potato…with a halo

potato with a halo in a latte

i have a whole series of images about mysterious shapes that appear accidentally in my lattes.
i say &#39accidentally,&#39 because most of them happen in Starbucks, where in fact they are:

a) NOT allowed to do coffee art

b) their equipment has become homogenized (pardon the pun) to the point that it does not produce the right foamy conditions to be able to do so (according to my secret sources!)

with that being said…sometimes the milk defies the odds and a shape appears. this one, as named by barista and cool guy Milan, is titled:

&#34potato with a halo.&#34

it doesn&#39t take a lot to keep me entertained.

Jul 2013
AUTHOR Lizz DeLera

coffee klatch, things

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happy happenstancing…especially today

Lizz at Starbucks

ok, let&#39s have a little fireside chit chat. (ok, there&#39s no fireplace, but can you at least pretend?)

in the spirit of happenstancing…today is the best day to illustrate the most extreme example of why i&#39m preternaturally wired for this stuff.

today is my birthday, and really, i came into this path of life through an episode of happenstancing. well, i mean, we all do; but i&#39m adopted (no, please don&#39t grill me on the details!) but let&#39s suffice to say that apparently i could have had 3 completely different lives, and as a result of happenstancing, i got an amazing set of parents & sister – and the life i was supposed to end up with – not the other 2 options. and…i was accidental.

the art of the accidental.

my parents weren&#39t the next in line to &#34get me.&#34 and so when circumstances changed on a dime…there i was, making a grand entrance with nothing but the clothes on my back. quick! everyone scramble to get stuff! – there&#39s a baby showing up on the scene!

some people hate their birthdays – but i don&#39t! wanna know why? because:

a) i&#39m glad that i got got to be born at all, and have a nice life. i could just not exist right now.
b) the age/number thing really is irrelevant; because it mostly depends how you feel in your head.
c) i feel like i&#39ve done some cool things so far; and hopefully more to come. much more, in fact.

kind of feel like a cat who&#39s had 9 lives already.

i&#39ve been an equestrian, ran off to NYC as a naive 21 year old, made a lot of art, collected interesting people, learned a lot of lessons the hard way, partied with celebrities, flew to Venezuela to visit a sailor i barely knew, had a lot of love come and go, met an australian in a bar on Park Avenue, married him and went off to live on the other side of the world, had a great daughter, unmarried the australian, moved to some interesting cities, brought my career out of the ashes, and finally found love again.

there&#39s more, but you get the idea.

so the moral of the story is…sit back, have a latte, or a cocktail or whatever, and think about what your #happenstancing is.

May 2013
AUTHOR Lizz DeLera
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java! wound up…that is tight.

Wound Up Café Dallas


you all know that i practically worship coffee. and that i might as well live out of a café.

and… that i&#39m a big admirer of the entrepreneurial spirit.

so when i turned a corner at an event recently and saw this…i could hardly contain my
effervescent fervor!

Jason Hapka, the owner of this little mobile java gem, gave me a sneak peak inside the cab of his
scooter-esque espresso cart and said it was made by the same people that make Vespas. Steering handles just like a scooter/motorcycle, and all. What a cool little traveling machine – that is tight.

go hit him up on Facebook, and if you&#39re in the Dallas area, book him for an event.


animal cracker floating in coffee

was trying to not have milk or cream in my coffee for a short time…the experiment didn&#39t last.

but in the meantime, i happened upon some animal crackers; and couldn&#39t resist the irony of
doing this.

so, there&#39s a bovine floating in my all black coffee. can&#39t have the milk, so i&#39ll just have the cow, thanks.

yes, this is how i amuse myself. and… it keeps the cogs of creativity turning.

Feb 2013
AUTHOR Lizz DeLera

coffee klatch, things

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have a look at that sexy latte…

so i find myself in Waco, TX…for a cycling event for my boyfriend…and i must profess that after throwing a Christmas party the night before with about 45 people jammed merrily into my 2BR apartment, i was about 1% hungover after a 2 hr drive to Waco the next morning. And GASP! i had no coffee.
I arrived, a little green around the gills, kind of in a no man&#39s land of nothingness. in a parking lot of bicycle frenzy…when out of nowhere…like a mirage in the desert, and me crawling in the sand with a dry mouth (ok, i&#39m being a little melodramatic here) appears – a – white tent – with FULL ESPRESSO REGALIA. i choked back a little shriek of joy.
And as it turns out, it was not just throw-away &#34event coffee;&#34 it was beautiful, foamy, highly skilled and executed lattes. With a clever name to match – Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits…and a barista, Cody Fergusson, fresh off a win at the TNT ATX coffee rosetta/latte art throw down.

I died right there on the spot. I had 2; they were so creamy, delicious & beautiful. This is as close as it gets to me writing latte porn. And here they are.

Dichotomy Coffee Waco TX






Dec 2012
AUTHOR Lizz DeLera
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coffee klatch

foam flower in my latte
latte art by J. Ryan Buxbaum

stay tuned for regular episodes of & coffee klatch:
interviews and tête-à-têtes with some cool people –

some i already know, and some i&#39ve just met.

all have a unique point of view, and
some great off-the-beaten-path stories.

and, those of you who know me…know that it&#39s just another
good excuse for me to have coffee, with people…period.

i can&#39t promise it&#39s always going to be coffee and not a glass of wine,
or a drink that involves vodka – but hey, that would ruin the expression;
so for all intents & purposes, we&#39ll just call it &#34coffee.&#34

Oct 2012
AUTHOR Lizz DeLera

coffee klatch, people

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