Hidden away behind Albertsons off 185th there is a coffee shop called Coffee Break (or The Original Coffee Break). I had seen it before but never really wanted to check it out, but for the sake of this series, I went there. The vibe is kind of diner-esq complete with random TV show playing in the background, teenage staff, and old men talking in the corner. They have a breakfast menu but I went there at 3:30 (you would not believe how many coffee places close at 3!). I got a mocha and a peanut butter cookie ( I was starving). The peanut butter cookie turned out to be chocolate chip and was no better than the cookies I could of bought at Albertsons for cheaper. I was expecting more because apparently they bake in house. My coffee was brought to me, paper cup though. I got a mocha. It was good but almost too much chocolate at the bottom. The girl who rang me up was nice but green as can be. The other staff member there was a guy who was older and I think he made my coffee. Coffee Break does get a break for having comfy chairs. They have four set up to one corner around a fireplace (moot point now that its summer, I know) and a table. The rest of the place is table and chairs. It seems like an OK place to hang out for a half hour but I didn’t feel like I fit in there so I left after fifteen. 5/10 Very meh.
When I’m not writing on my blog, pinning on Pinterest, checking email, or scrolling on Facebook, I like to read a few blogs. Now, I haven’t really gotten into a routine of checking out more Word Press blogs (I know, shame on me), but I do read some outside of the WP world. I’m going to include a few websites that aren’t blogs but feel bloggy to me. So here we go:
- Apartment Therapy – This site offers some great ideas on interior design and organization. Some are great ideas and some are actually doable. They include a lot of info for renters on what they can do with a tight space and limited decor options. I read it almost daily. House Tours are great for pinning (if you pin) onto Dream House boards.
- Zen Habits – This blog is very minimalist in both layout and topics. I only go to this site monthly or so because the author doesn’t write often. But when he does write its that kind of “stop, take a breath, look at your life” stuff that gets me going. It’s about living a minimalist lifestyle and appreciating the non-material things in life.
- The Pioneer Woman (Cooking) – Now I only really read the cooking section of this website but its a good source for recipes. When I bake I like to look stuff up via Google and Google kept leading me to Pioneer Woman. I only go to the site when I need to bake/cook but it’s well written and funny.
And that’s it right now! Any blogs to suggest?
This will make my third review in the quest for coffee series. The first two being in Beaverton, but this one will be in Hillsboro technically but just barely. Peet’s Coffee is a chain but it is NOT Starbucks. Starbucks takes the beautiful things in a coffee shop and tries to fit them into a cookie cutter format. On top of that, most of the barista’s don’t do their jobs well and serve the coffee too hot. Extra points removed for no real cups unless you buy one.
Anyways, Peet’s is way better. I’ve had their coffee before but never really paid much attention to the other details. This location is not located in a store (I won’t review those). Friendly staff with one to take orders and the other to make the coffee, just as it should be. I got a cappuccino to go because I was heading to work. The atmosphere was good. Classical music was playing but not in an upturned-nose kind of way. Plenty of people were there, engaged in conversations or working on laptops. Small but big enough. My cappuccino was tasty because of the coffee they use but I wish I’d asked for extra foam. The food looked good but I really wasn’t hungry. Tables, chairs, and a padded bench were the seating options. Not ideal but still good. They had a big eco-friendly focus with a sign offering real cups and plates, used coffee grounds for gardeners, and other ways to help out while you’re there. There was stuff for sale but they didn’t try to push it on you. I’d definitely visit again and give another review on sitting down for a while. Total score? Just 6/10 given my little time there. Cool prints on their paper cups too.