Man pays for breakfast in coins, this is how the cafe took “cruel” revenge

    Darren claimed that the man received the sandwich in such bad condition because he had paid for the food in only 10 pence coins.  (Credits: Twitter)

Darren claimed that the man received the sandwich in such bad condition because he had paid for the food in only 10 pence coins. (Credits: Twitter)

Upon receipt of payment in pieces, the annoyed cafe staff had cut the ordered sandwich into mini pieces.

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In an age where digital payment is widely accepted, people can have a huge amount of coins in their homes. Although they are generally used to fix the “change problem”, when needed we must all have used them to pay a little larger amount as well. However, things didn’t turn out so easy for a man, who paid for his breakfast in just 10-cent coins. One of the Twitter users, Darren Turley, shared the story of a young friend of his who received a sandwich, which was cut into small pieces. Posting the image of the sandwich, Darren claimed that the man received the sandwich in such a bad condition because he had paid for the food in just 10 pence coins. Cutting the sandwich into mini pieces was the result of the cafe’s main revenge plan.

In his Twitter post, Darren wrote: “A guy who works at Jag paid his screen with every 10p this morning. This is how his ass was when he opened it.

The image of the precisely cut sandwich and the hilarious story behind it has gone viral on social media platforms. Internet users share it widely as some find it funny while others feel bad for the man who ordered it. So far, it has been liked by over 17,000 Twitter users and has been retweeted by thousands.

One of the users wrote, “I hate being that person, but isn’t it sad if someone has to pay for their dinner in 10ps?” Feel bad for him. Calling it “Karma,” another said, “Do not anger the staff who serve you food unless you are happy that your food is swallowed.”

Some even pointed out that in general one pays for food after it has been donated, so that they would know that the individual is going to pay with 10 pence.

Have you ever paid for a meal in coins?

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At the table: At Ballston Spa’s Ribbon Cafe, tasty dishes have special meaning

When Chef Kevin Myers lost his wife Jennifer to breast cancer, he hatched a plan to help other women battling the disease. Exactly one year after his death, in September 2018, he opened Ribbon Café, a down-to-earth restaurant with a big heart.

Reminders of her mission are everywhere: from the restaurant’s logo to her photo on a table near the door, to a colorful quilt that was raffled off to raise funds for a woman in Rock City Falls struggling with a disease at an advanced stage. Myers donates money and organizes events to support the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center at Saratoga Hospital, where Jennifer was a patient. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, another such event – featuring live music, vendors, and raffles – will take place at the café.

“I brought as much of his spirit here as possible,” Myers explained in a local television interview.

When I heard about the place for breakfast and lunch, I texted my girlfriend Jeanne. Not only are we breast cancer survivors, our friendship began at a support group meeting.

We were made to feel comfortable from the moment we arrived. R&B music was playing in the background and Sonya, our server, was warm and welcoming. Lunchtime had just started and take out customers were coming and going.

“It’s so intimate and pleasant,” Jeanne said.

Although there is a paper menu, it is best to check the weekly specials on the large blackboard first. Myers, a native of Nova Scotia and former executive chef at Gaffney’s in Saratoga Springs, likes to keep things interesting by switching up the usual ingredients in his omelets, paninis, burgers, wraps, quesadillas and salads.

I couldn’t wait to try a bowl of his Southwestern Shrimp and Corn Soup, which won four awards at Saratoga Chowderfest, including, in 2019, the coveted People’s Choice.

When the soup arrived, I was delighted to see a crispy wonton popper on top. Filled with creamy crab, the popper literally melted in your mouth. The soup, which had a touch of heat, was as dense as pudding and rich and satisfying, with tender pieces of shrimp, potatoes, and corn and bacon crumbs. Ribbon gets $ 6 for a small bowl, or if you want to take it home, $ 12 a pint, $ 22 a pint.

