A Cozy Coffee Date
Some of my favorite dates with my husband involve a simple cup of coffee and strolling around a park or one of the local shopping areas in Tulsa. Brookside is a great place for that. I'm always curious to see the window displays at shops like On A Whim and SR Hughes. And I'm always up for a good cup of coffee.
I hadn't been to Shades of Brown in years, to be honest. The last time I'd gone was over a decade ago when I was single and had an apartment off Riverside. Since I moved back to Tulsa recently, I've been busy checking out other coffee shops with Ken; places like 918, Foolish Things, The Phoenix, and the Coffee House on Cherry Street. And of course countless trips to Starbucks and Barnes & Noble.
But on a grey, rainy day, when we had no need of looking at Barnes & Noble and it was still too cold for the park near Phoenix, the coziness of Shades of Brown seemed appealing. As you can see, it has an eclectic vibe...which, yes, is kind of a way of saying all of their furniture is mismatching and undoubtedly came from various second-hand shops. But that is totally acceptable and even trendy now, right? You can find a few books and games and free publications like Tulsa People while you sip your coffee and check out the local art on the walls.
In addition to the atmosphere, a great local coffee house has to have some unique drinks, right? While I have a major coffee addiction, I do love tea as well. I had to try their Ginger Rogers - Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and their house-made ginger syrup. It was very yummy and definitely something I'd order again. We didn't have anything to eat there that time, but there were some yummy pastries in the dessert case that are worth checking out.
After we got our drinks, Ken led me to a back room that I don't recall being there the last time I'd been inside. It was even more cozy than the front part of the coffee house, with its navy walls, dark wood furniture, and pretty string lights. It provided a nice quiet place for us to sip and chat - definitely a good place to get away for some relaxing one-on-one time with my love.
Do you have a favorite place to chat and enjoy a good cup of coffee? Let me know in the comments below, and have a lovely day!
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