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

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

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

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

Black Walnut: A Café of Village Proportions

Imagine walking into a café in a quiet, quaint village, hidden from tourists, but frequented by the locals. Once upon a time, the mid-sized industrial city of London, Ontario had a streetcar running from the center of town to the neighboring beach town of Port Stanley, transporting beach goers to and from the city without … Continue reading Black Walnut: A Café of Village Proportions

Fire Roasted Coffee Company: A Diamond in the Rough

Imagine walking into a café that’s a little rough around the edges, but polished in all the right places. Presenting… Fire Roasted [105 King Street N6A 1C1 (London, Ontario, Canada)] Located in downtown London, Ontario across from the coveted entertainment conglomerate, Budweiser Gardens (formally the Labatt Center) and the venerable Covent Garden Market, Fire Roasted … Continue reading Fire Roasted Coffee Company: A Diamond in the Rough