So I’m cruising down the PCH through Malibu on my way to Santa Monica and I discover something exciting as I’m looking to satisfy my coffee craving – Santa Monica has a Philz Coffee! I first visited this amazing coffee house in San Francisco a couple years ago. If you don’t know anything about Philz, they custom make your coffee right in front of you. The Mint Mojito Iced Coffee has to be one of the best coffee drinks I have ever had! This particular shop opened in 2014 and was buzzing with activity when I walked in. It’s located on Santa Monica Blvd just east of 3rd Street Promenade. I purchased my drink and a bag of beans and the manager was nice enough to give me my drink on the house. I savored that drink all the way back to AZ and it didn’t disappoint. Come to Arizona Philz!
I was introduced to a killer coffee shop this morning on my way to church in Castro. My friend that I’m visiting says this place is the best coffee she has ever had. Phil Jaber founded Philz Coffee in 2003. He spent years experimenting with various coffee beans from around the world to create over 30 different unique blends. He converted his corner grocery store into his first coffeeshop and now has locations all over the San Francisco area. Each drink is custom made in front of you and finished off with their signature mint leave. One thing is unique is that they don’t do lattes or cappuccinos. I ordered their very popular Mint Mojito Iced Coffee and it was everything my friend said it was – amazing! Seriously, if you are in the SF area, make sure you stop in for this “cup of love”.
One of my favorite places to eat is Havana Café. I love the culture there and the food is amazing. I was turned onto them after getting hooked onto mojitos after a trip to Miami years ago. Then a Cuban girl I was dating introduced me to the food. Brought to the valley in 1989 by BJ and Gilbert Hernandez, their Cuban cuisine with influences from Spain and Latin America are adapted from traditional Cuban dishes. They have a loyal following and I love taking their mojito classes that they offer. Today I stopped in for lunch to try one of their dia de los muertos specials – the Problano Relleno. I think this picture below is enough to show how amazing this dish was. I absolutely enjoyed it!
Our first date night out since getting married! We went to Havana Cafe – a restaurant that serves up latin cuisine. This fun place serves up some great mojitos and they have salsa nights on the weekends. Their main dishes (chicken, meat or fish) are always accompanied with rice and beans – a Cuban tradition. Then there are some yummy plantains as well. Afterwards we hit the Gelato Spot for some Italian ice cream for dessert. I love being married and spending my evenings with my wife!!!