Sunday, September 15, 2019

Optimistic Café

Optimistic Café opened in 2017 in the Garment District! It's a hidden gem right off 8th Ave that I was so happy to discover right by my office! I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous tiles, the plant wall and wooden chairs!

The vibe was super inviting and relaxing. While the space was small, there was still some seating available but I didn't have much time so I grabbed my coffee to go. I ordered a flat white which was perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. The menu had the standard coffee items and some pastries. This is on the pricey side but definitely worth treating yourself to once in a while.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Grindstone Coffee & Donuts

Grindstone Coffee opened in the quaint Hamptons town of Sag Harbor in 2016. They make amazing brioche and cake donuts that look beautiful and taste amazing! We shared some cinnamon sugar donuts and I couldn't stop eating them! I was intrigued by their giant sized party donuts too which they can make for any occasion with a few days notice!

The coffee was also really great here! They make espresso, specialty teas and cold brews. Their menu also includes some lunch items like soups and sandwiches. The space is small so it was perfect to take a coffee to go and continue exploring the town. There was a long lineup when we got there which is a testament to how popular their donuts and coffee are! If you're in the Hamptons, be sure to stop here for a coffee and something sweet!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

East One Coffee Roasters

Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend! There's a new coffee shop that opened right around the corner from us and I finally got a chance to stop in last week! East One Brooklyn has three locations one, the original on Baxter Street, an eatery on Court Street and their newest location in Chelsea!

I've hearing mixed reviews about the coffee here, but I tried the drip coffee and absolutely loved it! I also had a sip of my friend's iced latte and really enjoyed it as well! Their menu is simple and concise with coffee options, pastries and a few dishes including avocado toast, a grain bowl and a few others. You can also check out some of their coffee blends here!

The cafe is spacious with lots of seating and desk space with outlets. I was really digging their "warehouse chic" vibe with concrete floors and exposed pipes in the high ceilings! This is a great spot to sit down for a while and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

District Doughnut

District Doughnut is an amazing doughnut and coffee shop with five different locations in the DC area. I went with family to explore the monuments in DC and ended up at the wharf for some amazing clam chowder and a huge order of crabs for a family dinner that night! We stopped at District Doughnut for a little pick me up before heading home and I absolutely loved the house blend drip coffee!

This store offers gorgeous, gourmet doughnut with some classics and some seasonal flavours. I was tempted by the key lime doughnut but restrained myself since I knew we would be having a huge family dinner! My photos just didn’t do it justice so here are some great shots from their website! If you’re in DC, the wharf is amazing and should definitely be on your itinerary!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Savannah, Hilton Head & Charleston

Hey y'all! We just got back from an awesome trip down south where we exploring Savannah, relaxed in Hilton Head and discovered the history of Charleston. If you have not been down south, I'd highly recommend it. The food was amazing, the history was rich and the people are so friendly! We went during the off-season (August is so hot down here!) but made sure to book hotels with pools everywhere so we always had the option to relax in the water if we wanted to. Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip!

Savannah, Georgia

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Second State Coffee

Second State Coffee is an awesome coffee shop in South Carolina with two locations - one in downtown Charleston and the other in Mount Pleasant. We biked from our hotel to downtown Charleston and were so happy to relax at the café for a while and cool off with our awesome cold coffees! A had an iced mocha latte and I had the black julep which was espresso, mint and honey shaken over ice. Both were absolutely delicious and we loved the minimalistic-chic vibe!

Travel Tip: Check out the awesome shops on King Street just a short walk away from here!