Meet Lisa Watson, AKA Lisa Annie who is on a journey of discovering food! Lisa lives in St. Louis (STL) and has an entourage of Social Media sites dedicated to reporting on many of the local restaurants in and about STL along with her recipes. Lisa is a banker, wife, she’s Italian and English, and a new home owner. She enjoys bringing her friends and family together to cook for them, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a quick cup of coffee. I met Lisa when I visited my daughter in St. Louis. She’s full of life and has made my daughter and her husband most welcome to the St. Louis area.
I’m Lisa Annie and I am on a journey of discovering food! My husband Joe and I love going to coffee shops. We often engage the baristas in conversations and they have shared so much with us. In the past few years their advice has been huge for my palate and personal growth with food and beverages. I have learned so much about what really goes into making fresh delicious meals, drinks, and even coffee.
I didn’t think I enjoyed coffee. It turns out I not only like it, but I love it!!!!
If you’ve ever had Starbucks coffee or Foldgers coffee and you don’t like the bitter flavor, it’s because they actually burn the coffee beans. When Starbucks makes their coffee, they use water that is over 202 degrees. That’s why I (and maybe you too) have to put an ice cube in it to help cool it down before it can be consumed.
The water is brought to a temperature just under boiling, and then slowly poured over the ground coffee beans [they’re in a filter] until just covered with water.
The coffee then blooms for 30-45 seconds. You can see the bubbles forming. The smell is intoxicating. Repeat these steps for 3-4 minutes and serve a lovely hot fresh cup of the best tasting coffee you will find! The coffee is more aromatic and has the best flavor.
Turn it into a latte at home by putting your freshly brewed coffee and milk into a blender for 3-4 minutes. I made my own sage and brown sugar simple syrup and it was heavenly. [Syrup and Latte recipe are below.]
Xoxo, Lisa Annie!
Sage and Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
- 2 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 4-6 sage leaves (depends on size)
I put it all in a pot and heat until all of the sugar is melted and then let it simmer for 15 min or so. Then I put it in a container (squeeze bottle) and store it in the fridge. It lasts for up to 2 weeks.
For the lattes:
- 2 tbsp of simple syrup
- 1-1/2 cups of coffee
- 1/2 cup of milk
- Asado Coffee
- Inteligensia Coffee – on Randolph, on Broadway, on Division in Wicker Park
- Bow Truss Coffee – on N. Wells, on Broadway in Lake View East
- Heritage Bicycles – on N Lincoln in Lakeview
- Buzz: Killer Espresso – at Damen and North Avenue
- Caffe Streets – W. Division between Wood and Hermitage in East Ukrainian Village
- Worm Hole – N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park