#EATWITHSTYLE : Comeback Coffee with Sophorn
Food, style, and gathering with people I love and admire has become something I look forward to now. I began a new series here on the blog, #eatwithstyle that was intended to create something more original around food and fashion. It has since morphed into a weekly ritual that nourishes my spirit. Every Friday, I take off work and invite someone out to eat with me to just well talk in real life. I invited my dear friend, Sophorn, out for lunch at Comeback Coffee with her suggestion and I want love to share pictures, our conversation, and the food.
Located in the historic Pinch District, Comeback Coffee, is a refreshing sight. It is a modern, minimalist, yet inviting coffee shop. We arrived around noon with baby Jasiel and our cameras. Sophorn is one of the most amazing photographers ever. She has a beautiful eye for food and spaces. Being an architect her approach to many things is naturally insanely good. Another great thing I adore about Sophorn is her appreciation and knowledge of food. I always learn something new when we are together. That’s what friends are for, right?
Before settling down on a table, she treated Jasiel and me to a candid photo shoot. She’s a mom also and of a newborn so she knew if we wanted to photograph the little one we had to do it early on. Switching cameras around, I excitedly captured her style and talked about both food and fashion. I have been obsessing over her minimal and sustainable fashion lately. She recently expounded on making conscious decisions to purchase classic garments and also how it ties back into architectural design. I loved loved loved this tweed jacket she purchased in Paris paired with the coziest burnt orange sweater And, let’s talk about this skirt with the zipper detail. So chic and clean!!
Chatting and capturing pictures took us a minute but who’s counting when you are having a good time. We finally ordered. Sophorn ordered a butternut squash latte to drink while I opted out of coffee due to breastfeeding. Her response to the latte was unexpected yet great. She mentioned that it was a savory and wholesome taste, different but great. For food, we split the Ham Sandwich with Fontina Cheese and Oatmeal with Overnight Oats, Nut & Seed butter, Banana Butter, Cacao Nibs, Cocoa Powder. If you’ve been watching my Instastories, you know I’ve become addicted to overnight oats. I ate most of the oats (lol). It was an overload in a good way of goodness. I really enjoyed the different textures and flavors. With every bite, there was an experience- sweet chocolate, crunch pecans, hearty apples and creamy butter.
Over time, I have learned the importance of getting out and eating with friends. As a stay at home mom, I don’t get much time interacting with friends or when I am out I feel rushed. I was able to get to know Sophorn even more. Isn’t it beautiful how you can keep folding back layers of friendship over time. I wanted to dig deeper into Sophorn’s love of food and her Cambodian heritage.
“I like to consider food as one of my love languages. Preparing a meal or sharing a meal with someone is my favorite way of saying that I care for them. I probably learned this from my mom who really wasn’t affectionate in nature but put her heart into cooking amazing meals every night for our family of six. I truly appreciate all those that cook for a living - restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff. A lot of heart can go into food, and when you able to taste it, wow, you feel so loved!” - Sophorn
There was something so special about setting a lunch date, actually meeting up, not having our phones out, and just having girl talk. I felt like I was able to learn something else interesting about Sophorn and myself as well. For a brief hour, I wasn’t worried about a to do list or a work project. Another interesting thing to connect with having lunch in a coffee shop was that conversation felt welcomed. Have you been in coffee shops and just felt like you were in a library because everyone is “working”. Comeback Coffee is quite different. Although, there were people working, I didn’t get a normal coffee shop vibe. It felt normal to have a child there lol if that makes sense. Coffee shops have adapted this coworking space culture far different from its origins. Being in Comeback felt like I was in a place where I had options. Options to dine, work, people watch, read a book, whatever.
The vibe was cozy JUST like what I wore. This leather jacket my mom gave me gives me all of the warm feels. I paired it with a chunky ivory knit sweater from JCPenny and a pair of slim black trousers from Ross. Accessories always add special details for me— earrings from Style Junkie and these chunky booties from TJ Maxx.
I look forward to more coffee and lunch dates at Comeback Coffee very soon. It’s going to be my new place for sure. I hope you pay them a visit and stay a while, too.
And, Sophorn thank you so much friend for capturing Jasiel and I plus the amazing pictures for the story. You’re amazing.
358 N. Main, Memphis TN