My panini – gouda, apple and caramelized onion – was a special chalkboard served in a red plastic basket covered with paper. I liked that everything inside was cut into small pieces or thinly sliced ​​to blend the flavors. Cooked in apple cider, the onions were soft and sweet, and there was also a touch of mustard and some sort of fruit jam inside. There could have been a little more gouda, to make it more “tender”, but it was perfectly toasted. My side, a small paper cup of coleslaw, was pretty unremarkable. Next time, I’ll order homemade chips.

Jeanne opted for the Southwestern Chicken Panini but asked for it without the cherry peppers. His sandwich, a mix of grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, cilantro pesto, chipotle aioli and tomato, was also well grilled.

She praised her side of the macaroni salad, which was made from small pasta shells instead of the usual elbows.

“It’s really good,” she said. “Homemade of course. I taste mustard but something sweet.

As for drinks, they serve water, iced tea, Snapple and other drinks, all in bottles. Jeanne, a coffee girl, gave java a boost. “It’s a good coffee for dinner,” she said.

The Ribbon Café makes their own desserts – pies, cookies, cupcakes and more – and recently, according to Facebook, apple cider bread pudding and donuts, but we forgot to ask what was available. On Sundays, they make cinnamon buns.

We have found that many of the repeat clients are breast cancer survivors, including women in treatment. I hope to have lunch here again with Jeanne, because she is and always will be my “friend”.

Ribbon coffee

O: 11 rue Prospect, Ballston Spa; 518-288-3040;, Facebook, Instagram
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day
HOW MUCH: $ 31.98 without taxes
and to drink
MORE INFO: Take-out meals, outdoor terrace, wheelchair access ramp at the entrance

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Café Moulin is coming to South Coast Plaza in November – Orange County Register

Moulin celebrated the seventh anniversary of the opening of its Newport Beach cafe with a party, the reveal of its new restaurant nearby, and the announcement that another will be coming to South Coast Plaza on November 15.

At the party on Saturday evening September 25, Laurent Vrignaud, founder of the Parisian-style coffeehouse chain with five locations in Orange County, told guests of his intention to take back the space that was once the café. Pascal on the garden terrace next to the Garden Bridge at the Costa Mesa shopping center.

“Moulin fans will be delighted to find their favorite Parisian café on their next visit to South Coast Plaza, but it is also an opportunity for us to introduce Moulin to the 25 million annual visitors to South Coast Plaza who do not know us. not yet, ”Vrignaud said in a statement prepared for the media.

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During the celebration, Vrignaud revealed the look of Moulin Bouillon in Newport Beach, inspired by brasserie-style restaurants popular in Paris in the late 1800s. This restaurant, adjacent to its original cafe, will open in two weeks and will serve dinner.

Laurent Vrignaud, founder of Moulin, the Parisian-style coffeehouse chain with 5 locations in Orange County, has announced plans for a new restaurant on Garden Terrace next to the Bridge of Gardens in South Coast Plaza. (Artist rendering courtesy of Moulin)

The Costa Mesa Café will have 80 outdoor seating on the 1,000 square foot terrace which will be filled with French tables and chairs assembled by Vrignaud on his visits to France over the years. The menu will include pies, baguettes, breads, croissants and other pastries, all baked fresh each morning.

An assortment of made-to-order salads, sandwiches and pancakes will also be available. The drinks menu will include coffee and espressos, freshly squeezed orange juice, soft drinks and French juices, as well as champagne, beer and an assortment of wines.

“Laurent Vrignaud’s French concept, Moulin, will be a wonderful addition to South Coast Plaza’s collection of international restaurants,” said Debra Gunn Downing, Executive Director of Marketing for South Coast Plaza. “Our buyers will have the impression of being in a Parisian café.”

Find it: 3333 Bristol St., Suite 2505, Costa Mesa,

Open: From November 15, the café will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Michigan’s Best Local Food: Great Pancakes! Kalamazoo’s Paradise Cafe serves sweet and savory delicacies

KALAMAZOO, MI – When the pandemic struck in March 2020, Hussain and Fadheela Alsheikhahmed never considered closing the doors of Paradise Cafe in Portage for good.

