Visiting Local Cafes & Coffee Shops!

Happy Friday! Since I’ve been on a coffee kick lately, I wanted to share with you all what I tried from some local coffeeshops and cafes! If you’re ever in the southern Illinois area, these are definitely work checking out!

Crown Brew has been in the SI area for quite some time, and last year they opened in their new building. I haven’t gone inside for COVID reasons, but I have used their curbside pickup option! I’ve tried their blueberry lemonade, which was one of the best lemonades I’ve tried. The sweet and tart flavor was perfectly balanced with a hint of blueberry, and it was delicious! I will definitely order it again in the summer, and they have a blueberry and lavender lemonade I haven’t tried but am curious about.

I’ve also recently tried their dark chocolate latte with cinnamon, made with almond milk. If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, I would recommend ordering it without the cinnamon. Personally, I loved it on this drink, and I thought it brought out the flavor of the dark chocolate a bit. It was like a delicious, caffeinated hot chocolate that is my new favorite winter drink.

I also recently went to Longbranch Cafe & Bakery. They made organic treats, dishes, coffees, and they also have some gluten free and vegan options. While I was there, I got a slice of their gluten-free chocolate cake for myself, and a slice of their raspberry cheesecake for my partner in crime.

We both enjoyed our slices of heaven, and the cake part of the chocolate cake was almost cheese-cakey itself, it was very moist and rich in flavor. The icing was fabulous, and I’m definitely getting another slice next time I go. I’ve also tried their iced chai latte made with almond milk, and it was, wow! The spices and peppery aftertaste were strong, and I could see how they could be too strong for somebody who hasn’t had chai before. But I absolutely loved it, and it’s a must-order!

And that’s what I’ve been up to food and drink wise for the past few weeks! If you have any favorite local establishments, tell me your favorite food/drink to buy below or on my Instagram @tarynstales here! For more articles, you can check out my recent Starbucks favorites here, my 2021 back to school experience here, or my Nubian Heritage body wash and lotion review here! Thanks for reading!

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.

Paul Prudhomme

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