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Must do: Visit Ace Hotel – Drink Stumptown Coffee

Just last month my boyfriend discovered in the Garment District (29th and Broadway) that there is a Stumptown coffee shop!  We were both very excited as we were introduced to the magnificence that is Stumptown coffee on our last vacation to the Seattle and Portland area.  In Seattle there has been a battle between Stumptown and Starbucks and I think everyone agrees that Stumptown takes the cake.  It’s always roasted locally and it’s always delicious. . . not burnt like the other stuff.  The Stumptown in Manhattan is also locally roasted, (of course) in Red Hook Brooklyn.  I guess they have been open for over a year now, but I’m hardly ever in that nook of town so without having previous knowledge of the company I may have never even found it.

The coffee shop is located inside of the grand Ace Hotel and coffee customers are more than welcome to hang out in the hotel’s lobby as there are no seats in the shop.

The other real gem about this find is the architecture and interior design of both the hotel and the coffee shop.  when you turn the corner from Broadway  on to 29th street, you feel as though you’re walking into a completely different neighborhood in another era.  On the north-side of the street is one of the last Second empire, cast iron buildings left mostly in tact in NYC and on the south-side is the beautiful (I think restored), Breslin Apartments building that is the sight of the Hotel.

I have to step back and take a moment to discuss the cast iron building, the landmarked Gilsey House is a former grand hotel (1872-1911), the first to offer telephone service to guests. It was noted for its bar made of silver dollars, and was a favorite of Diamond Jim Brady and Oscar Wilde. Converted to housing in 1979 it’s still a beautiful sight to see.

As I was saying before though, the Ace Hotel is by this amazing poser design couple/duo that is Roman & Williams. They are so inspiring and talented it makes my heart bleed when I look at their work sometimes. I know that sounds really dramatic but, seriously look at that rendering!

The design of the place is so successful, because my first experience was great, not only because of the taste of Stumptown coffee, but also because the building’s atmosphere and environment.  Standing in that coffee shop I felt as though I was transported back to Portland.

The other night while visiting my brother, his partner was showing me inspiration images for the shelving unit that they’re planning on building.  I thought the images looked very familiar and when I began telling them about Stumptown, and the decor I had to show them a picture of a light fixture that I had snapped on my phone. Well lo and behold, the inspiration images were pulled straight out of the Ace Hotel!  To make a long story short, you must try to visit this place when you’re in the city. It’s just so beautiful and inspiring, and tasty.

{The infamous light fixture}

I also found this video about Roman & Williams on their website.  It was shot by “The Scout” for some reason I can’t embed it into my post, but the images and what the designers have to say is wonderful and entirely worth the ten minutes to watch. So please check it out. Here is a quote from The Scout about the video:

‘”It’s a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day.” This wistful quote from Stephen Alesch speaks volumes about the spaces he and Robin Standefer create as architects and designers. Their firm Roman & Williams, is named for their grandparents, paying homage to another era. Together, they draw on the evocative moods, textures, and meaningful objects that linger somewhere between past and present. Their work is infused with memory and allows participants to connect with a more romantic and important time.’

Along with the video, the can catch the studio visit here: The Scout- Roman & Williams Studio Visit

Video Link


Roman & Williams


NY times article about Stumptown

Photos via:

The Architects Newspaper – Douglas Lyle Thompson

NY Architecture Images site

Flickr, Man Seeking Coffee, and Hotel Chatter.

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Veggie Restaurants in Paris? Oh Yes!

photo credits: Space Kadet flickr stream Veggie Burger from Bioboa

In my short amount of research today I found a load of vegetarian restaurants, some with vegan options! I’m so excited as I’ll be in Paris in oh let’s see, less than a month from now! I seriously can not wait!!!

Here is my list so far, which includes reviews from others. So if you see opinions, those are not mine. They’re just important notes I wanted to make so that when we’re in Paris and can’t decide upon where to eat, I’ll be able to check the notes first to see what kind of mood we’ll be in that day.

