Sweet Thing: Toby's Estate.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Anyone who works from home will tell you how important it is to have a place like Toby's. I've parked at one of those little round tables for the better part of many an afternoon - finishing work, paging through a book, soaking in the light from its gigantic front windows (a coffee shop so bright is a rarity). 


But if we're being honest, the real draw for me is the food. Most days, I order the avocado toast (drizzled with tahini and flecked with sea salt), or the yogurt if I'm feeling especially virtuous. Every now and then, though - try as I might to resist - I succumb to this.


Baked at Roberta's, one of my favorite restaurants from my old neighborhood, this sturdy little curlicue of a sticky bun may be gone in three bites, but it packs an exquisitely buttery wallop. Words can't describe how much I look forward to having one on certain slow-moving, cloud-cast days - so I'll let those sublime, glossy drips down the side speak for themselves. 

Read more about Toby's, here. Top image via Dwell.

14 comments:

Sam | ashore said...

oh gosh, places like this are so important. Working at home all day can make me so restless!

The liveliness and light at Toby's is probably perfect for that coffee shop clarity that comes form the hustle and bustle (... and being a little over caffeinated.)

Kristina @ Sarcire said...

Oh, yum! My pregnancy hormones says "lick the screen." I am trying hard to keep myself composed.

Hannah Brandt said...

The glistening icing on that pastry is almost too much to handle. Looks delicious, and what a cozy place to enjoy it in!

girlseeksplace said...

That looks like my kind of place. I tend to use the library as my office, but it doesn't hold the appeal of coffee shops/bakeries.

Melissa said...

Oh my! That place looks awesome! It's either someplace I would get a ton of work done or would get too distracted by people watching :) And that sticky bun....wow...looks like the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Enjoy!

Kathy said...

What a clean and well-lighted place :) I think it goes without saying that that sticky bun is making my heart flip, but that avocado toast with tahini sounds amazing as well!

Shoko said...

Sam, yes it definitely is!

ROXY MARJ said...

*sigh*....I need a Toby's in Centerville Utah. :( The closest thing we have to something like that is the public library..... p.s. LOVE LP! She is so talented and the animals on hats! YES PLEASE!!!! :)

Jo N said...

We have Toby's Estate here in Sydney too. I wonder if it's the same brand? Love their coffee.

Shoko said...

Jo, yes, it's the same one! It's the best!

Linda said...

Love Toby's!!!

Jessica said...

I'm so jealous! While we have lots of cosy, intimate cafes here, I've never found anything light bright and inspirational like this. However, I am moving to Brisbane in about a month, so I think my chances might increase up there!

Kayla Poole said...

I adore Toby's! Do you live in Williamsburg? I used to live one stop over on the L, right at 1st ave & 14th street.

Shoko said...

Kayla, yes! Do you live in Brooklyn now?

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