Imagine hiking for miles and miles, due west until your feet meet the sea, and there where the mountains embrace the waves sits a little blue café; a coffee oasis at the edge of the world. At the extremity of Europe's outstretching hand, in the most westerly town of Ireland, there, too, is good … Continue reading My Boy Blue: Diving in the Deep End
Imagine stumbling into a café whose owner sees you run down by life’s unexpected hit & run disposition. She reaches out her hand and says, “I feel you. I’ve been there, too." Just when I thought London, Ontario was void of any decent third-wave coffeehouses, my hometown pulls a fast one and Backroads cruises into … Continue reading Backroads Coffeehouse & Cakery: Life Is A Highway With Plenty of Detours
Il faut toujours viser la lune, car même en cas d’échec, on atterrit dans les étoiles. ~Oscar Wilde (Always aim for the moon, then even if you fail, you’ll be among the stars.) QUIT: It's a simple four-letter word, but when it happens, causes us an insane amount of distress, not to mention, inherent disapproval … Continue reading Journey Update: To Quit or Not to Quit
It’s 3-o’clock in the morning and you can’t sleep. You lie awake in bed and absentmindedly listen to the late-night traffic outside. You hear a garbage truck and a few transport trucks drive by. You think to yourself, “Wow! It must be difficult being a garbage man or truck driver; having to be working at … Continue reading Journey Update: Three Days. Three People. Three Hundred Boxes.
Tell them that this is the way it works, and I know better than them. ~Peggy: Mad Men S2E8 “Panini poulet parmesan, s’il vous plait,” requested a customer. Being in job training for the past month, I knew exactly what I needed to do when a customer places this order – Into the Merrychef oven, … Continue reading Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles
The greatest risk of all is to risk nothing at all September 16, 2015 Japan adventures behind me; European adventures ahead. September 16, 2016 European adventures behind me; Paris Café adventures ahead. What a crazy amazing fantastic phenomenal year it’s been! I left Japan with this crazy idea to open a café for expats who … Continue reading Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes
Imagine walking into a café where fox cookies welcome you at the door, an Alice in Wonderland-esk clock hangs above, and matcha on ice awaits you. You’re not sure what other out-of-place things you will encounter, but you’re ready for anything. Presenting… Café Kitsuné [51 Gallerie de Montpensier 75001 (Paris, France; 1st district)] In the … Continue reading Café Kitsuné: A Touch of Japan in the Heart of Paris
Imagine walking into a café where time has stopped. For what seems like an eternity, you bathe in the stillness surrounded by the tranquil scent of coffee. You are alone at the beginning of time. Presenting… La Caféothèque [52 rue Hôtel de Ville 75004 (Paris, France; 4th district)] Fifteen years ago, Paris was void of any … Continue reading La Caféothèque: The Café that Started it All
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon Last week, life turned a little brighter. I had a series of job interviews with a host of cafes in Paris, thanks to hospo.jobs and coffeepeoplefrance, and there was one barista possibility that particularly caught my eye. But here's the catch: … Continue reading Journey Update: Proud & Panicking
Imagine walking into a neighborhood café where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came because the barista and fellow customers understand that making your way in the world today takes everything you've got and taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Presenting... Boot Café [19 rue du … Continue reading Boot Café: Coffee, Gossip, and Elephants. Oh my!