Tag Archive 'nuova_point'

Trip Report: Vega at Langton

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This is the flagship kiosk of a series of hole-in-the-wall cafés named after Lambretta scooter models (the others being Cento and Special Xtra). There’s even a yellow Lambretta in back with the Cafe Lambretta logo written across its windscreen — a remnant from the owners’ first, and now defunct, café foray. There’s even a Cento […]

Trip Report: Special Xtra

Posted by TheShot on 08 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

This is one of the latest in a chain of hole-in-the-wall coffee kiosks from locals Kirk Harper and John Quintos. After Kirk and John got out of operating the defunct 330 Ritch Street nightclub after many years, they took their obsession with Lambretta motor scooters and opened Cafe Lambretta in Nob Hill a few years […]

Trip Report: Yountville Coffee Caboose (Yountville, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

At its best, Yountville is the New World epicenter for quality food and wine. At its worst, Yountville lays its claim to food & wine prominence through a fabricated culture of European fakery (more on that in a future post). One of the exceptions in town to this latter rule is this this odd curiosity […]

Trip Report: Haus

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

The Mission is one of SF’s best neighborhoods. We don’t necessarily mean Mission Street, however: home to BART’s Plasticuffs Station and a decent assortment of angry heroin addicts. We’re talking about 24th Street — a working class neighborhood with a strong immigrant community, but without many of Mission Street’s rougher edges. Decent coffee is now […]

Trip Report: Cibo (Sausalito, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

This spacious café, oddly decorated with bike frames, lies on the north end of the Sausalito strip. Its name is pronounced “CHEE-bo”, Italian for “food.” (Though we did find an amusing online reference where someone suggested it is pronounced “SHEE-Bow” — which sounds more like M&M-Mars for “decommissioned cat food“.) There are a few outdoor […]

Trip Report: Joebella Coffee Roasters (Templeton, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In a Trader Joe’s mini strip mall off Highway 101, this café only seems to attract the attention of the locals — despite the heavy wine-tasting traffic along Vineyard Drive. If you haven’t been to this burgeoning California wine-growing region, you’ll be in for a shock at how much the industry here has developed out […]

Trip Report: Linnaea’s (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

What a strange café. This alcohol-free dive (unlike the drunken student bar across the street) has been an institution in downtown SLO for over 25 years. The place shows its age — with a lot of wood and furnishing wear by years of student traffic. When you enter, there’s a room centered around the service […]

Trip Report: Uva Enoteca

Posted by TheShot on 09 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This small-bite Italian eatery and wine bar on Lower Haight arrived on the scene in the Spring of ’08, taking over what was frequently a campaign office for local politicians. They have limited seating in front and plenty more in back, with both dining areas separated by a large, accommodating bar with stool seating. Despite […]

Trip Report: L’Eataliano

Posted by TheShot on 23 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew

Opening in April 2009 on the site of the former Eatcetera (they still retained their frozen yogurt machines), “eat” still seems the theme at this Financial District salad and panini shop. We’ve long been hoping for an Eataly to move into town, and this would barely cover their bathrooms. But it’s definitely an improvement over […]

Trip Report: Chez Panisse Café (Berkeley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This upstairs café (though more of a Western restaurant) resides in the rather infamous birthplace of California Cuisine. At least when Alice Waters decided to take her local, farm-fresh cooking operation out of a house and into this formal spot decades ago. Yes, dear Alice may be the mother of most of what’s good about […]

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