Commonwealth Cafe – 300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, Michigan
It’s once again my day off and I’m sitting in a café window. I’m sipping on a perfectly crafted macchiato, eating a peanut butter cookie and listening to the hustle and bustle of a busy café. Today I’m at Commonwealth Café in Birmingham, Michigan. I decided to venture a little outside of Detroit for a change. One, because I want to make a pit stop at Sommerset Mall (ok, it's slightly more than a pit stop); and two, I thought I’d switch it up a bit.
Commonwealth is located in the heart of Birmingham surrounded by trendy boutiques and plenty of restaurants. It’s a more upper class neighbourhood so as I look around the café I see a lot of young business professionals on their lunch breaks, a lot of well dressed women having lunch with friends and fashionable young moms pushing very expensive strollers that probably cost as much as my car! It’s a great neighbourhood to walk around and people watch, if that’s your thing.
Commonwealth roasts their coffee in house. Today they’re featuring a few different single origins, but I opted for a macchiato as I already drank a pour over this morning. This café is very busy for a Thursday afternoon. They clearly have a very organized and efficient lunch service. They offer full breakfast and lunch menus with many tasty sounding options. I ordered a butternut squash soup (surprise, surprise) and a side salad – both are delicious. They don’t have a dinner menu, but they offer space for private dinner functions. They also have a sister restaurant – Ronin Sushi in Royal Oak.
I definitely recommend Commonwealth Cafe. With free wifi, it’s a good place to sit and get work done (if you don’t mind busy loud spaces). The service is friendly and personable, the coffee is top notch and the food is tasty.
But, speaking of tasty food….
How about a Rose & Vanilla Shortbread cookie? When we went to Portland with some friends a little while back we went into a Spice and Tea shop. I saw these dried rose petals and knew that they would make a delicious shortbread cookie. So, here it is, I’ll share it with you…
2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp dried culinary rose petals
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup icing sugar
3 Tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp rose petals
½ tsp vanilla extract
Beat butter on medium until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar, salt, rose petals and vanilla. Beat on medium speed about 4-5 minutes. The butter-sugar mixture should be light and fluffy. Mix in flour until thoroughly combined (about a minute or so).
Scoop into round balls and flatten slightly with your palm or a cookie stamp.
Bake 10 minutes at 325 F.
Cookies should be a light golden brown along the edges but still soft.
Mix all the ingredients of the glaze together, until there's no more clumps.
Brush the cookies with glaze while they're
still warm. Let the cookies cool completely and the glaze harden before putting them away… but make sure you eat one while they’re still warm because they’re delicious! ;)