But unable to maintain the self-contained location at 6794 S. Westnedge Ave., after just two years in business and with an uncertain future ahead, the couple packed their creperie and headed out on the road.

They landed last October in a place where there was no shortage of foot traffic – at the front of a grocery store.

Now located in their own space at the front of Midtown Fresh Market at 1693 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo, Hussain Alsheikhahmed said business had been good.

“We have brought loyal customers with us and are getting new ones every day. Many have become regulars, ”he said.

It didn’t hurt, he said, that the space the couple moved into was previously a cafe, so many shoppers and neighbors already used to stop for a coffee, latte or cappuccino.

It doesn’t hurt either, he said, being the only crêperie in Kalamazoo.

“People were used to coming here for coffee,” he said. “On top of that, we added pancakes and desserts.”

Alsheikhahmed, 33, has his coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters in Saugatuck and serves cold and nitro draft brews and brews his favorite, the caramel silk latte with love and a heart drawn in foam.

In addition to all the finds from traditional coffee shops, it preserves Michigan with specialties such as maple syrup latte (made with cinnamon, syrup and cardamom) and seasonal dishes like dream latte. pumpkin, which consists of chocolate, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

There is also a selection of freshly made smoothies and shakes.

But what he and his wife – who is on maternity leave and expecting the couple’s first child – are doing like no one else is pancakes. Savory favorites like feta cheese and spinach and sweets like Strawberry Banana Nutella and Oreo options keep guests coming back, he said.

There’s no skimping on the size of the pancakes that are made to order and there isn’t a lot of sugar or calories in the pancakes themselves, he said, comparing them to a thin pancake.

“Of course, once you add the candy,” laughed Alsheikhahmed, who moved to Kalamazoo from Saudi Arabia in 2005 to study at Western Michigan University.

Alsheikhahmed graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the School of Electrical Engineering, then started a tutoring business with his wife before opening Paradise Cafe. He couldn’t be happier doing what he does now, building relationships with his guests and keeping them happy and full.

The biggest challenge, he said, has been keeping a full menu, as staffing has been an issue after the pandemic. He is currently hiring part-time baristas and crepe makers, he said.

For more information, visit, follow Paradise Cafe on Facebook, call 269-459-9672 or email [email protected]

The creperie, which can be entered through a separate entrance outside or inside Midtown Fresh Market, is open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Expect a wait of up to 30-40 minutes on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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Worcester’s Breen’s Cafe steak and cheese are all the rage after a flurry of Facebook posts

WORCESTER – There’s a legend about Breen’s Cafe that goes something like this: In 1938, when Cambridge Street was flooded, a man in a canoe paddled out the front door, poured himself a draft beer, then rowed from the back.

If such a flood were to occur today, the paddler might be more likely to grab a steak and cheese, especially if he has spent time browsing the posts on the 23,000-member Worcester Eats Facebook group, the stories, discussions and reviews on local restaurants administered by the Telegram and the Gazette.

The only problem is that today there may be no more steak and cheese.

All it took was a slightly negative Facebook comment from a woman at the restaurant, surprised that a place with a sign saying “cafe” was in fact a neighborhood bar, so that hundreds of worshipers could Breen become as fiery as Carla Tortelli could if someone got out of hand at Cheers.

Peggy Hanigosky posted on the Worcester Eats page on September 12 after going to Breen, apparently based on recommendations from other people on Facebook.

Hanigosky criticized the chalkboard menu and found the bartender “rude”, although it seemed the complete opposite of unfriendly with a few people even shouting “Norm!” when a local guy by that name walked in on Thursday night.

Hanigosky’s post sparked a flood of comments – over 400 at last count – mostly in favor of Breen with a few taking her to task for her consideration.

“I’m sure the bartender found you lovely too,” wrote one.

Dennis Burke prepares a now famous steak and cheese at Breen's Cafe on Cambridge Street in Worcester.

But she got some support from another poster who wrote, “Well I love Breen’s, but in her defense I see what she means … people on this site do like if it was a date, lol. “

The thing is, Breen is is a date night favorite for Jen and Chris Lavin who often drive up from Leicester and spend less than half of what they could in fancy restaurants.

