Render and such

The reason I haven’t posted for so long is, as you might have guessed, that I haven’t eaten anything in all this time.

I’m kidding, of course.

Actually, a combination of procrastination and general bad-moodness is the reason. Luckily for those of you who are interested in reading my posts, that means I now have lots of posts to catch up on. Quite a bit of experimenting. Also other random eating. Last night was Halloween, and I ate a salad of lettuce, tomato, and dressing. That’s all I had for dinner. Exciting Halloween, huh? But I’m not going to talk about Halloween, and the fact that I didn’t do anything.

I did note that, after I asked people to actually click on my posts and come to the page, they did. Thank you! I appreciate you! I may or may not ever mention it again.

Catchup post #1:

Time to talk about one of the high-end, expensive coffee places in Boston: Render Coffee in the South End. I checked them out at a 50% discount by the good graces of Scoutmob. If you have not heard of them, you should check them out. They do deals in a number of cities, and if you live in one of them, I would highly recommend you get the app. It’s free to download and use. I have no idea how they make any money.  

They do something that most other cafes do not: pour-over brewing. This is when they have the pot and the grounds are positioned above it and they pour hot water over it (slowly), which I know sounds like a primitive automatic drip, but they do this for each cup and therefore you know you’re never going to get a bottom-of-the-pot cup, and you won’t pay lots of money for coffee that’s been sitting there for possibly hours. I am not sure how to describe what they do, so you should go look it up.

Brewing coffee by the cup does make it take a little longer, so you should plan to be there longer than you would at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks (although I thought the line moved much faster than ones I’ve been in at the latter). It’s also better coffee, so it’s worth taking a little more time and paying a little more money. Their flavor of the day tasted kind of pretzel-like to me. Have you ever experienced that in coffee? I have. It’s not my absolute favorite, but I like it. My favorite types of coffee are those with a smoky flavor.

Render Coffee is not a place I will be going to on a frequent basis. For one thing, although it isn’t too far from my house by T, it’s not quite convenient in location. It is very easy to get to, though, so don’t let me discourage you. But it will almost always take me out of my way to go there. For another, a standard coffee is nearly $3. That’s out of my price range for the everyday, for sure.

I also had to get something to eat while I was there, and although I was tempted to get the bagel and lox (I always want lox), that was upwards of $6, and I just didn’t feel like spending that much. I opted for a ham and cheese croissant, also clocking in around $3. Can’t remember the exact price, and for that I’m a terrible restaurant reviewer. Just terrible. Anyway, the croissant, which I ate too fast, I’m sure, was a good choice. A similar item at almost any other cafe would cost about the same, but not feel like as good a value as this was. There was a good, hearty amount of ham and cheese inside, and it tasted much fresher than stuffed croissants I’ve gotten elsewhere. So, all in all, I was pleased.

At some point I’ll have to discuss the (d)evolution of the cafe culture as I see it. Tomorrow, if all goes as planned, catchup #2. For now, though, I’m off to try to write something.

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Posted on November 1, 2012, in Blog, Food and Drink, Restaurants, Restaurants, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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