There's a lot of writing on the internet about French eating habits and how refined (and superior) they are, but I'm curious how these habits play out in less refined circumstances. [more inside]
What's your favorite cafe, bar, or restaurant in Oakland, CA with really comfy seats? I'm imagining something like the front area of The New Parkway theatre with all the couches, except with a bit more privacy/space since this will be a date... does such a place exist? Thank you!
I might or might not be needing a place to spend Saturday evening in Ottawa, for dinner and some time afterwards with a book. I'd like to not be rushed out, I don't care if it has booze, wifi is not necessary, and nearish Nepean would be best. I have a car.
I am still on the hunt for the perfect cafe in or around Los Angeles (preferably with a view of the ocean) where my husband and I can go read our books while sipping coffee. Google shows me lots of expensive beachside restaurants, but that is not what I am after. Outside Los Angeles within a 1-2 hour drive is fine, too.
Meeting my brother for breakfast in the Village early Sunday morning. What's open & good?
We'll be at Virginia Mason, with time for lunch from roughly 11:30 - 2:30. Any recommendations? Any warnings of places to avoid? [more inside]
NYCers, please direct this hungry but overwhelmed-by-choice Hong Konger to your favourite Middle Eastern, African, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Central Asian, Caribbean, and South American food! I will be there for six days in late July, party of one/two adults, based in Midtown East, takeout acceptable, weird/early/late hours acceptable, happy to travel to the outermost reaches of the city (no car though!) and make bookings, informal/reasonably-priced preferred. [more inside]
Can you recommend a cafe in London that has top-notch coffee, comfortable seating, a nice ambiance, and an atmosphere conducive to lingering with a book (assuming you re-up your coffee once in a while)? Bonus points for delicious baked goods. I have seen this question but unlike that poster am specifically looking for a cafe with great espresso/latte drinks. Thank you.
I'm house-sitting for friends in New York City next week, which is great. I have to spend the whole week writing papers for school, which is not so great. Can you suggest some excellent places to study so I don't feel like I've totally wasted the trip? [more inside]
So what I'm looking for is great or famous NON-chain restaurants that are famed for having a lot of dishes. Doesn't necessarily have to be all different. Could be 100 kinds of sandwiches. Or 90 calzones. But it's gotta be a big list. I keep trying to search but I can't find what I'm looking for. Thoughts?
Are there any cafes out there in the wild that have survived (or better, thrived) with a strictly enforced no-laptop, no-iPad (essentially, "no portable electronic offices") policy? I'm looking for reasonably well-documented examples of coffee houses that have bucked the student/mobile-office market and done well. The more it's presented as a business case, the better.
In the movies Americans often just leave money on the bar, or on the table at a cafe or a restaurant, and walk out. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
I'm not sure how to say this without sounding like a 13 year old but I'm in love with a guy who frequents the same cafe as I do but haven't met. I dont know how to deal with it. [more inside]
I have an opportunity to rent a large-ish cafe/coffee shop/restaurant a few moments walk from the local small town railway station, out the front of the tourist bus stop. What would you do to make it wonderful? [more inside]
I'm looking for bars/cafes in Hong Kong with a quiet, cozy vibe where I could feel comfortable taking a book and spending a few hours in a relaxing environment. Central/Sheung Wan would be ideal, but I'm open to suggestions anywhere.
Need to switch to decaf coffee. Looking for some information. [more inside]
I'll be visiting friends in Porto (Portugal) this Friday, but my flight lands early in the morning and I won't be meeting them until lunchtime. What would be a good place downtown to get some work done on my laptop and possibly drink a coffee or two? Internet access is a must. I'd love something with a bit more local flavor than a Starbucks, but I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks in advance, Hive Mind!
I like to have a glass of whisky and read and write on weekday evenings. I'm looking for quiet bars (or licensed cafes) where I can hole up with a laptop and/or book. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Spending a week in accommodation in Brockley, London, in early October. To be specific, Manor Avenue Brockley London, SE4 1TE. As London seems to be the place where you literally breathe out money in order to survive, keen to do this on as low a budget as possible. Will not have a car and prefer walking where possible. [more inside]
My family (myself, my sister and our parents) are heading off shortly for a vacation in Rome, Italy. My family likes to write a lot; my parents are actually taking on online writing course at the moment, and I have a fair bit of writing to do for work. In the States we'd go hang out at a coffeehouse to get our daily wordcount in. What's the best place to get writing done in Rome? [more inside]
I'm a writer and I like to write in coffee shops. I'm looking for a coffee shop in DC. I live in Logan Circle and work downtown, but don't mind taking the Metro or a bus anywhere. I'm looking for something a little more low-key than Tryst. Any suggestions? I'd like free wi-fi and a graduate student vibe. No need for anything fancy. This is where I used to go when I lived in Philadelphia and I'd like to find something similar. Thank you!
