With My Own Two Hands – Coffee and Reflections
– Ben Harper, “With My Own Two Hands”
Today marks my one-year anniversary…of this blog, that is! Can you believe it’s been 58 posts already?
Just one year ago, I was considering making the move from a corporate firm to the arts and non-profit world – while still utilizing my design, writing and research skills. Along the way, I wanted to document and share my passions for culture, travel, food and coffee, among other things.
I’m incredibly grateful to the family and friends who encouraged me along the way, whether to continue blogging or to live joyfully, work hard and reach my fullest potential. Special shout-out to my better half! 🙂 I’m still learning from my mistakes, but I confidently look forward to the future with renewed hope.
You really don’t know what you’re capable of until you try. So choose to create, build up and nurture with your own two hands.
Taking a cue from one of my favorite Ben Harper songs, I thought it only appropriate to segue into the coffee portion of this blog post, covering Two Hands, the coffee shop.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I like my coffee. This is probably why I write so much about it, and snap pictures of latte art until it drives my friends insane (haha!).
A cozy coffee shop where Little Italy meets Chinatown? That sells flat whites, you don’t say? Of course I had to check it out!
…Along with everyone else, it seems. Two Hands’ interior was packed with warm bodies crammed side-by-side. I brushed elbows with many a hipster, and swapped silverware from communal jars. And the line? To the middle of the café. I came with others, so we took turns queuing up while someone stayed behind to snatch seats.
Mason jars, modern art and massive strings of light bulbs wrapped along the ceiling gave the café a more intimate vibe. Exposed brick walls were lightly brushed with white paint.
When you order, you’re given a place card holder with a playing card inserted. Mine was the 2 of Hearts (or Deuce).
I recommend the Avo Toast with eggs sunny side-up. You really can’t go wrong with avocado! The daily sandwich was pretty solid, too, though it could have been more generously sized (I get hungry…). The sandwich contained tomato, fresh mozzarella and what tasted like salami.
When the waiter came out with my flat white, I was ecstatic. I took one sip: THIS was what a flat white should taste like. Frothy, full-bodied, and not overly bitter or acidic. These Aussies, they know their stuff!
Besides coffee, other liquid options include interesting juices – such as beet, kale and cucumber – and smoothies with names like “Nice ‘N’ Easy” and “All the Way.” Of course, you could go for a latte or cold brew, if you like. Breakfast might be an acai bowl, corn fritters, or a baked egg roll, etc.
Two Hands’ tagline, on its website, is: “Good food by good dudes.”
You can even rent the venue for events. Two Hands has an open plan space of 500 sq. ft. that includes a large bar top for food and drinks service, with seating capacity for up to 42 people. Two Hands hosted a photography exhibition last July.
Stop by during off-peak hours for a seat. While you’re at it, pick up a loyalty card so you can work toward getting that 10th drink free. 😉 I’m contemplating that outback cap…
164 Mott St (between Broome St & Grand St)
New York, NY 10013
Neighborhood: Little Italy