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There is a lot of food from Betty Smith's classic novel that has stuck with me over the years. There's the pumpkin pie that Francie wants so badly that she lies about intending to give it to a needy family in order to get it all for herself. And there's the leftover bread fried in sizzling bacon fat that the Nolans ate on oh-so-many occasions. And the penny candies that Francie and Neely ate so much of that I frequently longed for the days when I could have been rich in candy. But nothing has stayed with me more than the coffee that Francie and her family drink cup after cup of throughout the course of a day. Even when they don't have much money for coffee, they brew whatever grinds they have left and mix in a little chicory. So, in honor of Francie, go over to her old stomping grounds in Williamsburg and have a piping hot cup of Oslo's Freya blend, which is smoky and dark and will burn its way past your tongue and into your memory. One other way to honor Francie, though, would be to drink some Grady's Cold Brew, which is flavored with chicory, a taste that Francie would have found familiar, even if she wouldn't have ever predicted that iced coffee existed, or that her humble neighborhood would have become what it is today.
Oslo Coffee; 133 Roebling Street, Williamsburg
Grady's Cold Brew; gradyscoldbrew.com