Brazil! 🇧🇷

In February 2023, I moved to Brazil! 🇧🇷

I have been on a one month journey–so far–finding, ordering, tasting, Brazilian coffee; I have quickly fallen in love though I am still exploring and learning all about Brazil, and Brazilian coffee.

Although I am still learning, and still figuring out recommendations, I thought: Why not give a preview/introduction now?

So, here’s a coffee gallery of my first couple of months in Brazil 🤩:

Happy New Year!

For many of us, the new (Gregorian) calendar year means a fresh start; I can’t think of a better way for that fresh start to begin with . . . than a warm cup of coffee ☕

Whether it was another day, the start of a new year, or the start of a new week for you — I hope it began with your favorite coffee, and I wish you many more to come 🤗

Photo by Dhilip Antony on Unsplash

Happy Holidays!

Whether it’s simply winter break for you, a much-deserved break, that you’re celebrating, or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Christmas, Winter Solstice . . . Happy Holidays; have fun, and savor the coffee!

Photo by Kate Laine on Unsplash

The Local Coffee Shop

There has been a considerable gap since I last recommended a local coffee shop–considerable gap!

2020: well, 2020 sort of put a stop to going to coffee shops, for obvious reasons.

2021: I had to mourn the closure of some of my favorite shops–places and spaces that had long been loved, or were promising new hubs. The pandemic was a seismic force on the success, availability, and possibility of so many small businesses . . .

2022: Now, in 2022, I have been doing my best to rediscover places–places that had makeovers and adapted to the seismic shifts of our entire society. I have also been exploring new places–places filled with hopes and dreams; places and people taking monumental risks in this economy–admirable risks, risks we should all encourage and support.

Local business is how families and communities thrive . . . and soon enough, I will be sharing some of these amazing places serving, supporting, and sustaining so many families and communities 🖤☕

Photo by Mohit Tiwari on Unsplash


I had all these plans for writing — and here I am after nearly two months when those plans were ready and drawn out. What happened? I entered a busy time that I knew was coming but even with solid plans and great aspirations, I didn’t get a chance to do it all. And so, writing took a back seat.

It happens, but lining things up–and for the holidays, for the whatever leisure time available to me in this busy holiday time, I will be here, I promise! 🤗

Back-to-School – 2022

I took a sort of summer break, and then got sick . . . but all better now!

Now, I’m not teaching this year, not on a traditional calendar or in a school like previous years, but I still follow that school calendar. Old habits, what can I say?

So with that back-to-school feeling and vibe all around me, allow me to offer a special shout out to all the teachers and school staff, and students, returning to school this year. And to all the school staff–treat yourself to a little extra coffee, the first weeks always need it! 😜

Sunrise — Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Welcome Back —

I went on winter break in 2020, and didn’t come back! 😲

After a couple of months, I just stepped away from it all. I clearly needed a break. I didn’t think anything of it, and then I realized it had been six months, and six months in I decided I needed a whole year.

And now I’m back. After an eventful year–switching jobs, moving, traveling, returning home, I am ready to settle back into a groove . . . I can’t wait to share all that has happened, all that I learned, all the coffee I drank! Cheers!

Welcome back — to me, to you!


Wishing you an amazing year filled with love, health, joy, and plenty of coffee 😉 . . .

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