|The Biathlete - Pre Eat|
It may seem arrogant, or self congratulatory, but when I bite into a muffin baked by these Two Birds, I actually exclaim with praise, "I love our Muffins!!" But some mornings, if you peek through the plate glass window of Blue Line Coffee (49th & Underwood, Omaha NE), you will find me nibbling away at another man's muffin. Pleats of paper will be pulled away from the sides of a freshly baked muffin and my fingers will be sticky for minutes. Many of my mornings have begun at Blue Line with the biathlete muffin; a vegan, carrot, raisin muffin. Normally, I'm not a girl who enjoys a warm muffin, but there are times when the burst of a swollen, hot raisin can be a dangerous risk that I'm willing to take.
Chris McClellan, proprietor of Blue Line, makes these sweet, mean muffins. He's a bit of baked good himself, as Elisabeth just told him the other day that he's like a French baguette; crusty on the outside and chewy and warm on the inside. We should all appreciate the crust of someone, because it's the barriers to the chew that make the taste more delightful. Oh, and that reminds me, the biathletes with the deep hued, crunchy tops are my favorites, and all the lovely baristas (Kristin, Leslie, Rachel, Cora, and Katie) know this, so as they gingerly slip a pair of tongs into the bakery case, they don't even need to be told that I like my muffins on the dark side.
Stop into Blue Line sometime for a coffee and a muffin, and make conversation with Chris. For those of you who don't know him, check Chris out in the video for the Mynabirds song, "Numbers Don't Lie" - it's a strangely accurate depiction of his real life persona.
Go ahead, put another local muffin your mouth!