Something that you might not know about me: I’m not a habitual coffee drinker-at least, not at this point in my life.  Something that I really shouldn’t be disclosing about me: When I was in college, my roommate and I used to sit many afternoons in the basement of our off-campus house and plow through sticky tar-like concoctions of Folger’s instant coffee spiked with Sweet ‘n’ Low while we blasted Cat Stevens “Greatest Hits’ on our tape deck and chain-smoked Virginia Slim Menthol Light cigarettes until we would run out of smokes.  I think there was one day that we replayed “Wild One” 37 times over 7 cigarettes a piece.  LOL

You’ve come a long way, baby!

Delicious Lofty Coffee Aztec Mochas-complete with cute designs!

My day-to-day, go-to hot beverage is green tea.  However, I will make the exception for trip to The Lofty Coffee Company (formerly known as The Lofty Bean) in Encinitas. For those of you coffee heads visiting San Diego, this is a must do!  I’m stuck on their Aztec Mocha (made with soy and half the sweetness).  

THIS FOOD HAS INTEGRITY! You can grab a quick breakfast–my favorite is a simple plate of sliced heirloom tomatoes and avocado with a dash of sea salt and freshly ground pepper-or a bowl of Organic Oatmeal (Strauss Family Creamery Milk or Yogurt optional).   The devil is always in the details:  Find me another breakfast place on the coast that finishes their plates with sea salt and pepper to order.  That kind of attention to detail will keep me coming back to any food establishment.  If you like, you can also order a couple of poached organic eggs or a side of GF millet toast.  Lofty Coffee also has some lunch options.  Their pastries (with more than a cursory nod to gluten free and vegan) are wonderful. I love the GF/vegan chocolate oatmeal cookies. Finally, the service is terrific. It doesn’t bother me that they spend some time to craft the perfect coffee for you–everyone is pleasant and accommodating (and sometimes they will belt out a verse of a song).

Organic Poached Eggs, Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes and Avocado

We are experiencing relatively cold days here in San Diego (that’s sub-50 degrees for those you wondering).  It’s nothing like the snowstorm Nemo (a.k.a. “Snowmaggedon”-Kat Donatello coined that one) in which the Northeast is buried….I might have to head to Lofty Coffee to warm up before my ride and raise a mug to my New England friends.