Nubohemia

Nubohemia
42 West Biddle Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
919.408.7723

I SO SO SO WISH that Nubohemia was located closer to home!  This cute awesome local coffee shop is all about being connected to the community – they love supporting local artists and musicians, while serving up some great hot and cold beverages and pastries.

The hubs and I came in here after having a meal, and we both fell in love with the place!  I had one of their Salted Caramel fraps (not too overly sweet, right amount of crushed ice, and pretty tasty), and the hubs had a mug of hot lemon & ginger tea (very soothing!).

Mr. Brandon, one of the main baristas, welcomed us warmly, was super friendly, and was really super cool!

The cafe itself has a small number of tables and chairs, but it’s a perfect kind of quiet and an intimate place to do some work, study, read, relax, and/or enjoy a drink and a pastry.

I loved the music that was playing and enjoyed checking out the artwork on the wall (which are also available for purchase).

Everything was clean, organized, and cozy – I’d love to come back to check out their in-store events as well as to try out more of their beverages.

I highly recommend this little gem – you won’t regret it!

+great local cafe!
+hosts in-store events
+ask for Mr. Brandon
+limited metered street parking

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Ninth Street Espresso

Ninth Street Espresso
Lombardy Hotel
109 East 56th St
New York, NY  10022
646.559.4793
Mondays – Fridays, 7 AM – 7 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 8 AM – 5PM
http://www.ninthstreetespresso.com/

The Ninth Street Espresso is considered the first quality-driven, specialty coffee bar in the city.  They are located between the Harlow and the Lombardy Hotel, and have a very small, but honest menu – since this is a coffee place, they offer what they are known for: coffee!  Brewed coffee, iced coffee, espresso, and espresso with milk (they also have tea, too).

Underneath the cash register, there is a little case of pastries from Balthazar’s: plain and almond croissants, danishes, and muffins.

I had the espresso with milk and an almond croissant.  The espresso came with a cute heart art on top – very strong, but very tasty, and probably one of the best espressos I’ve had!

The almond croissant was also nice, as it was pretty large, had a nice caramelized/crunchy crust with slivers of almond, and it was perfect with the cup of espresso.

The baristas here are friendly, professional, and really take care in making a perfect cup (you can see that in how they prepare the beverage for you!).  Definitely a cute place to stop by to get some caffeine!

+delicious espresso with milk
+Balthazar pastries (almond croissant)

Chalait

Chalait
224 W 4th Street

New York, NY  10014
212.929.0266
Mondays – Fridays, 7 AM – 7 PM

Saturdays & Sundays, 8 AM – 7 PM
http://www.chalait.com/

I really love Chalait!  The hubs and I had just landed in NYC, and while we were on our way to get some breakfast, we saw Chalait – we had to stop by to check it out!

The place itself is so cute – bright, white, and open with clean lines.  The menu offers tartines, sandwiches, matcha, coffee, and tea beverages.

Teena welcomed us warmly, and gave us some suggestions and recommendations.  We ended up getting a Miso Butter Toast (crispy toast smeared with miso butter, a perfectly soft-boiled egg, sliced avocado, and a side of arugula salad; this was sooo yummy!  The saltiness from the miso butter paired perfectly with the crispy toast and the avocado; yum yum yum!); a Matcha Latte (matcha shot with steamed milk – I opted for whole milk; this had a wonderful deep matcha taste to it, and it was creamy from the steamed milk; it even came with a lovely latte art!); and, a cup of Chalait Hot Chocolate (matcha latte with chocolate sauce – this was not sweet at all, as it was more of a twist on the matcha latte with a drizzle of chocolate).

Anthony, who was the professional barista, was super cool and super awesome!

There are little hooks under the counter to hang your bags, and the place itself was a nice refreshing way to begin your day!  I would love to come back and try out their other plates and their other matcha-oriented beverages.  Check this cute little gem out!

+Miso Butter Toast
+Matcha Latte
+beautiful latte art
+ask for Anthony, the awesome barista!
+ask for Teena
+bag hooks under the counter!

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Down Home Comfort Bakery
120-A E Main Street

Front Royal, VA  22630
540.635.6013

What a gem!  Down Home Comfort Bakery is owned by Ms. Maureen and her husband, Mr. Keith.  This bakery has only been around a a little over a year, and they offer pies, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, breads, and Garber’s ice cream (a local ice cream company based out of Winchester).

When we walked in, we were greeted right away by Mr. Keith.  The hubs and I each got a scoop of Garber’s ice cream – I had the Coffee Toffee Crunch (coffee ice cream with bits of toffee throughout; Ms. Maureen asked me if I would like to be topped off with her homemade chocolate sauce – I, of course, happily said YES!  The chocolate sauce wasn’t overly sweet, and it was a nice little complement to my scoop.  The hubs had the Cookies n’ Cream, and this tasted fresh.

We also tried the breakfast bar (recipe of Mr. Keith’s; a granola bar with nuts and berries); an Old-Fashioned Soft Molasses (I liked this as it was nice and soft with a hint of spice); a Fro-Ro (their signature cookie that some toasted coconut and made with oats; also tasty); a sugar cookie with toasted coconut; a cinnamon bun (only offered Fri/Sat/Sun; with a luscious amount of frosting; this was not overly decadent, and I really liked the frosting); a Pecan Sticky Bun (only offered Fri/Sat/Sun; large whole pecans with a nice cinnamon/brown sugar glaze); and, a mini cherry pie (one of the best cherry pies we’ve had, the whole cherries within had a slight tart but still sweet, and the crust was delicious).

They also have coffee and tea, and carry local/Amish goods, such as preserves and jams.  Such friendly and sweet owners, support this local business – it’s ‘easy as pie’ as their baked goods are fabulous & comforting!

+ask for Mr. Keith and Ms. Maureen
+Cherry pies
+Ms. Maureen’s homemade chocolate sauce
+Garber’s ice cream available (Coffee Toffee Crunch)
+breakfast bars
+cookies
+Pecan Sticky Buns & Cinnamon Rolls available only on Fri/Sat/Sun