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
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
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
Imagine walking into a café back in time where vintage is still considered modern and minimalism is valued over extravagance. Presenting... Fragments [76 rue des Tournelles 75003 (Paris, France, 3rd district)] This humble coffee hangout recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary, but their name is the only thing new to the Paris café scene. The self-taught … Continue reading Fragments: Café Simplicity.
"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 café with the dapper Jay Gatsby, the ardent Samwise Gamgee, the zealous Inigo Montoya, the tenacious Katniss Everdeen, the mighty Hercules, and ever other character who never gives up. Presenting... Café Loustic [40 Rue Chapon, 75003 (Paris, France, 3rd district)] Loustic is an unfading, immortal phoenix. On Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016), … Continue reading Loustic: the Amaranthine Café