Category Archives: Culture

This Is Port-au-Prince

We are so inspired by the culture and landscape of Haiti, and on our next venture there, we would love to make sure we stop by the best spots to see and learn as much as we can. We grabbed our local friend James Innocent and asked him to for his Port-au-Prince city guide. From where to listen to live music to the best places for walking around and exploring, James has you covered. MUSIC The Oloffson Hotel / RAM (visited by TOMS) — Live voodoo music, very fun event that a lot of internationals and Haitians go to Yanvalou —…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes with James

How would you describe this trip to Haiti? It felt like an adventure. Though I was a local expert, I couldn’t help but feel grabbed by all the beautiful elements of Haiti. We explored metal-working villages, cabins surrounded by pine trees, a surf town on the beach, and the biggest fortress in the western hemisphere. Everyone down there was connected in this experience, not just because we all shared similar passions, but because we were all exploring these unique locations together. It was really powerful to share it with like-minded individuals and to show them these majestic aspects of a…

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TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee Chat Series: Meet HQ Barista Taylor Free

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the sole soul into each of our TOMS Roasting Co. locations. From our Los Angeles Flagship to our newest stores in Austin, Portland and Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on over the next few weeks for some of their coffee tips and tales. Click here to view the first coffee chat. Today we would like to introduce you to someone who saves the day, every day at TOMS HQ, barista Taylor Free.  Tell us about yourself. I was born in a hospital in Clovis, California. Yet,…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes With Half United

We were so excited that Carmin & Christian Black joined us on our photo shoot in Haiti. The Black siblings are the founders of Half United, and the people behind the concept of using a recycled bullet casing to represent your fight against hunger. Not to mention, one of our fabulous Marketplace brands on TOMS.com. Read more to hear about their experience during their time in Haiti. Tell us about Half United. At HALF UNITED we donate a week of meals to a child in need with every product sold. We are a give-back lifestyle and accessories company on a…

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The Best Chick Flicks

We recently sat down with Justin and Katie, Co-Presidents of the TOMS Chick Flick Club (yes, we have a Chick Flick Club), to ask them the hard hitting questions when it comes to Chick Flicks. Read on to learn more Name your top 5 chick flicks. Katie: The Notebook — Duh! How can you not love this tearjerker? A classic love story that’s bound to make you laugh, cry, and wish you had a Noah (or Ryan Gosling) of your own. Love Actually — Is all around us, what’s not to like about 8 love stories in one movie?! A Walk to…

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National Pizza Day

Today at TOMS HQ we’re celebrating National Pizza Day. To do so, we’ve asked our TOMS Stores for their favorite pizza joints in Austin, Chicago, New York, Portland, and Venice Beach. Not in one of these cities? We’d love to hear where you find your perfect slice, so feel free to share your suggestion. Happy National Pizza Day! Grab a piece and enjoy! AUSTIN, TX Hoboken Pies 718 Red River St. hobokenpie.com Via 313 1111 E. 6th St. via313.com Home Slice 1415 S. Congress Ave. homeslicepizza.com CHICAGO, IL Pequod’s Pizza 2207 N. Clybourn pequodspizza.com Piece Pizza 1927 W. North Ave. piecechicago.com…

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TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee Chat Series: Meet Barista Amy Harris

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the sole soul into each of our TOMS Roasting Co. locations. From our Los Angeles Flagship to our newest stores in Austin, Portland and Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on over the next few weeks for some of their coffee tips and tales. Click here to view the first coffee chat. Today we will share a bit more about one of our TOMS Roasting Co. Austin baristas: Amy Harris. Her first cup of coffee at age 5 was served in a tiny plastic princess mug…

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Game Time Recipes

The big game is happening this Sunday, so we did some research around #TOMShq and found out our coworkers’ favorite go-to game-time snacks. From quick and easy deviled eggs to blue ribbon winning pizza – your party guests won’t go home hungry. Charlene, our Email Marketing Specialist and Texas native, found her recipe on the Home Sick Texan. Accompany with the chips of your choice, and you have an instant crowd pleaser. Corn and Black Bean Salsa (Serves 4-6) Ingredients: 2 cups freshly shucked sweet corn (about 4 cobs) or 2 cups frozen A 15-ounce can of black beans, drained or 1…

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Packing Essentials: TOMS Roasting Co. + X Games

This week, TOMS Roasting Co. is headed to caffeinate our friends at the X Games. We are excited to share TOMS Coffee with the athletes as they showcase their hard work from throughout the year! X Games Aspen 2015 will take place January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. While TOMS Coffee will definitely warm us up from the inside out, here a few things I will be bringing with me to stay toasty throughout X Games. Some suggested items: 1. Brown Leather Searcher Boots — These have been my go to travel boots all winter! They have great…

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