Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Can I Decide Between Two Best Friends


This guy, he's my tried and true, never leave behind kind of friend.



But this guy, oh man did he steal my heart.  He can't replace my first love, but having him around rocks.




These two friends, paired with a fairly inexpensive steam driven machine, complete my very own coffee shop.  Add a little Dark Chocolate Monin, some steamed organic milk and I like to think of it as my little slice of heaven every morning.

Because our local coffee shop isn't stroller friendly I have found myself out of step with my own ideals.  Starbucks calls to me more than I would like, they are stroller friendly and we don't get quiet as many dirty looks for our averagely loud two year old. Don't get me started with their drive thru availability, as a mama with a toddler who is becoming increasingly more opinionated getting him in and out of the car just isn't feasible some days. My solution was to purchase a killer leak proof travel much, one that I can toss in my bag or throw in the car without it seeping all over the place and to hunt down a local shop where I could purchase organic and/or fair trade coffee options.  Luckily I found one within walking distance: Virginia Espresso.  They have everything I need, plus I get a punch for every pound of coffee I buy towards a free bag.  It doesn't get much better than that.

5 comments:

Suzi said...

I totally agree about the need for more Drive-Thru Starbucks options -- I usually go to the one on VA Beach Blvd whenever I'm in that area *just because I can*! So funny to remember back to pre-Cate days, when I saw my first Starbucks Drive-Thru and thought, "how ridiculous for an overpriced coffee place to have a drive-thru -- some people are just so lazy!" Ha! Now I understand. And I agree that it's such a shame that Elliott's isn't stroller- (and therefore kid-) friendly. I would love to give them more of my business...

Please Press Pause said...

I think I know where just about every drive thru in the area is located (vaB blvd, independence, northhampton, battlefield)! I'm not sure what Elliot's could do differently being on the second floor and all. While we were up in Richmond I saw one of those kid friendly coffee shop. It had a separate play area w/nice looking natural toys, stroller parking out front of the store, and plenty of table for parents to chill at. I would love something like that on Colley1

presentlife said...

oh man, I totally must have that mug. I need to have a fundraiser to spend $20 on one right now though.

Please Press Pause said...

That's the mug Pete got for me on a trip to San Diego last year. I love it! http://www.shopzoo.com/gorilla-shadow-mug-p-1616945.html Only 11.95 and shipping is only a few bucks so your fundraiser wouldn't have to be too big:)

Lostcheerio said...

Nice to meet a fellow Ghent-ite. :) I found you via Patricia's blog.