I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.
Cafe Ipe post coming soon, but today… today I bought my first bike. I’d like to say thank you to my neighbor, Matt Myers, for hooking me up with Rob and Nicole at TREK Kearny-mesa who took care of me. Rob is also a fan of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla. I’m looking forward to my first bike visit with friends soon. Just waiting on my car rack and it’s a go. TGIF!
James Coffee Co. online store just opened. David James Kennedy is a small batch Roaster out of Poway, CA. He made his debut on San Diego’s coffee scene a week ago today roasting and brewing up an earthy cup of Joe with a spiced finish at Coffee For A Cause. To learn more about this local coffee roaster who also does amazing metal work, go to jamescoffeeco.com. I will be featuring him soon. I have a standing invite to come see the magic behind the scenes. Stay tuned!
I’m pretty sure a coffee addict with fresh botox injections could work up a pretty nasty furrow when hearing these five words…
Coffee For A Cause II
Thanks Jared Armijo-Wardle of Caffe Calabria for putting this beautiful video of the event together. And thank you to EVERYONE who came out in support of the EOD Warrior Foundation from the Roasters, our volunteers and guests to our hosts at InterAmerican Coffee, who provided such a neat historic venue for the event.
Coffee luv to you all! xo
This is where I’ll be today! We’ve sold out, so thank you to all who have helped share this event even if you’re unable to attend yourselves. You’ve helped to create a real community impact in San Diego.
I will be posting photos via Twitter (wifi allowing) and we have a very special person from Caffe CaLabria who will be putting together another video slideshow for us that I will share with you all. If you wanted to come and were unable to this time around, we hope to keep partnering with local causes/charities in San Diego County going forward in creative ways. And we hope to see you in the future.
Thank you for supporting me and tuning into my blog. I’ll be getting back to the business of sharing my experiences at local Roasters and Cafes with you soon.
My niece found this video and shared it with me. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree lol. “Crappuccino” jokes aside… would you drink this coffee?
Your Sunday Funny. It’s a mini-nerdgasm. :D
As many of you know, after a slew of testing I found out that I’m intolerant of gluten not to mention discovering a myriad of other food allergies and intolerances. The good news is that I’m no longer in pain, I no longer have acute rhinitis and I’m not allergic to or intolerant of coffee. Thank gawd, because that would have had me asking if reincarnation were possible whilst threatening to empale myself with a spoon. I realize that’s not a very effective way to end it all, but I can’t even poke my own finger for a droplet of blood.
I can’t say that I didn’t brood and pout a while, but when I really started to care about going out for pancakes that I didn’t have to make myself, I have been surprised at my findings. It turns out that there are some great cafes that offer gluten free options on top of offerring a pretty tasty menu for family and friends, so you don’t feel like a complete freak when going out. It’s become a goal of mine now to identify and share these cafes with others that are suffering at home making their own blueberry pancakes. While I love Pamela’s pancake mix for cooking at home out of all the gluten free options out there, nothing replaces the basic first world need to roll out of bed in the morning with your honey and go get your coffee and grub on at a favorite haunt. It is a sacred custom in my house.
There are three places that I now frequent because I know I can get gluten free pancakes or other savory gluten free options: The Trails Eatery in San Carlos near Mission Trails; Swami’s Cafe in downtown La Mesa; and Snooze AM Eatery in Hillcrest.
I had been introduced through a friend to The Trails a little while back and I had no idea they had a gluten free menu, but they do. Their banana-blueberry pancakes are moist and yummy and just what you need to feel like you’re not a freak who should be living in a bubble and tube fed a liquid diet of crude protein and fiber. While their coffee is just the standard drip you can expect from a diner, it carries enough of a caffeine kick to get you there.
Swami’s has been an old faithful of mine since they opened near our home in charming downtown La Mesa. They offer gluten free pancakes, or so it is rumored, as I’m never there early enough to get them. They sell out quickly, so you have to be an early riser to taste them. I’m forgiving because their coffee whether espresso or drip is solid. Also, I love their gluten free chorizo hash, so I’m happy to settle on their other menu options with minimal changes.
Last, but not least, is a new cafe that I’m smitten with because they source their drip, fresh roasted and shipped direct from a family farm near Guatemala City.
I have to say for a sit down cafe with their original location in Boulder, Colorado, they serve a fine cup of regular joe. And while they often have a wait of nearly an hour, they keep the coffee flowing while you wait. For their espresso bar, Snooze uses Allegro Coffee; roasting coffee since 1975, out of Boulder, Colorado. I have to give Snooze kudos, not only for a great latte, but also, for choosing a company concerned with sustainable practices from which to source their espresso beans.
I’m also a huge fan of their gluten free blueberry pancakes. I asked for just one pancake the second time I was in (because they are quite large), and ordered the corn beef hash on the side to get a little protein with my carbs. Sweet and savory really hit the spot.
Aesthetically, Snooze also brings the eye-candy factor from its fiesta wear to its vaulted ceilings taking advantage of the natural light so abundant in sunny San Diego.
Snooze AM Eatery is located in Hillcrest between “d”, Dessert Bar, and Urban Outfitters on 5th Ave.
If you haven’t been, remember to expect a wait (because this place is always hopping), bring change for street parking, or use public transit. It is just a short walk from Balboa, so if you’re feeling like getting a little exercise, park it and then walk over to get your grub on.
Until next time my little coffee lovers, get your brunch on!