As summer fades out of focus, here are three new things to take you into autumn:
- Cucumber-Mint Soda from Upstreet Craft Brewing. Sometimes you want to go up the street and play Apples to Apples, but you don’t want a drink drink. Or perhaps you simply don’t drink beer at all. It seems odd that cucumber and mint would combine to be your salvation, but it works. If you’re not so brave, there’s also a sour cherry-based soda.
- Purity Milk at Lawtons in the Polyclinic. We of the Purity-preferring clan have long been challenged, especially on the weekend, with finding a handy source for milk from Purity Dairy. Catherine turned me on to the fact that Lawtons sells Purity products; it’s at 8:00 a.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Maybe not a new thing, technically, but news for me.
- The Humble Barber, above COWS at the corner of Queen and Grafton, and, specifically, Zack Squires, cut my hair last Saturday. I’m a longtime Ray’s customer, so this was a departure for me, but Oliver spoke so highly of Zack’s talents that I had no choice by to try. I was not disappointed: Zack is an accomplished barber and a genuinely curious conversationalist. I will be back.