To get to the point of the post though, I decided not to go empty handed but to finally pop into Dose by Smithfield market for a capuchino and a chocolate croissant. I have read about dose in all those independent coffee lovers guidebooks. Expectations are high.
Dose has a RED theme going on inside; red walls, red tables and red cups and red plates. (If only it was pink ; it would really fit the theme... But alas we have to stick to reality and settle for red) It's also insanely busy; all the tables are full and there is a line. I am wondering; don't these people have jobs? Maybe they are all going for cancer screenings? We'll never know because I am too busy scruffing down the chocolate croissant and contemplate existentialism to ask. The pastry is a little hard and dry but the chocolate is dark and full bodied and delicious.
And then the coffee comes. I take the first sip and yes, yes it is good. It has a modestly nutty taste and dry texture. I rush to the clinic and find myself appreciative as I sit in the breast cancer waiting room stairing into space as my appointment time nears. "If this was my last cup of coffee, I would have done pretty well," I think morbidly.
As said; it all went well. And obviously I would go back to Dose for another dose of coffee. But in retrospect though at my next st Bart's appointment I might also stalk down other places to compare and contrast. Discovery after all is what I am all about.