Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bean Town - It's the Place To Be!

Omar, the Lovely & Patient Sophia, and a glimpse of the really good lemonade
  
Yesterday, I had coffee with my friend Omar, and his amazing daughter Sophia.  Omar and I have been friends snce high school, so we defintely qualify as Old Friends.  But I really wish our society could come up with another term for that, because the "old" part is starting to hit a bit too close to home... 

Anywho, when we discussed where we should meet, Bean Town was a natural choice.  It's the kind of place where everyone, from tiny people to elderly people, can have a great time. 

Although it's a very roomy place, it's sometimes hard to get a table at Bean Town, due to its popularity.  Just as we got our coffee, we were lucky to spot someone who was leaving, and we hovered, just a bit, to get their table. This is generally not considered "rude" at Bean Town - more like "a necessity."  Once we found a table, Sophia, a nice and patient girl, enjoyed some really good lemonade and sat with her dad and I for a couple of hours, as we talked about the "old" days (there it is again), and got caught up on what our families have been up to. 

I've been lucky enough to have been hanging at The Bean since its beginning, when it was less than half the size it is now.  (Little Known Fact: If you look up at the ceiling, you'll see a beam about 2/3 of the way across - front to back.  The smaller 1/3 was the original, teeny-tiny coffee bar.)  When I was in college, I used to go there to study. Then I met too many nice people, and had to quit going for awhile, because the only thing I was achieving was lots of socializing. This is a typical Bean Town hazard - You will always see someone you know.  Great for socializing.  But for studying, not so much, unless you are a person with a modicum of restraint...

In addition to coffee, tea, and baked goods (like cupcakes!!), Bean Town has lots of other food choices.  They have salads, sandwiches, paninis and wraps, the best soup around and, the latest, breakfast buirritos and bowls.  Pretty much, if you want to eat it, they have it.  Just don't go there on the day they have the Toscana Soup - it is terrible, so I will be a giver and eat your share.  (Wink-Wink)

So, if you are getting together with friends, new or "old," give Bean Town a try, if you haven't already!

10 comments:

  1. I am ready to go for coffee at Bean Town tomorrow...oh wait...we are talking Sierra Madre, USA, not Coventry, England. Darn! (But, it is on the list for next visit!!!)

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    1. It will be waiting for you when you get here!

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  2. Friends surely provide a much needed part of life. Wonderful where alike is possible. Please have a good new week.

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    1. Absolutely! Enjoy your week, Robert!

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  3. Nothing like getting together with an old friend over good coffee at a beloved neighborhood joint (though I admit I first thought of Boston when I saw the title 'Bean Town' :)...and there's nothing like old friends (I'm not the biggest fan of the 'old' bit either, though I suppose it'll be applicable soon enough and I'd better get used to it! :)

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    1. It was really fun. I had a friend who recommended earlier today that we go with "dear friend," rather than old! :)

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  4. I used to visit BTown several times a week for several yrs. Don't think I've gone this year. BTW, the BT worker over Omar's right shoulder also looks like a worker at Zephyr Coffeehouse here in Pasadena, LoL!

    Sophia indeed sounds very patient & understanding to listen to old folks discuss the good old daze for hours! She'll make a great wife!

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    1. That's interesting! If he's the guy I think he is, he's worked at BT for a long time. Maybe he just really enjoys working at local coffee houses!

      True - Sophia is a great girl. Her patience will take her far in life! :)

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