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so it begins at a coffeeshop…

10 May 2009

One  V e n t i  white chocolate mocha coffee, please.

A venti cup was greatly needed; I was even tempted to order one with an extra shot of expresso, but I figured that such large cup of coffee would be able to do it’s job. After all, I’ve only ever had tall orders, whose rather small size was perfectly adequate in providing a good dosage of energy for all-nighters.

starbucks story

Today’s purpose at Starbucks (a.k.a. an  o b s e s s i o n  of mine) was not one of the usual leisurely stops where I could prop myself upon one of their couches, sip a frappucino, and read a newly purchased book from Barnes & Nobles. No indeed, I was quite frustrated at the lack of internet for nearly an entire week because of the rain. It felt a bit like the Twilight Zone, sans communication with the reset of the world; blog-less, email-less, inspiration-less, etc. That, plus no way to research for a few papers & ideas for pitches in addition to the close proximity of exams and AP tests does become stressful. Just a bit.

Clad in a cream, long sleeved shirt with green applique letters spelling out  N E W  Y O R K  (a men’s shirt, actually), tossed over cuffed denim shorts and black opaque tights, attempting not to shuffle in ankle boots, I claimed a little corner as my own. Balenciaga taking it’s own place on my chair, laptop open and ready with WiFi, coffee and The Tipping Point (by Malcom Gladwell) beside it. I had just begun to open a rather flooded inbox when I was interrupted.

“How do you like your book so far?”

Had it not been for the liquidity of his voice, along with quite the attractive Scottish (I didn’t know what it was at the time yet) accent, I would have been a bit cross. But no, I was taken by surprise, and looked up to see a tall, leanly built guy.  Black plastic, rectangular frames sat just a tad crookedly on his nose, hair slightly disheveled, wearing what a guy usually wears. Yah know, the fitted tee, jeans, sneakers. He smiled rather charmingly. It was the smile of childish humor with a bit of something else – a something else that did make me melt a bit.

And the funny thing was, we hit it off right away. Cliche, yes, but there is simply no other way to describe it. I loved how he sat himself down across from me and began to ask questions. Like if I’ve ever been to Berlin, and what cities in Europe I’ve visited. How he decided to go back and forth and ask each other random questions. I loved how honest he was too, uninhibited in revealing things about himself: slightly dyslexic but only in spelling, admitting that he was a geek, etc. But a geek-jock, if such combination is even plausible – an avid football fan and coach of a team. If you ask me, the perfect combination of an adorable, computer & Lego-loving geek with impressive athletic abilities.

One hour later. He’s on vacation from Scotland, I’m but a mere Jersey girl. Oh but it was fun while it lasted ;]

… and so, it ends at a coffee shop.


La C.

68 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 May 2009 7:37 am

    Oh sounds perfect. Got to love the magic of white chocolate mochas! x

  2. Hannah permalink
    10 May 2009 7:46 am

    This sounds wonderful! What a fun impromptu “date.” Of course, I’m sure this kicks your Starbucks obsession up another notch! 🙂

    • 10 May 2009 7:53 am

      Hannah: It does =] I’m working on the post for tall girls; it’ll be up early this week =]

      La C.

  3. 10 May 2009 8:01 am

    it’s sounds like a funny date

  4. 10 May 2009 8:28 am

    ah did you swap numbers to keep in touch??

  5. 10 May 2009 8:45 am

    Well… vacations don’t last forever! =)

  6. 10 May 2009 8:58 am

    thanks darling 🙂
    I miss starbucks! too bad I don’t have one in my city 😦

  7. 10 May 2009 9:15 am

    What a beautiful little story!

  8. 10 May 2009 9:44 am

    So interesting. I love your blog! Keep on the good work.

  9. 10 May 2009 9:47 am

    I wish I went at Starbucks because there isn’t any Starbucks in France

  10. 10 May 2009 10:22 am

    great story! since i don’t drink caffeine of any sort, my time at starbucks is terribly limited, but i may have to start spending some time there nevertheless, hah

  11. 10 May 2009 11:07 am

    What a cute short story! 🙂


  12. 10 May 2009 11:08 am

    ahhh what a beautiful story.. 🙂 a perfect starbucks encounter 🙂

  13. 10 May 2009 11:18 am

    I so love this. I am now coveting a quaint little coffeeshop encounter with a cutie of my own! 🙂

  14. Airam permalink
    10 May 2009 11:43 am

    I guess this just testifies of your loveliness, don’t you think? 😉 Guys with glasses are so sexy, I do wish Boyfriend would wear his more often. Combine that with a Scottish accent…

    And just to let you know, I featured your blog in my list-of-the-month-page.


