December 17, 2011

Sit & Wonder, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

In November of this year, Sit & Wonder coffee shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn announced that they were serving DOUGH donuts. DOUGH? And with Stumptown?  Aaah! Sit & Wonder had become a hang out of mine and now it was serving Diego’s favorite treat in the whole world! I had to finally carve out some time to take Diego to this pioneering coffee shop on Washington Avenue.
After so many months of abandoning our ritual, we finally hit our Brooklyn streets together to visit one of NYC’s best coffee shops and grab our badly needed fixes.  Our mini-date was perfect. I ordered the coconut donut and Diego ordered the glazed and shared them in the sun –drenched garden patio. We both simply can’t get over the fresh, plump, and overwhelmingly delicious taste of heaven!  Sorry, no treat can beat it!  Well…maybe the red velvet BCakeNY Cupcake that we had on our way out.  
The locally roasted Stumptown coffee is perfectly made here. Strong, consistent and it never disappoints.  The baristas are superbly trained and compare to the "experts" at Ace Hotel in Manhattan.     
Sit & Wonder owners Gemma & Lucien Redwood are truly doing an impressive job with this place and many agree (check any social network).  These coffee shop pioneers know what they are doing and refining it nicely. They opened this place in 2009 and also own Bittersuite in Fort Greene and run the carnival-like coffee cart at Artists & Fleas.
Sit & Wonder welcomes coffee and tea crowds to their living room-like coffee house surrounded with local art, offer delicious fresh pastries, affordable but quite tasty sandwiches, and Williamsburg’s Mast Brothers’ Chocolate.  They also entice you to continue your coffee brewing craft at home by selling coffee grinders, drippers, eco-friendly filters and more.  They offer wifi and are a great setting for anyone. 
Sit & Wonder is located at 688 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place & St. Mark’s.  

(718) 622-0299

November 8, 2011

Cupcakes for Pro-Cyclists at Coffee Bites in Prospect Heights

Yesterday, Transportation Alternatives’ Bike Ambassadors teamed up with local coffee shop Coffee Bites to encourage safe cycling along Washington Ave.  Using the oldest-known reward for good behavior – free mini cupcakes – as an incentive to collect signatures on their safe-cycling pledge, the Bike Ambassadors flagged down passing cyclists and educated them on the rules of the road.  NYC Council Woman Letitia James, an out-spoken advocate for safe cycling infrastructure, also dropped by the event to lend her support for safe cycling in Brooklyn. 

Soraya Meer, owner of Coffee Bites, explained that bikes and business are a natural fit.  “Bike-friendly infrastructure – like the bike lane on Washington Ave – bring more customers directly to my doorstep.  More bike lanes mean safer streets, more livable neighborhoods, and more business!”  To encourage cycling as part of her participation in T.A.’s Bike Friendly Business program, Meer offers a 10% discount to customers who arrive by bike.
Over 100 businesses in all five boroughs have signed on to Transportation Alternatives Bike-Friendly Business program.  Participating shops distribute Biking Rules handbooks, or, like Meer, offer a discount to customers who arrive by bike. Sign up your coffee shop!

June 14, 2011

Coffee Bites in Prospect Heights re-opens after Washington Avenue Fire

There was a catastrophic fire that broke out on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights over a week ago.  It displaced families and damaged a total of five businesses including Coffee Bites, a two-story, loft-style coffee shop on Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place & St. Johns Place.  News is that owner Soraya Sultan-Meer will be re-opening tomorrow.  If you find yourself near the Brooklyn Museum or Brooklyn Botanic Garden, please come and help support Coffee Bites.  
If you don't already know, Prospect Heights is one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn to buy gourmet coffee. Every one of its coffee shops sells top quality beans and is helping Brooklyn get back to its Dutch roots.   The smell of homemade muffins and sight of green tea macaroons make Coffee Bites the perfect place to plug-in or meet up with a friend. Swing by and grab an iced one and help this coffee shop make it through a tough time. 
We recommend the mozzarella, tomato, & basil panini and the green tea macaroons.   If you bring a little one, check out the books in the shelves under the sun and the hidden stash of tiny toys under the counter.
Coffee Bites is located at 824 Washington Avenue. (347) 787-2991 (website not yet live) 

June 6, 2011

Coffeebeaners @ Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Darn it I got a job and I love it! I don't have time for my blog anymore.  Here are some photos of us at Williamsburg's Artists & Fleas where you will find artisans plus coffee, cupcakes, mexican treats, & tacos. 
I keep telling Diego that when tourists find out about this place and the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg we are not going to be able to come back because we won't be able to fit on the street. Too bad I will probably be one of the ones responsible for spreading the       word.
Meet Carlos, Diego's Friend 
Selling Stumptown 
Donuts from Brooklyn Taco Co.

