The Four Temperaments Go For Coffee

In considering the four temperaments – choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, and sanguine – it occurred to me that a person’s temperament can be on full display in a simple interaction such as meeting a friend at a coffee shop. To illustrate the point, here are some brief descriptions of how a person with each dominant temperament might act: Continue reading “The Four Temperaments Go For Coffee”

“For Every Sin” by Aharon Appelfeld

Today I finished reading a novel by Aharon Appelfeld titled For Every Sin.

In it, the protagonist, Theo, is a young adult who has survived the Holocaust and is trying to walk all the way back to his hometown. En route, he continually encounters “refugees” – other Jews like him who have survived the camps but for whom he has disdain and with whom he doesn’t think he has much in common. Continue reading ““For Every Sin” by Aharon Appelfeld”

Three Best Ottawa Cafes in the Market

This is a very quick post to highlight my three favourite cafes in my new neighbourhood.

1. Headquarters (115 Clarence Street): Perfect for avocado toast-loving millennials who appreciate minimalist decor, take-the-world-by-the-storm-yet-chill soundtracks, and exquisite menu options. Each of the food items is a work of art. Pictured below is carrot ginger soup with maple drizzle, among a medley of other ingredients that made the soup actually worth $9. The coffee is quite good but the food is better. The Art Is In pastries are extraordinary and I often celebrate Sunday with a chocolate-filled croissant covered with almonds and dusted in icing sugar. Mmmm.   Continue reading “Three Best Ottawa Cafes in the Market”