Coffee Shop – Coffee Rx

Believe it or not, Bay Ridge has a good number of great coffee shops. Even though that neighborhood is kind of isolated from the rest of Brooklyn, thanks to the lousy R train, this area boasts plenty of good places to grab coffee and other snacks. The first I am going to review is Coffee Rx.

Formerly known as The Coffee Lab, Coffee Rx’s prime location is at 6903 3rd Avenue, right off the R Train’s Bay Ridge Avenue stop. There’s a good selection of basic coffees, from drip to lattes to cappuccino. However, you also have the option of having rose lattes – which is literally a latte with flecks of rose petals in it! It tastes amazing! Coffee Rx

Then there are the other drinks including the popular Nutella Monster (a latte that speaks for itself) and eight teas to choose from. And yes, this place has matcha drinks as well.

And then come the sandwiches, waffles and other thing to chomp down on. I recommend their Nutella and Ricotta cheese waffles, as well as their strawberry and ricotta cheese waffles. I think there’s even Nutella and banana waffles. In addition, you have your variety of wraps and sandwiches to choose from.

The place is clean, has an outdoor space, and even has Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi outside. As for the bathroom, it is also clean and spacious. It also has a toilet and a urinal together in the same bathroom! Talk about being gender neutral!

Overall, I give Coffee Rx great reviews. If you want, you can try its other locations, such as its stand on 88th Street in Bay Ridge. You may also want to try its latest opening at 1504 86th Street in Bensonhurst. Clearly, Coffee Rx is expanding and more of Brooklyn should enjoy their great coffees!

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Coffee Shop – Konditori

I am a huge fan of coffee shops. Even though I have a coffee maker at home (LOL!), nothing beats going to a shop to grab a coffee, and possibly a snack, in order to do whatever work or meetup you are doing. At least for me!

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Konditori is a chain of coffee shops throughout Philadelphia and New York, though in NYC, they’re mostly in Brooklyn. They can be found in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Prospect Heights and Park Slope. My favorite spot is in Cobble Hill on Smith Street. I go there often, mainly because it is easy to get to and it is spacious. But Greenpoint and Park Slope’s locations are also targets of mine.

Overall, I give Konditori high marks. I usually get a regular coffee (large) with milk and sugar. Occasionally, I get a hot chocolate or hot black tea. In the summer, I’d get an iced coffee (of course). All four drinks are top notch, and I have no complaints.

For snacks, Konditori offers bagels, crossaints, doughnuts, cookies, coco balls and others. They even offer vegan snacks! I recommend their coconut flake doughnut, their spinach crossaints, and their whole wheat bagels. Plus, their chocolate chip cookies are pretty good.

Usually, the staff is friendly and helpful. I never had any complaints. The Wi-Fi at all the Konditoris I go to functions nicely.

Best of all, Konditori offers stamp cards, where if you get 10 stamps, you get a free drink! And you could use it at any Konditori!

So, Konditori is an awesome coffee shop and I love going to their locations.

Hopefully, you would too!

 

 

Good-Bye Caffeine, Hello Smoothies!

Before 2016 even ends, I am taking steps to reduce my caffeine intake and replace it with more nutritious drinks. I’m not even waiting until the ball drops on Saturday night. I’m starting today.

I am a coffee addict. I could drink three or four cups a day. I like mine with milk and sugar (two spoons), and I adore that sweet aroma. Like many, I also cannot start my day without coffee.

I’m also a coffee shop enthusiast. I’m also on the lookout for a new coffee shop to check out. I’m one of those freelancers who likes to find a place with outlets, so I could drink my caffe while doing my work.

I also like to meet friends over coffee. Bars just don’t do it for me. Occasionally, they do. But I prefer chatting with a friend over the steaming smell of coffee.

Unfortunately, I have been noticing that downside of being a coffeetarian. It really has negative effects on me. This year, in 2016, I’ve experienced a lot of emotional roller coasters over basically nothing. Things that weren’t a big deal spiraled me out of control. This past week, I finally realized why: the caffeine has a negative effect on me.

My therapist once pointed out to me that I needed scale back my coffee intake after one breakdown. And I did, briefly. But soon I was again knocking back the java nonstop.

Well, it is time for me to stop. I can’t be this emotional mess anymore. I need to reduce my caffeine intake.

So what do I substitute coffee with?

Smoothies!

I’d been considering making smoothies as a way of maintaining a healthier diet. But now, with my need to fill the void that coffee will soon leave, what do I drink? Sure, there’s always decaf. But I want a healthier diet. Plus, I like to experiment with recipes.

So, I am now on a mission to make smoothies. Today, I completed my first smoothie, and it was a success! It was the mixed berry smoothie, inspired by a coffee shop I briefly worked at.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup full of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries

1/2 a ripe banana

1 cup of plain yogurt

1/4 cup of orange juice

a drop of milk

Blend it all up, and voila! You’ve got yourself a satisfying, delicious smoothie!

As I move on from here, I am going to try – try! – to maintain a healthier diet by eliminating foods and drinks that wreak havoc on both my mind and body. For me, it is not just about being physically healthy. Mental health is very important to me, so I want to do everything I can to make sure my mind and brain are well-taken care of.