MOD Coffehouse – Galveston TX

DSC_0515Founded in 2001, MOD enjoys a corner space along Postoffice Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Galveston. With a staple of Fair Trade, Organic coffee and teas, MOD strives to bring the best coffee, teas, espressos and home baked goods, and the warmest welcome every day. They also offer smoothies and Italian sodas as well as wine and beer.

MOD offers daily beer and wine happy hours, too. As of my writing this, there is not yet a menu available online, but it’s coming.

From the study loft, to the open air space with comfy chairs, to the cafe style room filled with mix and match tables and chairs, to the lovely arbor covered outdoor patio, MOD has a comfortable space for you to enjoy your drinks.

Art on the Walls is a MOD showcase for new local artists. Every six weeks a new artist is invited to display their work.

DSC_0519 To GoMOD hosts many more such entertaining and community-minded activities. Live music on the patio, poetry night (dates and times fluctuate), local artist and author exhibits, book groups, creative writing groups, a lovely arbor covered patio, study nooks, and free wi-fi. The folks at MOD recycle, too, having a special relationship with a local farm who takes used coffee grounds to mix into their fertilizers and soils.

Spaces are available at MOD for small group meetings (6-8) or reserve the community room for larger events (up to 50). Contact Holly at MOD 409-765-5659 for information and availability.

This is another dog friendly business, welcoming polite dogs on leashes. Bicycles are also welcome, and even have parking space available.

If you just can’t get enough of MOD, you may want to take some home to brew for yourself. They make their teas and coffees available, as seen on the website:

Organic Fair Trade coffee available by the cup or by the pound and ½ pound

         Espresso beans available by the pound and ½ pound

         Herbal teas available by the cup or in bulk

The Wandering Texans enjoy MOD as often as possible, and are pretty sure you will like it, too.

IMG_1043 Honey Bee

Honey Bee – vanilla honey latte

On the 1-5 scale, MOD Coffeehouse gets:
Cleanliness – 4.5
Service – 4
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 4.5

MOD Coffeehouse
2126 Post Office Street
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-5659

— Ann Cathey

Healthy Eating Information

A friend of mine shared an interesting, and helpful, set of cooking charts from some else’s blog a few weeks ago. There are apparently several posts in that same vein. This group is all about healthy eating, including some smoothies and soups and Paleo ideas.

Healthy Eating Charts

These wonderful diagrams contain knowledge made simple on things like what a serving of fruit really looks like, “is this Paleo?”, how to pick avocados, cooking grains and brewing a great cup of tea, and all sorts of smoothie making hints.

–Ann Cathey

Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas

This Holiday Season, I feel the need to plug some of my favorite tea blends. Celestial Seasonings may not be the highest end tea, but it offers very pleasing offerings at a modest price.

Available in most grocery stores (even if the selection is limited), it has become a favorite tea company of mine. I believe that all of the Celstial Seasonings products contain all-natural ingredients and flavors, and no artificial colors or preservatives. This makes them very friendly to folks with restricted diets who are keeing Kosher, require gluten-free alternatives, and who are diabetic.

I can’t describe these lovely seasonal blends any better than the Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster, so I will just borrow his words from their website.

Candy Cane Lane
“This delectable holiday blend starts with naturally decaffeinated green tea and adds unmistakable seasonal flavors like cool peppermint, creamy vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Candy canes have been cherished symbols of holiday spirit for centuries, and Candy Cane Lane® is sure to become a festive and healthy tradition at your celebrations!”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

Gingerbread Spice
“Stepping into a cozy kitchen warmed by the spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread — what a wonderful way to thaw a frosty winter chill! This handcrafted blend is a nostalgic medley of ginger, cinnamon and other time-honored ingredients. Because it’s naturally caffeine free, you can indulge in this unmistakably merry tea any time!”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

Nutcracker Sweet
“Nutcracker Sweet is an irresistibly simple blend of fine black teas made more festive with creamy, nutty vanilla and just a pinch of cinnamon. A decadent-yet-healthy treat, this delightful tea captures the magic of the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, which has been synonymous with holiday cheer for more than 100 years.”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
“This cheerful holiday blend will warm your heart with the inviting aroma and delightfully simple taste of freshly baked sugar cookies straight from the oven. Like all of our teas, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride has no refined sweeteners or added sugars — giving you a guilt-free way to partake freely in the pleasures of the season.”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

Sugar Plum Spice
“This celebratory blend combines juicy purple plums and aromatic spices like ginger and cardamom with tart hibiscus, floral chamomile and just a hint of sweetness. Every sip is a journey to the Land of the Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, where the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy presides over a flavorful assortment of sensory delights.”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

Sweet Harvest Pumpkin
“Just like big piles of pumpkins at roadside stands and perfectly baked pumpkin pies on kitchen tables, Sweet Harvest Pumpkin™ Holiday Black Tea in tea cups everywhere is a sure sign that the holidays are near. Featuring rich black tea, harvest-fresh pumpkin flavor and traditional spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg plus a touch of natural sweetness, this festive blend is a delicious little slice of the season.”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

The “no strings attached” tea bags are natural fiber with no extra stings, staples or wrappers. This means that you have to close the wax paper bags inside the box properly to keep out moisture, but that’s a small price to pay for a lowered environmental impact. Learn more about Celestial Seasonings sustainability here.

Whatever tea you choose to drink and share this holiday season, enjoy it!

 

— Ann Cathey