When my friend, Kersten, invites me out for a morning coffee date, I always know that it will involve more than a quick cup of coffee at the local doughnut place. ‘Cause she’s cool like that.
This time, in fact, it wasn’t coffee at all. She shepherded me over to a spot that is new to me: Maize ‘n Manna.
This organic, whole-food emporium offers staples (flours, pastas, herbs and spices, dried beans, grains) at a great price. There are plenty of gluten-free choices. You can purchase reusable glass jars, or bring your own containers, and hunt-and-gather up just what you need. They also offer custom-mixed fresh veggie juice in a variety of character-enhancing “flavors” including Cleansing, Energizing, and Relaxing. That’s where we were headed.
While sipping my “energizing” juice, I was happy to sprawl in Maize ‘n Manna’s window seat to take advantage of the – free! — Vitamin D. Other mom-types were lounging in comfy stuffed chairs, enjoying vegan muffins and coffee.
I loved our morning adventure, and can’t wait to see where Kersten leads me next time. And I’ll be back to Maize ‘n Manna, to show other friends that there is – indeed – life beyond caffeine.