I picked these up from Sainsbury’s. L and I were wandering the aisles looking for novelty in consumer form, one of my favourite activities and something I find genuinely gratifying, if a little hollowed out. There is probably something wrong with me deep down, something unfulfilled (I always wanted to live by the sea; I also feel perhaps I could have been a sailor?). In any case these sugary snacks were chosen to fill the gaping wound that is modern urban life.
They are not good. Neither one thing or the other, it isn’t praline enough to be a smooth praline and the hazelnut overtones interfere with the artificial earthy peanut taste so beloved of fans of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These pay homage to those vaulted kings of the luxury chocolate snack aisle, but in the same way that a long poo is an homage to a lovely meal. They don’t even have that little black bit of paper lining to make them seem posher than the Yorkie that you put down right before you picked this up.
Avoid these if you can.
Yacuum is reading a short
Text unpacking Corinthians 11:31,
Judge yourself, then you shall
Not be judged. The structures of
Law fall away in front of mirrors.
But he clutches a book in his
Sweaty hands. Sad eyes scan
A room full of smashed tiles,
Broken bottles but the smile
Remains across his lips.
Try and examine, ourselves,
By faith and fervour,
Feeling the truth out through
Frantic confession into a
Philosophy and vain deceit
Is the tradition of Man
But rejoice, for the way is clear.
Just by passing through here
It’s nearly midnight.
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Today I had occasion to visit Leytonstone, E11, and noticed a new place in the station called ‘Peaky Blenders’. They are originally from E17 – yes, that’s right, Walthamstow. Dog tracks, Brian Harvey and hipsters who can’t afford Hackney. The man making the coffee had a trilby on, and so you can kind of see what they did there, right.
Here is a picture:-
I had a ‘Long Black’ which seems to the be new name for ‘Americano’. I agree with this, given how much brand USA has been trashed recently. In any case, it was £2.50, which is pretty pricey for a station coffee.
I tasted it as I rattled into London on the Westbound Central line and it was good. It was strong, and it had a pleasing amount of coffee oils in with the hot water. There was that sour, citrus taste that you get with short to mid-extraction upscale coffee – although sometimes really what you want is a roasted and burned to shit Starbucks (as I enjoyed in Birmingham New Street, served by a woman who could. not. have. been. less. interested.) It’s different strokes for different folks.
They also operate a scheme where you can ‘donate’ a coffee – put it in ‘reserve’ for people in need, who then just ask for a reserve coffee and are given one, no questions asked. It is remarkable if this scheme works without being exploited, but Leytonstone might just pull it off. It’s unlikely that people won’t take the piss – they did at Waitrose, and then they had to stop.
I enjoyed my short experience of Peaky Blenders and on their website they have links to their academy, training courses and all sorts of other things including mail order coffee and merch. So get to it.