Sunday, January 31, 2010

Café Bliss

 
Cafés are very dear to my heart. Despite the fact that there are millions all over the world, including the 5 within walking distance from our home, we all have one or two cafés we like to 'call our own'. Each one is different in their own special way, but when you find the one that speaks to you and makes you feel at home, you find a delightful comfort in knowing the search is over. For me, this discovery is one of life's sweet little treasures.

We found 'our café' at Cibo. It is an extension of my own kitchen, our dining table, and our living room. It is where we gather with close friends every Sunday morning at the same time without question. It is where the friendly and happy owners and baristas greet us with warm smiles and know us by name. A place we admire for using local, sustainable and organic ingredients in every thing they offer (even the incredible made-with-love pop-tarts!). And they serve Blue Bottle coffee - hands down the best coffee ever!

So tell me....where do you go for café bliss?



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43 comments:

  1. Oh, your cafe does, indeed, look like bliss, Melissa! My favorite cafe closed last year, but I love a couple in Cambridge, including one at Harvard Square called Crema, where we meet our good friends often. I have a couple in Portland that I love, too, and one in my hometown. I tend to do a lot of my writing in cafes, so I usually find one in each town I visit that I can call my "own"! Okay, now I'm craving a scone and a pot of tea, but it's 1:20 am, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to hit one of my favorites.

    Thanks for coming by to visit this weekend. Hope you had a great visit back home. xo Gigi

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  2. Oh Mel, I'm thinking I want to change to your one. So beautiful. We have a couple we really love. Mmmm would like to visit one now.
    xxx

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  3. Oh gosh mine in back in Chicago...Letizia's on Division Street. My friends own it and it has the best coffee and homemade baked goodies on earth. Haven't found a place like it since moving :(

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  4. I wanna go where Bliss is. Wow. So lovely. I'd have to say that mine is wherever I can grab a cup of Joe and a quite moment with the hubs!

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  5. I am on a tight budget now as we are about to do a major renovation, so in lieu of eating out, I have a cup or green tea at home with fresh fruit. As much as I have several cafes nearby, I think of how much I am saving. It can add up and you know that "suze" lady is telling me just how much I am saving.

    Oh, the cafe I loved just closed, there was a sign on the door, closed til further notice....guess the economy is showing signs.

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  6. I wish I went anywhere for cafe bliss, but like PVE we're scrimping and saving for the next baby, so we do our cafe mornings at home - but have a delicious cup of coffee or tea, fruit and something I make each morning! Love your photos - hope you had a wonderful break!

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  7. I love a small, cozy cafe. In Portsmouth {a ways away} there is one with brick walls and lovely choices. Then there is my all time favorite in Lucca-which is unfortunately tooo far away! Your photos are wonderful as always.

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  8. I'm a tea girl but those cups look so delicious! this is such a great habit to meet with friends every sunday morning...I envy that !
    and by the way...welcome back, dear Mel !
    :-)

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  9. my mom gave my husband a Nespresso Espresso machine for Christmas, so now my favourite latte and cafe is at home! ha! but seriously.... unfortunately we don't really have a favourite one here. I have an outdoor patio thats my favourite place to go, about a 2 minute walk from my house, where I like to drink wine and watch people.

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  10. Cafe bliss? hummmmm...a sweet place called Tracey Cakes. I could live in there for sure but I am afraid I would weigh 300 pounds if I spent any more time in there. Your images are amazingly wonderful again. Now please send me over one of those lovely coffee drinks! Pronto..I need to wake up this morning and get moving. xoxoxo

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  11. You're back! Yeah. You were missed. I love this post and all the photos. A warm and welcoming cafe is the best. This one sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. i wish i had one...here we are only offered starbucks

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  13. That looks delightful!
    Happy Monday Mel.

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  14. Ohhh LOVELY. I want to go to your cafe! :)

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  15. Ooh always so lovely to go out for relaxed Sunday brekkie and coffee. If we want a city coffee shop we have a fave Italian's in Liverpool, otherwise we keep it countrified at our local farm and craft shop where they roast their own beans. Roll on next Sunday ... ! x

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  16. Love Cafe's! I am German, so it's quite essential. Your's sound s delicious.
    Ideally I would go to Europe, sounds snobbish, but I mean it in the nicest possible way. Just what I used to...the cake selections are simply to die for...
    Over here: 'Le pain quotidien', a Belgian bakery and cafe (in NYC), or in our neighborhood Cafe Salzburg in Rye,NY. Really good is also Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie in NYC!
    I am going rarely, since we do this a lot at home...in fact we have coffee or tea every afternoon with something sweet or maybe a roll with jam! can't get away from this lovely tradition.
    You can see by the lenght of my comment how dear it is to me....

