Last week, while working at Dolores Park Cafe, I watched the birth of a new romance and hit “subscribe” for weekly updates. A man in dark-brown glasses and a burgundy hoodie initiated small talk with the slender, smiley lady in front of him. He did the smart thing—asked her if she’d been there before and what she’d recommend from the menu. She answered with just enough of a smile and the classic hair tug behind the ear.
“playing so many bangers you keep Shazam-ing every few minutes, so you do very little work” REAL LIFE. Another smart, stellar piece! You’re such a cafe connoisseur! I loved a local cafe so much that I had my wedding reception there with our own personalized coffee blend for parting gifts. Something to be said for the rare perfect cafe!
I’m traveling next Thursday but I’m going to try and take the Foster meet up in the car! Maybe you’ll be there??
I felt right inside of each description. We have two in our ranching and ski town, high in the northern Rockies. One is vast, the other intimate. One is known for its coffee from all around the globe, the other for its fresh, homemade pastries. The common denominator, perhaps also in some of your experiences, is the air of conversation. The excitement of sharing life, the joys, the less than such, and the anticipation. Dusty Carhartt, trail smelling jeans, conversing with metro visitors in newly store bought hiking boots. Tales of black-diamond escapades mix with animated descriptions of setting rafters in a new log home. And lest we forget the hounds. Loyal, four legged amigos who sit patiently waiting for a bite of this or that. Wherever the coffee is on, there is one similar vibe, and that is life expressing itself.
The "grains and cuddles" line did me in haha. It's always about how much love and care and work went into the toast, and part of me just wants to ask for loveless toast.
I loved this observation "I don’t want a cafe that’s more than a third occupied. I know that’s bad news for the business but I want ample space and limited distraction."
A lovely introduction to this piece - do meet-cutes like this really happen in real life?! You described it well. So many lovely light-hearted asides in this too. I really enjoyed reading.
I hope you find many more cafe gems along your travels to settle in, eventually!
Beautiful, I love the picture you've painted here especially the pleasant air of conversation! That's something I forgot to highlight in my essay and now I wish I did haha