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…