Welcome to the Westside [West Egg Café]

Throughout the entirety of my life, I feel like I always end up on “The West Side.” Maybe it’s because I’m a West Coaster, or maybe it’s just because where I’ve lived the Sun sets in the West and I’m secretly a night owl. Who knows, but I’m always in the west, so I’m pretty sure it’s no coincidence that I’ve officially become a genuine fan of West Egg Cafe. 

I was feeling productive for a Saturday morning and decided to treat myself for breakfast at West Egg. I had heard great things about it, and it has been on my list of things to do in Atlanta (checkout my post on it here). I walked in and felt like I was back home in San Francisco, the simple-stylish interior with a twist of rustic was pleasing to the eye. 

Now, I’m a visual person. If your decoration skills and menu organization are up to par, I can dig it! West Egg Cafe does exactly that. I mean, look how exciting the menu looks, it practically screams, “Hey! I’m delicious!” Being a potato fanatic, I went for the skillet. They weren’t busy since it was still early, but I did wait around 35-40 minutes for my food. Luckily, I was in a forgiving mood. Once I received my plate piled with potatoes, the wait was definitely forgotten. I’m not sure what coffee they use, and did not care to elongate anyone else’s wait on service, however it was a mild breakfast blend. It was decent, but I would not recommend coming here solely for coffee. POTATOES. Go and eat all their potatoes! 

The next weekend, I was lucky enough to hangout out with my ridiculously pretty friend from New York, Tiff. We’ll just call her Pretty T. When Pretty T and I came, it was an hour wait. We walked over to Ormsby’s for a drink and came back to West Egg Cafe just to order a full pitcher of Mimosas (no regrets!). This time I tried their Salmon benedicts. They were flavorful and delicious. What threw me off was that they did not come on bread, simply the salmon patty. Yay for no carbs (I totally ordered potatoes on the side, shhh). Pretty T thought the ambiance had a West coast feel to it, I told you I’m always drawn to the West! Regardless of if you prefer the East side or Southside, a visit to West Egg Cafe is a must, you won’t regret it.

Pretty T has a foodie blog, check it out HERE

When you’re craving that next cup of Wanderlust…

 

It’s gotta be discussed at some point. I’m here because I love coffee and I love to travel. Ideally? I like to drink cups of coffee amidst my travels. So, what do you do when you’re NOT traveling? In my opinion, it’s impossible to completely fulfill that lust for new things, unless you’re actually in the airport or on a train, knowing you’re en route to your next foreign destination. However, I did come up with a couple simple tricks on how to soothe the pain, beginning with becoming a tourist in your own city. For example, I was born and raised in San Francisco and admittedly never took my first trip to Alcatraz until the summer of 2015. I was blown away with the history and wonderment of this little island that tourists flock to see. That’s a more obvious “miss.” Now that I have been living in Atlanta for three years, I have started to feel that need to move on again.

In attempts to soothe my wanderlust I came up with a list of major attractions, and a list of minor attractions. I am giving myself 30 days to fulfill this list. I’ll even add a hashtag #MaaeahInAtlanta. The major attractions will include museums, attractions and historical sites. The minor attractions will include coffee shops.

What are you favorite places to visit in Atlanta? I openly welcome suggestions!

Major Attractions:

  1.  National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  2. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
  3. Anne Frank Exhibit (This one is in Sandy Springs not Atlanta proper)
  4. Center for Puppetry Arts
  5. Taking suggestions for my fifth major attraction 🙂

Minor Attractions:

  1. West Egg Cafe
  2. Octane Coffee
  3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
  4. Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop
  5.  Once again, suggestions please!

Side Note: I will strictly be trying black brewed coffee, maybe with some almond milk if it is available. I am also currently fulfilling my goals of a lifestyle change, and completing the Whole 30 challenge. I feel great, but am desperately missing sugar and cream! Oh…and cheese. Definitely cheese.

Lastly, thank you to my niece Jaidah, whose face completely captures the feeling I discussed.

