How many shopping days are left until Christmas...because I haven't really bought anything. But that's actually ok because I generally don't buy many (or any) gifts this time of year. Call me a Scrooge if you will, but I'd rather buy a thoughtful gift for someone on a Thursday in July and surprise them with it than give them a meaningless gift on December 25.
The one exception to my Scrooge-like rule is for a group of my lady friends. We're a bunch of ladies who lunch every so often and when time allows, we're able to make it to brunch, too. We make a point of having a nice little holiday get together every year, and to be honest, it's probably my favorite part of the holidays. This year I went the homemade route and gave out cookies and candy (and a couple ornaments I'd picked up at The Urban Orchid) and my treats were a big hit. It felt nice to be able to give away something I'd actually made myself.
Our venue for our brunch/gift exchange was Bonbon Pastry & Cafe in Ohio City. As an avid Yelper, I'd seen that Bonbon had gotten some great reviews and some truly awful ones, but I like to be my own judge. I'd say my experience was something in between.
I had the darndest time finding the place. I'm in Ohio City fairly often, but my iPhone's directions led me astray. (note that if you use Google maps to find Bonbon, most likely it will give you the wrong address) Once I found out where I needed to be, I was able to easily find street parking right outside the restaurant. Two of my friends were already seated enjoying coffee and some sunshine. (Bonbon has amazing large windows that let in lots of sunlight...almost too much sunlight! people throughout the restaurant were wearing sunglasses) I followed suit and ordered some coffee and settled in while we waited for our fourth person to arrive. I got a chance to notice the interesting decor while I was waiting. I'd describe the cafe as having very clean lines with a slight upscale feel. (which is also reflected in their pricing)
Being in a pastry shop, I expected my coffee to be pretty amazing but it was actually pretty run of the mill. There was a communal creamer in a small juice glass which made it hard to pour. We also got a small container of sugar to share. But our server was super nice and attentive so I could overlook the average coffee.
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