Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vacation Coffee!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that coffee on vacation tastes much better than coffee on a work day.  Especially when you have someone special with whom to share it.  Last week, my spouse and I went on a short trip to the beautiful Oregon coast.  We stayed in a sleepy little town called Gearhart and enjoyed coffee one morning at Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe.

I enjoyed the quaint setting, the laid-back coastal culture, the delicious veggie tart, and the Victorian-ish decor.  My coffee-drinking partner, however, pointed out that the entire coffee shop was made for people of a smaller scale than a 6' tall man.  He could barely get his fingers through the coffee cup handles.

But, no matter how tiny the tables and chairs, there's something magical about vacation coffee and conversation.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hipsters Make Academic Writing Seem Cooler Than It Is....

Today I met good friend Sarita Gallagher for a cup of lavender chamomile tea and a writing session at The Black Cat Cafe in NE PDX.  Now Portland is known for being a hip city and the NE is one of the hipsterest of hipster places in Portland.  All of that to say, you can expect a good amount of good-natured pretense and The Black Cat does not disappoint!  Lots of grimy, too-cool-for-grooming (but still very friendly) types came and went while we clicked away on our laptops.  So if you are looking for a place to get the creative juices flowing and do some hipster people watching, go to The Black Cat!

At The Black Cat, even the napkin holders are cool.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Black coffee and a scone from Longbottom Coffee - is there anything better?

Whenever I am feeling behind when it comes to my writing schedule, I go to a coffee shop.  Something about the hustle and bustle of customers and baristas makes me want to crank out the pages.  Longbottom Coffee in Hillsboro, Oregon is one of my favorite places to go.  If you get there early enough (they sell out quickly!), you can enjoy a fluffy not-too-sweet scone (pictured) with a cup of coffee roasted right there at their shop.  Longbottom roasts really smooth, earthy blends.  I've tried a number of their roasts, and I've enjoyed each of them for their distinct, well-rounded flavor.  If you are on the west side of Portland, grab a cup of joe and a scone at Longbottom!