Category Archives: Restaurants

Kitsch is King Even In NYC

Diehard Harry Potter fans will undoubtedly love the new Wizarding World-themed coffee shop just opened in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. Cleverly named Steamy Hallows, the kitschy  cafe boasts a whole range of over the top decor, including floating candles to … Continue reading

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Copenhagen : Books and Coffee

Although I have my quibbles with the baffling commitment to light roasts by Scandinavian 3rd wave coffeeshops and roasters, I do appreciate that there are coffee drinking opportunities everywhere—even in libraries. One of the coolest place to enjoy a good … Continue reading

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Eat Across America

The curious folks at The Pudding did a deep dive into data on U.S. restaurant visits. They then created some fascinating maps and charts exploring the geographic patterns and regional preferences across the states. There aren’t many surprises. But what’s … Continue reading

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Fancy a Pint ?

Way back in the 20th century I spent considerable time visiting London. While I was there I occasionally popped into the random pub to quench my thirst with a pint or two of real ale. As a foreigner, it was … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes The World Go Round

 

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Shakespeare & Co. branches out

We had some very exciting bookstore news here in Philadelphia with the soft opening of the new Shakespeare & Co. bookshop in the heart of the city. Located in the ritzy Rittenhouse Square neighborhood on Walnut Street, the store occupies the former … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes The World Go Round (cont.)

Last week coffee played an inordinately large role in stories on TBTP. This week, I thought that I would follow-up with some feedback from readers on their favorite joe joints. The first suggestion that I received was from Micheal W., who offered … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes The World Go Round (pt. 2)

Yesterday’s post on the new Museo Lavazza coffee museum in Turin got me thinking about just how important coffee is in my daily life and when I’m traveling. As a home roaster of raw green coffee beans, I take the brown elixir … Continue reading

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Become Someone Else

“Become Someone Else” is a clever ad campaign for the Mint Vinetu which is a popular independent secondhand bookshop and cafe in the heart of Old Town Vilnius, Lithuania. The cozy shop also sells vinyl and provides a venue for local musicians … Continue reading

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Bookshelves and Veggie Meatballs

Say what you like about the Swedish megastore chain Ikea, I’ve been a fan for decades. Just looking up from my desk I can count eight Ikea bookshelves, two file cabinets, and the actual desk that I’m sitting at. And … Continue reading

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