Friday, January 21, 2011

Okay, I spoke too soon

Henri chided me for boasting about the passing of the recent N'orEasters by picking me up this morning and dumping me ,while I was still comtemplating life at the top of my first cup of coffee , into a large snowdrift outside our backdoor. Its cold and wet, I get it!!!
We feature three kinds of hot chocolate at our cafe. My favorite is the white chocolate ( which monsieur le chef tells me isn't a chocolate at all but cocoa butter) with lavender and myrtle. He likes the dark chocolate with just a touch of Vietnamese cinnamon and ancho chili. We also offer the more traditional milk chocolate. We have real marshmallows and homemade whipped cream, if that is your pleasure.
Bon soir et bon appetit!
Arina Copain,
Office Manager

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Excitement-Come see our cat cake.

I am glad that last week's Nor'Easters are behind us. Everything is in readiness for the cafe to open. The final inspection is on Tuesday. So there are no post holiday blahs around here.

Henri has been experimenting with some decorations for cupcakes. I swear that he can find ideas just about everywhere. I was impressed by the flower of the month idea . Its like an early Spring. He did a dummy cake for the window. Its a orange tabby cat sitting at a black upright piano as if he were playing it , there is a tuxedo cat sitting on top who is singing his little heart out. I will tell you a secret- if you look closely at the metronome on top, you will see two eyes. There is a mouse inside and when the mechanics move , you can see his tail keep the beat in time with the metronome. I think that he is planning to start the dummy cake up after the inspection so, do wander by and take a look

I learned something the hard way this week, as I said I am the new kid on the block. Did you know that you should not put good knives into the dishwasher? I didn't , and tried Henri's patience this week when I thought that I was helping. So I thought  I would share the information. It dulls and may damage the knives and may damage the silverware basket. I won't do it again . They were rescued in the nick of time.

Bon Soir,
Arina Copain
Office Manager

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year from Cafe Copain

I have heard so many drills this week that some days I think  I live in a dentist's office. But it was worse for about two weeks , just before the Solstice/Yule holidays when we had the case of the missing workmen. Nothing permanent just holiday-itis. Fortunately, my husband is a patient man and no one was laid off. The Tudor lights have been installed , and the stainless steel kitchen appliances have arrived. We should be facing our final inspection in two weeks. I had hoped to share the menu design this post but they have yet to arrive from the printer. Very graceful cover with Fleur de lys across the top. I admit that I am the new kid on the block ,(no relation to the band) and find this both nerve wrecking and exciting. But my father in law assures me that everything is under control, that they have moved before and it always takes longer than planned.

Arina Celeste Copain
Office Manager