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A Secret Too Good To Keep

Running errands this morning, I stumbled upon a new coffee shop on Thayer Street! While Blue State Coffee very stealthily opened last week, I suspect that Brown students will soon flock to this liberal, eco-friendly coffeeshop. The comfy chairs and big tables provide the perfect environment for chatting with a friend while the free Wi-Fi is sure to entice students. With Democratic ideals in mind, Blue State Coffee donates 10% of their sales to Democratic causes – and each cup of coffee buys you a vote for allocating those funds (Check out the causes they support on the website). Environmentalists will appreciate their 100% compost-able cups and their organic, Fair Trade coffee. To top it all off, their coffee is the best I’ve had in Providence (since Ocean Coffee closed…and sorry, Coffee Exchange) and they stock biscotti and other pastries from Seven Stars Bakery. How convenient for them that Starbucks is currently closed for renovations…

I have a feeling I’ll be spending lots of time here over the next semester.

Fall is here….with cookies!

My weekend travels took me to Westboro, MA this morning to a lovely little coffee hut called LaLa Java. They have really good coffee, in lots of roasts and flavors, muffins, bagels, cookies, smoothies, lattes, chai and the like. If you haven’t been there, go- it’s on Rt. 9 on the Westboro/Shrewsbury border across the street from the KIA dealership.

Anyways, what prompted this post was not my Chocolate Hazelnut coffee, but some adorable Halloween cookies we picked up (see the pic). From Starlight Creatives, a bakery in Lynn, MA, the cookies were crunchy butter cookies with a sweet, but not too sweet, glaze. I checked out their website, of course, and it turns out that they do all sorts of themed cookies, for most major holidays and seasons. They also do customized cookies. Plus, they’re damn cute!

I need some REAL coffee, not Starbucks.

“Espresso’s New Wave Hits Town”
Another excuse to go back to NYC….mmm.

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