Last month I started a new series based on the popular “Virtual Coffee Date” posts used by many bloggers. In my coffee dates, I showcase a local coffee shop in the Twin Cities!
Today I’m writing from Coffee Shop Northeast, located not too far from where my last post was written (Anelace Coffee). Coffee Shop Northeast is located at the corner of 29th and Johnson, which is very popular because it’s also the intersection of Hazel’s Restaurant, known for their ridiculously long lines and delicious brunches. Coffee Shop Northeast is a huge place, split between two spaces, the smaller front room with a few tables and the larger back room with more tables, a couch and comfy leather seats. They hang (and sell!) local art from artists on their wall and they have really cool light fixtures. They also have music nights and open mic nights, which I haven’t been to, but definitely plan on!
Coffee Shop Northeast has a huge food and drink menu, so you can pretty much get anything your heart desires. They also offer more organic and vegan options, so it’s great for the health conscious! Today, I’m drinking an iced dirty chai. It’s not exactly the prettiest drink the whole world, but I was introduced to the dirty chai when I first came here so I think of it as a tradition. A dirty chai, for those who don’t know, is a combination of espresso and chai, but it mostly just tastes like chai. It’s super yummy!
If we were having coffee (or chai!) today, I would tell you that Erik and I are trying a new budgeting system for the family. We really want to pay down our debt before we have kids, and we have a ways to go, so we’re trying to be more strict with ourselves. The way I contribute is that my Pier 1 paycheck goes to our joint spending, and my babysitting money goes toward my own personal expenses, such chai tea. However, in general we’re trying to pay more with cash, and less with debit (and definitely not credit!) so that we can have a firmer idea of how much money we’re really spending. We’re also trying to be more strict with how much money we spend on food and other household purchases. We recently decided that Trader Joe’s is definitely the cheapest place for us to buy groceries, even though you’d think otherwise! But for us, it’s true. We also really like the quality of food, so it works out!
If we were having coffee (or chai!) today, I would also tell you that Erik and I have recently started a new money-making venture… hosting on AirBNB! Right now we are hosting our first guest, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota who is staying with us for two weeks (he leaves next week). Ironically, he also from Portland! He reserved our downstairs guest bedroom the day after I listed it! After hosting Kayce for most of June, we realized that it wasn’t really that intrusive to have someone in the house, especially when they are self-sufficient and you don’t have to entertain them like you do a guest. So why not make some money from it? We haven’t had any more reservations since then, but we’re hoping that once he leaves and writes us a (hopefully) good review, we’ll get more reservations.
If we were having coffee (or chai!) today, I would tell you that today was my last day of my Multicultural class and this weekend is my two day seminar on trauma and play therapy. But I am so ready for a break from school. I only had one week off in May between semesters, so I am so excited to have a month off for summer vacation. My big plan for my August break is to do a lot reading, running and writing (I have a few assignments to due in mid-August).
If we were having coffee (or chai!) today, I would tell you that I’m super excited to be heading to Oregon next week. We’re firming up some plans for what we’re going to do, which includes Kayce’s wedding, visiting a couple of Erik’s friends, touring the Oregon wine country, shopping with my mom, and hanging out with my grandma and uncle who are coming up on my birthday (August 6, btw). I’m hoping we’ll have time to check out Salt & Straw, which is supposed to be the best ice cream parlor in town. I love ice cream — it’s my favorite dessert — so I can’t wait!
If we were having coffee (or chai!) today, I would tell you that now is a great time to join the Junior League of Minneapolis if you’re interested! Unfortunately I forgot to post this earlier, because there was an info session last night, but there is also an info session on Saturday, August 29. I can send more information if you’re interested! A lot of people think of The Help or sorority sisters when they think of Junior League, but that’s not really true. Junior League is a volunteer organization focused on women and children, and our league specifically focuses on the achievement gap. It’s kind of a time commitment (and it’s not exactly cheap either, fyi), but if you’re looking for a way to volunteer in your community, meet lots of new people and go to fun events, then you should definitely attend an info session (which is free!). I have been in Junior League for three years, and it’s been so helpful in my move to Minnesota in particular. I have quickly gotten to know the community through volunteering at different non-profits and I know I’m making a difference in a place where we plan to be long-term. Plus I have met some really great friends! In fact, one of them is coming over with her husband tomorrow for dinner! Junior League exists in almost every metro area in the country, and summer is when they do most of their recruiting, so if you’re interested, I highly suggest looking to see if a League is in your area.