“Look at that, it’s huge,” Jen said, showing off her steak and cheese. “This half is for my lunch tomorrow. It’s so good. I’m on a cheap date!”

The giant sandwich only cost them $ 10 and would likely be the envy of other teachers at his school over Friday lunch.

One of the many articles on Breen's on the Worcester Eats Facebook page.

Matthew Hanlon’s mother, Noreen Hanlon, runs Breen’s and does a lot of the cooking – she makes homemade soups at 7 a.m. because it’s fall now.

Matthew Hanlon said the impact of the Facebook post was rather surprising. His family, who have owned the restaurant for years, know that all publicity is good publicity, but they never expected to run out of big buns for sandwiches.

“For about a week, we were just slammed,” he said.

There were the new faces who wanted to try the food and the old faces of those who offered their support in the face of the negative message, although a few days later Hanigosky was singing the praises of the steak and the cheese and denying that he had used profanity to describe the bartender during his visit.

“I said he was rude. I also said that Massachusetts is ranked as the most rude state,” she wrote. “I said the cheesesteak was good and yes I will be back to try the burger. I have (heart emoji) the pickles! Look how many people came to Breen’s defense !!!”

Matthew Hanlon said Breen’s is a neighborhood establishment; nothing fancy or pretentious. Televisions, tuned to football, hockey, basketball or baseball – sometimes even the Woo Sox that could be playing right down the street – line the walls.

The exterior of Breen's Cafe on Cambridge Street in Worcester.

There is Keno and signs supporting public safety workers. Customers have to pay in cash, Breen’s is old-fashioned and doesn’t accept plastic, Noreen Hanlon’s brother Jim O’Brien explained.

“We’re not trying to be something we’re not,” said Matthew Hanlon, adding that while he’s happy with the boom in steak and cheese sales, he wants people to know that ‘he also makes a beloved Cuban sandwich, and there are $ 5 Sandwiches filled with fresh ham or Noreen’s egg salad.

“I just want to let it be known that we have more sandwiches,” he said with a laugh.

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Bee Club buzzes in the old Pamplona Café | New

The all-female Bee Club has its own clubhouse again, thanks to the $ 2.2 million purchase of the building that once housed Café Pamplona by the club president, a college junior.

According to the deed of ownership, Susana MA Vik ’21 -’23, the current president of the Bee Club, and Carrie Vik, of Greenwich, Connecticut, purchased the 2,452-square-foot three-story building located at 12 Bow St. June 19 for $ 2.2 million.

The property is the former location of Café Pamplona, ​​which closed in May 2020 due to a sharp drop in clientele after serving Harvard Square for more than 60 years. The city of Cambridge valued the building at around $ 1.5 million this year.

Two college students with direct knowledge of the situation, including a member of the Bee, told the Crimson that the property will now serve as the Bee’s clubhouse. The Crimson granted the two students anonymity to discuss the club’s intentions.

Vik declined to comment for this article.

Vik’s purchase of the property ends the divorce of the Bee Club and Delphic Club and gives the final all-female club physical autonomy for the first time in four years.

In the fall of 2017, the Bee moved from its clubhouse at 45 Dunster St., now home to the Hasty Pudding Club, to move into the Delphic Club space at 9 Linden St. after the clubs merged into the co -ed Delphic-Bee Club.

The merging of the clubs followed the start of the College’s controversial sanctions policy, which targeted members of single-sex social groups. The sanctions, announced in May 2016, penalized members of unisex clubs and Greek organizations. Under this policy, undergraduate members of Harvard’s unisex social groups were excluded from campus leadership positions, captains of sports teams, and some prestigious scholarships.

The sanctions have come under scrutiny and have resulted in a pair of lawsuits. Harvard ended the sanctions policy in 2020 after administrators concluded the university would be “legally barred from further enforcing the policy” due to a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court.

The marriage of the Delphic Club and the Bee Club ended last fall – a month after the University lifted the sanctions.

