A Little More Less, Please: From McDonald’s to Minimalism

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. ~ Dr. Seuss The world is a complex and confusing place, full of red fishes with blue fins and blue fishes with red fins and some fishes with no fins at all. Thankfully, our brains are hardwired to categorize this crazy world into neat, little storage units … Continue reading A Little More Less, Please: From McDonald’s to Minimalism

My Boy Blue: Diving in the Deep End

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

Backroads Coffeehouse & Cakery: Life Is A Highway With Plenty of Detours

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

Journey Update: To Quit or Not to Quit

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.) To QUIT: It's a simple four-letter word that causes us an insane amount of distress, not to mention, disapproval from our mothers … Continue reading Journey Update: To Quit or Not to Quit

Journey Update: Three Days. Three People. Three Hundred Boxes.

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.

Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles

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

Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes

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

Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Last Monday, I experienced a sensation I’ve never felt before. This feeling was so satisfying and at the same time enticing. No, it wasn’t physical or sexual; it … Continue reading Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

Caffè Ficini: La Danza Caffè Italiano in Silenzia

Imagine walking into a café where you come for the coffee, stay for the conversation, and return for the connection. This is not my usual café critique. This is a glimpse into the past, a taste of the habitual, and a step towards new beginnings. I’m returning to the birthplace of espresso: la bella Italia, … Continue reading Caffè Ficini: La Danza Caffè Italiano in Silenzia

Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon

Once I was 20 years old... I only see my goals. I don't believe in failure. Cause I know the smallest voices can make it major... Once I was 20 years old. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade - But what if you’d rather make coffee? Chasing your dreams is kind of … Continue reading Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon