north bakery / cafe daze no. 5

i bring coffee into 98% of all conversations. a lot of people are annoyed by this BUT occasionally, i come to find that the person i’m talking to is a coffee-lover and they often will then refer me to their favorite local spots.IMG_0817.jpg

n o r t h  b a k e r y / providence, ri

location | nestled in a thickly settled residential area, north bakery blends in with the surroundings. it’s sign glows fluorescent neon in the window, but most would just attribute it to a hipster couple living in an apartment. wrong. it’s just a 2 minute drive from white electric coffee and totally off the beaten path BUT it’s one of the sweetest bakeries i’ve been to thus far in our excursions.

the atmosphere | laid-back, closely knit. the seating is scarce as it seems to put more emphasis on their bakery items and less on their drinks. however, there were extra chairs scattered throughout that could be brought up to the additional 2 bars, if need be. what made the atmosphere truly unforgettable were the bakers. rolling out buttery dough and mixing together fruit compotes, cutting squares for pastry items, they busied themselves within the view of the customer.  it was so much fun to watch product being made whilst sipping our coffee, and the smells that erupted from the oven were second-to-none. my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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the prices | incredibly reasonable. i paid 2.75 for a 16oz. cold brew. their espresso drinks were pretty average in their price ranging 3-4 dollars based on size.

the food | we went for mid-morning coffee, so unfortunately i didn’t try the food. however, seeing that it is a bakery and the smells were so utterly delicious, i don’t think you should expect ANYTHING short of amazing. i’ve gotta go back and try those scones, oh my my.

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the coffee | exceptionally delicious. it only came in one size, but 16 oz was plenty. the brew itself was smooth and strong, the perfect pair. adding cream didn’t make it taste watery which is a major plus and i didn’t notice the taste of separation between the bean and water that often accompanies cold brew. ultimately, 2.75 was a great price for such a delicious cup of coffee. it was refreshing and strong and kept me caffeinated until dinner!

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final thoughts | though north bakery emphasizes baked goods their drinks by no means pale in comparison. it’s the perfect place for a grab and go or a solo trip for working but doesn’t necessarily accommodate social outings. however, being in the area that it is in, there is plenty to do once the brew has been acquired. i would definitely recommend this cafe to anyone in the providence area as it was cheap and delicious, whilst offering the ultimate hipster cafe scene. in my book it was a 9/10!!!

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happy drinkin’, new englanders!

xoxo,

brittanycharis

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bolt coffee co. / cafe daze no. 4

 

a little backstory & how we found them | travel sites and pinterest have never been more frequented by my sister and i. in our intense and extensive searching of the internet, we stumbled across gorgeous shots of a tiny little shoppe in downtown providence. it was unanimously decided that we had to check it out. the following morning we headed into the city to do some shopping and stopped to enjoy the cafe beforehand. totally worth it.

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b o l t c o f f e e c o / providence, ri

the location | nestled in the first floor of the dean hotel in providence, bolt coffee provides an ecclectic, closely knit layout that’s located just off the beaten track. it is only a short walk from providence’s mall but the community it tailors has a range that is far greater than just shoppers. businessmen, students, tourists, and ] locals all frequent the shop since its location lands right in the middle of downtown providence. street parking was easy to find BUT all the available spots required charge (the meters accepted credit/debit cards as well as coins, which was definitely an added bonus!)

the atmosphere | very mod. most of the decorations were black and white with exception to the large purple/pink neon letters that read ‘fine’. overall it was very mellow and laid back, the barista was friendly and the service was efficient. the persona of the cafe made for a very enjoyable and vibey experience. in other words, it was totally rad.

the prices | if there’s anything that has become a constant in these cafe explorations its this: the smaller the cafe, the pricier the brew. bolt coffee definitely lives up to it. their iced coffee selection was limited to a cold brew which priced at $5 for 24oz. of coffee. espresso drinks ranged similarly from $4-6, depending on the size. and though it is to be expected of these companies, the pricey product does make their brand seem a little more unattainable.

VSCO Cam-6.jpgthe coffee | it leaned towards mediocre. the barista who served us that day was incredibly helpful and gave us all the info in regards to the beans they use. after learning where they came from and how they were processed, i was expecting a stronger brew. what i got was definitely exotic coffee: it had a smooth texture and was easy to drink, but you could taste the separation of bean and water. i drank it and the caffeine level was rocking but i’m not sure i would get the cold brew again since that definition is not something i particularly enjoy! i definitely want to go again and try a latte – i’ve heard that they’re the thing bolt offers that is out of this world!

final thoughts | the atmosphere was totally killer and i’ll definitely go back to try some of their other menu items. though the product wasn’t as good as i perhaps was expecting i DID enjoy my visit to this cafe and i would gladly go back! on a ten point scale, i would probably give it a 6.5 (but again, that is entirely based on the iced coffee i tried!) i’m hoping to visit again soon and i’ll update this when i do.

until next time, coffee drinkers!

xoxo,

brittany charis

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T E A S & J A V A S / cafe daze no. 3

a little backstory & how we found them | our family frequents the area around the cafe & we’re always seeing the little black & white storefront on our way to the starbucks a block down. i have been there before but jackie hadn’t & so we decided to include it on the “cafe tour.”

