Friday, September 29, 2006

Well, where to begin? What to say? Matthew and I ran into a few technical snags this morning with Delmar. Delmar, for those of you that don't know is our espresso machine - our sole means of production. He started going off right in the middle of our morning rush - demanding equal treatment in the workplace for people and machines alike (A bunch of commi jive). Matthew was kind enough to give Delmar the rest of the day off for repairs. Hopefully tomorrow Delmar will be as good as new. Until then, please bare with us - your patience is most appreciated in the matter.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Anyone sick of me yet? Cuz I'm back once again. I enjoy our moments, dear reader, even if it is rather frequent lately. The Beach Boys are playing and everyone in the cafe is singing (no not JUST Adrian but some of our customers as well). Wouldn't be nice if every day could be a Mercury day, much like the one we're having today?
Blueberry muffins are waiting to be devoured. Lattes are impatiently flying off the counters. What fun. Come on down.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Guess who's back?? That's right, Alex is here again! I just noticed with all the excitement of welcoming our newest edition I almost forgot to send off our very own Jacki! Oh Jack-a-boo you'll be sorely missed here at Mercury. Although I didn't work WITH you that much I certianly looked forward to saying hello to you on your way out. But now I guess I have to go to Morning Glory for that. Come to think about it, I think this works out better. Now I have more of a reason to go over and enjoy MG's wonderful foodstuffs. Good luck Jacki, you'll need it I hear.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Update! Mercury will now be open till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Come by and hang out with your truly after the sun sets. Who knows what will happen?

Hi there everyone!! My name is Ashley, and this is my very first day working for Mercury Espresso Bar. I'm very glad to be here, and I'm having alot of fun. :) I was given the lovely privelage of writing the blog today, so here I go.

I guess I'll tell you a bit about myself. I'm a student at Sheridan College in Oakville, studying Illustration. And although I plan on working as an Illustrator after four loooong years at School, I actualy plan on opening my own Cafe here in Toronto. As Matthew would say, we need more great Espresso Bars in this city! I live here in Toronto with my husband, three cats, lizard and turtle. What else can I say... I'm pretty goofy and fun loving, and a little wierd. But you'll all grow to love me I'm sure. LOL! Look for the tattooed lady, that's me!

Anyhoo, I know I'm going to really enjoy working here. This place is great, the costumers are so nice, and so far I really like the people I work with. :)

So come see me and everyone here at Mercury Espresso Bar, sit down, have a latte, and try Vickies DELICIOUS Pumpkin and Millet Muffins, or the MYSTERY muffin, Vegan Banana loaf, chocolate chip cookies or a chocolate brownie! OR... why not try our NEW organic apple juice. Hope to see you all soon, and take care.

ovcr and out..!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hello everyone. Alex here again. Yet again. I realize the mornings are crazy but I think the people deserve to hear from someone else other than me. I mean there's only so much non-sensical (is that a word?) verbal garbage people can take from yours truly. But then again, having a monopoly on the Mercury Blog isn't such a bad thing. I mean I could do stories that span over a week or so. Wouldn't that be nice? We could have "A Week in the Life of..." well, in this case me! Are you still there? Hmm...maybe I should rethink that.

I just met one Mercury Blog reader and she told me thought my blogs were cute. Hehe, I'm obviously flattered but this is just more encouragement for more of my crazy antics. Look out!

Stop by and snack on Vicki's cranberry, granola muffins while laughing at me singing behind the counter. And if you're lucky enough I might even do a little dance. Don't tell Matthew I'm having way too much fun at work.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

27 and sunny. That's what the forecast for tomorrow is. And that's what I'm keeping in mind today to hold me in my content state. But who the heck knows, the weather will not be told what to do. We're open again tonight until 8pm instead of the usual 7pm. It's gets dark earlier now so Mercury takes on a different vibe when the sun goes down. Come on over and check it out. There's one pumpkin muffin left with your name on it. I'll save it just for you.


Friday, September 15, 2006

Mercury has new hours of operation; we're braving the elements of the night to serve you all with the finest espresso this corner of the globe. Fridays and saturdays we are now open until 8 pm!!! So you know what that means! One more extra hour to hang with yours truly. It's dark and lonely here past 6:30 so don't be afraid, come on down a chill. I'll be here waitng......for you...or you....and you.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

So Mercury is on the lookout for another aspiring/experienced Barista. I wonder who it will be? What will they be like? What will they add to the store? Will they be able to handle the pressure of making perfect latte art? Will they eventually replace me? Only time will be able to answer these questions. I'm excited, are you? New blood means you can all use those tired jokes all over again! Welcome grasshopper, and all the best!


