When my daughter is home from school one of the things we love to do is go out for coffee. Not just any coffee shop will do, we make a day of it. We make plans, we map out two or three places we want to try in the city and off we go. It’s a great time to catch up and check out some fun new places. But sometimes.…we don’t have the whole day to drink coffee. I know…shocking, right? That’s when we discovered Lorca right near us in the heart of downtown Stamford, Connecticut.
Lorca is owned by Leyla Dam who describes herself as an architect with a love of food and coffee. She grew up in Spain drinking Cortados and eating churros. In 2010 she traveled to Sevilla to learn the art of making churros and returned to Connecticut to learn the craft of coffee. Lorca opened in the winter of 2012.
One of our favorite items on the menu is the Alfajores cookie. A rich butter cookie with dulce de leche, coconut and powdered sugar. Leyla said her mom made them for their opening and they soon became a Lorca favorite. I like to order them by the dozen for dinner parties at home. They are so good, you may want to get two dozen!
Lorca is located at 125 Bedford Street in downtown Stamford, Connecticut.
I get a lot of emails asking about my favorite thrift stores. There are quite a few, but these are the ones I love. The great thing about thrift stores is that they are always adding new things everyday. I love thrifting with friends or my daughter because it’s just that more knowledge about the stuff we are seeing and potentially buying. Madeline found a summer shift dress just after the holidays that was priced $60. It fit perfectly and after a little research, she found it for $495. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it, but that’s what’s fun about thrifting with friends (or Madeline)! When I’m out and about and close to one of these shops, I’ll always stop in to see what they have. The ladies that work at these thrift stores are all volunteers and are absolutely the sweetest and most helpful people you’ll ever meet. They seem genuinely thrilled when you’ve found a treasure. So below is my short list starting in Greenwich, then Darien, New Canaan and ending in Southport, Connecticut. The one thing I would advise is to call first! They have different hours and often close for extended periods during the holidays and in the summer. If you know of a thrift shop I should check out, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
I found another copy of Joy of cooking and a copper vessel for $7 yesterday.
One of our favorites is Act II Boutique in Greenwich. It’s on the main floor of this beautiful stone house on Maple Avenue, just a few blocks from Greenwich Avenue. Also in Greenwich is the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop . A little further north is the Darien Community Association Thrift Shop. Next Stop is The New Canaan Thrift Shop, which is about 15 minutes away. And here’s an interesting fact, The New Canaan Thrift shop is the oldest volunteer run thrift shop in the country. From New Canaan head over to the Carousel Thrift Shop in Southport, Connecticut. If you are in these areas and need a little sustenance, here’s our list of faves for coffee, sweet treats or a little lunch.
Greenwich – Meli-Melo
Darien – Brown and Co.
New Canaan – Gingerbitz
Westport – The Granola Bar
A few of the silver trays we had, most came from thrift stores I mentioned and a few from Goodwill. The most I paid was $10 and once I had the idea to put them on a wall, I think we found at least six of them in one day.