I have a thing for coffee shops. 

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Seriously. It’s almost an addiction at this point. And I’ve only become a connoisseur of coffee for the last few years, so this has been developing over a short time. Before, I would generally just go for Starbucks, but as they say: once you know better, you do better.

The ambiance, the decor and of course, anything coffee and coffee snack related. The mix of casual and comfort, but each place I go has been able to develop its own autonomy in this buddying culture. But what I have come to love most is the feeling of being in a creative space that I can never imagine curating in my own home. Somehow it just allows me to just flow and be in my element and get things done without the need to make drinks, do dishes, or create a dope ass playlist.

So, while leaving the final concert for the boy’s school we went to lunch at an amazing Indian spot and passed this coffee shop on the way home. The sign was attractive, so we decided to pop in for a moment to see what was up.


Man! We walk in and “After the Love is Gone” by Earth Wind and Fire is playing on the sound system, books are EVERYWHERE and nostalgic memorabilia are in every nook and cranny of this place. From Star Wars to The Beatles to Polaroid cameras. They even have vintage children’s games and books all over the place. The owner is chill and brings us over a menu written on wax paper and serves us animal crackers with our drinks.


The boy and I were in awe for a good 20 minutes before we were even able to enjoy your drinks.

Now I’m sitting here writing this post rocking out to Jimmy Hendrix playing feeling energized and contemplating moving to this side of town just for the possibility to be within proximity of this place.

Listen, if you are ever in Nakameguro, please come check out Under the Mat. This place is dope and all the books are for sale. I will most likely be taking home a few.

The weekend wanderlust.

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A summary of this week’s victories, lessons and roustabouts.

This week was busy and challenging. So, we didn’t go out to the Jamaican Festival in Odaiba like we planned. We didn’t hang out with friends for brunch. We didn’t go to playdates or even go outside for too long. This weekend we engaged in some serious self-care.

For the boy, that meant blowing bubbles on the patio. Me, I took several naps. We went to the school’s graduation today and shortly after it was over, we went home.

Sometimes you just need to love on the ones you love.