    XX
    Victoria

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  17. uh...tully's. haha. not as cool as yours but it's in my work building and they know my name so i love it :)

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  18. I miss having a good cafe by me. I used to have an Au Bon Pain by me & it was glorious. I guess I'm stuck with Panera! But I'm happy I can get an Asiago Cheese bagel. =)

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  19. Oh Wow! Such yummy pics! Have a sweet day!

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  20. I love cafes, too! Back in Pasadena, CA, there's a cafe called Zephyr. It's a small cafe that is in a converted Craftsman House. It is lovely. They kept all the original rooms and put in lovely sofas and coffee tables, so you feel like you are visiting an old friend whenever you go in.

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  21. This cafe looks and sounds amazing! I want to visit your cafe.

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  22. Mmmm...cafes. You know, I haven't found a really good cafe in this city yet. They're so important. The right cafe with the right coffee (or tea in my case) and the right delicious treats. And I would so love to find a place where they'd get to know me. Your place looks so very awesome.
    I'm going on the hunt this weekend.

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  23. There's a lot to be said for café culture and the dose of congenial fabulousness we never get in our own homes, where we know that the dishwasher will have to be filled afterwards. Your favourite cafe looks great! Thanks for your visit, and I'm pleased to discover Reverie Daydream!

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  24. Dear Mel,
    How wonderful to have such a beautiful cafe so near to your home. I'm afraid that, to get to a decent cafe, I would have to hop in the car.
    We obviously have cafes like this but, here in England we also have tea rooms with pots of tea and tea cakes, crumpets and muffins...you can get a good cup of coffee too. XXXX

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  25. I live minutes away from the best cafe outside of Provence. It is named St. Honore and the owners, bakers and baristas are all French. They have yummy puppy treats as well. We go for breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning.
    By the way, that comment you left on my blog was awesome. I must look into having such a photo taken.

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  26. very nice =)

    keep going on.

    visit & follow me.

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  27. Oh my goodness! Nowhere like this. Thank you for sharing this one!

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  28. i worked in a cafe for years while in school. one of my best friends now manages it. it's a special place :)

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  29. And now that I know Aquarians are drawn to you, This Aquarian can add one more reason to her list of "Why I love Reverie" ! Your mention of Blue Bottle reminds me of Blue Bottle Cafe above MOMA in SF. Hot BB coffee, beautiful desserts at a rooftop sculpture garden above the the bay is a such a treat for my soul !
    xoxo
    lisa

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  30. There are a few cafes that I frequent, yours looks so chic Mel*
    xo

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  31. Whoa, this cafe is really cool. It looks like the kind of place you can spend hours and not even notice.

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  32. This one looks heavenly... Oh the aroma!!

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  33. I love Nadege in Toronto. That's MY coffee shop / patisserie!

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  34. Wow! Everything looks delicious! I never get to cafes, but I know where I live (L.A.) there are a bunch. It probably would be hard to choose...

    Hope you're having a great week,
    Aimee

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  35. Mel, wow, that cafe looks great. Maybe I'll have to pop over one day! My favorite place (although I rarely just STOP to enjoy it) is La Boulange in SF. I know you know about it. They have the best pastries, salads, etc. All fresh ingredients and in every SF neighborhood and now Marin!! I'm getting hungry!

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  36. Oh Mel, this cafe looks adorable! Love the colours!
    Federica
    xoxo

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  37. These pics are so pretty. In the warmer months I love going to Bistro Zinc for an early lunch. They open all the front windows onto the street, and I can sip a bathtub of coffee, nibble on a coissant and salad, and maybe top it off with bubbles. In cold months I used to LOVE to go to Third Coast, sit by the fireplace, sipping champagne and reading my book. Now I choose from several spot that have good windows where I can look out onto falling snow. I am really loving the snow this year, for some reason...11 years of complaining and now I find it so peaceful and lovely. Go figure.

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  38. This makes me miss the pre-kids days of eating out. It's just too hard to sit and relax at a cafe with them right now (relas isn't actually in our vocabulary at the moment). But I have high hopes for someday...right up there with international travel and shopping for clothes somewhere other than Target!

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  39. Love your blog - not exactly sure how I found it though [I did start off on my friends blog about 10 minutes ago ;) ].

    This post made me hungry and thirsty. There is a HUGE lack of *good* [not even great] cafe's here in Phoenix. :(

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  40. Wow..cafes make me so happy too! When i lived in milwaukee..Rochambo (amazing , funky, artsy tea and coffee house!!) in chicago-filter--nothing like it..great fun atmosphere and so fun:) A new one just opened in wicker park! Now in NYC zibetto( a small italian cafe) in the financial district with amaazing americanos:) Roebling tea room in williamsburg brooklyn..

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