In 17th century England, coffeehouses minted
metal or gilded leather tokens for patrons to
use because the government's coin
supply was so small.
The first photo was taken in July 2003, a couple
of months after we had closed our coffeehouse.
My Dad came out and treated us to a weekend in Chicago.
You can only imagine how sad we were feeling after
closing our store and a dream that did come
true for us.
Another friend had moved to Chicago years prior,
and we decided since we were in the area, we'd
look him up. Unfortunately, they were out of town.
(Re: Nov 17th post)
As we turned the corner and driving a short way
we saw the Cafe Dada, and that was all we needed
to stop and check out the coffee.
Skeptical as I am, I asked for a double shot of espresso,
and need I tell you we stayed quite awhile, chatted
with this young man and his mom, over more than
a few more double espressos.
He mentioned they used Esse Coffee from Italy.
Until then, had never heard nor tried it.
It was smooth with no after taste,
always a good sign for an enjoyable experience.
Sadly, it appears a few years ago, they either closed
or sold to another person.
The mother made us a very interesting dish
and we came away all having a very good time.