Monday, March 01, 2010
El Almacen, in Spanish, means a general store. Silvio, the proprietor of this new cafe along the Queen west strip was kind enough to talk to me about what made this place stand out from the other indy cafes in Toronto, even though it's only about a month old. The draw of this cafe is its mate in a gourd tea. Mate is a tea that has a lot of medicinal value to it and traditionally it's drunk from a gourd. Not to slap tradition in the face, I did just that and sat at El Almacen for a few hours sipping this tea while sketching this place.
The gourds can be seen on display on the two shelves in this image. According to the small leaflets available at the cafe the mate tea's benefits include:
1. It has the same amount of caffeine as coffee but doesn't have the same side effects like jitters and yellow teeth.
2. It makes you look younger. It has antioxidants and a higher concentration of polyphenols (a strong antioxidant)
3.Boosts the immune system
4. Helps you loose weight. (I don't think I need to loose anymore weight)
5. You look cool drinking the tea straight from the gourd. (That's why so many ladies were staring at me...I was cool)