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Ah, Bach…

I love it when I’m reading a book and it has me exploring things I know little or nothing about. In this case, I’m reading Peter Høeg’s The Quiet GirlI will always love Peter Høeg because he wrote Smilla’s Sense of Snow, so I read The Quiet Girl because of another love. I’m not going to review the book, because it’s been out for a long time and no one needs another review of it. Instead, I wanted to talk about all the music I’ve listened to since I started reading it. Right now, for example I’m listening to Itzhak Perlman play Partita in D Minor on YouTube. The piece ends with the Chaconne which is supposed to be one of the all time great pieces of music written for solo violin. I couldn’t tell you if that’s true because my knowledge of classical music is limited at best, but as with art, I know what I like, and this is a very beautiful piece of music. All of the music discussed and described in this book is amazing, but this might be my favorite. You should listen too.

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The Perfect Afternoon Snack

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Kiwi berries and chrysanthemum tea make for a lovely afternoon snack on an unseasonably cold day. If you haven’t tried kiwi berries yet, I highly recommend them. They have all the joy of regular kiwi but in bite size and without the fuzzy skin.

El Filo, Honduras

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Rare Bird had El Filo coffee from Honduras last week. I hadn’t had it before, but I had a cup at the café and had to buy a bag. It’s a lovely lightly roasted nutty coffee. It definitely tastes fruity in a non-citrus way. The bag describes this as an apple flavor, but I’m not sure I could be that specific. There is a subtle chocolatey note at the finish. All in all, it’s a delicious coffee, perfect for drinking black.