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You guys, something really important happened last week – a cat cafe opened here in Tallahassee. The Tally Cat Cafe, to be exact, and as you can guess, I absolutely had to be at their grand opening this past weekend. Heck, we even made reservations to make sure we had face time with the resident cats.
The cafe part of this establishment is on point: plenty of seating (with chairs that look the tiniest bit like they have cat ears) and a bar where you can sip and look into the cat room. The baristas were handling the rush like bosses, helping customers, whipping up beverages, handing out cat ears, and selling merch, all the while chatting with the people in line and making sure everyone was having a good time. I went for a Chai Kit-tea and a croissant (both were great), and my mom opted for a Cat-e Au Lait and a coffee donut (which I assume were good because they were gone in less than 5 minutes). My friends both opted for blended frozen something-or-others and seemed pleased with the results. While we waited for our session to start, we milled around the cafe, checking out the artwork (all available for sale), and peering into the cat room to see which fluffy felines were out and about. After a quick list of “dos and don’ts” and a round of hand sanitizer for everyone, we were allowed into the cat room, which is beverage and food friendly as long as you make sure the cats don’t steal any extra snacks from your plate/cup. It was really hard to keep my “MUST SNUGGLE” impulses in check, but I reined it in and took up a seated position on one of the many poufs available. I sipped my beverage and tried to let the cats come to me. I also may have set my croissant in the middle of the table in front of me to lure the kitties in; I figured if they were anything like mine they’d have to investigate.This snuzzy beauty is Charlotte; she napped the whole hour we were in there and could not have cared less about the noisy, needy humans. I thought she was pretty clever – she had one of the best beds in the place and was high enough up most people couldn’t bother here.
The indifferent calico below is Beatrice; she is chubby, a little grumpy, and full of sass – pretty much me in cat form. She was undoubtedly the queen of the cat room, and while she allowed us to adore her, she made sure that she moved to the next person after a minute or two to keep us from getting to full of ourselves. After watching her work the room, we decided that the single name “Beatrice” simply wasn’t enough for this regal creature, so we started referring to her as Lady Beatrice Wobblybottom of the Tallahassee Wobblybottoms. In all seriousness if I didn’t already have five cats of my own, I would adopt her in a second. Sass respects sass.
While I was wishing I could adopt Lady Beatrice, my friend Cassie was having her heart stolen by this handsome guy. His name is Vlad, and he has one of the most beautiful plume tails I have ever seen. On top of his glossy coat and inky whiskers, he was a HUGE cuddle bug. Loved the ear and chin scratches and even gave me a kitty kiss on my cheek. It will probably come to no surprise to you that Vlad was adopted two days after we met him; we were a little sad that we wouldn’t be seeing him again, but happy that he found a fur-ever home. He and his owner were featured on the cafe’s Instagram page, and she looks like she is just as in love with him as we were.
I won’t go into our interactions with every cat, but I will say that they were all really sweet playful babies. You think having all of those people around would be a bit much, but they were just so excited to be snuggled and make new friends.
Alas, after our hour was up we had to bid adieu to our new friends. I am hoping that I’ll have time to make another visit this weekend.
Every once in a while you find something cool that makes you want to go places that you’ve never even considered before. Places like Richardson, TX. The wonder that is Instagram introduced me Sweet Daze dessert bar. Unicorn cake, soft serve topped donuts, and fanciful layered confections; heck, they even offer vegan options so there is a little something for everyone. It’s tailor made for a sparkle sweet loving girl like me.
This place is incredible! I wish so badly that we had something like this in Tallahassee; girls night and coffee/tea dates would never be the same again! You can check out their menu here; they have seasonal treats offered daily as well as entire decorated layer cakes that are available by pre-order. So what do you say? Who wants to meet me in Richardson, TX for some crazy elaborate treats and a nice frosty beverage?
“You would like this French patisserie, Les Petite Pleasures. So many yummies.” This is the text I got from my Aunt Ingrid that started this little adventure. A little back story: Ingrid, as I just stated, is my aunt. She is a year younger than me, long story, and since we lived in the same town, we saw a fair bit of one another growing up. While we’re very different people -she is quite glamorous and owns her own company while I spend a great deal of time inadvertently covered in flour and my favorite makeup product is iridescent cheek shimmer-, we both appreciate good food and the thrill of discovering a hidden local gem. So I completely believed her when she said I’d enjoy the patisserie. When we all met up for dinner again later that day (family reunion beach trip), she gave me the run down, and we decided to meet up there for breakfast the following morning.
I was not expecting this place to be as cute as it was. Even though gentrification is alive and well in this tourist town, thing tend to be….well…a bit gimmicky. Les Petite Pleasures was charming with a delightful vintage flair. I had the best time walking around and peering into their display cases and checking out their wall part. Not to mention that odd, but cute take on jelly fish over the register.
I’ve never seen branches, pom poms, and jellyfish all in the same display, but I don’t hate it.
While we were working through our breakfast croissants and crepes, we could hear the chef in the back singing along to french pop music, which made the whole experience that much more authentic 🙂
The pastry case called to me, loudly and the entire time I was there, but alas it was not to be. We were stuffed from breakfast, and since we weren’t going to be heading straight home, we didn’t want to chance our pastry melting in the horrendous Florida heat. Next time we’ll make sure we can stock up.
Great food, fun ambiance, and getting to share it with people you love. I don’t think it gets any better than that.
Ready for a fun new take on the adorably awesome cat cafe trend? Allow me to introduce Romeow Cat Bistro. Located in Rome, this establishment is home to six feline friends and it offers customers airy whimsical decor and a full menu of swanky raw vegan food and pastries. Trip to Rome anyone?
I love the “book shelves” and the climbing tree. Yes, the reason most people go to these places is to interact with the resident cats, but I think it is important that they have a way to get away from their adoring public when they need too. I am really hoping more of these establishments make their way stateside in the next couple of years.