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Every morning Steve and I head out at 7:00 a.m. for our morning coffee at JOE on Columbus Avenue.  The coffee is delicious enough to drink black and unadorned (although many morning drinkers seem to love their latte or cappuccino or, God forbid, a hazelnut mocha latte) and the baristas are the nicest, most thoughtful young people you could hope to have celebrate the start of a new day.  On this morning, the morning air was fresh and invigorating before the summer sun fired up the streets so the doors were open while the baristas got ready to open.  We moved the bench over to prevent eager customers from entering before the 7:00 a.m. bell and I sat guard.  A rather snooty looking guard I think, but I did keep all stragglers out.  When you are in NYC, find a JOE – there are now a goodly number of them – and tell the baristas I sent you.

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            Last Monday as I was sitting in my every morning window seat at JOE, our favorite coffee bar, I saw two of my favorite dogs approach – Milly and Zach.  Milly always sets up a howl waiting for me to come out and give her some morning lovin’ while her owner, Stuart, gets his latte.  This morning Stuart came toting a shopping bag along with the dogs.  And, what should be in that bag but a taste of spring –fiddleheads, asparagus, and ramps straight from the farmer’s market near his country house.  When we opened the bag the smell of damp earth and verdant greenery almost – but not quite – overcame the heady coffee aromas.  But, when I got home my kitchen smelled just like the woods.  You know what was on our dinner menu – here it is – a quick sauté in extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper – the veggies needed nothing more – so green, so crisp, so spring.

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