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The Importance of a Coffee Shop

In order to keep busy and make a little money, I started working for my university’s newspaper. I work during the weekdays and one day on the weekends. About two weeks ago, I picked up the Sunday shift. With the rest of my college obligations, with finding time to hang out with friends and with my boyfriend, I felt a little stressed. Being an English major, I am assigned a heavy load of readings every day. Just last week I read 50 pages a day just to stay on track. I’m not complaining, I swear. I love reading, and I love books. I enjoy my major and could not imagine studying anything other than English. But sometimes, everyone needs a little down time. This is when I realized the importance of coffee shops.

The beautiful thing about working at the newspaper as a copyeditor is that you can edit contributors’ work online. I often go to coffee shops just to sit and obviously drink a coffee (that’s a given). But since I picked up shifts on the weekend, I have been finding little spots all around Los Angeles to do my work. Verve Coffee Roasters and Dinosaur Coffee are the two spots I have hit recently.

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Verve Coffee Roasters in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)

Verve Coffee Roasters in DTLA doesn’t serve just coffee. They also have a really good choice of teas and juices. My first visit I went with something pretty safe: a vanilla latte with soy milk. It was actually really good. The baristas working were so pleasant and nice, it added to the whole laid back vibe of Verve. It was a very calming place to take out my laptop and edit articles.

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Dinosaur Coffee near Sunset Junction

Dinosaur Coffee is easily my favorite spot. Areas around Sunset like Los Feliz and Silver Lake are my favorite. If you have ever been to West Village in New York, this area is pretty similar. Laid back, and filled with cool thrift spots and vinyl stores, it is the perfect coffee shop spot. Will I live in this neighborhood when I get the chance? Probably. Most likely. But anyways. Dinosaur Coffee had an immense amount of natural light inside. It felt like all the walls were just windows. It had an easy and calm environment that is perfect for getting some work done.

Once I began to get a little more busy, I realized the importance of having a little time to relax. Even though I’m technically still working while sitting at a coffee shop, the fact that I give myself new surroundings to work really helps destress me. I seem to get a little more productive while in coffee shops, which has helped me stay on track during my second year at university.

Xo,

Alicia

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Best Eats of the Napa Valley

I know what you’re thinking. This blog is called “My Los Angeles Diary” not “My Napa Valley Diary.” Why is this girl spending so much time in this weird place called Napa?! As a little disclaimer before I start my post…I want to tell you that I go to university in Los Angeles, and spend most of my time there. But during the summer, and the occasional weekend trip, I live in Napa, California. Which is a little north of San Francisco.

Summer is actually moving much quicker than I had imagined. But in this blog, I am going to chronicle some of the best spots in Napa to get your nom on!

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A little Italian restaurant named Don Giovani’s starts off my list. Nestled in-between a cluster of vineyards (sounds a little pretentious), it is a great spot to get fried calamari and a traditional pasta dish. Don G’s is the perfect spot for a nice lunch or dinner. Sadly, it is not a breakfast spot, but the delicious desert really makes up for that.

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The next place on the list is not a restaurant at all. Every Saturday and Tuesday, there is a farmer’s market on the North side of Napa, a few minutes from downtown. I picked up some plums this time. But you can get anything from crepes to lettuce to aprons!

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Downtown is the hub of Napa. Largely in part because it is the only cute part of town. It is catered to tourists, and is a very good place to spend a day in. There are great options downtown to get food, or even a pastry! But my favorite restaurant for a while has been the General Store. They have breakfast and lunch options. This time, I got a twist on an Eggs Benedict (I added avocado).

The last spot on my list is my favorite breakfast spot. Go ahead and quote me on that. I went with my boyfriend this morning to the Alexis Baking Company, which is just a few steps away from the center of downtown. Ramiro, in true Ramiro fashion, got a breakfast sandwich. Which by the way, he scarfed down before I even put a slice of pancake in my mouth. He chose to sip on black coffee (one of the many things I love about him), while I chose to sip on a foamy latte.

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Xo,

Alicia

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Eatery of the Day

 

Today my sister and I went to a new restaurant! Southside Cafe is located in Napa, California. It opened in early May so it is pretty new to town. The vibe of the cafe is very relaxed, and the music they played was indie and new (which I enjoyed).

My sister and I both got lattes, her’s was iced while mine was warm. Both were delicious! I ordered a sandwich, and she ordered a trendy twist on an eggs benedict. We ordered strawberry toast to share. And of course I documented the entire meal!

Xo,

Alicia

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