002: Caryn  "As a child I connoted coffee shops as the ultimate place of ‘quality time’ – be it with my parents or a treat from a grownup with a car and a wallet. Chocolate-anything or a milkshake was my choice back then. Now I find cafés to be living rooms outside of the home – alive with conversations only known to those walls (and perhaps the discreet eavesdropper). I find something philosophical about them – that strangers would choose this one meeting place on this day and this time, we go to this place from diverging backgrounds, not knowing each other's purposes. I still find them to be the place where I can truly focus on the person across from me – away from menial distractions one would find in one’s own home. Just a table, and a cup, and the sanctity of being together. Starlings has that home-away-from home feel. For the first half of this year I was teaching English in Madrid. I was utterly let down when I found out how foreign going for coffee and cake was – and when I did try find a spot, it was as though ambience was not the owner’s aspiration. My mind would wander back to the mid-week coffees I’d have with friends in Starling’s quiet garden or any room where I could choose just what space could describe the day." Caryn Tennant

002: Caryn "As a child I connoted coffee shops as the ultimate place of ‘quality time’ – be it with my parents or a treat from a grownup with a car and a wallet. Chocolate-anything or a milkshake was my choice back then. Now I find cafés to be living rooms outside of the home – alive with conversations only known to those walls (and perhaps the discreet eavesdropper). I find something philosophical about them – that strangers would choose this one meeting place on this day and this time, we go to this place from diverging backgrounds, not knowing each other&039;s purposes. I still find them to be the place where I can truly focus on the person across from me – away from menial distractions one would find in one’s own home. Just a table, and a cup, and the sanctity of being together. Starlings has that home-away-from home feel. For the first half of this year I was teaching English in Madrid. I was utterly let down when I found out how foreign going for coffee and cake was – and when I did try find a spot, it was as though ambience was not the owner’s aspiration. My mind would wander back to the mid-week coffees I’d have with friends in Starling’s quiet garden or any room where I could choose just what space could describe the day." Caryn Tennant

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