Kawa & Our First Date

These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of busyness, but we finally got our computer set up, so now is a good time to take a break from the madness and tell you about a very special coffee shop.

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When I was maybe 17 or 18 I made one of those lists of little things that I wanted in a guy. Some of them were high priority like, "someone I could laugh my head off with" but others were of less importance like, "drinks his coffee black". At some point as the years went on I dismissed many of those things as unneccesary or having too "high expectations". Finally one day I was sitting at a coffee shop with a green eyed boy who happily agreed to go to a cool coffee shop he'd never been to and sip on some espresso, and something happened that has stuck with us every since...

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I really think that Victor Hugo explains it best,

"What was there in the young girl's glance on this occasion? Marius could not have told. There was nothing and there was everything. It was a strange flash...

...It is rare that a profound revery does not spring from that glance, where it falls. All purities and all candors meet in that celestial and fatal gleam which, more than all the best-planned tender glances of coquettes, possesses the magic power of causing the sudden blossoming, in the depths of the soul, of that sombre flower, impregnated with perfume and with poison, which is called love."

Oh man, that quote! So good.
Anyways. We were sitting in Kawa, meeting each other for the first time, and that happened. And then we got married (not RIGHT then). And we laugh our heads off. And he drinks his coffee black (and scientifically ground, temperatured, and timed...). So those lists aren't silly, and Kawa is definitely one of our favorite places for a date or just a really good coffee.

Kawa is not your typical hipster coffee shop, it definitely has a different atmosphere and culture than the other popular shops in the vicinity. It's darker and more intimate, best enjoyed in the evening. It has desserts and craft beer if you're feeling like a late night treat, and has live music on weekends. One nifty thing is that you can sign up for their text alerts where they let you know about special events happening there, and sometimes even a free beverage!

My suggestion if you want something different and delicious: the Caffè Nico, a cappuccino flavoured with orange, vanilla, and cinnamon, is a cup of magic.   

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