Thursday, December 15, 2011

Newbury street

on newbury street (if you click on the link you can see its apparently bostons most enchanting street) you can find hotel chocolate. i thought that was just a hotel named chocolat (perhaps after the book or the film?), and i liked the bike with the flag (and the fancy couple, although i was annoyed by the guy behind the flag, haha). the tire does need some air i see now. but... its not a hotel, its a british chocolatier and cocoa grower, with 55 stores in the united kingdom and 5 stores within the us and the middle east. you can go there for "gourmet" chocolate. sometimes we joke we should start our own shop with "good food", and we will use terms like "artisan, old world, european, organic". with those words we can ask a lot of many for our products, and people buying it will think they are very hip, and special.... maybe we need a bike and a flag as well...

8 comments:

biebkriebels said...

It is a great photo! The street doesn't look so american, almost european with the stylish couple and the shopwindows.

s.c said...

Most likely the shops in England have the american flag. You have to do something to distinguish yourself. And I agree with biebkriebels. The street is looking very european.

Tim said...

ah yes, very... derelict! well i think that some people have a warped view of Europeans. They are not all stylish, daily drinking espresso in their favorite bistro then strolling along to work in their 1800 century boutique or do some volunteering before teaching an art class... However, i have never seen a shop with an american flag in europe haha. But maybe when cat and i open our IHOP style restaurant in utrecht, it will sport the stars and stripes! :D

Sylvia Neumann said...

hmmm Dutch gourmet Food:)

CaT said...

as sheldon would ask: is that sarcasm?

Kay said...

I think things look "European" when they have construction detail that looks more carefully done than here, or older. If anything, Americans long for better quality than so much of our factory food and mass production. And often things are so impersonal that they lack identity and could be here, there, or anywhere.

CaT said...

@kay; i agree that a lot of the (even basic, or perhaps especially the basic) food is of less quality than back home. the advantage is that you can store everything in your fridge for ages, while bck home it will go bad in a few days, but the disadvantage is that you eat stuff is not healthy for you at all. in the beginning i did not notice it that much but at some point my gastrintestinal system (sorry for the detail) really started to object. i now pay better attention to what we buy... high-fructose syrup we try to avoid... :)

Steffe said...

No Danish flag in the Bang & Olufsen window?