The purchase by the Bee Club of its own clubhouse – a permanent home for the all-female social group – thus spells the end of the University’s sanctions policy.

A banner with the Bee Club badge currently adorns one of the windows on the building’s first floor.

– Editor-in-chief Alex M. Koller can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @alexmkoller.

—Editor-in-Chief Taylor C. Peterman can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @taylorcpeterman.

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In this Tel Aviv café, the baristas want to tell you about Jesus – J.

From the outside, the HaOgen Cafe looks a lot like the many other espresso cafes that line the streets of Tel Aviv.

Located just north of central Dizengoff Square, it features floor-to-ceiling windows and a colorful chalkboard sidewalk easel that one recent weekday heralded breakfast sandwiches and an upcoming acoustic concert. Inside, a crowd of 20 and 30 are seated at tables, typing on laptops. It’s decorated with fairy lights and floor plants, with upbeat quotes and scribbles scribbled in marker on the blackout windows at the back.

But HaOgen also offers something that its neighborhood competitors don’t: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to the website of Dugit, a Tel Aviv-based Messianic Jewish organization whose name means “little boat,” HaOgen is a “neighborhood café” that “has evangelists ready to share the good news with every guest who enters.” .

“Through this hip location, the ministry has had access to a whole new group of people in their city who are in dire need of a Savior,” read a 2019 blog post on the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries, a messianic organization that describes HaOgen as a member of the fellowship.

The café’s deep connections to Dugit and Messianic Judaism, a movement that believes in the divinity of Jesus while claiming to practice Judaism, are not immediately detectable by customers. A shelf at the back of the cafe is stocked with Hebrew copies of the New Testament and stacks of “Messiah” brochures, and the cafe’s logo is an anchor, a historical symbol of Christianity.

Yet, no signage inside or outside indicates any links between HaOgen and any religious organization or movement. The cafe’s website also does not mention its affiliation with Dugit or any religious mission.

“I didn’t know it belonged to missionaries,” said Jessica Arnovitz, an American Jewish immigrant to Israel who lives near the cafe. “I’ve been there before and it’s a nice place.

Messianic Judaism, some adherents of which were known in the past as “Jews for Jesus”, appears to be developing in Israel. Messianic Jewish groups often have ties to explicitly Christian organizations, and none of the mainstream Jewish movements consider them Jewish. As with many traditional Christian denominations, missionary work is part of Messianic practice.

Dugit’s executive director told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the cafe was not the place for efforts to proselytize Jews. In fact, he said, Dugit does not run HaOgen directly – although he said he owns the space and pays the salary of the cafe manager, a man named Argo who is also the senior pastor of ‘an Ethiopian messianic congregation. Argo refused an interview request from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“We are not trying to mission anyone, bribe anyone or do anything to people,” said Avi Mizrachi, who was born in Israel and himself pastor in a Messianic congregation. in Tel Aviv. “We are Jews who love our country, serve our country in the military and pay taxes. And we celebrate the Jewish feasts and festivals, and we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And yes, we believe that Yeshua is the messiah.

He added: “Now if [customers] ask us what we believe, we tell them, but we don’t go and, as we call it, put people on missions or, or convert people.

Through this hip location, the ministry had access to a whole new group of people in their city who are in dire need of a Savior.

Only proselytizing minors without their parents’ consent and offering religious conversions in exchange for a material gift are prohibited by Israeli law. But there is a widely held misconception that missionary activity in the country is illegal, and the government has at times seemed open to advancing this reputation. In its 2010 report on international religious freedom, the US State Department wrote that Israel has “taken a number of steps that have encouraged the perception that proselytizing is against government policy,” such as detention of missionaries and the invocation of “proselytism as a reason for denying students, work, and religious visa extensions.”

The idea that missionary work is illegal – and the associated idea that believers in Jesus face persecution for their faith – leads many messianics in Israel to hide their activities, according to Sarah Posner, journalist and author who writes extensively on evangelical Christianity.