  15. 10 May 2009 12:06 pm

    My mum can do that too with people she don’t know. Just go, talk and ask those questions who doesn’t make sense at all (if you don’t know him/her). Very ennoying because most of the time I’m standing ashamed next to her. haha!

  16. 10 May 2009 12:37 pm

    Awe! sometimes things work out in weird ways and we run into people we had no real chance of ever seeing again. You never know.

    Trisch xo

  17. 10 May 2009 1:22 pm

    Your writing is so amazing. If you haven’t already, you should write a book, so that I can read it 🙂

    • 10 May 2009 2:46 pm

      Sasha: Thank you soooo much!! =] I am seriously blushing and smiling from ear to ear – that is the greatest compliment one could ever say =] I would love to write a book =] perhaps one day =]

      La C.

  18. 10 May 2009 1:27 pm

    oh la c, how envious of your lifestyle do i need to be until I can be just like you?

    walking on the streets of new york, i’ll be lucky if i get to see some fine tourist men strolling by.

    love you, darling. stay sweet.

  19. Hannah permalink
    10 May 2009 2:57 pm

    La C.: Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  20. thebaglady permalink
    10 May 2009 3:04 pm


    Am I crazy or do good things always happen to you at starbucks?! First the even on Valentine’s day (if I remember correctly) now this?!

    Ah fate. You will meet your future husband there.

    And as always, I adore your writing =]

  21. 10 May 2009 3:37 pm

    Aww la would have been a sweet/cute summer fling indeed..I’ve missed your posts! I hope your internet comes back soon!

  22. 10 May 2009 3:59 pm

    Oh this story gave me goose-bumps. What a fun time, you should at least try to keep in touch via e-mail or phone. He sounded quite perfect!

  23. 10 May 2009 3:59 pm

    what a fantastically charming story!
    but oh, so sorry it had to end…

    i like my men just a tad geeky too :). those kind are the best. cause they don’t know they’re cute.

  24. rossovelvet permalink
    10 May 2009 5:06 pm

    This is so fun and cute !
    Scottish accent is hilarious ! x). I keep my italian one xD.
    Btw starbucks… you poor child. I’m such a purist for coffee, ristretto ristretto ristretto !

  25. 10 May 2009 5:10 pm

    oh my gosh, my girl friend was just telling me about some of the cute guys she met while on vacation. i love to meet random cute strangers on vacations, just to chat and share a drink. it’s great for the ego and fun.

  26. 10 May 2009 5:54 pm

    What a fabulously amazing experience! That kind of thing only happens in the movies…. -e

  27. 10 May 2009 6:15 pm

    Starbucks !!! I don’t have a Starbucks in my town (we don’t have 30 Starbucks in a town in France). And I could make anything in order to have an american Starbucks Pepper mint latte!

  28. 10 May 2009 7:27 pm

    Aw…how sweet! Loved reading your story! Scottish people are so charming, they should bottle that stuff and sell it 😉

  29. Maisha permalink
    10 May 2009 7:44 pm

    Umm..why is it that I have to read this blog in order to find out this information??
    I’m sensing a serious gym conversation tomorrow.

    Scottish?? 🙂

    • 10 May 2009 8:04 pm

      Maisha: Dearest Maisha. If ever graced our existence by making an appearance online, you would have known this! Yes, tomorrow I shall tell!

  30. 10 May 2009 8:08 pm

    Ohh man, that sounds so magical! I’m a bit jealous.. Haha.
    I’m a sucker for men with foreign accents. 🙂

    xo, Kate

  31. 10 May 2009 8:20 pm

    OH GOD!!! romance! drama! intrigue! the only thing missing was hot monkey love and continued courtship, but i guess we will all have to get over that. 🙂

  32. kristine permalink
    10 May 2009 8:47 pm

    please write a book.

    of course such fairytale like thing would happen to you! at seventeen! imagine what and WHO you’ll get in your 20s!!

    i’d gladly take the guys you don’t want ;]

  33. 10 May 2009 9:39 pm

    This is such a sweet, romantic story!! I enjoyed it so much! You know, I always wish something like this happen to me whenever I go to a coffee shop. He sounds so perfect!! xxoxoxo

  34. 10 May 2009 10:49 pm

    What an adorable encounter. 🙂

  35. 10 May 2009 10:52 pm

    aw what a cute little story! Oh and I loveee starbucks too (don’t we all?)

  36. 10 May 2009 11:03 pm

    Hey La C. Cool to hear about your interaction with the Scot. I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. Take care. Cheers!

