Friday, April 11, 2008

Seaside Rendezvous

Who: VN Senior Editor Elizabeth Castoria and VN Editorial Assistant Lisa Mickleborough
What: A weekend by the sea
Where: M. Coffee's, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
When: April 5, 2008
Why: Because everyone needs a leisurely coffee-filled Saturday morning

The Scoop: Growing up in Half Moon Bay, I took for granted that every coffee shop carried soymilk and served something delicious and vegan for breakfast. M. Coffee's, a local institution, makes sure that all your vegan needs are met with their bevy of soy-based beverages, bagels, and buns. Yes, even the extremely fluffy and wonderful rosemary buns—procured daily from the bakery next door—are vegan. Lisa and I, having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves the previous night at fellow editor Jen Picken's art show and website-launch party, decided to head down the coast and see if we couldn't find ourselves something for breakfast in my hometown.

There's nothing like having an "in" when it comes to the coffee shop. My gorgeous sister Sheila (see her cuteness for yourself, above) is the weekend manager at the shop, and she made sure that Lisa and I got the most delicious breakfast sandwiches the kitchen could provide. We both got variations on the "Mac special," a menu item that's always vegan and involves the aforementioned rosemary buns, tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh basil, avocado, and seasoned salt. Lisa's also included a Boca burger, and mine was topped with grilled artichoke hearts and bell peppers.
Yum! If there's a better way to start the weekend than washing down delicious sandwiches with soy Mexican mochas, I don't even want to know about it. As Freddie Mercury would say, what a damn jolly good idea!


louiecastoria said...

As the father of the two daughters shown in the picture, I think that two things deserve mentioning:

1. They get their good looks from their mother.

2. M.Coffee is one of only TWO places in the entire universe (and that's a lot of real estate) where you can get a FREE ticket to the May 3, 2008 Vegan Lasagna-palooza in Half Moon Bay with any purchase, even if you only buy a bumper sticker. It is a complete, 100% vegan, home-cooked lasagna dinner. Did I mention that it's FREE? You will not be harassed or asked to sing "Muskrat Love" at this event. This is not a fund-raiser. This is a fun-raiser. This offer void in Alabama, where there aren't any vegans, anyway.

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