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Urth Caffe – The Center of the Coffee Universe

by Brian

All this bad eating has been catching up with me lately.  All the ribs, burritos and desserts have left me in a food coma that has pretty much taken away my will to write.  But still, we soldier on, because there are so many more places that we need to try and places that you need to know about.

In the next month, I will be moving to San Diego and hopefully giving you guys some great insights into the food down there.  Mikey will continue to hold it down in the Ventura/L.A. areas and we may even be looking to add on some freelancers.  I’ll leave that last part up to Mikey, since he’s the brains of the operation.  Instead, I’ll just tell you about a little coffee shop I visited last weekend in Santa Monica.

Urth Caffe – On Main St. in Santa Monica

I think there are a few of these around, but it’s not a big chain so I figured I could review it for the site.  This place is like a bar, except instead of booze and drunken wannabes it has organic coffees and caffeinated wannabes.  It’s actually a pretty cool place and I stopped in with some friends to grab a coffee and some dessert.

This is in Santa Monica, right on main, so it’s a trendy spot.  They even have a valet to park your car for you.  I really wish Mikey and I had pulled up in his fly hoopty instead of showing up in my buddy’s tricked out truck.  But maybe it was better that way.  I felt like we only got into the place due to the coolness of my friend’s ride. (Thanks, J)

This place is hipster central.  It’s swarming with emo kids and their Risky Business Ray Bans and cute girls meeting their “producer” boyfriends.  But if you can get past all that, I think it’s worth a visit.  First off, their coffee and teas are excellent, but the main reason I’d go is just to eat some more of their awesome desserts.

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Filed under Los Angeles Area, Santa Monica

Harold’s House of WTF?

by Brian

Yesterday morning I decided to renew my search for the world’s first good vegetarian omelette.  And what better place to go than a place that calls itself a house of omelettes, right?  Wrong!  In case you missed the first episode in my omelette saga, you can read about it here.

The first rule of being a good restaurant:  If it’s in the name, it better be good.

How cheated would you feel if you went to IHOP and the pancakes sucked?  Like I said, I went to Harold’s House of Omelettes in search of an OMELETTE.  Here’s what I got instead… Continue reading

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Filed under Thousand Oaks, Ventura County

The town that time forgot.

by Brian

I don’t know about you, but I really like finding places off the beaten path.  Places where the buildings haven’t been updated since the 40s or 50s, but you can’t tell because everything surrounding them never changed either.  For those of you who don’t know, Santa Paula, California, is one of those places.

I stumbled upon this small town a couple months back, while attempting to find an inspiring spot to take some pictures.  When I saw Santa Paula Coffee Company, I was in desperate need of a caffeine boost.  However, what I experienced there that Saturday afternoon has changed the way I look at coffee shops as a whole.  I know that we primarily do restaurant reviews on EatMeCalifornia, but this little place made such an impression on me that I simply couldn’t leave it out.  Continue reading

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Filed under Santa Paula, Ventura County