Afaf, this phenomenal personality whose vibes dominate the place, that she did not even visit yet, is the inspiration for the new home bakery – coffee shop scene.
Amani, a Lebanese, met Farah, the Jordanian, who is passionate about her grandma Afaf, the story was told and the two combined their passion for poetry, tattoos, family and much more; with their skills they are paying homage to Afaf.
A journey of one year started, from collecting the recipes, finding the location, neutralizing it to welcome Afaf’s touch. When you open that door with whisk handle, and that front sign, you are actually visiting her house.
Her touch is everywhere, most of the items, including the silvery, cups and plates were actually hers, and the rest of the things were either a replica of what she has or inspired by her taste.
Further more, the ladies had their touch too, Farah a tattooed girl and Amani a poetry fan, had Bokja customize the sitting area, while Farah released her inner artist in the beautiful mural with quotes and Afaf’s portrait.
A neat menu, cookies and cakes (on daily basis) baked by Farah following Afaf’s recipes where the quality of the ingredients is A scale, few sandwiches, coffee and tea as well as some light alcohol beverages.
On a Saturday morning, I walked through the door and the history of Afaf, her life on the walls, in the plate and in the vibes of the place.
My nescafe followed by cappuccino were served with the sticky date cake and the orange cake, both baked following religiously Afaf’s recipe, and I felt as if I was in her living room, listening to her stories while chatting with her.
The ladies kept me good company. The coffee, the mood, the cakes and the vibes were the perfect recipe for time well spent.
Guess who is becoming a regular!
Youssef Al Hayek Street,
Near Malolo, Gemmayze,