The Flames Almost Rose to My Roman Nose

It seems like lately all I have been doing is putting out fires…mostly at work, mind you, but tonight it followed me home.

I was attempting to make pork chops in the toaster oven, and almost set my kitchen ablaze.

Now, before you go and gaffaw about my cooking abilities, I am going to arrogantly say that I have been told I am a decent cook (or so my husband says, and he was raised by the best cook I know – my mother-in-law…and he is brutally honest, so there you go). The cause of the blaze was due to using parchment paper instead of foil as a liner to the baking sheet, and a corner of it brushed against the hot element located on the roof of the oven, setting a tiny fire in my Proctor Silex just a couple of minutes after I had put the chops in. Thankfully, I was in the room preparing the baked potatoes when I caught a glimpse of an orange flame inside the toaster oven.

Surprisingly, I didn’t panic (which is not my M.O.). I calmly, but quickly grabbed the corner of the baking sheet with some tongs and dropped the whole thing in the sink. I moved the meat off the tray and placed it on a plate I had nearby as the flames extinguished. The pork chops were salvaged, by the way. I moved the whole operation to my main oven.

Them chops were delicious!


If one smoldering fire wasn’t enough for one evening, I found another fire burning a hole in my mailbox when I got home from work tonight…and no, it wasn’t a burning bag of crap. 😉 It was a big surprise, since my husband has been receiving parcels in the mail almost daily, and now I get one! Instantly, I could tell who it was from – the address written in black capitals, and an aroma of java wafting from the box. Aaron from KeepsMeAlive sent over a surprise parcel to me!…Totally unexpected…and totally came at a great time.


Inside was a card of Season’s Greetings from Aaron, along with a pound of Moonbean coffee (the man stopped in to his favourite coffee joint when he and Mike were in Toronto!). Not a stranger to Moonbean, Aaron has sent me their coffee before, each time a different type of brew. This time, the roast is called “Awakenings” and from its aroma, it smells like the kind of coffee that could kick my butt into high gear in the morning! No doubt, it will be highly praised by this coffee-lover!


Another surprise appeared with the coffee – a CD…Zappacosta’s “Quick!…Don’t Ask Questions…” I was surprised to see that! I have yet to listen to this album in its entirety, but no doubt it’s classic Zappacosta, with recognizable-to-me songs as “Letter Back” and “the Only One.” Considering I was asking for ANY Zappacosta on my grail list, this was quite a shock to receive, and it was in great condition, to boot!

One BIG THANK YOU to Aaron for sending this package along to me!! It was a big surprise to me that means so much! 🙂

[For the Love of ‘Fee] Moonbean Devil’s Brew :)

‘For the Love of ‘Fee’ is one coffee-lover’s attempt to machete through the tangle of coffee beans and brews to find an awesome cup of coffee. Juan Valdez follows ME! 🙂


This coffee came into my life a couple of weeks ago, thanks to my friend Aaron at Keeps Me Alive! (Read more on that here!) A recent jaunt to Toronto offered him the opportunity to stop by his favourite coffee destination, Moonbean Coffee Company and pick up one of his favourite roasts, Devil’s Brew. Of course, being a java lover myself, he was gracious enough to send me a lb of beans through Canada Post.  I imagine its smell intoxicated the mailman, and everyone I share a community mail box with as it was obvious coffee was packed in the box Aaron sent me –  a bold, but glorious aroma of coffee permeated. I must submit, Moonbean is quickly becoming a favourite coffee of mine, even though I have never stepped foot in the joint!


When I first looked at the bag of beans, I originally thought the name of the brew was “Devil’s Bone”* which, wound up to be just how Aaron scribbled the name on the bag. I confirmed the true name via email, and Aaron and I had a good “LOL” (insert dirty minded thoughts about bags, beans and bones here. Go on, guys…I’m waiting…;)).

After I had finished my bag of Kicking Horse Three Sisters coffee, I then started in on the Devil’s Brew, and just enjoyed it every morning, until we arrive at this morning when I discovered I only had enough grounds for one more pot of this glorious brew!

Oh oh! Better get on that ‘fee review before it’s ALL GONE!

How It Smells and Tastes

Devil’s Brew lives up to its name, particularly when the beans are ground. The aroma is robust, almost fiery! I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but I can smell hints of hickory, chilies and…garlic? as an after-scent. The whole house smells divine! The taste of this coffee is also something to behold: not as bold in taste as the grounds would have you believe, but it’s smooth with a slight kick that will get your bag of bones going in the morn’!

So. If you are ever in Toronto proper (which I avoid most of the time) near Kensington Market, check out Moonbean’s brews. They are the Devil’s Brew, and they are divine!


Thanks again to Aaron at Keeps Me Alive for enlightening me once again with the gift of coffee! 🙂

More from the Moonbean line: Heaven Roast

A word about the cup (’cause I’m sure you wanna know…)

Caseys cup

“Coffee, tea and R n’ B. We’re really cookin’ ! What exactly, we’ll leave that for you to figure out…”

Casey’s Bar and Grill is a restaurant chain that originated in Sudbury, Ontario, but has several locations around Ontario and Quebec. In 1996, they had a promotion where if you order dessert with your meal, you’d get a free coffee and a keepsake mug. The mug, as you can see, has poorly executed caricatures of four popular recording artists, excluding B.B. King (RIP). I somehow wound up with three of these mugs at one point, thanks to a thoughtful less ex-boyfriend who jokingly figured that my one mug I acquired at a birthday dinner wasn’t enough. (In an unrelated bitter story, the cheap bastard actually wrapped one of these up for me for Christmas! Cool story, bro.)

My husband hates this mug. I hang on to it because of B.B., the practicality of having something to drink out of and for shits and giggles, but it is quite unattractive drinking coffee out of a mug with Mick Jagger’s face looking like it was hit by a bus…