hello new year…

another year comes around and i can’t believe i’ve blogged this long! (since 2009!) i sincerely hope to have plenty of fun adventures & continue to meet interesting people though my many coffee shop travels. 2015 here we go! alfred coffee but first coffee
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jonathan adler muse mug

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

vacation daydreams…

it feels like my early vacation to a little border town from puerto vallarta was so long ago. non-touristy, boca de tomatlan was the perfect place to lay low, relax & enjoy late nights laughing with friends. the days were filled with epic views of the coastal terrains & no shortage of homemade prepared meals. it’s safe to say it was paradise, even if for a few sweet days… 

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monica is catching up…

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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 

Monica is…a coffee junky & proud of it.

Anyone who knows me well enough, knows I love coffee. It it one of my top five vices that I cant live without. It makes my day 100 times better knowing I’m up & charged with it’s delicious goodness. I’m quite picky & can usually tell when a cup of joe is just poo poo. It’s all about the beans & if the place cares enough to have their own special blend or at least one harvested with care, it makes me a happy camper. So, since I’m such a coffee snob, I had to try Swork. (Made LA Magazine & Sunset Magazine’s best coffee house lists) Up until visiting the place today, I had heard nothing but great things about the place & was extremely pleased to see it was all true. It’s a great, cozy place with amazing coffee & really nice people! There was plenty of seating, especially on this gloomy rainy day. Perfect day for a decadent chocolate fudge muffin, coffee & fashion magazines. Bliss…  Swork 2160 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 t.323.258.5600

and yes that muffin was to die for…

choco-goodness!

a sea of macs and swork cups…



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