Have you traveled to Latinoamérica? Ever been to Costa Rica or maybe México? You walk around the city or nearby “pueblos” and are immediately overwhelmed with how beautiful and colorful your surroundings are. Costa Rica, having visited about two years ago, I still can’t forget how tropical and green the area was. It felt as one of the most peaceful countries I had ever visited.
Last week, a colleague of mine invited me to a coffee shop in Alhambra (East of Los Ángeles). Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea. As I arrived (it was Friday morning) he said to me, “you’re going to love this place Jo, it’s so you”.
Yup, he was 100 percent right.
El café estaba rico, pero fue el lugar del que me enamoré.
All I heard was the sound of the water fountain… and silence. No sign of city life.
The chairs and tables reminded me of my grandmother’s house in Jocotepec, Jalisco México. So warm and inviting.
Before I left the spot, I took a few pictures. Below is what I snapped.
What I had: Coffee/Black for $2.00
Score: 9/10 for ambiance
Cons: No food besides pastries and sandwiches
This Latina (me) right here has reached 2+ years of living the Pescatarian lifestyle. No carne… solo pescado y camaron. No red meat, no chicken, no turkey. No cheat days, no “sometimes I eat chicken”, nada.
So having come this far, I’ve recently made an effort to give it all up y seguir una dieta vegetariana. I’ve attempted to make the change once, twice, three times. Every single time I somehow end up back in a japanese restaurant ordering “sashimi please” and a “spicy tuna roll”. Or of course, “salmon and avocado salad”.
I just can’t do it. Not now.
So, I’m embracing the fact that I am a pescatarian and that I will continue to be a pescatarian for the time being. I am no foodie blogger, or the type of blogger que va de restaurante a restaurante y comenta sobre su experiencia en cada lugar. “Me gusto esto… pero no esto”. Yet, I have been exploring the city of L.A. lately and I have come across certain places that I feel are just too good not to share on.
El caso con Twist Eatery.
I went to Twist Eatery Sunday midday. Met up with a friend, walked up to the trendy local spot which looks a bit like a coffee shop but in a more hip and welcoming way… with cool yellow chairs. Walked up to the register, looked up at the menu and explored the options. I went with the salmon salad which was extremely interesting and in the end delicious. Check it out for yourself…
The salad had quinoa with lentils, pineapple, and just a tad bit of dressing… oh and of course it had some greens.
The place is a jewel and it’s in the center of Los Angeles right by the grove. Visita su pagina, su yelp, y tu decides if it’s worth a shot.
Just picture the following… you order an horchata latte, yes! An horchata latte. Like, a latte with a taste of horchata. You sit down, pull out your laptop. Estas escuchando a Vicente Fernandez mientras trabajas un poco en tus miles de proyectos. The environment around the cafe is hipster and trendy… and get this, you’re in el barrio de “Echo Park”.
Ok, now this wasn’t a story at all. This was exactly what I experienced last week. It was Wednesday around 8pm.
This was my second time visiting Tierra Mia and it won’t be the last. The first time around I checked out Tierra Mia in the heart of Los Angeles, in downtown. Thank you Carlos for introducing me to this jewel of a location.
Now that I have the time to explore and learn about Los Angeles, I hope to share a bit on what I come across. Lugares padres, saludables, and anything and everything that reminds me a bit of my cultura.