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Raaaiiiinnnn....fallin' on my fingertips.... It's a refreshing evening here at Mercury today. A little slow, a little dreary, but it's all good because Sailboats are White. I've lost my Controller.Controller in the cracks of the Bronx but no worries, the Tokyo Police Club are on the job.
Whew, I'm not sure what I meant there but it could be because I'm feeling a little star struck because Sam Roberts was in today for the third day in a row. I think he likes our coffee. Good luck on your tour Sam!


Sunday, September 10, 2006

What a crazy Sunday we've had here at Mercury today! WOW!! We did have some tastey raspberry crumble muffins along with some amazing pineapple coconut muffins but...... you guessed it... GONE! Alice went to the Saturday show of the Virgin Music Festival. She said she thought the story of the 3 boats of gear sinking was a joke. Sam Roberts was in today and confirmed the rumour that's not really a rumour. It really happened Crazy eh.
We're rocking out to some Smashing Pumpkins right now and all is well. It has calmed down quite a bit so you should all come and make the rest of them work for their pay cheque.

See you soon.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

sorry to say that we are out of scones...that is the sad truth... but do not fear, we will have more tommorow.
we still have all of our other goodies left so come out down and take your pick.

SOoo.....Alice was going to finish that update off but she's already left and I'm here finishing it for her.

What else do we have to report? Well, it seems like we have a neighbourhood scam artist (and I use that term artist VERY loosely). His description is as follows: White male, last seen wearing dark jeans, with a green sweatshirt tied around his waist, standing at 5'10" to 6' tall and has dark, curly mid-length hair and scruffy looking. Is it just me or is the scuffy part always added just for effect on account that this person doing something really shady? Anyway, he's hit all the surrounding businesses including Cafe Vert, The Gods of Flesh (tattoo shop), Velvet, Cajun Corner,Paint Depot and now K&S among others. The nerve of this guy! He's basically taking advantage of our good natured relationship we have with all our neigbouring business owners. Leslieville Unite! We won't stand for this!


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

good day! we are a little late on the blog because it has been crazy busy! we almost ran outta coffee!!! how silly is that? anyways. it's rainy, and matthew and i are getting sleeeepy. i just got back from up north so i am on lazy time and matthew.. well he just works too hard!! we have some cranberry coconut muffins left for you, and plenty of delicious beverages- as usual. all the best to our friend mike who is off to hamilton today! we'll miss you!!!! annnnnd.. i'm out!

--> ja-qui

Monday, September 04, 2006

It is the morning of Labour Day and not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Let the workers sleep for a day - haven't you heard Lenin's on sale again. Kudos to the ploughman, the carpenter and the clerk; you've all earned your day of rest. Fall has arrived in style carrying a lovely handmade pumpkin scone designed by our wonderful and talented baking artist Vicki. So, if any manage to pry themselves out from underneath the warm, warm bed sheets don't hestitate to mosey on in to Mercury and snatch up a scone before it's too late - remember the early bird get's the worm.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

I growl, I bark, and I chase cars. No, I'm not a dog but I sure feel like I'm being treated like one when I see drivers zipping around with their cellphones stuck to the side of their faces like a bad growth, with little if any regard for cyclists. It scares me the number of times I observe a driver who has no clue of his surroundings and I bare witness to multiple "almost" incidents on my way to work from the Annex. Fight fire with fire? Hell no,it just doesn't work that way. I just want to make to work alive.
If you can make it down here tomorrow before it runs out, we still have our weekend feature: Sumatra Gayo Mountian. I like it as an espresso; a fruity, smooth finish with enough caffine to help me pedal past trouble in the big city. Remember the cyclists. Don't be a douche. Woof.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hurricanes suck. If only people cycled more and created less emissions, if only SUVs were such a faux pas people wouldn't buy them, if only, if only, if only. Then we wouldn't be getting Florida's crappy weather. Then I wouldn't have been late for work. Funny how these grand events affect people on such a small scale. If only we realized how a drop of water ripples in the pond. Maybe if we were more aware we'd make better decisions.
We here at Mercury try to do our part. Not by preaching but by setting a different standard. I guess I did indeed just preach. Forgive me.

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