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Who knew??

There is now a coffee shop right on Yorktown Beach! This is one of favorite little spots. Its not to far of a drive and its such a nice drive on the parkway!

Its like the most kid friendly beach in our opinion, not too crowded, not a crazy rowdy bunch either. Also they have it roped off so that you cant go too deep. Just watch for jellyfish!

The Green mountain coffee shop is super good! Its attached to a Ben and Jerrys. They have a wide vareity of every coffee drink you can imagine, even some blended up with ice cream, yum!! There can be a line out the door at times but it is worth the wait. The staff is friendly, quick, and efficient. There is plenty of seating inside and out. It is a fun place, the decor is bright and cheerful, pretty clouds painted on the wall. It is definitely pricey, we must warn you.

Bean score then, the moment you have all been waiting for, beach pictures!!!

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 1/5

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 3/5

Taste 4/5

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I’m sure you must have noticed by now that my son (bean 1) wears his gloves 24/7, yes, he even sleeps in them. Everyone has their quirks I suppose. It does get a little tricky at places like the beach. Haha!

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Bean 2 may need to start wearing gloves, haha. He doesn’t like the feeling of anything on his hands and feet. If he steps on a crumb he runs to me, “Momma, momma” sticks his foot up in the air and trusts that I will remove it immediately. So this made the sand at the beach was interesting for him too. These are the things that will be hilarious when they are all grown up and we think back and cherish even the silliest of memories.

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Our family of beans love coffee and love the beach, when you mix the two, its pure paradise!

See ya next time bean enthusiasts!

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Bean by the fountain

Finally, were not sick anymore! Sorry, we haven’t posted, I know you have missed us. Here is a glimpse at what we looked like.

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The closest we got to a coffee shop, you may ask, you may not want to know…

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Anyway, today we went to a really cool place!! Aromas, Newport news location. For anyone interested we have already reviewed the Williamsburg location and its a place we frequent. This location is better though, in our opinion, much better. It is a lot bigger, way less crowded, a lot more seating. It is in such a nice spot with a view of the fountains. Its a great spot to grab a drink on the go as you shop around or sit in and enjoy. The food is really good, especially the breakfast. The drink selection is not all that impressive but you usually cant go wrong with the drink of the week. The atmosphere is top notch. The area is dog friendly which is fub, aromas even has a communal dog bowl out front. They also have free, live concerts by the fountain every friday which is also cool to check out while your there. Bean score…

Atmosphere 5/5

Uniqueness 3/5

Taste 2/5

Price 1/5

Customer service 4/5

Now for the best part, the pictures!!!

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Oldie but goodie

We have really been on a winning streak lately guys. Every coffee shop we touch turns to gold. Haha! No, but really, we are finding the best places. This is something we are truly passionate about and enjoy so thank you faithful followers and new followers! We are honored that you have choosen to take this journey with us! Momma bean still gets a rush everytime she enters a new coffee shop. Seeking out coffee shops in each and every new town we go to has always been our thing. Blogging about it now just makes it that much better. Anyway, our audience has spoken and we listened, we have been working on adding many more Hampton Roads area coffee shops. You guys are going to love this place!

This coffee shop is so unique in the way its set up. There are different rooms that are seperated by half walls so its still very open and spacious feeling. They thought of everyone when they designed this place. There’s a back screened in porch type of room that has a large variety of games and is perfect for families, kids, babies. The main room has comfy couches and a fireplace, relaxing, good for studying or dates. There’s a room to the side with tables good for larger groups, meetings, etc. The staff is very friendly. The drink selection is outrageously good!  To give you an idea poppa bean had the cinnamon roll latte which literally tasted just like a cinnamon roll. Momma bean couldnt resist the name and description of my drink, the butter crunch, which has almond roca. Ive never even seen this flavor and I was so excited. But honestly and unfortunately it wasnt good, bit of a let down. Should have got the cinnamon roll, once I tried that nothing could compare. This is the first coffee shop in Norfolk, and still going strong, and I can see why. Any place that gives you a whopping 3 shots in a large is worth going to! Check it out beans!

Bean score…

Customer service 4/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Taste 3/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Price 3/5

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Fair grounds
806 Baldwin Ave #2
Norfolk, VA

This place is conveniently located right by Norfolks McArthur Mall, they have such a great kids play place there! Heres our wild beans having some fun.

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Beary good coffee

Today we went to the BEST coffee shop! Actually, it is our first ever PERFECT SCORE!!!

Sleepy bear coffee, as soon as we heard the name we knew we had come across a winner! This is truly a hidden gem that absolutely everyone needs to check out, especially every parent!!! It is a family owned business.  We had the pleasure of meeting the owners daughter today. The whole family works together at this business. Everyone is so sweet and welcoming. They went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful in every way, shape and form. They have over 50 scrumptious drink flavors. Feeling healthy? They have fresh smoothies and soothing herbals tea as well. Momma bean choose an iced latte with peanut butter and banana,  it is definitely my new favorite, the best drink I’ve ever had. Poppa bean had a hazelnut coffee and he said it was the best he ever had too! As you know he is very picky.  It is very reasonably priced.  Which I will go into more later about what they offer the kids! This place is simply perfect in every way. We couldn’t think of a complaint if we had to.

As we entered we were greeted by these friendly bears outside. Big hit with the kids!

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Pick your treat, then pick your room. There is the main room with a nice big flat screen TV and comfy couches, nice big windows, and a beautiful fireplace. Even enjoy conversation with the very sweet and knowledgeable barista.

