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Thinking Outside The Sixpack

Barista_hostess_002 Have you been invited to any Fourth of July barbecues this weekend? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to show up with the perfect thoughtful and inventive hostess gift just this once?

1. Spice It Up market has the most wonderful array of gift-giving-goodies imaginable.  Spice It Up, 229 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair

2. Chalk board coasters at the Montclair Art Museum.  Totally adorable!

Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair

3. Cocktail napkins – it’s frightening how they excite us.  Pick up great prints, along with a wicker holding tray at Semplice, 465 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

4. Spicy Chipolte Squeeze - you’ll never eat another turkey burger with mustard again; definitely worth the trip – you’ll thank me, I promise. Chef Central, 240 Route 17 North, Paramus

Barista_hostess_001_3 5. Marcona almonds at Whole Foods – warning – don’t even nibble “just one” or you’ll surely arrive empty handed. 701 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

6. A pair of great coffee mugs at Beans, 42 Church Street, Montclair

7. GIVE IN! You’ve passed those annoyingly cute hanging chickens, cows and stars at Jafajems just one too many times now… 623 Valley Road, and 2 Church Street, Montclair

Barista_hostess_3 8. Fabulous insulated picnic totes that you would actually want to use as your everyday bag – check them out at Mardi Gras; and please don’t forget to pick up some killer three-mustard chicken salad while you’re there. 150 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

And to all, a good Fourth.

July 1, 2005 in Shopping With Barista | Permalink


Funny - I was just thinking about getting outside of a six pack. But the chipotle squeeze sounds wonderful. Arrghh. Back to work...

Have a happy, safe, and semi-sane Fourth, everyone.

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Jul 1, 2005 7:54:06 AM

Chipolte squeeze is not where I was headed this weekend but it sure sounds tantalizing. But rather I was thinking of getting outside with a six pack.

God bless America

Posted by: Frosty | Jul 1, 2005 8:25:55 AM

Those Marcona Almonds are good but they are $17/lb !! Too rich for my blood.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Jul 1, 2005 8:44:13 AM

Buy a 1/4 pound and treat yourself -- they make a little wine and cheese into something extra special...

Posted by: Liz | Jul 1, 2005 8:56:53 AM

Any idea how much those blackboard coasters are?

Posted by: gg | Jul 1, 2005 9:12:24 AM

Actually, a few beers really makes "a little wine and cheese" special. They also do much more for turkey burgers than chipotle squeeze ever can. So why not recommend some brews? (I'm looking forward this weekend to cracking open a sixpack of Oregon Original Raspberry Wheat beer.)

Especially since some of us find people who are excited by cocktail napkins rather frightening.

And why would I want to buy any new coffee mugs other than those the Barista herself vends, come to think of it?

Posted by: cathar | Jul 1, 2005 9:57:43 AM

Hey, I love cocktail napkins too! They are fun to have when company comes, or even when I drink alone. (I swear I hardly ever do that!)

I do have some events this weekend, so thanks a lot for the nice ideas.

Posted by: Person of Interest | Jul 1, 2005 10:54:07 AM

For a really fine beer experience, try Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Sold in four-packs, not six-packs, presumably to lessen the shock of the price. Great ale, and worth the extra dollars for a special occasion, like the 4th of July!

Posted by: Lady D | Jul 1, 2005 11:54:03 AM

NEVER think outside the 6-pack... it's the greatest place to be!

For a nice summery beer try the Southampton Publik House seasonal, which is a double witbier.

Also, fruit lambics are wonderful summer dessert beers... a staple in this category is always Lindemans Framboise.

And a personal favorite (just for kicks), try Troegs Nugget Nectar-- not for the unseasoned beer drinker. The smooth hoppiness is sure to cool you down on a hot day.

Oh man, how am I ever going to finish this workday with my palate salivating so? Who am I kidding, I'm cutting out of here in 30 minutes. Bring on the weekend!

Posted by: Erin | Jul 1, 2005 2:08:03 PM

Re some of the above posts: See, when it gets to beer talk, things get really interesting. And when it comes to beer, cocktail napkins just can't cut it compared to coasters (preferably the brewery kind one "liberates" from taverns).

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