This is Sam James Coffee Bar, located at Harbord and Manning. It's a tiny little place, and it is beloved. This place makes really, really good coffee, which comes in nice cups. I ride past it nearly every day and I usually sniff the air and wish I had time to stop in and sit in the window. Unfortunately, I am perpetually running late.
Last week Geoff bought me this as a present: a ring cupholder from Electra (purchased at Sweet Pete's bike shop), perfect for holding a tapered cup of coffee. I tested it yesterday and it worked pretty well! I did ride my bike over a bump which caused the coffee to splash out, but I'd still consider it a success.
And yes, that is a tomato (or strawberry) bell on my of a bike, and a Permanent Vacation tote bag inside the basket.
Thank you all for your very kind comments -- I almost didn't write those things because I don't want anyone to think I was looking for compliments. I most certainly wasn't, and besides, being complimented and actually believing the compliment are worlds apart. I'm not quite there yet.
CARLY WAITO: Yes! They can be magic. Just don't try taking pictures of a snowfall in the dark with them -- you'll just get a shot of grain, apparently. And thank you, that means a lot! Hooray for sparkling rosé.
nice-etc.com / caitlin: What do you think I should do with them? I didn't get prints made so I'm not sure how they would look as prints. Oh, I'm for sure glad I went!
Lexie, Little Boat: I do love magnolias! So beautiful. And thank you, happy spring to you as well.
shelia day: Oh yes, please do!
shin ae: Thank you... The one feeling I come away with most of the time is that people see right through you, after the ol' "up-down" look. It's pretty painful.
Juli: I find that so hard to believe! I guess we never consider that other people are thinking the exact same thing... although a friend told me that when she realized that when you go to these things, most people there are feeling the EXACT same way you are and are so busy worrying about how others are looking at them. Kind of crazy. And girl, when we hang out, you'll realize that I am pretty normal and totally not the sort to make others feel insecure, not even a little!
Jenny: Thank you! I hope you've been able to take advantage of the beautiful blooms in New York.
kater: Thank you!
erica-knits: Aw, I'm glad you like them, especially since they were a total accident. I understand the Whole Foods thing -- I used to feel so anxious walking around Yorkville. I mean, most of the time I don't care, but I would have my moments, especially when I was already having a bad day in the first place. It's hard to relate to people as human beings when they look right through you. And thank you. Again, I'm glad you got to see the cherries, because by Monday the ones at Robarts were already bare!
jody mcdowell: Thank you! The funny thing is that our "good" cameras produced pictures that weren't as surprising as these ones! I'm sure if we had taken our digital camera the pictures would have been quite boring.
iris: Thank you so much -- I'm often quick to point out that I don't know what I'm doing, so that is very sweet of you to say.
Ashley Ann: Oh, thank you so much.
Hello Lindello: It's funny, what we do to ourselves! Thank you.