When I left work this afternoon, I was intent on celebrating the sunshine by treating myself to lunch at one of my favorite cafes- Bagels & Beans! In my city, we're not that lucky when it comes to places like this one. The bagels here are always perfect, their fresh juices are delicious and many of their ingredients are organic. I also love the fact that they're situated in a spot that always seems to have sunshine. Last year, this was where I celebrated the start of spring, with a huge cafe au lait after the market one sunny morning. Today it was too chilly to sit outside, but I was lucky enough to find a spot right in front of the window- with loads of sunlight streaming in and giving me that "to heck with winter" feeling!
So what did I have? Well, maybe it's a bit of an odd combination, but I ordered an olive bagel topped with truffle cream cheese and slices of avocado. It was so good! With that I had a bottle of organic aloe vera juice- I could feel the healthiness going straight to my sunlight-drenched cheeks!
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I practically bumped into a new espresso bar (Marx O' Larry's), just steps away from the shoe store! Ok, I am not exaggerating when I tell you this was the best espresso I've ever had in my whole entire life!!! It was so utterly Italian that it made me feel as though I were drinking it in the middle of Rome! They even served it with a glass of water! Talk about knowing a thing or two about espresso! The staff was also lovely. When I left, I thanked them profusely for transporting me to Italy within the space of minutes. They were thrilled to hear that and I was thrilled to find a place I know I'll keep coming back to.