I believe adventure begins in the mind, spreads to the heart and manifests itself within the human spirit. And so, it was such a series of intangibles that created a day trip to Costa Mesa. The fact to being in a coastal town, is that one is bound to see ocean and with the ocean comes freedom – that feeling of being able to transcend thoughts, expand human will and create new realities.
While day tripping, walks for coffee are always included. It’s there that I get to be creative, let my thoughts play. While playing, the beauty of sharp lines contrasted with nature were a consistent and juxtaposed trope.
My first coffee stop was Milk and Honey.
Let’s just say I felt like the coast came to me with its design: outdoor patio, hanging trellis and wood slat benches perfect for lingering and photo snapping. Have anything iced, seriously, you can’t go wrong.
During the day, I met a local who suggested I stop at Vitaly for coffee and I did. The lifestyle eatery contained gelato, reads and of course coffee. I saw some menu Italian menu items which I hadn’t heard of before Instead of going for a regular drink, because, why not? Isn’t the fun of an adventure to do something new? To be honest , upon my first sip I didn’t like it. I’m a food minimalist; I prefer Nutella alone or just a touch if it as a compliment. This was putty atop espresso with cream – perfect for one desiring a healthy dose of it, just not my cup of ‘tea’.
I stopped to visit Roaster of the Year, Portola Coffee Roasters. The setup is exactly as I remember it, complete with fauna, and a few tables but with a new bar area along its perimeter. It was nice to see Theorem in its husky light and intimate approach primed for explorers.
Afterwards, I took a drive down to the actual coast itself, playing until the sun gave up its light. There’s more to discover here and new expressions of coffee to experience. Until then….