Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Three Brothers Coffee



Nashville is such a cool city with great music, delicious food and of course lots of great coffee shops! During my research for our trip to music city, I came across so many great cafés to visit, but ultimately landed on Three Brothers Coffee since it fit well with our itinerary and of course, because of the picturesque alley!

Three Brothers was created by the owners of an outdoor/adventure store (right next door) called Cumberland Transit. They brew a rotation of coffee from around the country. Check out what they are currently brewing here.

This café is located close to Centennial Park, right by Vanderbilt University and attracts a ton of students. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the coffee shop is spacious inside with lots of large tables allowing the students to spread out and study alone or in groups. The menu is extensive will all kinds of coffee as well as some loose leaf teas to choose from. We grabbed an iced coffee, rested for a bit and enjoyed the awesome art in the alley outside. The café features Nashville based artists and the displays rotate every month or so, and is a must-see if you find yourself visiting Nashville.

Travel Tip: Visit the Parthenon located right in the Centennial Park, just a short walk away form this coffee shop.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Nashville, Tennessee



Hey Y'all! I've had Nashville on my travel wishlist for a few years now and I finally had a chance to spend an awesome weekend with family exploring the state which is home to so many legendary country music venues!

So I have to admit that am not a huge fan of country music but I really loved learning about the history and hearing all of the music on the streets. We explored a few different neighbourhoods including downtown, The Gulch and 12 South. Some of our highlights included all of the murals (I stopped to take sooo many pictures!),  visiting the Parthenon, shopping at Reese Witherspoon's store - Draper James, strolling across the John Seigentaler Bridge and eating BBQ at Martin's and hot chicken at Hattie B's. The Country Music Hall of Fame is nice and very picturesque too. We had a great night at The Big Bang - a dueling piano bar too!

The only stop we sadly weren't able to make was The Bluebird Café. If you're planning to visit make sure to reserve tickets online the week before! The Grand Ole Opry is also super famous so if there's a show that's in line with your visit you definitely look for tickets!














 
 


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Dominique Ansel



Dominique Ansel is a one of the most famous bakeries in Soho, New York. They are known for inventing the cronut! A cronut is a croissant-donut hybrid pastry that was invented by the famous pastry chef – Mr. Dominique Ansel himself. The pastry itself looks like a donut and is made from croissant-like dough in layers, and filled with flavoured cream. The flavours change every month and we were lucky enough to try key lime dulce de leche in August.

I’ve heard that the line can be super long so your best bet is going during the week or on a rainy day. We waited around one hour starting at noon on a rainy Sunday but it definitely didn’t feel that long. Sometimes the bakery also runs out of cronuts so be prepared! Once you’ve ordered, there is a bit of seating in the back either inside the café, in the enclosed garden or outside in the backyard terrace. All options are great and make a great background for a photo shoot!  

For those of us who are impatient – you can always skip the long cronut line and head straight inside to the bakery to order any of their other delectable goodies. We’ve tried their mini madeleines, chocolate croissants, ham & cheese croissants and the signature item – the DKA. This stands for Dominique’s Kouign Amann and is a small version of the traditional Breton pastry with is similar to a caramelized croissant. The DKA is crispy with a caramelized crust on the outside with a tender flaky inside. 

This bakery has made its way across the country to LA, and even across the ocean to London and Tokyo. They also have Dominique Ansel’s Kitchen and UP (Unlimited Possibilities) in the West Village where you can try dessert and wine pairings. The hype is definitely worth it because it’s so unique. As someone without much of a sweet tooth – this was definitely a treat I enjoyed although I’m sure this is highly dependent on what the flavor of the month is. If you’re visiting NYC and find yourself walking around SoHo, try to spot by and wait out the lines for this unique experience! Your taste buds will thank you!

PS Their coffee is really good too!



Monday, August 27, 2018

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth is a cute little beach down in Delaware, and only a 3 hour drive from New York. We had a great weekend visiting family friends. The Dogfish brewery is in Rehoboth (my favourite beer is the seaquench ale), there are a ton of cute shops in Penny Lane, and the boardwalk has great fries and carnival games! I did not get a good shot of the beach but we definitely soaked up some sun! Great spot for a getaway and very family friendly! Bonus: I get to check off another state on my bucket list!






Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kaisy's Delights



Kaisy's Delights is an Austrian - Hungarian café located right on the main street in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The owners have brought the famous kaiserschmarrn all the way from Austria to the US. This dessert, named by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, became famous after the Emperor and Sissy (his wife) were served this by a farmer while hiking through the Tyrolean mountains. Read more about the history of the famous dessert here.

We stopped in for an afternoon coffee. I had a cappuccino and it was probably one of my favourite coffees ever! The ratio of espresso to milk was ideal and was super smooth. I grated some fresh cinnamon on top to add the perfect finishing touch. A got a chai latté which he really liked as well! I was drawn in by the pink interior and exterior. The colours were so inviting and as you must know by now - my favourite colour is pink! There is plenty of seating and the café can accommodate bigger groups as well. It is also very family friendly with a corner filled with kid size tables and high chairs.

The menu is quite extensive and they serve everything from hot drinks and cold drinks to latkes and kaisy's (sweet and savoury) and more ice cream flavours than I can name off the top of my head! It's the perfect stop before heading down to enjoy a nice hot afternoon at the beach, or to fuel yourself up for some (tax free!) shopping at the outlets.





Sunday, August 19, 2018

QWNS Café



QWNS Café is a boutique café located right at the end of the N and Q line in Astoria, Queens. We stumbled upon this spot seeking refuge from the rain and we were pleasantly surprised as soon as we stepped inside! It was pretty packed, and although most of the tables were being hogged by people with laptops, we were able to find a spot to sit by the time we were done ordering.

The spot is beautiful with lots of natural light, plenty of seating, and decorated with a subway mural on the wall. The staff are super friendly and put a lot of effort into every drink that they make! They serve Joe's coffee and we all loved what we ordered. My friend is a pretty picky coffee drinker yet she loved her cappuccino here and said it wasn't too strong or milky, and the flavour was on point (her words)! My chai latté was also very good and had the perfect amount of cinnamon!

The selection of baked goods and brunch menu items looked delicious as well but we had just finished a big meal and had no room for sweets. If I had come here for brunch I would've definitely tried their avocado toast, açai bowl or any one of the fresh pastries! Check out the full menu here.

Travel Tip: Astoria is known for their Greek food. Check out the original Taverna Kyclades right by the Astoria Ditmar subway! Bonus - they served us complimentary dessert after our meal!



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ninth Street Espresso



Ninth Street Espresso is a cute, simple spot that we discovered inside the Chelsea Market. It's a "no frills" coffee bar with a modest menu. Ninth Street first opened in 2001 in the East Village and now has grown to 5 locations all over the city. Their goal is to serve great coffee, and to remain genuine and consistent.

The menu is very simple and literally has 4 items: hot coffee, cold coffee, espresso and espresso with milk. They have made their menu simple and inviting for the non-coffee experts - and let's be honest, who out of us is actually a coffee expert (not me!)? I loved that I could order my latté without any confusion or judgement. They believe that good coffee should be simple and I couldn't agree more!

Ninth Street originally worked with specialty roasters and in 2016 they opened their own roasting facility at the Chelsea Market - where they now roast on a Loring 515 Falcon. I had a latté with Alphabet City beans, and it was so smooth and a little nutty - but perfectly balanced between the milk and the espresso. The Chelsea Market location doesn't have any seating but it's ideal to grab your coffee and stroll through the shops in the market or head to the Highline for a walk and a nice view of the city!