Another item on my list of great reasons for living LA adjacent is all of the good food and yummy coffee drinking that I get to do. I love coffee, as I have mentioned before on many occasions. I am a fan of Starbucks and have been for years, but it’s allure has begun to wane on me. I am eternally grateful to Starbucks for introducing me to coffee back when I was 18. But since I have traveled abroad, my love of coffee has changed.
When I was in Israel, I spent 9 days waking up and heading to the PRC (pilgrimage reception center). And every morning, my adopted Persian family and I grabbed little cups and filled them with coffee, milk and sugar. We had the cookies arranged in rows on small plates and the tangerines pulled from trees along with our coffee. And I did something I hadn’t done before that, drank coffee that wasn’t a latte or a mocha. I had always avoided straight coffee because of its bitterness, but loved coffee with milk and sugar in the form of caramel lattes, coffee ice creams and tiramisu. But in Israel I drank straight coffee, well it was 2/3rds coffee and 1/3 milk, so straight for me. I plopped a sugar cube in it and stirred.
In France, I fell in love cafe culture and we spent every morning ordering cappuccinos and un croissant. I found that again I didn’t need so much milk and had cut back on sugar. But I am over the paper cup drinking Starbucks culture. I want to drink my coffee slowly from a real mug, while reading. I don’t want the sugary McDonaldsy version of coffee with syrups and whip cream and sauces on top. I found that I actually do want it bitter.
And here, at home, we head to our Italian friend’s Super Bowl/birthday party every February. And at that party, a relative makes espresso on the stove and adds sugar. It’s bitter and a little sweet. I love trying different coffee shops around Southern California. One of my friends lives near one of my favorite coffee shops, Le Pain Quotidien. I know, it’s a chain, but I love their cups without handles and their yummy organic food. I love when we plan to meet for coffee on weekends at Le Pain. Yesterday, I went there after I dropped off my teen at a birthday party. I had an almond milk mocha, which they serve with unsweetened chocolate. I added a touch of sugar. And I ordered the frittata which was omg delicious. Look at the pesto on it. So good. Anyone want to go out for coffee?