“[Messianics] really played on the idea that proselytizing against Jews is illegal in Israel, ”Posner said. “It’s not as bad as they claim, but they are proving that they are not being treated fairly. Elsewhere in the world, and especially in the United States, there are no such constraints at all, so they have no reason to have a cafe that seems to have nothing to do with religion and is just a place where you can go to have a coffee.

Most Israelis who identify as Messianic have direct Jewish ancestry, “whereas in the United States you are more likely to meet people who identify as Messianic Jews but are in fact evangelical Christians,” he said. Posner said, adding that many American evangelical Christian churches fundraise for Messianic congregations and missionary efforts in Israel.

The number of Messianic Jews in Israel has multiplied in recent decades, according to community representatives. Today, Messianics in Israel number 10,000 to 20,000, according to Yonatan Allon, editor-in-chief of Kehila, an umbrella organization of the Messianics in Israel. Community representatives attribute the growth in part to missionary efforts and in part to immigration. There are Messianic congregations that cater specifically to Russian-speaking Israelis as well as Ethiopian Israelis.

“In 1999, the total number of believers was around 5,000,” said Alec Goldberg, Israeli director of the Caspari Center, an evangelical organization in Israel, in a 2019 Q&A on the centre’s website. “Today 5,000 is just the number of believers in Russian-speaking congregations in Israel. And of course, as observers of the Messianic scene in Israel know, the number of local ministries has also multiplied, with new initiatives constantly underway.

These initiatives include more than 70 Messianic congregations across Israel, according to Kehila, including one, Adonai Roi, led by Dugit and led by Mizrachi who is a seven-minute walk from HaOgen.

In addition to the cafe and the Messianic congregation, Dugit’s website says he runs a prayer room in Tel Aviv, a charity for the poor, and an annual conference for women. The website also states that Dugit was involved in an evangelical television station that the Israel Broadcasting Authority shut down last year.

“The message of these messianic groups is very evangelical,” Posner said. “For many Israeli Jews, this is an unknown message, unless they have a lot of political ties to evangelical Christians who, as we know, are very interested in supporting Israel and the settlements.

This is unlikely to describe the typical client of a Tel Aviv cafe, so some in Israel go to great lengths to alert potential visitors to HaOgen to what their patronage supports.

Recently, two years after it opened, HaOgen caught the attention of Beyneynu, an Israeli organization that monitors missionary activity in the country. Founded last year by Shannon Nuszen, an American immigrant to Israel and former evangelical missionary who converted to Orthodox Judaism, the watch group made headlines earlier this year after revealing a family who were actively involved in an Orthodox Haredi community of Jerusalem for several years, but were in fact Christian missionaries.

Nuszen declined an interview request, but the nonprofit wrote on Facebook last month that it had received advice regarding HaOgen Cafe’s messianic mission. The post said Beyneynu had “no objection to people of different faiths running businesses in Tel Aviv” but wanted to alert potential customers to the cafe’s ties.

“People should know, however, that this restaurant is not just another bohemian cafe. Rather, it is part of a well-funded and organized effort by evangelical donors to convert vulnerable young Jews to Christianity, ”the Facebook post said. “We are simply asking for transparency and respect.

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Go online for a good old-fashioned conversation with Chatty Café

If you feel like you’re on your chin while enjoying your afternoon tea or coffee, jump into one of the regular Zoom chats and connect with the team at Chatty Café.

Chatty Café aims to break down feelings of loneliness and social isolation through conversations. They currently have up to 15 local drop-ins, which usually provide an opportunity for community members to meet a Chatty Café volunteer for a good old-fashioned conversation. Due to current Victoria State government restrictions, the lovely people at Chatty Café run two online sessions per week.

Meet at any Chatty Café Zoom session on Monday
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting link to join the Zoom chat
Meeting number: 818 5477 1722
Access code: 794716

Meet at any Chatty Café Zoom Friday session
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting link to join the Zoom chat
Meeting number: 883 7319 5343
Access code: 354779

The recurring link stays the same so you can join any session you want during the hour. Contact chattycafeaustralia [at] If you have any questions.

