I have a part II to my "What I Eat When I'm Expecting" which I'll post later this week. In the meantime, I thought we'd try something fun and new...
It's good to be David.
After 3 years spent toiling in law school and a summer of super-intense studying for the New York Bar Exam, he's enjoying some time off before he begins his job this fall. Life is pretty sweet for our little family right now as we're getting to spend a lot of time together before Baby Girl arrives, we move back to NYC and the grind begins again.
Meet Linus, David's new bestie.
David and Linus are pretty much inseparable. On nice days, he's riding the bike all along the bike paths and trails of Boston and beyond. On rainy days, he tinkers with Linus and conditions the saddle with the same potion he uses on his cowboy boots. That's true love for sure.
See the book strapped to Linus's rack? It's Lonesome Dove. My Texas-lovin' hubby has been working on reading this book for 3 years now and finally has solid time to devote to it, so he takes the book along on his rides and stops at various coffee shops to read and sip. He's had such a great time exploring indie coffee houses, that he offered to write some reviews for you all to enjoy the next time you're in (Coffee)Beantown.
This is the first of what David hopes to make a regular feature at least for the next few weeks until things get really chaotic around here!
L'Aroma Cafe : 85 Newbury Street : Boston :
As you walk past the outdoor patio on your way to the front door of L'Aroma Cafe, you'll likely hear a foreign language or two. On a single sunny Sunday afternoon, I heard Arabic, French, and Amharic (the language of Ethiopia). Between the cafe's Italian name and the din of foreign languages inside and outside, there is certainly an international feel. I thought to myself: Are these people coming here for the coffee, or the patio? Or is this just a Newbury Street tourist trap?
There's certainly a draw to the outdoor patio, which has umbrellas and about ten or twelve tables. And it's great for people-watching on Newbury Street. And downstairs in the cozy indoor part of the cafe, there was a decent selection of cookies and cakes (though only one kind of scone that day: currant). On a previous visit, I tried a hearty Take 10 cookie (looks similar to a King Arthur Flour recipe online), which I enjoyed mightily. I was pretty disappointed, however, with the coffee.
L'Aroma Cafe uses Caffe Umbria for its espresso; interestingly, it's imported from England, not Italy. The iced latte I had tasted a bit watered down. And I'm not talking thin versus creamy -- it tasted more watery than milky. Not a good thing. There wasn't even much of a coffee taste going on. I probably owe it to L'Aroma to go back at some point and try their espresso bare, but given that a latte isn't a hard drink to make, the fact that it was so underwhelming might prevent me from going back again for the coffee.
The staff seemed quite friendly, if not the most knowledgeable. I overheard one staff member stumbling to explain whether they had an Oolong tea. Nevertheless, they were quick to help me figure out where their espresso came from.
Coffee Quality: 2/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Outdoor Ambiance: 4/5
Indoor Ambiance: 3/5
Staff Friendliness: 4/5
Staff Knowledge: 3/5