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Writer’s Bone Podcast: A Talk with Diane Ratican, Author of ‘Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?’

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! Diane Ratican, author of Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, talks to Daniel Ford about what she loves most about Los Angeles and Paris, the gems her research process uncovered, and where the Writer’s Bone crew can find a good cup of coffee in both cities. Diane Ratican, educated at University of California Berkeley in History and Sociology, then at UCLA with a Masters in Sociology and Education, started her career educating gifted children, and then moved on to become a risk-taking entrepreneur. This background uniquely prepared her to engage in this latest endeavor,…

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Cold Brew Coffee and Chocolate Cloud Pie to Sweeten Your Weekend

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You can have your coffee and, according to recent news, you can smoke it, too. Although some may be looking for an extra caffeine boost in the form of vaping, I’m an old-fashioned girl. To me, coffee should be kept in liquid form – it does the job just fine that way. In the summertime, I prefer mine in cold brew form, with a side of pie. My first cold brew coffee experience happened three years ago when I went to visit a friend down South. We walked into a coffee shop filled with giant glass chambers where the cold brew coffee materialized in front of us, drip by drip. Looking back on it now, it makes sense that I…

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Haul-a-Day 21: Everything is better with coffee in one hand…

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Java. Joe. Brew. Brain fuel. Go juice. Liquid energy. Caffeine infusion. Rocket Fuel. No matter what you call it, we can’t get through the day without it–and we know you can’t either. So we’re brewing up a great gift for today’s Haul-a-Day: Four book from Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series and a $25 Starbucks gift card. Even better–Coyle’s books include recipes that you can chase down with a cup of unleaded. So grab a mug, perk up and enter. To learn more about our Holiday Haul-a-Day click here.

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Knowing your beans: quality over quantity

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My husband is in charge of our coffee. He grinds the beans and sets our Black and Decker Thermal Carafe coffee pot every night to begin brewing at 5 a.m. The thermal carafe is necessary since I drink coffee throughout the morning and really hate when it gets cold. We buy beans from Starbucks—the Italian roast, I think, because my husband likes bold coffee. (At least, I think bold is a term that can be used to describe it.) Sometimes we switch to the French roast, and he watches me take the first sip, eager to see if I notice the difference. I never do. Clearly, my palate needs training. And now might be a good time for me to…

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