A year or so into providing midtown with great coffee, Chaleur Method Brew and Espresso has announced they are moving from the corner of Airport and Glenwood to the corner of Dauphin and Semmes, in the former Mobile Popcorn building. Being in one of the area’s most coveted structures, the bigger news is they will be also opening a bakery.

Courtney and Christian Hilley are taking their coffee shop to the next level with a full bakery to go along with their already popular brews. It sounds like the perfect match. Celebrate their opening May 1 at 1714 Dauphin St.


Cuppa Go taking it to the streets

We reported it was coming months ago, but Cuppa Go Coffee Co. is pedaling its brew on the streets of Mobile with our first (and only) coffee bike! The brightly colored brew bike (trike) is a coffee shop on three wheels with kegs and a double-tap system for serving cold brew and nitro coffee.

Owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Erin and Thomas Smith, Cuppa Go will debut Friday, April 13, at the Back Lot food truck court during Art Walk and appearances downtown during SouthSounds Music Festival.

Cold brew and nitro are great ways to up the caffeine in your life without the pesky sweats of Mobile’s warmer spring. For more information on Cuppa Go visit www.cuppagocoffee.com.


New Char-Broil cookbook for grilling season

Every now and then a great cookbook comes across my desk. Char-Broil has collaborated with Fox Chapel Publishing to release “Great Book of Grilling: 300 Tasty Recipes for Every Meal,” available this month.

This softcover cookbook can pilot the grill novice through many intimidating recipes or inspire the well-seasoned grill man to up his game. The name “Char-Broil” alone conjures images of red meat in the summer heat. If that paints the picture you’re looking for, then this book won’t disappoint.

Multiple prime rib and ribeye recipes had my wheels turning. Salted Margarita Flank Steak and Bloody Mary London Broil are playful titles that show creativity, but many of you will appreciate the tips and tricks for smoking brisket.

This isn’t just about grilling a steak over a gas flame. This book is about cooking outdoors in general. Helpful hints, guides to different products and gadgets will have you running to the nearest retailer to make your experience easier. There is a nice table of cooking temperatures and times that can keep your smartphone in your pocket.

Of course you expect some marinades, seafood, vegetables, sides and snacks. This book delivers with things like Livefire’s Potato Torte, Charred Shishito Peppers and North African-style Grilled Salmon. What is really impressive is the number of desserts. I counted 23 things I had never thought of grilling. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies were one.

This is a handy guide with a heavy international influence and a “think outside the smoker box” attitude that already has it in regular rotation at my house. Less predictable than most, its value far exceeds the $24.99 price tag.

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