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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 […]

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Hillside Dining in Zurich

When you find yourself in Zurich you must leave directly and drive a quarter of an hour south along the Seestrasse and five minutes up the Herrliburg hillside. At the top of the hill you’ll come upon a row of luxury automobiles (seems as if there is no other kind in Switzerland) highlighted by a […]

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A “Third Way” Espresso in New York City

There is a perfect little espresso bar in midtown Manhattan, right on 6th Avenue just below Central Park – one of those New York gems that hide in plain sight. Its name is Zibetto and it is pristine. Spanning a single, long lane of shop, with gleaming marble countertops on either side. One below a […]

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A real café in Washington, D.C.

What is authenticity? I can’t say exactly – perhaps a mix of honesty, integrity, and the courage to be. Authenticity is a slippery designation. And it is challenging to articulate why a place is authentic, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart so sensibly wrote of hard-core pornography, “I know it when I see it.” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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