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Trendspotting: Tiny Spoons

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Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed a new trend in cutlery popping up on latte saucers across my favorite cafes: the tiny spoon. With a dainty bowl just big enough for a modest helping of sweetener and a slender handle perfect for swirling the cream through your coffee, this diminutive utensil is equal parts miniature form and function. After stirring my morning cup with more than a few tiny spoons, I decided I needed to add a few to my silverware drawer, pronto.

The problem was, I couldn’t find a tiny spoon on the world wide web to save my life. I searched and searched every combination of the words “tiny” “spoon” and “coffee” to no avail. And then, an online curtain parted and I finally found one single, solitary spoon with my desired tiny dimensions. It was called a demitasse spoon and I soon learned that my self-titled Tiny Spoons also masquerade under the names “spice spoon” and “condiment spoon.” Once I finally cracked the SEO code, I was able to round up a baker’s dozen of my very favorite tiny spoons to share with you all. Crisis averted.
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Style, Travel

The Cutest Cafe in San Francisco

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After living in San Francisco for three years, I had developed a pretty solid roster of the best cafes in town. While Cento remains at the top of my all-around list thanks to darn good coffee and a charming staff that has been known to make their favorite regulars personalized coffee cups as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift, a little Inner Sunset hidden gem takes a close second.

Hollow is exactly as it sounds: a cozy little cafe seemingly dug into the side of an old building. The ceilings are pleasantly low and the front room is snug and small. A delicious array of fresh pastries and artisanal chocolate tempts in front of the gleaming chrome espresso machine. Tins of tea guard the wall behind the busy barista (there’s only room for one), and specialty menu items like the vanilla bean latte with almond milk (my choice) as well as your simply great cup of Ritual coffee tempt the tastebuds.

A cast iron snail stands guard at the mossy green door, while hand-drawn window signs give the place a charmingly cobbled-together feel. Sure, the coffee’s on the expensive side (where is it not in SF these days, anyway?) and the wait can be a bit long if you duck in from a surprise rainstorm like we did only to find that everyone else in the area had the same idea. But to me, the intimate atmosphere and vanilla bean-studded latte are well worth it.

Travel

On the Nile

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On Friday night in Cairo, we did what the locals do: snag a ride on a neon-festooned river boat and cruise down the Nile. Most boats are crammed full of Cairenes dancing (men and women separately, of course) to loud Arabic music blasting from the speakers. Since we didn’t want to wait for our boat to fill up, we rented our own and got some ahwa (I took mine with lots of sugar) for the ride.

I thought maybe it would be weird to take so many pictures in Egypt, but it turns out that the locals are even more snap happy than I was. We saw lots of selfie sticks, many men dramatically posing in groups and fielded several requests to have our pictures taken with Cairene women. It should also be noted that another boat pulled alongside us during our cruise so that the passengers could take pictures of me getting my picture taken. At least I didn’t have to feel weird about posing!

In planning and packing for the trip, I knew that much of my warm-weather wardrobe wouldn’t be appropriate. Sarah advised me to keep my arms, legs and collarbones covered out of respect, so I brought along a lot of maxi skirts, scarves and pants. These leopard palazzo pants barely made the cut since the bottoms are a bit sheer (scandalous!), but I’m glad I decided to bring them along for the ride.