I’ve had enough winter now.

This morning when I woke up the cat was on edge and chattering and chirping at the window because OHMYGOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!, which is what she must have meant. Large white chunks were falling where birds usually fly, and she was not prepared. And then I had to tell Nick about the mess, and soon the two of them were at it, chittering away about the whiteness and the terrible, slippery bleakness of it all.

I checked my email four times, but work wasn’t cancelled.

I dressed accordingly.

And there was a line at Starbucks, which I go to because there isn’t anything better around. At least there wasn’t, and thank goodness for stupid busy Starbucks because I finally went into this other coffee place that’s a few steps past my bus stop, and holy crap, they had Nutella hot chocolate.

Sprinkled with 70% dark Callebaut chocolate, which is hand-shaved daily.

And served by the friendliest coffee shop employee I’ve ever encountered at 8:10 in the morning.

I took a picture, but there was another person in the place so I felt like I had to rush, so it’s blurry.

The place is called Dose Espresso Bar, and it’s on Broadway and Granville, and if you’re in the neighbourhood, please go. Independent coffee shops are a rarity this end of Broadway and based on the hot chocolate alone I insist you frequent this one. Frequently.

When I got to work, the place was covered in snow, and quiet. It’s a pretty place when snow falls, before a day’s footprints turn the fluffy white stuff into sloppy brown slush.

My face is still heavy with a cold I can’t stop complaining about, so my friend Dan and I went for pho for lunch.

Dan was kind enough to not say anything about my runny nose and my inability to eat long noodles like a lady. The soup was hot and soothing, and with a few squirts of sriracha was just spicy enough. I practically inhaled the whole bowl, and we gossiped and Dan told me what real winters are like in other parts of Canada.

Intolerable, from the sounds of it.

The day never got much brighter than it was when I rode the bus to work this morning, but in small doses, perhaps this winter business isn’t so bad. I’m done with it, but if I have to endure it longer, which Environment Canada says is pretty much a guarantee, good hot chocolate and spicy soup will make it somewhat more bearable.

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9 thoughts on “I’ve had enough winter now.

  1. OMG, I know. While waiting for my bus the other day I thought that maybe this is happening to remind me that I really couldn’t handle living anywhere colder than Vancouver…

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  2. Dose! My fella just discovered it and is now best friends with the owner Tony, who wrote our names on his arm, they are THAT friendly. My fella also met a guy who makes shampoo there. Finally a neighbourhood cafe amid the coldness of the Granville Broadway area.

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    1. That’s wonderful! I want to be best friends with Tony too. It’s nice that there is finally a little place on my daily path that isn’t a chain – I hope they last! You’re right – it can be a tad unfriendly in this part of town.

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  3. We don’t have pho in Statesboro, Ga. And Nutella hot chocolate sounds like it should be regulated. I am going to suggest it to our local coffee place (called The Daily Grind). Also? All bundled up like that you look about 8 years old. Bundling up in S’boro=actually putting on a sweater.

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    1. No pho? Oh, you need to find a Vietnamese restaurant stat. It’s so perfect, especially in winter. Definitely see if you can get your local place to whip you up a Nutella cocoa – I may never go back to the regular kind! Also I totally looked exactly the same at age 8.

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  4. Oh! Pho pho pho — I want some! I’ll send you sunny thoughts from (rainy) California — I loooooove snow, but I’m always done with it in about 2 weeks, long before it’s done with me.

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  5. Oh, we were all out of snow the morning after the big dump. It’s been raining ever since, big fat raindrops. But pho helps anyway, and you should go and get some! I hope there’s hot soup wherever you are too.

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