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Bear Towne Java

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Spent Sunday morning strolling the charming streets of New Bern, North Carolina and found a spot for a morning cup, Bear Towne Java. Perused the menu and picked out a flavored latte, took a while to figure out exactly what flavor, given the numerous options the shop had posted. Given the proximity to Halloween and Thanksgiving, went with gingerbread.

As a first visit to the shop – the first time in New Bern – only getting acquainted with the town, but saw a note indicating the shop was closing on November 1st; including encouragement for regulars to “stop by on Friday Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 and enjoy a cup of coffee on us and maybe share a memory or two.”

The establishment has been around since 2003.

While it is unclear who is coming into the space, it is always emotional seeing a local coffeeshop go by the wayside – even if it was the first time setting foot into the place.

All the best to all those connected to Bear Towne Java, if the smiles and friendly service received on this first visit is reflective of how they run their business, it’s clear it is will be a missed spot in town.

The primo-size Gingerbread Latte, with Whipped Cream.

The primo-size Gingerbread Latte, with Whipped Cream.


Written by Paulo Loreto

October 26, 2015 at 5:50 AM

Not Just a Rice Krispies Treat

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After multiple visits to Wilmington, North Carolina, if there’s anything that is a constant, it’s a visit to Kilwins. Whether it’s the ice cream or the amazing fudge, took a step to the right and browsed the chocolate section – the expansive chocolate section. It took a while to make a decision, with so many delectable options; Kilwins makes it very difficult to make a choice.

Narrowed it down to one of their homemade peanut butter cups or a chocolate covered rice krispies treat – got one of each. The rice krispies treats was amazing, it was soft and the chocolate coating was a great addition to the classic treat. Even picking up the treat, there was still a choice between white, milk, and dark chocolate – with or without sprinkles – again, Kilwins makes the decision-making process difficult.

…and there are still a multitude of options whenever the next visit will be.


Written by Paulo Loreto

October 25, 2015 at 12:36 AM

Coffeebreak Near Dongmen Market

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Traveling between markets in Taipei, starting the day in Shilin and taking the train to Dongmen, got a heavy dose of wandering the narrow corridors of the local goods and food vendors the city is famous for. Literally, spent hours taking in the sights, smells, and tastes every corner had to offer, after leaving the Dongmen Market, wandered around and spotted a park – not knowing it was Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park – and stopped into the nearest coffee shop and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result.

Walked into Louisa Coffee and was greeted by entire staff – with every swing of the door, the employees offer a lively “Ni hao!” A small café, took a gander at the expansive menu of coffee. The barista was very accommodating with giving different options on adjusting the coffee for taste, along with sugar content. Ordered an iced milk tea latte and it was delicious. Even coming with the sealed lid that typical milk tea comes with, the latte was exploding with milk tea flavor. At one point, kept stirring, finding some resistance in the cup, thinking it was a syrup or powder that had yet to dissolve, once finished, found an entire tea bag in the cup – which explains the strong flavor.

Combine the customer service and the great coffee, Louisa Coffee is easily a prime coffee spot in Taipei.

Louisa Coffee

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 12, 2015 at 1:58 AM

Ice Cream with Madame Chiang

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Visiting the Chiang Kai-shek memorial in Taipei, just outside the main gallery are a couple gift shops along with a coffee bar. The coffee bar offered an array of beverages, along with ice cream; in particular, a special brand of popsicle labeled with a cartoon caricature of Madame Chiang.

Coming in a variety of flavors, chose taro. Took off the wrapper and it was a light purple hue, and in the first taste, it didn’t just have a distinct taro flavor but it also carried a unique texture – felt like there were tiny bits of chewy taro in the popsicle, itself – a pleasant addition.

If ever in the area again, will have to try another flavor; there was one in the shape of a flower that piqued a lot of curiosity.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 7, 2015 at 7:23 AM