Monthly Archives: August 2012


Why hello there, remember me?!  What an unintentional hiatus that was!  My sincerest apologies, dear readers, for being so out of touch for so long.  Tssk tssk, Kate.  It’s been a crazy busy whirlwind couple of months, traveling often and living in Boston temporarily for work.  But now I am back in Connecticut and ready to bring you up to date on all of the mochas I have tried during Spring-Summer 2012.

I will start with Paul.  On a weekend trip to DC, my family and I stopped into Paul Bakery & Cafe on Pennsylvania Ave NW.  I had been eyeing their chocolate croissants for months and figured a mocha latte would compliment the croissant nicely.  The croissant was a kepper.  The mocha on the other hand… well, read for yourself:

Taste: 1

BLACH!  I asked for a mocha latte, not straight chocolate syrup.  Come on Paul, you’ve been doing this since 1889!  This was a huge glass (a small mocha latter for here, mind you) and it basically tasted like the chocolatiest chocolate milk you could think of.  I would have loved to have tasted a little of the espresso… maybe next time I will just go for an espresso… or a mocha cappuccino?! Mmmm.


Appearance: 1

Do YOU think that looks appealing?  No, no you don’t.  I am not drinking a chocolate milkshake, so why is this mocha latte in the tallest glass ever?  This mocha would be so much better served in some 19th century, country-esque patterned cup and saucer.  Paul has been a family owned and operated bakery for over 120 years! How amazing would it have been to have saved and passed down some of the original plates, cups, saucers, everything?!  I am starting to dabble into antique-ing… thinking of this stuff often, always on the look out. 🙂

Store Ambiance: 4

Loves: overhearing conversations in French from other customers… or maybe they were visiting from the Paul in France?! We went to Paul for a Monday mid morning mocha (and baguette, croissants, pie, and other pastries), so I imagine Paul was quiet because most folks were at work.  That was fine with me though… more sample pastries for me!

Not so loves: not the cleanest of bakeries and not one of the most delicious bakeries. But now I know what to get (plain baguette, cappuccino) and what not to get (everything I ordered originally).  So if you are in the neighborhood, for sure check out Paul, but less is more when ordering.


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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in DC