La Monarca Iced Coffee (Santa Monica)

Back to local places. La Monarca at 1300 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica is an Los Angeles chain of Mexican bakeries with wonderful pan dulce (Mexican sweet breads) and coffee.  I can’t eat their pan (yeast allergy) but have snuck enough bites of it to know how great it is. Normally when I go there I have…

Chimney (Chinatown)

There are lots of reasons to love Chimney located 1100 N. Main Street, just east of Chinatown.  First, they make amazing coffee — like honest to goodness excellent coffee that needs no sweeteners or doctoring. I’m always amazed at how fast I end up sipping my way through a double latte here. I normally take one…

Bricks and Scones (Larchmont)

Today I ventured out of Santa Monica for my coffee. I went to Bricks and Scones at 403 N. Larchmont Blvd. It was a post-dental appointment coffee, so I was especially in need of caffeine. In some ways, Bricks and Scones is a perfect little gem. They make lovely scones, have a very mellow atmosphere…

At Ronnie’s (Marina del Rey)

Ronnie’s, a diner in Marina del Rey, located at 12740 Culver Blvd, is a place I almost always have coffee, but don’t associate with coffee. It’s a place for a Saturday or Sunday breakfast on a lazy weekend. What I think of when I think of them are their chilaquiles and delicious french fries. It’s…

Sidecar Doughnuts (Santa Monica)

I admit, I’m not really a doughnut person. Part of that is I’m allergic to yeast so that cuts out all raised doughnuts from my diet. Let me be more exact — I like doughnuts, but I don’t generally seek them out the way I do, say, coffee. However, in the past six months a…

Caffe Luxxe (Santa Monica)

I’m lucky in where I live. One of my favorite coffee places, Caffe Luxxe at 925 Montana in Santa Monica, is very nearby — close enough that I can walk to it. Such joy.   What makes Caffe Luxxe such a wonderful place? First, their coffee. Their coffee is amazing. They do a northern Italian roast…

Why this blog?

This blog is, in part, a reflection of a facet of who I am. That is, I’m very much from and about Los Angeles and, throughout the city, I drink coffee. How much do I love coffee? So much that often my last thought at night is that in the morning I get to have…