Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Name: Toby's Estate (Flatiron)
Borough: Manhattan
Location: 160 5th Avenue (b/w W20 and 21st)
Date Attended: Tuesday, July 8th 2014
Time Attended: 3:00pm

It was a very hot day in New York City. One of those days where you walk for half of a block and you are already sweating. On this day I wanted to meet with a friend for coffee. He told me all about this place that he loved... When you write a coffee blog people often times tell you about coffee shops that they love... A lot of times those coffee shops are just cute ambiance and it has very little to do with the coffee itself. So I went in expecting one of those...

BOY WAS I WRONG. First it was a beautiful, bright white, espresso shop, packed. That is a good first sign. There were plants in the shop and the aroma was magnificent.

I usually just get a small cup of coffee when I do one of these reviews... but as I said earlier... it was HOT. So I got an iced soy latte. We took our drinks and sat down in the back area which is part Strand Book Shop (Yes, New Yorkers... there is a Strand in the coffee shop) and part Club Monaco.

We sat down on the two chairs there and I felt like a million dollars. I took a sip of my latte and was blown away. The balance of soy and espresso was PERFECT. It was so good that my friend wasn't sure if I was making fun of him or if I just loved it that much. It was definitely the latter.

I'm so excited about this new find! Check it out next time you are shopping down 5th Ave.
The coffee shop proper.

The beautiful chars we sat in while we drank our coffee.

A view from our chairs at some of the Club Monaco stuff.

My delicious coffee...

The tiny espresso bar area.

Strand in a coffee shop... HEAVEN.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Starbucks at the Magic Kingdom

I was in Florida for my work and decided on my day off to go to the happiest place on earth... Walt Disney World! I woke up early with a co-worker and we drove 2 hours to the parks and spent the day acting like kids again.

At the end of the day we were back in Main Street U.S.A. and I noticed that they have a Starbucks with the old school Starbucks logo and all. How exciting is that?

Unfortunately I had just bought ice cream (and quite frankly had already spent enough money for one day) so I didn't buy anything but I took some pictures for the blog!

Check 'em out!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nespresso Grand Central Pop-Up

One of my most popular post on this blog is for the Coffee Shop Review for the Nespresso Boutique Bar on Madison Avenue. It is a bit of a departure from the traditional coffee shops that I tend to go to but it is very cool. So needless to say I was very excited when, on my way to the train, I discovered the Nespresso Pop-Up Shop in Grand Central Station.

I unfortunately couldn't stop on my way to the train, but it was still running when I came back in the evening. And let me tell you, Nespresso knows how to run a pop-up. They could've done it where they are just handing out free coffee... but they didn't. They made it a personal experience. A woman asked me if I'd like to have a free cup of coffee. Knowing how much it cost me for an espresso at the boutique bar... I jumped on the idea of FREE.


She walked me over to another stations where another woman said hello asked me what kind of coffee or espresso I'd like.  Since I have had the espresso before, I opted for the coffee. I let her pick after I described the sorts of coffee I liked. 
She put the pod into these new machines, the VertuoLine and turned the "go" button. It started up a lot like Kuerics do (which I do NOT like) and then the coffee started pouring out. The most notable trait of this machine is the coffee was producing a nice thick heavy creama. I haven't seen that in a cup of coffee before. She began stirring it describing how it provides a nice flavor.
When it finished, I took my coffee and walked out of Grand Central. I started to sip on that rich foam that sat on top of my coffee. The foam was delicious. (It would be GREAT on a dessert too). The coffee itself wasn't my favorite... now don't get me wrong... it was significantly better than a Kueric, but it just didn't have the full flavor that I enjoy from a pour over or French Press. 
Overall though, they did what I love the most. They gave me an experience. It was fun and exciting and I loved that. If you want to buy one, here's a link below:


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

COFFEE VIDEO: Frozen Parody "Do You Wanna Go To Starbucks"

This is one of the best Starbucks related videos I have EVER seen. I'm in love with it... and plan singing it every time I go to Starbucks!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Grind Workspace

As a freelancer I spend a lot of time working from my office at home. After a while I get tired of working from home and I need a second place to work. At first I went to coffee shops, but felt like I could only stay there for an hour or so. I needed something that had more focus on the workspace and I found a place called Grind.

It was perfect. I can sit all day in a beautiful space and work for hours. It's a membership only place so I feel like I am surrounded my like-minded people and even have started a couple of conversations with people I never would've met before.

Now here's the truly exciting thing about Grind... their COFFEE! They have the simple drip coffee you can just fill your mug up with, or you can do Chemex or Pour over. I love a good pour over. They list the kind of coffee they have that day and have pre-portioned and pre-ground canisters for your pour over. It's really wonderful.

So, as I'm sure you can guess, I sit all day while working and drink a lot of delicious coffee. It's WONDERFUL.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Penn Station

New York is always changing. That's one of the beautiful things about the city. The old and the new together is exciting. Sadly we have lost one of the most beautiful buildings in New York, the old Penn Station.

PBS has recently made a documentary about the old Penn Station called American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station. It is stunning. The challenge of creating this space for the masses is inspiring. We get so focused on looking out for number one, that was forget that there are these spaces in New York that are for all the people. This documentary highlights that.

After I watched the documentary (and cried) I had to go to Penn Station to catch a train out to Jersey. It's small and uncomfortable and quite frankly I find it to be quite the eyesore, but you walk around the Amtrak area and you see on the wall the beautiful photos of the old Penn Station, and as you walk outside on the 7th Avenue side of the station you see an eagle, which I cannot promise, but looks like the same eagles from the documentary.

Maybe they aren't the same ones from the old Penn Station but I like to believe them to be the ones. It's a piece of history standing outside. A remembrance of what it used to be.


Monday, May 12, 2014

COFFEE VIDEO: You're the Cream in My Coffee

You're the Cream in My Coffee has music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. It's from a musical called Hold Everything!

This video is from a different movie... but it's a lovely little song... and it's about COFFEE so... here ya go.