Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending the Labor Day weekend at our good friends’ cabin. In between the water sports and campfires we took our families to some of the “finest” local dining establishments Northern Minnesota has to offer. What better than investing in the local economy while enjoying some of the indigenous flavors of the area?
For years, our friends had frequented an old standard simply called, “The Logging Camp.” It’s a breakfast tradition they have experienced since childhood. Eager to join in on the history, I couldn’t wait to have my first cup of coffee from the rustic tin cups that were set on the table. “How rugged,” I thought.
When I asked for a cup of “decaf” the experience immediately changed; I was told that they could bring me a cup of instant Sanka. Well, that most certainly wouldn’t do, so I had them bring a cup of regular (I think I sent the waitress over the edge when I asked her for some cream! She said milk was all they had). Overall, the experience was delightful but what I realized early on is how much I have come to appreciate a good cup of coffee.
Coffee and morning for me is like peanut butter and jelly. You can appreciate each on its own but together they make the perfect combination. I am a bit of a coffee snob, I will admit, but give me a strong brew with a little cream and sugar and I am ready to take on the day. I don’t even need the caffeine! I just relish the ritual.
Now, coffee gets a bad rap from some people and I want to clear up some common misconceptions. Coffee is not bad for you (unless of course you drink 10 cups a day!); it actually has some substantial health benefits! For instance, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet exceeding wine, chocolate, tea and even fruits and vegetables. It has been proven to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, gallstones, diabetes, cirrhosis and colon cancer to name a few — so don’t think you have to kick the coffee habit any time soon.
No question, The Logging Camp, steeped in tradition, boasts a massive breakfast and great family tradition, but when it comes to easy mornings and kicking off the day on the right foot nothing tops a great cup of coffee.