T E A S & J A V A S / providence, ri

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the location | it is in the same vaccinity as thayer street but is more domestic & laid back than the one-way iconic street in providence. the retail within the area is limited to a few restaurants, starbucks, a yoga studio and 2 bookstores (one used, one new). street parking is pretty easy to find and for the most part is free. since today was a sunday, our parking required a little walk to get to the cafe but seeing that it is spring, we didn’t need to complain.

the atmosphere | parisian. it’s a black and white color scheme with fun chalkboard menus. very much like a patisserie that you might find in france. the decorations are minimalistic, bright, and there’s a lot of natural light which further adds to the “city vibes” of the cafe. a very welcoming atmosphere, perfect for pretty much anything, whether a date night or a grab-and-go, it makes for the ideal instagram picture (priorities, people.)

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the prices | food-wise it’s inexpensive. breakfast sandwiches are about $4, baked goods $2-3, their gelato (squeals) $1 a scoop, and their bistro items about $4-7. coffee is a bit more expensive. their espresso drinks are 4-7 and their classic brews & iced coffee range from $2-4, both depending on size.

the food | delectable! with the prices being what they are, it’s pretty easy to be ok with mediocre food but T&J definitely impressed with their food quality. fresh & made swiftly, it tasted gourmet. i left the store with a happy tummy (and wallet). 10/10 recommend. (side note: i have  just gotten gelato before and it is just as good and filling as any other menu item. the creamy deliciousness isn’t a common menu item for the area but theirs is so delicious & it doesn’t leave you feeling groggy and heavy, like ice cream does.)

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the coffee | i had already had an iced coffee (yay starbucks) that morning, so  i opted for an espresso drink. for $3.75, i was a little disappointed with how acidic the espresso tasted. it wasn’t as silky-smooth as most lattes are. it definitely appeals to those who like a stronger espresso drink, but i like a purer taste for my lattes. the pretty mug & foamed milk swirls (not quite latte art, haha!) made up for it, but it definitely wasn’t as decadent as some other drinks i’ve tried. i’m hoping to go back and try their iced coffee and see what that’s like, i’ll probably go back and edit this when i do and let you know how it is. ultimately, i probably won’t get the lattes again because they’re quite expensive and their taste doesn’t suit me well. would give it probably a 5/10 taste-wise.

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final thoughts | i enjoyed my afternoon lunch here! the atmosphere made me feel so content and though the espresso wasn’t my “cup of tea” if you will, it won’t keep me from going back. definitely recommended if you’re looking for a nice cafe in the brownu / thayer street area that’s not blue state coffee or starbucks.

yay for pretty places that make for pretty pictures and enjoyable lunches!

xoxo,

brittanycharis

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W H I T E • E L E C T R I C / cafe daze no. 2

written while listening to coffeehouse musictotally fitting.

a little backstory & how we found them | we actually found these guys a few years back on our way home from an outing in providence. since we weren’t coffee enthusiasts the last time we stopped in, we decided we needed to check it out again. it was fun to go back today & truly partake in the whole coffee thing. this morning proved to be the rainiest we’ve had in a while – the perfect weather for a morning in a cafe.

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W H I T E  E L E C T R I C // providence, ri

the location | what you’d expect of downtown providence. since it is in the johnson and wales area, there is a college vibe to the location. street parking was easier than what i’d expect on a saturday morning and there was no charge – another plus. the area is totally urban, complete with used book & record stores, it made the eclectic part of me totally happy. though in a safe neighborhood, it’s definitely rural.

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the atmosphere |totally urban, eclectic and aesthetically pleasing (and hipster, but that is pretty much a given). a lot of their decor is made with repurposed metal which was fun and visually pleasing. in addition, their white walls with black and red accents made for a very mod vibe. their also very oriented to their locale – a full wall is dedicated to the going-on’s in the area – complete with play’s, concerts, and political groups. their customer service was speedy, efficient, and pleasant. ultimately, everything in their store makes for a very enjoyable experience.