1. A Toutes Vapeurs
7, rue de l’Isly
Paris, France 75008

2. Backstage Café (vegetarian options)
31 Rue de la Gaite
Metro: Gaite
• We tried a roasted eggplant goat cheese roll ups, decorated with seared leaks and a medley of tomato, carrots, and mushrooms in a vinaigrette sauce.
• The prices are reasonable – and on top of veggie dishes – there are some amazing looking cocktails
• You can get a cocktail for two called ‘Temptation’. It looks more like a lava lamp than a drink but two people can manage just about anything.
• The seating is comfortable and there’s ample separation between tables – when the weather’s good – you feel like

3. Biobao  (as seen in photograph above)
3 rue Danielle-Casanova
Paris, France 75001

4. Dietic Shop
01 43 35 39 75
11 rue Delambre, Montparnasse
Paris, France

5. Féeminithé
25, boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
01 48 04 56 19
• Restaurant végétarien République- Gourmet vegetarian restaurant

5. Fines Herbes
+33 1 42 96 34 33
11 Marché St Honoré
Paris, France 75001
• Salad Bar

6. Green Garden
20, rue Nationale
75013 Paris
01 45 82 99 54
• Restaurant chinois végétarien à Paris- Chinese vegetarian

7. Joy in Food:
2 rue truffaut
Paris, France 75017

8. La Guérinière (vegetarian menu)
18, cours de Verdun
33470 Gujan-Mestras
05 56 66 08 78
• gormet restaurant

9. La Victoire supreme de Coeur
01 40 41 95 03
27-31 Rue du Bourg Tibourg
Paris, France 75004
• Veggie in a non-veg friendly area
• Prices are reasonable and good variety of themed food
• Service is appalling
• Seitan stuff
• Some bad reviews, some good

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10. L’Aquarius:
40 Rue de Gergovie,
75014 Paris

11. Le Grenier de Notre Dame
01 43 29 98 29
18 Rue de la Bucherie
Paris, France 75005
• The food was pretty average. Location adorable and the atmosphere lovely, but the food itself was mediocre.
• Meat substitute stuff.
• Just around the corner from Notre Dame

photo credit: found on flickr: Jon Barbour

12. Le Potager du Marais:
0033 1 42 74 24 66
22, Rue Rambuteau
Paris, France 75003
• This is good vegetarian cooking and a very friendly staff. I had seen it listed on the site:
• serve meals non-stop so you can drop in at any time till 10:30 pm or 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
Tel. 01 42 74 24 66

Let’s just say that this young man of The Discerning Brute wrote a great post about two of these vegetarian restaurants, the one listed below and 9. La Victoire supreme de Coeur.  His photographs are also very nice.

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13. Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada
01 43 29 58 54
72 rue du cardinal Lemoine
Paris, France 75005
• small vegetarian restaurant in Latin quarter
• suitable for vegans
• reasonable prices, small menu

14. L’Heure Bleue
01 42 39 18 07
57,rue Arthur-Rozier
Paris, France 75019

15. Maceo
01 42 97 53 85
15,rue des Petits-Champs
Paris, France 75001
• Vegetarian menu (green menu)
• Pricey-expensive- fancy

16. Saveurs Végét’Halles
41 rue des Bourdonnais
Paris, France 75001
• Veggie meats!!!
• Good reviews!

17. Supernature
12, rue de Trevise
Paris, France 75009
• Food quality average
• Far too noisy at noon.
• This place is really nice and worth visiting. This restaurant is an organic meal, rich and balanced food

18. Tien Hiang
92, rue du Chemin Vert
75011 Paris
01 43 55 83 88
• Restaurant chinois
• 1 arrondissement

19. Veggie
01 42 61 28 61
38, rue de Verneuil, Solferino, Musee d’Orsay
Paris, France

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