Life lately

I’ve been trying to make it a habit to take my lunches out of the office, but it’s harder in winter when there are no outdoor spots. Coffee shops help a lot. 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Purée

Bon Appetit’s Real Pumpkin Spice Latte is the real deal. Since we don’t have an espresso machine, we used the PSL purée for a milky café au lait*. I already drank two. *Café au lait is basically a latte, but instead of espresso you would use very, very strong French roast coffee with a lot of steamed…

Montreal: Flyjin Coffee

A small, but irresistible coffee shop hidden on Rue Saint-Pierre in Old Montreal. We popped in on a Saturday afternoon, needing a bit of a cool down, and ordered a cappuccino and iced tea to go. Flyjin Coffee Suite 102, 417 Rue Saint Pierre, Montreal | Website

The Tempered Room

A pastry shop in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood full of rustic charm, and surprise, surprise — good coffee from Sam James. The exposed bricks, wood accents, and beautiful bouquets make it a lovely homey space for relaxing and catching up with friends. The Tempered Room 1374 Queen Street West | Website

Odin Cafe

A morning coffee scene from a few weekends ago at Odin Cafe + Bar. The space was gorgeous and bright, and the coffee was as good as at any independent coffee shops in Toronto.