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They have a great little selection of local,  jams, honey, etc. Your kids will enjoy finding these stuffed animals throughout the place.

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This is the Forest Room. It’s a nice, quiet, private room open for meetings, groups, or any gathering you would like. There is a nice big flat screen TV in this room for your entertainment as well.

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Sorry the picture below is blurry but this is another great find as you wander through, there is a few stuffed toys and even a little dollhouse inside the log.

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Prepare to be amazed!!!! This is BEAR TOWN! This kids paradise is only $3 for your whole family to play all day!!!!!!!!

I told you this place was amazing.  This play place has THE best toy selection we’ve ever seen! Our kids had a total blast! They have one of everything! So sit back,  relax, read a book, or meet with friends while the kids have a great time playing with all the great stuff!

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The first ever PERFECT SCORE as promised…

Customer service 5/5

Taste 5/5

Uniqueness 5/5

Atmosphere 5/5

Price 5/5

Talk about a sleepy bear! This little bear, or bean one we should say was totally wiped out after the best day of fun at Sleepy Bear coffee shop!

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I’m telling you, even if you don’t live all that close.  It is worth your drive.  Kids play all day for only 3 bucks!!! You can not beat that, trust us, we’ve been everywhere! Even if you don’t have kids, everything is separate so there is quiet, peaceful places for adults to enjoy a delicious treat of any kind. This is the perfect place for meetings, dates, birthday parties, play groups, parents, kids, babies, everyone! Come check it out. You can thank us later. 🙂

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We will see ya there soon!!

9555  C Kings Charter Drive

Ashland, VA

23005

 

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Pretentious bean

Borjo coffeehouse

Along our journey we run into a lot of things. Some coffee shops exceed our expections and come up with such unique drinks and fun atmospheres, we are constantly on our toes. Then, of course some places are a huge disappoint and you honestly wonder how they even stay in business. Most places fall somewhere in between. As was the case with Borjo.

Pretentious is the best word, sums up this place perfectly. The decor, the crowd, the staff. The place was fancy, which I do appreciate and enjoy, it seemed a little over the top for a coffeehouse and sometimes places are so fancy that you dont even feel welcome, esp with kids. But it was a cool, pretty, different atmosphere. Momma bean loves blown glass so the special glass lights earned extra points from me. think it would be great to study or for a date.

The staff was rude. Even made a stupid joke at our expense, totally embarrassed us. Everyone in there had a dirty look on their face. The drink selection sucked. What we got tasted bad. You can count on honest reviews from us, not everyplace is good. They did have a nice little area with books and a fireplace which was cool. They also had beer. What we did get was some cute pictures, so enjoy, after your bean score…

Customer service 1/5

Taste 1/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 3/5

Uniqueness 3/5

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Jo jacked up prices

Jo Jacks Espresso bar
5700 Churchland Blvd
Portsmouth, VA

Today was an adventure for sure. We decided to go somewhere momma and baby beans have never even been before. Portsmouth! We really enjoyed it there!!

Our first stop was coffee, of course. The thing is, for the first time in history momma and poppa bean have completely different opinions. So different, that were going to have to right seperate reviews. Starting with momma bean. Momma bean really really likes Jo jacks. I thought it was unique. They had a very delicious drink selection, a real good variety of coffee drinks. I had a real hard time choosing between the cookie dough frap and the Irishman which had vanilla, caramel, and irish cream. The irish cream drink ultimately won, as it usually does with me. It was extremely good. They had a pretty good food menu. Momma bean had the chicken caesar which is just like the usual salad but in a wrap, it even had the croutons, so good! The place was a little small for my taste, but i really liked the private backroom where we sat, perfect for the kids. The best part for momma and baby beans was that they had baskets of toys to play with. We picked a basket, brought it to the table, and the kids were happy while we enjoyed our drinks. Going above and beyond for the kids like that will always win points with me. This is a great place your whole family can enjoy. Although I must warn you, its pricey. If your in a hurry they even have a drive thru. Momma beans scores are as follows…

Customer service 2/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Taste 4/5

Price 1/5

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And as for grumpy ol poppa bean, this place rubbed him the wrong way all around. He didnt like how small and crowded it was. He didnt think there was anything special or unique about it. He couldn’t find anything on the menu he would eat. He thought the staff was rude. What really got to him was the prices. Momma beans drink was almost 6 dollars for a small frap with only one shot of espresso. Thats just not right. He compared it to a run down diner without any good diner food. Anyone that knows poppa bean knows hes not one to hold back. Haha! Beware, poppa beans scores…

Customer service 1/5

Taste 2/5

Atmosphere 1/5

Uniqueness 1/5

Price 1/5

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See ya tomorrow our beloved beaners…thats what poppa bean wants to call you, is that okay? 🙂

Yuppie bean

Mudhouse coffee. Ill keep this short and sweet, well short and honest i should say. Bunch of snobs. No body friendly. Coffee cups are tiny. Nice outdoor seating area. Atmosphere is very unique. Cool dark colors. Super crowded. Locals only feel. Not family friendly. Dont even have chocolate milk.

BUT… momma bean says mudhouse is the home of the best coffee drink shes has ever had. The monkey. Banana, coconut, chocolate, espresso, blended up, topped with whip cream. To die for! Everyone must try.

213 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA

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Bean score…

Atmosphere 3/5

Taste 5/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Price 2/5

Customer service 2/5

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Im in love with Charlottesville so of course thats where i choose to spend my mothers day! (We celebrated today since tomorrow we will be spending the day with poppa beans mom and grandmas.)

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!!! Cherish your children, enjoy your day. 🙂

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