Let’s have a moment of silence for the dearly departed Sophie’s French Bakery & Cafe. *sniff*
I first discovered Sophie’s when I moved to Tampa over a year ago. I was on the hunt for the perfect coffee shop to work from and Sophie’s quickly landed on the top of the list. They had great drinks and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere with mismatch tables and chairs that all oddly worked. Unfortunately it was also all the way on the other side of town, so I didn’t get out to it as much as I wanted to.
Since my hair appointment got out at noon – and was across the street from Sophie’s – I got myself all pumped for an awesome post-appointment lunch and afternoon work session at one of my favorite places in Tampa. Then I walked across the street and discovered the doors were locked, all the lights were out, and half the chairs were missing. Nooooo…. say it isn’t so!
A quick check on Facebook and my worst fears were confirmed.
Reading that makes me wish I had been even more supportive of one of my favorite businesses before it closed. I should have visited more, I should have ordered more drinks while I was there, and I should have encouraged more friends to go. This was an awesome place, they should not have closed!
I guess we can use this as a little reminder to continue to support our favorite local businesses and coffee shops. Remind them that you love them with a little social media love, spend some time there this weekend drinking a cup of joe (or two), and don’t take it for granted that they will always be there.
What’s your favorite local coffee shop? Say it loud and say it proud in the comments!
I left Sophie’s (or what was left of Sophie’s ) still hungry and at a loss on where to go. I consulted Yelp and discovered The Library on South Dale Mabry. The Library was on my list of places I’d been meaning to try, but their odd hours (they close at 3:00) always prevented me from checking them out.
The Library was small (maybe 5 tables?) and cozy. They did serve lunch, but the menu was limited to a couple of sandwiches and salad options. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich without mayo and a side of fruit.
The sandwich was made fresh. They grilled the chicken, toasted the bread and sliced all the fruit in the matter of a few minutes. Nothing was pre-made or “prepped” and I honestly believe the sandwich tasted better because of that.
It was good, too. Served hot and kept simple.
The side of fruit was an assortment of grapes, strawberries, and orange slices. I thought the sliced grapes were a nice touch.
I wish I could rave about the iced coffee, but it tasted off.
The owner noticed I wasn’t drinking it and offered an iced tea instead. The iced tea was delicious and made up for the coffee. Honestly, I’m not sure if it was the iced coffee that was bad or if something is wrong with my taste buds. For some reason iced coffee has been tasting off to me lately (but only at certain places). It’s hit or miss, but the places that do taste off, all have that same off taste. Maybe I’m just going crazy?
I like the coziness of The Library, I just wish they were open a little later.
I like this new game that Tamara started.
Monkey read – Monkey do.
I added some grated red onion and seasoned with oregano, garlic salt, and basil. Served on some arugula. I loved the addition of grated carrot to the chicken burger, I never would have thought of that, but the carrot kept the burger moist while adding some extra veggie goodness to the plate.
Paired with sweet potato rounds and freshly sliced Florida avocado.
Probably one of my favorite Healthy Living Summit swag bag finds, courtesy of Dancing Deer.
Don’t let the “fruit + nut square” packaging fool you – these are full on blondies and they are amazing.
Alright, I’m wiped. Time for bed.