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Drink Inside the Box- La Boite

January 5th, 2010  |  City: | Published in Out on the Town  |  6 Comments

La Boite, an eco-Euro cafe in a box, sits at 1700 S. Lamar.

La Boite, an eco-Euro cafe in a box, sits at 1700 S. Lamar.

Talk about how social media can affect our interpersonal lives. Recently, I’ve been telling my non-Twittering family and friends about how the tool has changed my life. As exaggerated as that sounds, I know it to be true- for the information resource it is (I get blog ideas from Twitter!), and for the new people I have met as a result IRL (in real life). This past Saturday, Twitter changed my the plans for the day–in fact, it enhanced them.

I was sitting at Lulu B’s, my 2nd favorite lunch spot in town, where a group of us was indulging in sweet, spicy, savory Vietnamese sandwiches (I Rebeccammend the Chinese BBQ Sandwich), when I posted a Tweet on my phone asking followers to guess where I was based on a photo I took of my lunch. I was expecting a few responses simply containing the answer. One unexpected response I received was from @laboite_atx (this is the format of a Twitter name), and read “can we tempt you to get a coffee when you’re done? We are just down the road!”

I was amazed. Not only did La Boîte cafe trailer owner Victoria Davies recognize my sandwich, she geo-located me based on the photo of my lunch, and reached out to me in real time to attract a new customer. How amazing is that? I was sold. I looked up the address, and the name of the cafe, since I hadn’t yet heard of it. I didn’t give my out of town visitors much choice in the matter, and drove them over to check out the month-old Euro cafe on S. Lamar to grab an afternoon coffee to warm me up.

Up on the hill shared by The Texas Cuban, in the Yoga-Yoga shopping center, was a clean, modern, recycled storage box painted with the cafe’s name: La Boîte (pronounced luh bwot), which literally means “the box”.  It was built on a tile platform, with outdoor seating under chic tents that patrons walk under to enter the mobile rectangular glass and metal cafe. This was the most unique Austin coffee shop I have encountered visually, and I was instantly drawn to it. I realized that of all the trailer restaurants in Austin, this one was unique because I could actually walk inside. The “box” had enough room for 4 people to stand comfortably, as we chatted with friendly New Zealander and barista Victoria.

Owner Victoria Davies prepares my custom latte inside La Boite.

Owner Victoria Davies prepares my custom latte inside La Boite.

The counter provides space for the owners to use their sleek, silver French Press coffee makers to deliver custom-made beverages. It also includes a modest bakery case with freshly baked sweets by Barrie Cullinan, who previously baked as pastry-chef of Vespaio and Enoteca (also serving Euro-culinary delights), and now has her own company, Word on Food. I was lucky enough to be able to bring home two tasty pastries, courtesy of Victoria- one almond, and one chocolate croissant. They were delicious and briefly took me back to memories of walking the streets of Paris.

With such friendly staff, a fabulous location, the eco-friendly mission of the cafe, and a feeling of the simple life in Europe, I was sold on just one visit to “the box”.

 If you have a moment for a quick pause in your day, stop by La Boîte to say hello, grab a cup of coffee, and a sweet treat.

*La Boite is open from 7:30 A-4:30 P on weekdays, and 9A-5 P on the weekends.

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  1. Marcos says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 11:02 am (#)

    “she geo-located me based on the photo of my lunch”
    Nice of her. But scary to think about what a not-so-nice tech savvy stalker can do nowadays.

  2. TheRebecca says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 11:16 am (#)

    Yes– but you must be talented enough be to able to identify the specific food vendor from a photo, my exact location, and be on Twitter in real time. We must be careful in today’s day and age, but everything turned out just fine whith coffee in hand, and a new friend!

  3. Jodi says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 3:01 pm (#)

    I’m excited to try this spot sometime soon!

  4. Christine says:

    January 8th, 2010 at 4:30 pm (#)

    La Boite’s almond croissant is amazing. I’m excited to go back and try the rest of the menu.

  5. Food Trailer Friday: La Boîte « Fête & Feast says:

    January 15th, 2010 at 8:03 am (#)

    [...] Rebecca of the Rebeccamendations is the first local blogger who brought La Boîte to my attention. Her description of how she found them via Twitter is a great read, as is her informative post. [...]

  6. Introducing: RebecConnections says:

    February 6th, 2011 at 11:59 pm (#)

    [...] with open arms by owner Leslie when I stopped in before their doors were officially open. How about La Boite Cafe, when owners Dan and Victoria found out I was nearby on Twitter and suggested I stop by. Or, [...]

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