Every once in a while a photo pops up out of my file and catches my eye. I think this one did because it brings back the memory of a warm and cozy moment. But what really pleased me about Cafe Fixe in Brookline, Massachusetts, which I visited with my old friend Zoe, was the effort they made in their presentation. (Even their website is lovely.) Just a small touch, those softly deliberate swirls of cream and coffee; it had no impact on the taste, but it made all the difference in the pleasure of the experience. I no longer take such gestures for granted--and being effusive in my thanks always gives the waiters a smile--they have become rare in this world of fast hits. It is soothing to slow down and notice gracious gestures, and take in the thoughtfulness of the gift.