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Could get used to this breakfast

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Having lived in New Jersey, while working in New York City, had the first encounter with a Paris Baguette at their Edison, NJ location. An incredible array of pastries and goodies, a fusion between French and Korean flavors, that ended up in something delicious no matter what was selected. Found another location soon after in Koreatown, in midtown Manhattan, and it made the day – and living, in general – all the better.

Vacationing in Seoul, found out there were three Paris Baguette locations within walking distance of the hotel; a veritable heaven. Upon finding all the locations, it was, just about, a daily pilgrimage to find something to snack on or bring back to the hotel. After finding the first one, had to have breakfast there and it was something that could be enjoyed every day is possible.

Picked up a bulgogi sandwich and ordered an iced green tea latte – their green tea lattes were also a huge favorite in NYC.

Had a view of a new city to explore, a warm and delicious sandwich, and, still, some of the greatest takeaway cups known to man. There was nothing that could bring down the day – even confusion on the subway was relieved after thinking back to the amazing start.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

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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

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.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

October 12, 2015 at 1:58 AM