I'm meeting a friend in Minneapolis to help celebrate his birthday. Neither of us are familiar with the area. Help me find some places that he would he like. [more inside]
Good eats in Washington-Dulles/VA/WV area? See specifics inside. [more inside]
I've been in Sydney for a while now but still dont have a favorite cafe-hang. Looking for recommendations, preferably but not necessarily in the Surry Hills/Newtown/Inner Westish area, where I could inconspicuously spend the better part of day ploughing through a massive book, with excellent coffee, comfortable seating and minimal distracting muzak.
I asked out a cute person, and he said yes, but... where do I want to go tomorrow night? Looking for someplace quietish (not too crowded, quiet enough so we don't have to yell at each other, and could maybe play a game of Scrabble), pretty casual (not overly-romantic), and pretty cheap. Could just be a drink or coffee, doesn't have to be a restaurant.
How do I order a Spanish-style cafe con leche at a US espresso bar? I can't seem to get the proportions right. What I'm looking for is a high ratio of espresso to milk, but not too high. The milk should be hot, not frothy at all. Cappucicinos, cafe au laits, and lattes all have too much milk. Today I tried to describe what I wanted and they gave me a "short cappuccino," which was not enough milk, and the milk was foamed instead of flat. A specific name for this drink would be great, if it exists, but what I really want is the exact ordering instructions -- because I find that in most cafes, ordering anything slightly unusual (like an Americano) usually gets very inconsistent results.
Hi, all. This should be fairly short, so here goes: While suffering through the Influenza of 2013, I ended up watching a ton of episodes of Danger Man on DVD, only to become entranced with this particular object, which I've made a screenshot of. [more inside]
Sometimes I just want to get out of the house and read/write by myself with a cup of tea for an hour or three. Where are some cafés in or near Alexandria, Virginia where I can do that without getting nudged to leave? [more inside]
I live in a quiet and basically ok city neighborhood that's thinking about gentrifying a little. A few months ago we got a new local cafe/bar that's become a community center for parents. But now they don't want us. Can you give me some insight into why that might be or help me plan how to find us all a new hangout? [more inside]
Is it ethical for employers and managers to tier the tips of servers and bar staff as a means of creating an "incentive" programme? [more inside]
What is an awesome thing/idea/gimmick your local cafe/diner/coffee shop does for regulars/locals? [more inside]
I want to find a coffee shop in the Boston area where I could stage a particular photograph. [more inside]
How do I find dog friendly businesses in Northern New Jersey? [more inside]
What's fun to do in Wimbledon? [more inside]
What's a good, chill cafe for writing in Berlin? Preferably with Wifi. Any around Kreuzberg/Mitte/Neukölln?
Recommend a good Manhattan bar/cafe for a real world meetup of online people! [more inside]
Looking for recommendations of bakeries, cafes, konditorei, restaurants, etc with AMAZING sweets and pastries in Vienna. Am looking to avoid touristy places like Demel. Bonus points for places (regardless of sweet offerings) with views, like Cafe Urania. [more inside]
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
What is wrong with coffee these days and why can't I get a freakin' french roast in a DC cafe? [more inside]
Where can I get the best "cafe gourmand" in Paris? I'm willing to test as many options as necessary to confirm your recommendation.
Braintree, MA filter: looking for a cool bar/cafe/bistro...you get the point. [more inside]
Seattle cafes WITHOUT free wi-fi? [more inside]
In December 2002 I went to Paris and found a really strange, ramshackle little bar. Does it sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
Are there any cafes or common spaces in the DC area that are open tonight (new years eve)? [more inside]
Where is the best place to people-watch in London. [more inside]
Looking for software for small cafe/restaurant: POSS, food costs, membership, ordering [more inside]
Your favourite north-west London cafes. [more inside]
What's the difference between an espresso blend and regular whole bean coffee? [more inside]
Which cafe in Sydney has the best view? [more inside]
How can I learn to be a barista? Preferably for free? Or better yet, get paid to do so? [more inside]
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