While preparing to take off in an airplane bound for St. John’s Wednesday last, I was sitting back, relishing the excellent discovery I’d made in Halifax when I met blogger Ruth Daniels (more on her tomorrow) for coffee at Trident Books and Coffee shop. This little café, located just steps from the train station and the waterfront at the foot of Hollis Street, was a true gem. Fair trade coffee sold by the cup or as roasted or unroasted beans to be taken home; a great selection of used books; a great selection of loose-leaf teas and even yummy muffins. I truly wished they were located in my neighbourhood and not hundreds of miles away in Halifax.
Idly leafing through the latest En Route magazine as the plane taxied to the runway, still thinking about my new favourite coffee and bookshop, I was surprised to see an article about restaurants that combine books, food and drink. The sleuths at Canadian-produced En Route found some great sounding places in Brussels, London, Seattle, Paris and even Beijing but they didn’t mention Trident, a wonderful example of the concept operating right here in their own country.
So, I’m correcting En Route’s oversight by recommending Trident to you here. The picture I took only shows the bulk coffee room but trust me, the cafe area is charming, inviting and every bit as wonderful as the establishments on En Route’s list.
Other than the Starbucks cafes located in many big box book stores in Canada and the US, do you know of any other restaurants that marry literature with food, alcohol or coffee to create a food service concept?