Our very first stop on the morning that we arrived in Stratford was the Revel Caffe. We were able to grab a few moments with Anne, Revel’s passionate owner. Revel features direct trade coffee brewed from high altitude, shade grown, hand harvested beans roasted fresh each week. Now if that is not a commitment to quality, then what is? Anne and her staff have personally connected with their coffee producer in Nicauagara-Don Reynaldo where she and staff joined in on the 2012 harvest.
Anne’s baristas are also passionate about creating coffees that work both for the local and global communities.
I was especially enthralled by their community table, not just because it was obviously restored from recycled elements but for what it represented. This was where “revellers” gather (what the regulars at Revel are so named).
On this day it was a knitting circle.
Outdoor patio season was still going strong.
Here’s a cozy spot that I could while away an afternoon at.
Canadian Grub to Go was our second stop where we picked up lunch to eat in the nearby Shakespearean Gardens.
There, we met Robert, who only serves Canadian food products from his wonderful storefront.
He may have to revise the restaurant’s name because he is now serving “grub to stay” in the rear of his location, which he indicated has just recently been completed.
I tucked into this smoked maple ham with grilled onions.
D chose the pulled pork and gooey cheese.
I admire what Robert has done with his brand and his retail space.
His restaurant felt more like home than a place to grab a sandwich.
Kath’s quote: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare
Love-that is all.