Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

Happy (Surrogate) Valentine’s Day

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - drinks

Abe had to go back to work, so I spent the morning with my Surrogate Valentine!

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Met Goh at Balconi Coffee Company, which is in a small shopping center on Olympic and Sawtelle

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They make their coffee in a siphon (just like “Gale” in “Breaking Bad!“)

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There’s no WiFi at this cozy cafe…

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…an intentional choice – so you can focus on the java

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I ordered a decaf latte…

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…non-dairy designs don’t turn out as pretty:

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I rarely drink coffee, but when I do, I prefer it with warm soy. It’s slightly sweet, and creamier than nonfat (regular milk/cream is a bit too rich for me).

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DELICIOUS. Also yummy – their Blueberry Coffee Cake:

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(They offer other baked goods too)

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Goh had a few bites, but I devoured the bulk of this flour baby…

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…an inside joke, for those of you who have seen our film. We start promoting the sequel very soon!

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The Leftovers

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…not only the title of the book I’m currently reading (and loving)…

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…also the stars of last night:

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The wind was going crazy at the beach!

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We cozied up and enjoyed our final evening with Abe’s parents.

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Nobody really felt like going out to dinner, so instead, we stayed in…

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…and took everything out of the fridge!

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My first plate had some kale and spinach salads…

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…roasted carrots and cauliflower…

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…chicken + crustless quiches

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Then, some salmon + barley, with a side of fruit (strawberries, oranges, and papaya)

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Two pieces of bread smeared with chèvre + chutney

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For dessert – a small slice of Chocolate Coffee Cake

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…and Cranberry Scone, served with a dollop of Raspberry Preserves

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Buffet of leftovers = fun. It was like Thanksgiving in February!

Speaking of holidays…

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…even if you’re not into Valentine’s Day (or this particular type of contraception) here’s a way to help others. Sir Richard’s will donate a condom to Haiti for spreading the word on social networks; the company also contributes freebies to developing countries for each one purchased – just in case you DO feel like celebrating!