  37. 10 May 2009 11:56 pm

    omg, that’s the cutest story i’ve read all week. *sigh

  38. 11 May 2009 12:16 am

    Woah woah woah, how come stuff like this never happens to me at Starbucks?! Ok, I’ve got to hang around coffee shops looking cute more often!

  39. 11 May 2009 12:22 am

    This is the cutest story ever!! Gives me all those warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia and all~ Even though the time was short, it’s always nice to look back on it later on haha >;D

    Can’t wait to hear more~
    E> An

    p.s. Yes I’m back xD Although I have been gone, I have still been lurking and skimming through posts but now that I have time I will go on a commenting rampage! *maniacal laughter*

  40. 11 May 2009 12:56 am

    That’s the stuff dreams are made of, kiddo. xo

  41. 11 May 2009 2:12 am

    how fun! and how impromptu! i love it!

  42. 11 May 2009 3:55 am

    Hi there-what a lovely chance meeting, thats a great memory that will stay with you a long time!!

  43. 11 May 2009 4:59 am

    Wow!!! what a beautiful story!!!!!!
    Your writing is so amazing dear!


  44. didi permalink
    11 May 2009 5:34 am

    Ooh how lovely! total sweetness! it’s not clear if anything will develop from this but … sometimes a sweet memory is the best.

    Love it.
    xxx didi

  45. 11 May 2009 6:00 am

    Awww that sounds so sweet! Are you going to meet up with him again?? x Sushi

  46. 11 May 2009 9:37 am

    Such a cute chance meeting or date? ! oh I hope you two cross paths again. =) Happy Monday!

  47. 11 May 2009 11:19 am

    What a charming story! I can totally relate. I met a Scottish guy by chance too. And now I’m married to him 🙂

  48. 11 May 2009 11:41 am

    Oooo, I love small encounters like that. I once had something like this when I was volunteering.

  49. 11 May 2009 2:08 pm

    That is one helluva Starbucks experience.!

  50. 11 May 2009 3:36 pm

    To say I was jealous would be such a total understatement right now. There’s a guy I see every time I catch the earlier train to class, he’s at least five years older than me, works in the City, and he’s gorgeous, I dream stuff like that would happen between us haha, well I’ll just have to keep dreaming,


  51. 11 May 2009 3:59 pm

    What a charming encounter!!!


  52. 11 May 2009 8:03 pm

    I’m a Jersey girl who hangs in Starbucks as well. I found a very nice(HOT) bf there years ago. If he didn’t want the dreaded married thing, it would have worked out great. Maybe you can visit Scotland?

  53. 11 May 2009 9:47 pm

    Loved the story, why didn’t you guys exchange email addresses?

  54. 11 May 2009 11:29 pm

    lovely story! that looks yummm….

  55. 12 May 2009 1:57 pm

    Ohhhh .. long time now I got my last venti Frappuccino, caffe vanila!!! I miss it, the drink (we dont have starbucks in Norway!!) But remember it well .. a perfect day with a venti in one hand, a vogue in another, sitt somewhere in the park!! Aaaa I miss the states, shopping and everything!! 😀 I’m not crazy, I may sound like it, but honestly I am not 😀

  56. 12 May 2009 3:10 pm

    I love starbucks, thanks for reminding me to go by there today. I had to cut back on my green tea lattes but I’m about due for a treat today.

  57. 12 May 2009 9:02 pm

    Gotta love those perfect chance encounters! That sounds absolutely wonderful 🙂

  58. 12 May 2009 9:20 pm

    what a story! He sounds like a perfect stranger, I’m glad you got to connect with him for an hour, even if it wasn’t as long as you would have hoped. And I didn’t know you were a jersey girl! I am too 🙂

  59. 13 May 2009 3:23 pm

    what a wonderful story
    xo k

  60. 13 May 2009 5:11 pm

    how fun!

  61. 13 May 2009 11:18 pm

    love this! you haven’t lived if you haven’t had a romantic but short-lived encounter at starbucks!


  62. Alize Morand permalink
    14 May 2009 6:47 pm

    Oh My God!! I LOVE this story, it’s so real! You’re such a great storyteller, I wanted to read more, actually I wish it a book! 🙂 The tipping point is a great book too, I had to study it recently, I guess it proves popular in the UK..
    I’m just back in the Alps tonight and was in Paris today, so thinking of your love of France! 🙂 Sending you love and the smell of croissants!

  63. 15 May 2009 2:39 pm

    Such a sweet story. It reminds me on Landon Pigg’s song “Falling in love at the coffeeshop”. I adore that song. Thank you AT&T commercial 🙂

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