April 21, 2011

WTF Coffee in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Here is a link to a great spot we have heard about but have to check out this weekend:

April 10, 2011

Coffee Shops in Prospect Heights & Crown Heights

Coffee Bites
824 Washington Avenue between St Johns Pl & Lincoln Pl
(347) 787-2991
Specialty Coffee: Counter Culture

Glass Shop 
766 Classon Ave between Park Pl & Sterling Pl
Specialty Coffee: La Colombe

Penny House

732 Washington Ave between Prospect Pl & Park Pl
(347) 240-7281
Specialty Coffee: La Colombe

Sit & Wonder
688 Washington Ave between St Marks Ave & Prospect Pl
(718) 622-0299

Specialty Coffee: Stumptown

Dean Street Café 
755 Dean St between Vanderbilt Ave & Underhill Ave
(718) 783-3326
Specialty Coffee: Stumptown

oyce Bake Shop
646 Vanderbilt Ave between Park Pl & Prospect Pl
(718) 623-7470
Specialty Coffee: Gorilla

March 30, 2011

Stinky Bklyn is Moving & Serving Brooklyn Roasting Company Coffee

Stinky Bklyn, our favorite cheese shop in Brooklyn has moved and they are now serving coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company! Tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st they will be serving free coffee from 7:30am-12pmGo fix yourself a small coffee, on them! They will be selling fresh pastries from Balthazar...amazing!  Stinky Bklyn's new location is 215 Smith Street between Baltic & Butler.  Here are some photos of some of the great chocolate and coffee products they sell.


March 16, 2011

We Heart Brooklyn & Coffee And We Ain't Goin' Nowhere

In January, I made the New Year's Resolution to see more friends and write a book on coffee shops...then I got a new job. Yes, I know, you have not heard from your favorite coffee and cookie enthusiasts since December! No worries, we are back.  

I have been working at Heart of Brooklyn, a cultural partnership that promotes the six must-see cultural destinations of Brooklyn including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum.   I am also working with merchants from Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association and Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District.   Diego has also been keeping busy; he started his first year at public school. He is learning about pigeons, composting, trashless lunches, Brooklyn geography, and examining how many bears can fit in a box. We miss going to coffeeshops together, but we promise we will be  continuing our Brooklyn coffee adventures.   

Here are some great photos of our recent trip to Argentina, where we visited the very famous Cafe Tortoni, a cafe located on the famous Avenida de Mayo in Buenos AIres.  It is here where remarkable individuals like Jorge Luis Borges, Federico Garcia Lorca, Carlos Gardel, Alfonsina Storni, Albert Einstein, Luigi Pirandello, and Hillary Clinton have visited. 

December 1, 2010

DOUGH Donuts, Bed-Stuy & Clinton Hill

Super yummy donuts are finally for sale at DOUGH near Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill.  DOUGH opened about one month ago but today is the first day that they are offering their donuts.  Maya, one of the owners, said that they “did not want to offer them until they felt they were perfect”.  In my opinion these gourmet donuts beat Peter Pan (one of our favorite donut shops in Greenpoint) by a million but Diego will be the final judge of that. 
Review to come sometime this week. 
Hibiscus donut  
DOUGH donut, pastry, coffee, and goodies shop is located at 305 Franklin Avenue at Lafayette near the neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill. 

November 30, 2010

Finally Our Review for Bedford Hill Coffee Bar in Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill

One may not think Bedford Hill Coffee Bar on the corner of Greene & Franklin is open for business, the corner seems a bit demure, but take time to notice because you won’t want to miss this place.   Little yellow tabletops, blue tiled floors, and sounds of spinning mixes invite you in to discover the essence.
Allison Stuart opened Bedford Hill in Bed-Stuy on November 2, 2010.  Stuart was bound to do this.  Prior to this she had managed coffee shops in Long Island City and Greenpoint, and throughout her high school and college years.  Talking to customers always came very natural to her. 
Come taste some of Milwaukee’s Anodyne coffee and be wowed by the pastries from Ovenly, “the creative kitchen that adventurously explores culinary traditions by creating pastries, snacks, and confections that thoughtfully meld salty and sweet with a touch of spice”.  Ms. Stuart insisted I try the lemon, fig, and mascarpone hot tart (an adult version of the pop tart).  I was hesitant because I am not crazy about fig but I took her recommendation and left in return a plate of crumbs.  When you taste the mouth treasures from Ovenly you will think as Allison did, “oh my God, how did they figure this out?”

A big shout out to Allison’s boyfriend, Brady Dollarhide for telling Allison, “I’ll build that for you”, after hearing her dream and doing so.  The place made from re-claimed materials has a charming and quietly elegant appeal.    

Bedford Hill is located near the neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill at 343 Franklin Avenue at the corner of Greene and is currently open daily from 7am-5pm.
(718) 636-7550

Atmosphere: 5 Stars
Coffee: 3.5 Stars
Food: 5 Stars
Service: Lovely
Price: $-$$

November 19, 2010

Bedford Hill Coffee Bar on Franklin Ave & Greene

I absolutely loved the new coffee shop, Bedford Hill Coffee Bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. They serve Anodyne coffee from Milwaukee. I have a full blogpost and I will add that later tonite but for now here is a video so you can get a feeling for the place.

November 16, 2010

Bedford Hill Coffee Bar on Franklin & Greene in Bed-Stuy

Bedford Hill Coffee Bar opened two weeks ago and is located at 
343 Franklin Avenue at Greene in Bed-Stuy 
More coming this week.  

November 15, 2010

Other Mom & Son Duo Visit Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint

I am most certainly not the only mom that visits cafes with her kid…here are Heidi and Brendan, a mom and son that visit Café Grumpy in Greenpoint on a regular basis to study.  Parents can be some of the best customers because they eat, drink, and go.  Here Brendan enjoys a hot chocolate while getting through a pile of homework at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint.

Here are some photos of Café Grumpy in Greenpoint & Park Slope as well as a link to what Heidi Williams-Foy calls, “her neglected blog”:

If you have kids in hand, the Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint is more suitable for a longer visit, Café Grumpy in Park Slope is better for an outside on-the-bench cup.