over the weekend, i sortof became a tourist in my own city. i think its really worth it to just take a day to not run any errands or do anything work/school related and not even make plans! i met up with my language exchange buddy on saturday and we ate brunch and walked around a bunch and ended up at brooklyn, one of the mile ends quaint coffee shops.
the colorful chairs in the front of the shop look a lot more cheerful when the weather follows suit, but since montreal decided to host a snowstorm in the middle of april, well….. yeap. i got a chai latte and he got an americano and we were both quite pleased. costs about 2 to 4$ a pop. we had just eaten earlier, but from what i saw, the food looked yummy!
the only downside to this cafe is, unlike homeo in hongdae, we werent allowed to sit on any of the furniture in the back half of the shop, as its all for sale. it still adds to the cozy atmosphere though! instead, you have to sit on bar stools, which isnt always my favorite.
the employees were friendly, and as jinchul and i exchanged a few words with them, we waved goodbye. when we were then ready to take the metro, i realized we totally forgot to pay!!! i went back the next day to take care of our bill, but i suppose thats probably a good sign you’re really at ease in a place.
avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, chiliflakes on seven grain toast and hibiscus iced tea.
smoked trout salad, black lentils, walnuts, arugula, dried cranberries, avocado, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, shallots and vinaigrette.
couscous with red peppers, raisins, toasted pinenuts, hummus, eggplant and merguez.
although there was quite the wait for a table, my tastebuds were pleased after the delicious food at cafe gitane. the food is quite easy to make, so ill probably have a go at these at home (especially the avocado toast). the french/moroccan combo is nice and light for the summer. the outdoor seating was my favourite bit, as the seats face outwards just like any authentic french cafe. this facilitates my lurking of the well dressed passer byers.
242 Mott St., New York, NY 10012
two new teas i randomly picked up. the first being baked apple, a fruit-based herbal blend, and the second being chocolate chili chai. my friend and i were recently having a debate about how these teas are ‘not the real thing’. well, as much as i do like traditional teas, i think these blends add more variation, not to mention fun, to tea drinking! i never really drink my tea in a mug, so this photo is deceiving. ill have to take a photo and show you my amazing glass travel mug!
whipped this up in case you still weren’t sure what to buy for a lady friend, or what to put on that wishlist of yours. you can find wesleys holiday gift guide for men here!
my friend wesley yendrys, who is a design student and also works for NEON, came up with this. you can follow him on twitter @wyendrys for updates about everything nice (sugar and spice). happy shopping, or drooling. ill be posting up a girls version, that im working on, really soon!