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the prices | totally affordable! their bakery items ranged from $2-4 while their sandwiches were $6-9. coffee prices are what you’d expect. iced/hot coffees were $2-3 and their specialty drinks (lattes, cappucinos, espressos) were $3-5, all depending on the size.

the food | totally yummy! with a lot of menu options, it was hard to decide (donut or bagel? the possibilities were endless.) i decided on a bagel & jackie on a croissant, both proved to be very filling which is always nice for what is considered a ‘light breakfast.’ the taste was what you’d expect from bakery items – fresh & delicious.

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the coffee | pretty mediocre. it wasn’t exceptionally strong or weak but landed somewhere in the middle. so if you’re a new englander, you can definitely expect it to land somewhere between dunkin dark roast & starbucks iced coffee. there was no charred or overly acidic flavor to it – it was a smooth blend which made for easy sipping. probably would give it a 7/10. i would definitely get one of their coffee’s again but it was not a life-changing roast, if you know what i mean.

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the final thoughts | we’ll definitely be going back. between the atmosphere, good prices, and easy drive, white electric proved to be a very enjoyable excursion. 9/10 reccomend.

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i dunno, i’m pretty happy with how our drizzle-y saturday turned out.

xoxo,

brittanycharis

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A N G E L I N A ‘ S | café daze no. 1

let the coffee drinking commence! 

a little backstory & how they were found | i was browsing a friends instagram and stumbled across a post including this location. i knew it was a must hit so the sister and i piled in the car early one friday morning very excited to taste some new coffee. it was a longer drive than we anticipated, taking us through some dive-y areas of rhode island and massachusetts, but as we entered bristol, it was clear that our trip would not be in vain.

A N G E L I N A ‘ S // bristol, ma

the location | downtown bristol was QUITE easy to look at. with the drive being what it was, i was a bit skeptical, but when we arrived it was found to be quite charming. the sidewalk is narrow and all the buildings are old (and maintained construction). since it was a week-day, street parking was a breeze (and free) which homegirl was all for.

the atmosphere | the cafe is very quaint & modestly decorated with a color focus of turquoise and red. we found it to be less of a sit-down place & more of a grab and go. with low ceilings and a few tables, it’s clear that they are known for their coffee more than anything else. the staff is incredibly friendly and outdoor seating would have been nice in the summer, despite the street traffic.

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the prices | a little steep. a cold-brew was in the 3/4 range & the croissant about $2. a latte ranged from 4-5 & a cappucino was the same. hot coffee was about the same as the cold-brew.

the food | your average bakery decadence. wasn’t anything out of the park and didn’t feel filled when i was finished. since we went for a breakfast, i would have liked more options for food (they had muffins, scones, and croissants, not much else). in short, it’s more of a midday place than a dining place.

the coffee | so. good. and totally worth the higher prices. they make their brew with a chicory flavoring which offers a totally new experience for coffee drinkers. i take only cream in my coffee & prefer my blends to be strong and theirs definitely was. i settled for a cold brew and found the chicory flavoring to be so satisfying. it had more depth to its taste ( in contrast to your average starbucks iced coffee) which gave it a totally new feel (and a sensory experience because of it!). 10/10 recommend their coffee.

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final thoughts | the sister and i were pleased with our experience. we definitely feel there are more angelina’s runs in us, but since it is so far away and offers very little in the sit-down and dine department, we probably won’t be frequenting the store. for anyone in the bristol area, i would definitely recommend their coffee (especially if you’re a strong-blend lover like this girl!)

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the beginning of the beauty

the 21st of march is here.

it’s safe to say that despite how chilly it is out-of-doors, spring is on it’s way. and to say i’m vibing with the season is a m a j o r understatement. BEcause of how enthused I am at the change of the tide, I’ve been lusting after so many spring-y items, some covered in graphic fleurs, others that are simply gloriously bright, and some still that are just simply, fresh. I love when seasons change because it means that my wardrobe gets to evolve + shape + become new all over again!  I have yet to embark on a major spree, but it’s coming, quickly, + my list just keeps growing! for you today: here’s my love love love list, filled with fleurs + bright colours.

spring blues, the good kind.

a happy, yummy bright “rise and shine” cup is a must.

earth toned jumpsuits are lovely always.

simply cut leather tote to hold all of your favorites.

carrying less is always better. [especially when it comes to wallets]

 trench for the rainy days ahead.

taper toes to keep your feet hot.

cool grey’s for the days you just need to be lazy.

the daintiest of necklaces [personalized, too!].

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“i must have flowers ; always and always.” –claude monet

happy beginning of spring, friend!

hope your day lacks the cold+ drear of the season we’re leaving!

xoxo,

brittanycharis