New to Zoom?

If you need help getting started with Zoom and enjoying a wonderful conversation with Chatty, you can sign up for a free training session.

Monday September 27, with Zoom and WhatsApp at 10 a.m. and Zoom and Facetime at 1 p.m.

Wednesday September 29, with Zoom and Facetime at 10 a.m. and Zoom and WhatsApp at 1 p.m.

For assistance joining the training call 9596 4547

To book, visit the Stay in Touch website or call 9596 4547

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Become a Chatty Café location

Chatty Café is a global program where cafes, bars and restaurants become the setting for new friendships. The Council received a grant to continue supporting the role of Chatty Café sites across Bayside. “This project supports regional priorities by connecting communities and reducing social isolation. For more information on the regional priorities of the Inner Southeast Metropolitan Partnership, visit

Chatty Café will resume face-to-face sessions when restrictions permit.

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UConn opens first herbal campus cafe

The University of Connecticut Dining Services launched its plant-based CrossRoads cafe late last month, offering a unique menu of plant-based options designed to satisfy meat eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans. Many of the menu items, which include ready-to-go salads and sandwiches made daily on campus, desserts from the UConn bakery, as well as make-your-own yogurt bowls, are also gluten-free.

The idea for CrossRoads started last October when Madelyn Pickett, an undergraduate student at UConn, emailed Dining Services with her proposal for herbal coffee. To gauge the interest of the campus community, the department then sent out a survey that generated thousands of responses in favor of the coffee idea.

Although vegan and vegetarian options are available in all campus dining halls, food services saw an opportunity with this cafe to bring additional exposure and availability of high quality herbal products to the market. flexitarians on campus, while creating an educational component on the health and sustainability aspects of a plant-based diet. After receiving full University approval, Dining Services hosted a student menu tasting in March at its Innovation Lab with Robert Landolphi, Associate Director for Culinary Development and Residential Catering.

When it came time to create the brand’s look for CrossRoads, Dining Services continued with the idea of ​​keeping the Café elements focused on student engagement, with UConn’s digital media and design specialist, Jared Beltz, developing the logo, brand guide and color palette for the cafe. . Meanwhile, the café area has been renovated this summer with wooden elements, plants from the UConn Horticultural Club and photographs of the campus to create a natural and welcoming atmosphere around high tables and an available lounge area. to eat and study.

In addition to its meal service, CrossRoads also serves to educate and raise awareness of the importance of sustainability on campus, with Crossroads’ event management committee coordinating and hosting events on a range of movement-related topics for the future of plants such as sustainable agriculture, alternative proteins and various nutritional topics.

Here is a photo tour of Crossroads…

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Missouri attorney general backs cafe battle mask warrant

BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a legal case in support of Rae’s Cafe in Blue Springs.

Schmitt is not part of the lawsuit between the cafe owner and Jackson County over the county’s mask requirements. Instead, he filed what is called an amicus brief. This allows Schmitt to show his support for the cafe in the eyes of the court.

The brief argues that since Rae’s Cafe is now the Rae’s Private Club, the business complies with the county’s mask mandate. He also alleges that Jackson County violated the owner’s rights.

“This is yet another example of government bureaucrats attempting to wield the power they have obtained, aggregated and maintained by stoking fear throughout the pandemic. Of particular concern is exercising this power to shut down a private business, ”Attorney General Schmitt said.

Schmitt visited the cafe last weekend to show his support for the company.

A Jackson County judge granted a temporary restraining order and closed the Rae Cafe on September 10. The order came a day after Jackson County MPs and the health department ordered the cafe to shut down due to repeated violations. Rae’s Cafe defied that order and opened anyway.

Rae’s Café’s business license was suspended earlier this month for violation of the warrant after patrons of the restaurant reported violations of the county’s mask ordinance to the health department, which sparked the investigation.

Jackson County and Rae’s Cafe are expected to be in a Jackson County courtroom Wednesday morning for a hearing on the temporary restraining order.

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