Labor Day 2016 was the definition of a labor less day for me. With the emergence of crisp September air and leftover gusty winds of hurricane Hermine, I can begin to feel that the summer has undoubtably come to an end. You bet I am ready for that sweater weather but there is always something bitter sweet about Labor Day. It marks a change in time. A change of season- and ending- a beginning. If you know me, you know I hate changes. As much as I get excited for the new season, I can't help but reminisce on how fast the summer has gone- how precious our time is.
That cool air brings it all to the forefront of my mind as I walk down Comm Ave in Allston, MA. Thankfully my destination had a comforting ambiance that made all the difference. In House Cafe was the place to be this breezy morning. It is the perfect spot to reflect- have a cup of coffee, munch on some brunch, and just take in the scene.
What I love about this place is its welcoming feel. It is almost like you have stepped into a friends house- decorated with a unique mishmash of art, pottery, statues, and artifacts. Though there is so much stuff- everything comes together to create a cohesive vibe. It has all the uniqueness and character of a successful Goodwill/Thrift run. It is comforting yet inspiring. Just what I needed on a day of change like today.
I loved how at the register they seem to have saved little tokens of visits from their clients- various international bills and coins. It brings about a nostalgic feel. Makes you want to savor your moments just as they have done with their makeshift register collage.
The corner seat by the window caught my eye and became my little abode for the duration of my morning coffee and breakfast sandwich. The sandwich didn't last long but it was a delicious- homey- croissant-filled-joy. Set in the heart of Allston- window watching was as always entertaining. If you know Harvard Ave, you know it has its quirks, its grime, and its game.
I'd have to say what drew me most to this little spot was the atmosphere. I was transported to a friends home, a time capsule of sorts. I was surrounded by art, photographs and artifacts each marking moments in time. How nice it was to be amongst those moments, whether it be other peoples moments or my very own. That fear of the new season dwindled away - masked by all these moments.
It is impressive how a space can have this much of an impact on you. Its those VIBES. VIBES I tell you!!!! They are there! You just need to look for them.
More Info on the Location:
In House Cafe
194 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Weekend Breakfast: 7 am – 3 pm
Weekday Breakfast: 7 am – 2 pm
Lunch and Dinner everyday
Café Hours: 7 am – 8 pm everyday
What's Meant to Be Will Be,