coffee

A Gothic Café in Barcelona

When hot and tired and walking in a strange city there is no better feeling than spotting, in the distance, an unexpected refuge. A spark of hope lights up inside and one either exclaims and points immediately or, more prudently perhaps, catches and then quiets oneself in the superstitious belief that he who names luck […]

Continue Reading

Ottoman Meal Before Blue Waters in Istanbul

When visiting Istanbul your Correspondent makes a point of taking a meal at Tuğra, which offers a dining experience as wonderful and exquisite as the Bosphorous that the restaurant overlooks from the European part of the timeless city.  Located in the Ciragan Palace, a former seat of the Ottoman rulers, Tuğra provides a refuge for […]

Continue Reading

Coffee with Soul in Los Angeles

From time to time your Correspondent needs to visit Los Angeles.  It’s an easy trip with generally pleasant weather and lots of places to see and be seen…. it’s all so glossy.  Not so easy, in your Correspondent’s opinion, is to find a place with some soul, much less one that puts some soul into […]

Continue Reading

Noah’s Ark along the banks of the Thames

Your Correspondent has provided many a coveted recommendation to clarify the somewhat byzantine London bar and restaurant scene and bring your attention to the crème de la crème.  Your Correspondent might provide one or two more reviews for you but, really, what’s the point? He may have more suggestions than you have time in London. […]

Continue Reading

Espresso in Logan Circle

Upon moving to a new neighborhood one investigates the lay of the land. In the initial search we hunt for the necessary – those two or three shops we will come to rely on to provide the quotidien services that make our lives either functional or just a bit more pleasant. Perhaps it is a […]

Continue Reading

Peace, Coffee, and WiFi in Taos

Sometimes we go where we’re told, sometimes we stumble upon places ourselves. When the former, our expectations are raised and satisfied when met. Thanks for the tip. When the latter, our expectations are exceeded and we’re surprised at our great find. We share the tip. Such is my experience at finding Coffee Cats, a cafe […]

Continue Reading

Espresso in Philadelphia

I love coffee. The richer the better. I used to standby the cortado, a cup of espresso cut with a little warm milk that is more subtle than its crass cousin, the macchiato. Elixr Coffee in Philadelphia changed this. Elixr’s single espresso is the top, the Coliseum, the purple sky of a summer night in […]

Continue Reading