Visiting The Coffee Break Company

Last week, I got the chance to visit Throggs Neck’s newest addition – The Coffee Break Company.

Located in the spot where Brew Coffee House once was, The Coffee Break Company is a joint endeavor by owners Bruce “Blue” Rivera and Brian Martinez who have given the space a total revamp. My favorite feature was the clock walls – a collection of vintage and modern clocks that line the wall during your very own “coffee break.” Another unique feature are the custom tables in the center of the coffeeshop that are made out of doors filled in with coffee beans. Another feature I thought was pretty cool was the jars of coffee beans on the wall behind the counter, which featured the top ten coffee distributors around the world.

Serving up La Colombe coffee, lattes, and tea the coffeeshop also makes all of its desserts in house. I got to try a pumpkin pie bite and a coconut cupcake. Both were so delicious. First of all, I’ve never had a pumpkin pie bite before, but I could definitely eat a 100 of them in one sitting; it’s a perfect fall snack. Second, as a person who doesn’t even really like coconut, that cupcake was fantastic. The icing was light, the cake itself was light as well, so you really got to taste the flavors instead of just straight sugar.

Though still in its soft opening stage, The Coffee Break has a number of events in the pipeline. This Friday, Oct 19, they’ll be hosting a paint and sip event. On Halloween, kids will be invited to help the coffeeshop “dress up” as a barn and around Christmas, there are plans for a cookie decorating event.

While the grand opening isn’t until November, you can keep up with the latest by following them on Instagram or Facebook.

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Tea Time at Prince Coffee House

This week the Husband and I went on a walk and found ourselves on Arthur Ave. We grabbed some frozen yogurt at Peachwave, stopped by Madonia Bakery, and I convinced him to stop by a place that’s been on my list of places to check out for MONTHS – Prince Coffee House. Obviously I am a sucker for a good coffee shop (see here) and Prince definitely doesn’t disappoint. I ordered an Earl Grey tea, which came in a cute little teapot, from which I was able to get 2 1/2 cups of tea. (Yum!) Aside from the presentation, the space itself is thoughtfully decorated – from the hanging bronze decorations on the ceiling, to the painted counter, and cozy little nook downstairs, I spent half my time there looking around discovering new details. I’ll know I’ll definitely be back to sample some desserts.

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My New Favorite Writing Spot

When I first read about Mon Amour Cafe (shout out to Bronx Narratives for putting me on) I knew I had to check it out immediately. A coffeeshop less than a 10 minute bus ride from my place?! Amazing.

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Mon Amour has both coffee and wine (well..the wine is coming soon!) in addition to being in the Bronx and therefore it is perfect. Two things that writers famously love: caffeine and alcohol. I am no exception. They also have pastries, paninis, and flatbreads.

Though I’m not a coffee drinker, Mon Amour has a wonderful tea selection and makes a delicious chai latte.

For breakfast today I tried out their ham & gruyere sandwich on a toasted pretzel croissant with tomatoes and onions. SO good!

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What I’m really trying to say here (if you haven’t gathered this already) is get thee to Mon Amour ASAP. I don’t really want to share this information with you because I selfishly want it to myself, but alas, that’s just not how business works.

 

XM Cafe at the Bronx Museum is Open for Business!

After taking your name submissions and transforming their space, the Bronx Museum’s much anticipated cafe is open for business! Serving salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee from the Bronx’s own Morris Perk, the cafe will be a wonderful new addition to the borough to gather with friends and enjoy art. Another cool aspect of the cafe is that it will be staffed by Bronx residents via Fountain House.  

To celebrate its grand opening, the cafe will offer the first 50 guests a FREE small coffee, espresso, or cappuccino on September 9, 10, and 11.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9 the museum will also extend its hours of operation to include Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 6: 00 pm.

Bronx Narratives x The Mix Coffeehaus

This past Saturday, I headed down to  The Mix Coffeehaus in Mott Haven. I’d been meaning to go for a while, but things kept coming up. When I saw on Instagram that they were hosting a screening of a film called Bronx Narratives, I made sure that my schedule was clear!

Let me start with the coffeehouse itself; its spacious brightly lit interior on a frigid Saturday afternoon was exactly what I needed. I ordered a chai latte (bonus points for having almond milk for all my fellow lactose intolerant people!)  and a blueberry cheese danish that was delicious. As it is only a pop up shop, it was set to close at the end of January, but may stay open a little longer – fingers crossed!

Prior to the screening of the film, a slideshow of a series of tweets bashing the Bronx played across the screen, setting a really poignant scene for the film itself. The brainchild of Bronxites Dondre Green, Decota Letman, and Hoay Smith, Bronx Narratives aims to reveal the personal anecdotes of Bronxites themselves. Entirely honest, the film featured stories from Bronxites who loved the Bronx to those who longed for developments to solve some of the borough’s problems and voids.

Following the screening, there was an open forum in which members of the audience shared their Bronx narratives and we (yes, ALL of us in the audience) discussed ways to unite our communities to improve the Bronx and promote all the wonderful sights and attractions we have.

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It was beautiful.

Watch Bronx Narratives below.