and to act in all things out of genuine love, in so far as I can.” I whole heartedly agree. This day of love should only act as a reminder of our daily desire not a single day in which to act or a memorial in which to sulk. 
So far this Kaladi Brothers is a huge winner! In fact it’s going to get my first 5 cup rating even though its a chain. The way it is set up lends itself to a great atmosphere. The coffee is always good, the staff exceptional and in the middle there is a ladies Bible study, Jeremiah 29 is the topic. It seems very interesting. 
Kaladi Brothers on E. Tudor gets....yes 5 out of 5 cups U>U>U>U>U> 
I wish it were closer but I will be back here again. It will be put into my rotation as I continue to hunt other coffee shops. Remember, “to act in all things out of genuine love, in as far as I (you) can.” 

Coffee? Yes, Please Anchorage restaurants

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Brayton or Frontage Road between Dimond and Dowling.

I have been battling a cold since Sunday. I made it through service by God's grace and now feel perhaps on the upswing. I decided to venture out of the house today, which I did. My first stop was Kaladi Brothers Coffee. I received several gift cards for Kaladi Brothers, so I figured I would start visiting some of the locations around Anchorage. This location is not the easiest to get to, but you wouldn't know it by being in it, it was packed. I believe that they also roast coffee at this location, a hub of some sort I am sure.

I learned a few things while I was there and wrote them down on a piece of paper. Here is that note in its entirety written out for you just as I wrote it on paper.

things i learned today: 
liberty tax statue dancers earn on average $9 an our and work in four hour shifts. 
people still seek fortune tellers.
all political jokes are liberal leaning and by liberal i mean communist not just liberal in terms of social justice.
the beauty of art is much like the beauty in a person, it is in the eye of the may be hard to see on the surface, but if you look close enough, deep enough, long enough everything is beautiful.
if you don’t read a paper “before” its printed its already old news.
Jesus still has all the answers and I have a long way to go. 
My intention is, in fact, simply to “die” to the past somehow (realizing the past has made me who I am today). To live more abandoned to God’s will and less concerned with (my own) projects and initiatives.
Actually I feel more sure than I ever have in my life that I am obeying the Lord and am on the way He wills for me, though at the same time I am struck and appalled (more than ever!) by the shoddiness of my response. 
I am just beginning to awaken and to realize how much more awakening is to come.
I was just invited to a conference called the “Awakening”.
people still like poofy hairdos, talking loud, and wearing sweatpants in public.
i very much like being in a crowed of people but being completely alone...when i am not the only one alone. 

Kaladi Brothers, I like this place, I even like the location, but not for reading just people watching. All in all 4 cups U>U>U>U> .....but still, on to the next!