Not long after my husband and I moved to Wichita, we decided it would be fun to explore the city’s coffee shops. Living for most of our marriage in small towns, our options for places to eat or get a cup of great coffee were very limited. Still, through our forty years of marriage we’ve tried to always make time for dates with each other. But since Ken started his new business, our budget has seriously curtailed typical dinner-and-a-movie dates. So it made sense to turn our coffee shop explorations—a fraction of the price of a “real” date—into our weekly date “night”…except it was a date morning.
Best decision we ever made! Not only was it fun and challenging to scout out a new coffee shop for each week, it was also a great way to get to know our new town. And coffee dates were a relaxing time for conversation, goal-setting, and planning our days. However, by the end of the year, we had just about exhausted Wichita’s offerings. Still, we weren’t about to end what had become our favorite time of the week! So we declared 2015 the year of the Donut Date. Granted, we’re finding that some of the donut shops on our list are one and the same as the coffee shops we visited last year. But this year, our focus is on the yummy pastries, and we’re just drinking black coffee (and chocolate milk for Ken—who, ironically, can’t stand coffee!)
We changed our Friday dates to Thursdays after we discovered that’s when garage sales start in Wichita. So our early donut run is followed by a treasure hunt (garage sales should start this week, and I can hardly express how that gets my adrenaline pumping!) Those meandering drives following the SALE signs are another great opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of this city we love more every day.
What is your favorite thing to explore where you live?
And what is your favorite morning pastry-and-drink combo?