We All Started Somewhere
I don't often have the chance to explore outside Taipei. After spending most of my time abroad, staying close to my family during the holidays seems to make more sense. Lucky enough, work does take me outside the city sometimes.
Some of you may remember me sharing my pleasant experience with Smile Cøffee a few months back. Little did I know, they are a brand of history. So when they approached me to visit their other branches, I was so happy. Send Smile Coffee, a different store, but equally amazing.
如果你們還記得的話，幾個月前我曾經走訪位於台中熱河的 Smile Cøffee，獨特挑高的穀倉風格，深得我心，一直到現在都還是我的心頭好。Send Smile Coffee，一樣的主角，一樣的城市，卻是截然不同的氛圍。若不是名字相同，還真難想像是同一個品牌呢（笑）
Send Smile Coffee is located in Taichung's West area. The cafe is cozy and welcoming, just like its food. Coffee beans are specially sourced. With over ten years of experience, the cafe is now a hybrid of different elements – coffee, brunch, dessert and a lovely atmosphere, a go-to Sunday cafe for most locals.
I've noticed, different from their latest store, Send Smile Cafe comes with a much more heartwarming style. The spot had the feeling of a lovely home, a relaxing scent but still with an energetic pace of service. In my opinion, it's a homey place for some serious, authentic brunch. Just like your typical Sunday at your own humble, with better food and beverage, of course. I ate one of the best waffles I have ever had here. It was moist and flavoursome, with a delicate touch of chocolate and nuts.
Send Smile Coffee，座落在台中西區的華美街上，鄰近河堤綠樹。戶外座位區位子充足，天氣涼爽點的話，絕對是個宜人的好選擇。往裡頭的室內座位，溫暖質樸，適合和我一樣喜歡自己有個安靜小角落的人。以咖啡起家，憲賣咖啡在業界已有超過十年的經驗。從一開始簡單的咖啡配厚片吐司，一路到現在的早午餐文化。出發前就向身邊住在台中的朋友探聽過，才知道 Send Smile 在當地人心目中早有一定的定位。在這裡，有細緻的咖啡、早午餐、三明治與甜點，更重要的是，十多年下來打造的愜意氛圍，早已是許多人週末固定聚集的去處
Ah, and this quiche brunch set, is the perfect meal if you're aiming for something filling and savoury. The sides warmed my heart. It's like a home cook meal that you'd never want to miss. The cafe puts so much effort in sourcing the best ingredients; providing not only the best taste, and also a healthy one. Salad, eggs, chicken, apple and homemade quiche, there's no competing to that, if I may add.
On this particular afternoon I realised, despite the place being so much about coffee, what I liked most is the relationship they built with the locals. The welcoming atmosphere, the coziness, and most importantly, the chit chat between the staff and customers. These are the things that put a smile on my face. Truthfully, I've always adored the interaction between us, human beings, and it wouldn't hurt to indulge some great food and beverage while doing so. I'd like to think, if cafe hopping is your thing, Taichung is a great place to travel.
其實原本以為戶外座位才對我的胃，沒想到在吧檯對面的沙發座位找到了自己愛佔據的一角。一窩就是三四個小時，離開的時候天都黑了（笑）在走訪過品牌的不同家分店，我很喜歡華美店氣氛，是種回歸生活的純粹感受。一個下午過去，發現這不只是間環境舒適適合放鬆消磨時間的咖啡廳，它早已與當地人共同創造屬於他們的生活態度。或許是因為早在2003 年就創立的關係，憲賣的客源，除了新興的學生族群，也有著許多感情濃厚的老顧客。走入門口時，與老闆或是工作人員熟識的打上招呼，這樣的情誼，在一旁看了也跟著嘴角上揚。這就是憲賣與客人相互經營的理念與生活品味。Send Smile – 以咖啡與笑容溫暖人心。