Make It a Double…and Hold the Milk

Excerpted from the “L. A. on Skis” chapter of A Movable Marriage:

“The Bad Ass Coffee Company had a back room filled with books to borrow and a comfortable, saggy, couch and arm chairs. Each morning Sara sat at the counter eating a toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese, doing The New York Times crossword puzzle in ink, no errors. Dave, outside on the porch overlooking Park Avenue, discussed venture capital with Keith. Me? I sipped black coffee and scanned stacks of skinny tank tops and T-shirts for marked-down items.”

Uh oh. Black coffee? Could I be a psychopath?

If you read the article, you know it’s more about bitter taste than coffee per se. Whew.

I’m in good company, anyway. Chef Graham Elliott is quoted as saying, “I’m a traditionalist, so for me, black coffee is cool.”

Bring on the Starbucks.

Starbucks Collection


Author: Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.

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