recent coffee hangs…

it’s a great time to be in los angeles. coffee culture keeps growing & the community is an ever-changing group of smart, passionate individuals who love serving. people have really embraced the ritual of meeting friends & sharing while over a cup of coffee.

here are some of my most recent coffee hangs… 

the assembly cafe  | 634 n. robertson blvd, west hollywood, CA 90069

verve coffee roasters  |  833 s. spring street. los angeles, CA 90014

scapegoat coffee  |  25 pier ave hermosa beach, CA 90254

superb food + bread  |  1900 s. lincoln blvd, venice, CA 90291

go get em tiger  |  230 n. larchmont blvd, los angeles, CA 90004

cofax coffee  |  440 n. fairfax ave, los angeles, CA 90036

compañía de café…

after seeing this coffee shop pop up on my feeds, i had to venture to the valley to experience this treasure for myself. compañía de café is one of those places that has to be seen in person to really enjoy the intense colors, rich smells, & hospitable staff. the mexican influence is heavy, yet intriguingly modern. i was in a very happy place. as a mexican, i felt instantly at home. i tried several drinks, ranging from the horchata latte, aguas frias, to the standout carbonated tamarind cold brew. everything was meticulously cared for that my only gripe (if any!) would be that it’s oh so far. a definite trek, but worth every bit of valley traffic…  

compañía de café  |  110 north maclay ave  san fernando, ca 91340  |  for more info read this

coffee chats…

just had a recent coffee date with fellow instagram/twitter friend (and now real friend!) chermelle aka the coffeetographer from it’s a nice thing to connect with people via social media. many of your followers share the same interests and likes, so it’s nice to venture past our phones & meet in real life. we chatted about where we grew up, passions, & why we love being in the presence of coffee shops. 

nestled behind a flower lined bush, we met at bar nine collective in culver city. with just days being open, this beautiful coffee shop has managed to pick up quite the following amongst the growing la coffee community. 

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“service, hospitality, & of course amazing coffee, make for a great experience”

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bar nine collective  |  3515 helms avenue, culver city, california 90232  |  instagram: barninecoffee  

monica is catching up…




hi guys! it’s been quite awhile since i’ve updated, but things are well and changing. i was working quite a bit and took on an internship that then developed into a new job! it’s quite exciting to start something new & figure things out. new is always good. in the meantime, i’ve been exploring new places (coffee shops, yep i can’t resist them!) & eating brilliant things. for now i leave you with shots from dripp in chino hills. this place is quite glorious, really. i mean, look at this place! i wish this wasn’t so far from me, i swear i would be here every single day. they have superb coffee and the staff is super nice (plus if you know what bruxies is you’ll know why this is an added plus near dripp) enjoy! 

dripp 13855 City Center Dr #3015, Chino Hills, CA 91709 twitter @dripp 

coffee + food…

i love getting tips on new places to try & luckily this one was just down the way from work. cyndi finkle and mel cain’s collaboration, coffee + food is a beautiful space with killer sandwiches & smooth aussie brewed coffee. the cafe is airy & the perfect place to catch a quick bite & watch the staff charm guests. both cafe items i tried were fresh & filled with complex flavors, that had me wanting more! i’m so glad this little gem is here to stay…

coffee + food 5630 melrose avenue la, ca 90038 m-sa 7a-3p twitter @coffeeplusfood