Week in Review - 6/8

I was looking at some articles to share with you, but I got sidetracked and didn't post them on Friday. I hope you're having a nice weekend, meanwhile.

The weather here in Portland is great for a change, clear and cool. My husband and I went for a walk with the dog this morning, and stopped at a new coffee shop in our neighborhood, nestled in among the older, single-family homes. Ordinarily, when I go to a coffee shop, I buy a cup of coffee. What we used to call "regular," with just enough milk to change the color. But at this coffee shop, a cappuccino is a special treat -- almost an occasion. It tastes amazing, and it looks so pretty.

I visited Italy when I was young and carefree. I quit my job, took the money I had saved while working and living at home, and went off to see the world. Anyway, I loved Italy. It seemed like every street in every city had its little coffee shops, and people would stop in on the way to work. I didn't notice at the time, but Italians only drink a latte or a cappuccino in the morning. In the afternoon, it's just espresso. No milk.

If you're ordering a coffee drink in Italy or here at home, take note: a cappuccino is not the same as a latte. Cappuccino should be one third espresso, one third steamed milk and one third foamed milk. A latte, on the other hand, is a double espresso (two shots) and the rest is steamed milk. No foam. In France they call that "cafe au lait." If you like your espresso with just a touch of milk, try a macchiato. That's one shot of espresso, that is "marked" ("macchiato" in Italian) with a dot of milk, just a small spoonful. Photos and definitions can be found at Starbucks.

More about food: My colleague Kevin Scullin recommends the Road Food web site: www.roadfood.com. It highlights authentic, local eateries across the country. Just a glance at the home page made my mouth water, with color photos of the house specailties: and amazing-looking hot dog in Baltimore, a deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich platter in Omaha, and fried chicken in Seattle. Kevin blogs about CSA, EOBRs, SmartWay and other regulatory issues that affect trucking -- but he has many interests outside of work, too.

There has been some interesting news lately about trucking too, but my colleagues and I will be publishing additional blog posts in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Peggy Dorf

Peggy joined DAT in 2008 as a writer and market analyst. She was instrumental in developing DAT Trendlines, and she writes extensively about the impact of economic trends on companies and individuals in transportation and logistics. Peggy is a Certified Transportation Broker with decades of experience in technology marketing and an MBA from the Wharton School.