Oh My Mami [Mami’s La Cubana Cuban Restaurant]

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Mami’s La Cubana Cuban Restaurant  Atlanta, Ga

I had the ultimate craving for a nice cup of coffee today. Midday at the office, in the midst of paperwork, I decided I NEEDED a cup. I just started my internship in Hapeville, a few miles south of downtown Atlanta. I didn’t know anything about local coffee shops or where they were. I did a quick Google search and found a “Drip” coffee shop. That was good enough for me, and within three minutes I was on my way.

I parked on North Central Ave, eager for my fresh cup. I looked up and noticed a blue painted brick building, with a sign reading, “Mami’s La Cubana Cuban Restaurant.” I thought, hey why not grab some Cuban coffee and a sandwich. I would love to immerse myself in the Cuban coffee culture, but I haven’t yet taken advantage of the lifted embargo to take a trip to Cuba. As someone who loves Cuban food and drinks, coffee’s role in Cuban culture is quite apparent.  A quick history lesson; After the Haitian Revolution (1791),  Cuba became a prominent exporter of coffee to Spain. However, after the Cuban Revolution (1959), the coffee industry began to decline. Yet, at any Cuban restaurant, coffee makes its presence. A common coffee drink is Café con Leche, translated to coffee with milk. It is comparable to an American Misto or Café Au Lait, though they are not as good. It consists of mostly steamed milk, coffee, a tiny pinch of salt and sugar, a combination of deliciousness. I enjoyed my cup today.

“Mami,” recognized me upon arrival, though I’ve never even seen the place. She used to be THE best bartender at Papi’s (the location on Ponce), a common Cuban chain restaurant. She excitedly shared that she had left Papi’s about six months ago, and opened up her own spot, “Mami’s La Cubana Cuban Restaurant.” I was so thrilled for her success and new beginnings, she is a wonderful lady and the restaurant is well worth the visit.

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Cuban Fish Sandwich with Rice and Beans 

 

The food was outstanding, the atmosphere was welcoming and the coffee was delicious.

Visit the Yelp site to see the menu by clicking HERE.

 

A ‘Muggy’ Beginning

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“Just start somewhere, find something you like and write about it,” they said. Well, here I am. I’m sitting in Atlanta at a desk, reflecting on who I am, who I’ve become and the roads I “chose” to get me  here. To be fair, I’m still discovering what I like and I wholeheartedly plan on incorporating all of it into what I produce here. However, at 23 years old, I’ve found a few things that I think are worth sharing.

I’ll go into more detail about my past in my future “About Me” section, but let’s fast forward to what it really is I plan on sharing here. I love to travel, just like many. What draws me to travel is the accomplishment of conquering fear of unpredictability and being able to welcome the identification of new culture and comparison to those known. I’ve been to a few places, I’ll get into that later. One thing I’ve noticed I love to do is sit at coffee shops and drink coffee! It’s simple. However, everywhere I’ve been the culture around coffee is similar, but just different enough to make it unique and something worth inquiring about. Something I collect along the way, are mugs.

I started working at Starbucks just over three years ago. Now, while I have learned a tremendous amount about coffee ranging from appropriate pairings to regions of production and so forth, I feel that my knowledge is limited within the country. To be fair, that is completely understandable as Starbucks is a successful corporation that operates close to 24,000 stores worldwide. They are successful for a reason. While I want to expand my knowledge outside of the company, and I enjoy drinking other coffees, I am grateful to Starbucks’ flexibility and support. As a company they have made phenomenal strides for the well-being of their employees and for that I am grateful. However, my accounts on this page will reflect my opinion only, and do not associate with Starbucks in any way.

I do owe Starbucks some credit and influence in the creation of this page. As I’m sure many know, Starbucks sells these wonderful “You Are Here” mugs. I absolutely love them, and they are what started my excitement in collecting mugs from around the world. They produce a collection of mugs with designs that are unique to cities all over the world. I do go into Starbucks’ to collect them whenever I travel to a new city. My most recent addition to the collection was my New York City mug. I’m hoping to add more soon!

So today, I’ve decided to share my travels as I search for the best cup of coffee and the cutest mug. Feel free to Follow along by site, or by signing up via e-mail (scroll down to the bottom of this page).