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.

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

ONE FAIRTRADE und Kaffeerösterei: After War Comes Peace and with Peace Comes Coffee

Imagine walking into a café where even on an island mound, good coffee is found. Hidden in the far northern reaches of Germany, lies a small storybook town. Cobblestone lines the roadways, facades of crow-step gable houses tower over, and Brick Gothic cathedrals beckon towards the sky, reminiscent of a medieval time. Throughout the millennia, … Continue reading ONE FAIRTRADE und Kaffeerösterei: After War Comes Peace and with Peace Comes Coffee

Café Kitsuné: A Touch of Japan in the Heart of Paris

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

La Caféothèque: The Café that Started it All

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