April 23, 2014

Good things happen when you drink coffee

Hard Bean. Good things happen when you drink coffee. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

So here’s the thing, today had almost too much going on, but that’s never a good excuse to go without coffee.  Let me run you through a few bad ass goals I managed to kick today.

New hair:  Good Lordy, but did I look a mess when I left the house this morning!  It’s funny when all of a sudden your hair says, “No Deal”.  I arrived on Newals doorstep,  and after all these years, she sadly knows just how long I leave things between visits. I’ve been sporting me a Stella Stripy Skunk Look for a hairstyle about a month now, regrowth galore and sadly my “do” was nothing like the Hipster Ombre either. But a few hours later I was fit to be seen in public again. Pheww

Hard Bean. Good things happen when you drink coffee. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Next was a Lunch date:  A tall cool guy I met at a wedding awhile back – chiselled jaw, well-travelled, intelligent, snowboarder and a bit of an IT Nerd.  What more can a girl ask!

Quick dash to the Mall to buy new jeans, this is where my day could easily have come undone.  We all know that most woman detest this experience; one has to be in the right headspace to face the fluro lit up teeny tiny cubicle with that nasty mirror.  Turns out I’m a size smaller and picked a winner with the first pair. BOOM!

Tonight I attended a VIP Launch for the theatre production “Winging My Way to the Top”:  Always a bonus when your good friend just happens to own her swanky event management business and puts this lucky lass on the guest list.

Hard Bean. Good things happen when you drink coffee. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com


Now, the coffee, my rating system is based on the following questions:

How desperate am I for a coffee? Take Away or Coffee Shop? Answer: Super desperate, I needed the buzz to get me through the epic hair appointment marathon; in the back of my mind I thought maybe this time I’d brought an unfixable problem to Newal’s salon.

Bitterness factor? It was smooth and good today, I like the blend at Kingston Grind when they get it right, but this little place has a rep of being a bit hit & miss; they sometimes overheat the milk, so the great Barrister in the Sky was certainly looking down on me today.

Service time? On the button! It never hurts that the Waiters are easy on the eye!

Hard Bean. Good things happen when you drink coffee. Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

I give this coffee 4 Hard Beans. 4 Hard Beans

So tell me dear reader, what fabulous thing happened for you today?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Ananda Rajashekar - May 13, 2014 Reply

Oh Anna, i’m not a coffee girl, at times i struggle even with mocha. But your coffee bean rating is darn cute. Oh your Mr. Chiselled jaw sounds perfect, enjoy!

    Anna - May 13, 2014 Reply

    W-H-A-T??? How? Why? Huh! 🙂 What’s your go to ‘wake me up?’

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner - May 10, 2014 Reply

Love coffee! And love this read! Your coffee bean rating is too cute…love. 🙂
Hmm, I don’t think anything fabulous has happened to me yet today, but it’s only 1pm. TGIF though! Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

    Anna - May 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for stopping by Tina, super to have you here. 🙂 Coffee is seriously one of the best things about living. Yarm! Hope something fun and fantastic happens for you. Happy weekend lovely.

Mandy - The Complete Book - April 24, 2014 Reply

Ooo, “chiselled jaw, well-travelled, intelligent, snowboarder & a bit of an IT Nerd” sounds like THE one – woohoo darling and perfect with your new do must be irresistible.
Seeing as you asked yesterday what loveliness happened in my day – my ever loving Pete and I sat on the couch while it poured with rain snuggling on the couch watching telly. Sounds silly but we never ever get the opportunity to do it so it was perfect!
Have a beautiful day dear Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - April 26, 2014 Reply

    LOL! Haha… Calm Down Missy!!!! 🙂 Not sure that Mr IT Nerd is THE one, but dang it sure is lovely to be asked on a date. Especially with my shiny new hair, nothing worse than being all dressed up with no where to go huh?!
    What a perfectly perfect day you had Mandy, a day on the couch, pouring rain and with your most special person sounds wonderful… Soooooo romantic. 🙂 I am so pleased that you and your darling Pete were able too spend some quality catch up time together.
    Wishing you a fab weekend sweet Mandy. Hugs from Oz. xxx

Krista - April 24, 2014 Reply

Hooray for looking and feeling fabulous!! 🙂 That’s brilliant, darling. 🙂 My fabulous thing this week was a non-electric milk frother thingy that works fantastically!!! It totally made my day. 🙂

    Anna - April 26, 2014 Reply

    Wowza… A non electric milk frother thingy, how does it work? Haha… Its battery operated right? Orrrr is it solar powered? 🙂 Sounds intriguing. I am so happy you had such a wonderful day, its so wonderful when little things make a whole day. Hope you have a fantastic weekend lovely Krista. Hugs. xx

Susan - April 24, 2014 Reply

Yep, good to see the multi toned hair do gone & glad you had such a fab day.

    Anna - April 26, 2014 Reply

    Soooooooooo Good Momma. Still got new hair spring in my step. 🙂 xx

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - April 24, 2014 Reply

Anna, I’m totally into the idea of teeing up a date for you and Nick! Are you in Sydney any time at all? 🙂

    Anna - April 26, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha!!! 🙂 I LOVE this idea soooooo much. 🙂 Always up for an adventure, your Nick sounds scarily like me and… What a great story. Tonto (Mom) just said she is in for the road trip (not the date)… So yep, I can be in Sydney town some time soon. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Lorraine. x

Lizzy (Good Things) - April 24, 2014 Reply

My beloved and I took a drive out to The Cotter and enjoyed an awesome bbq and picnic! Loved it! Incidentally, you might enjoy (or not) this ABC RN segment on The Economics of Daily Coffee…. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/everyday-economics3a-coffee-and-addiction/5403552

    Anna - April 24, 2014 Reply

    That’s brilliant lovely, brilliant way to spend the day.
    Why thank ya very much for the recommendation, I’m on it! 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - April 24, 2014 Reply

Haha I hate coffee, I hate to disappoint you, but mocha is the closest I can get to it 😛
Chiselled jaw date? Keeper 😉

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - April 24, 2014 Reply

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Choc Chip Uru, I thought we were soul sisters. How could it be? LOL!
    Mr Chiselled Jaw’s head must be expanding by the minute with the lovely comments.

Hotly Spiced - April 24, 2014 Reply

I’m a bit overdue for an overhaul at the hairdressers as well! I do try to stretch out my visits because unlike other women, I find it an absolute chore and I only go out of necessity. How exciting to find out you need a smaller sized pair of jeans and you could buy the very first pair you tried on – excellent. I do hope the date goes well – he sounds perfect xx

    Anna - April 24, 2014 Reply

    Ha! I’m with you on finding getting the hair did ‘a bit of a chore’… I leave feeling like a cat that has been over patted, but the 4 hours every 4 or 5 months is worth it.
    I know right? Was certainly having an amazing day. Have a fab long weekend lovely. xxx

Nathan - April 24, 2014 Reply

As an IT nerd I’m particular about my coffee and the consistency of quality on each serve. My past favourite was ONA in Fyshwick, but they’re no longer on my route to work. Currently my favourite is the coffee at Gunna Doo bakery in Bungendore. A bit out if the way though

    Anna - April 24, 2014 Reply

    Nathan my fav IT nerd ‘FTW’!!! 🙂 LOL! Totally and absolutely agree re ONA in Fyshwick #canberrapride
    Gunna Doo Bakery… now this sounds amazing, if the coffees good, I’d defo go out of my way for a cup. Thanks for the recommendation.

Hannah - April 24, 2014 Reply

I’m excited to have a picnic lunch with my mum and little bro today 🙂
Also my best work buddy is back today so YAY!!!!

    Anna - April 24, 2014 Reply

    That’s fantastic, love picnic lunches with the fam bam! I do hope you have baked something special – A pony cake – Yeasss!
    Nawwwwh… Yay, lots of hugs and loves to you my work BFF. xxx

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