|A cafe mocha during my lunch at Le Pain Quotidien in Brussels.|
Recently, while channel surfing, I caught a few minutes of the movie "You've Got Mail", the 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Nora Ephron that stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It's based on the play "Parfumerie" by Miklós László and tells the story of two e-mailing lovers completely unaware that their sweetheart is, indeed, a person with whom they share a degree of animosity. The adaptation of "You've Got Mail" traces its lineage back to the 1940 film "The Shop Around the Corner" by Ernst Lubitsch. There's even a bit of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" found in the relationship between the characters portrayed by Hanks and Ryan.
While watching "You've Got Mail", I couldn't help but delight in the scene that illustrated America's growing infatuation for Starbucks coffee in the late 1990s, as voiced over by Hanks' character, Joe Fox, whose family owned a chain of mega-bookstores similar to Barnes & Noble:
|The original Starbucks, located|
at Pike Place Market in Seattle,
as seen in my 2009 photo.
|Enjoying a cappuccino with my|
Saturday morning breakfast at
Bagels & Beans in Amsterdam.
All photographs by Michael Dickens. Copyright 2009, 2012. All rights reserved.