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Hipster Gustatorial Guilt

So, it’s January 2017, been a while since I posted here. Sorry about that. Life. School. Work. Times, they are a-changing. I have some guilt about that…but on that topic of guilt–baked goods. January is supposed to be the time of the year of New year’s resolutions, getting out that gym card membership and putting it to use, buying some new yoga pants with the Christmas or Hanukkah Geld. Not.hitting.up.the.bakery. Oh, but yes, this one, Yes!!!

Blackmarket Bakery, this one, don’t worry about the guilt. We are living in stressful times and sometimes we need a little guilty pleasure, a little indulgence. And if we are going to blow the bank calorie wise, it had better be worth it, right? And this place is. The morning I came here after a rough work shift, I had the homemade biscuits, egg and cheese sandwich with sausage gravy. Mmmm, mmm, mmmh! For my other half, I chose the dark chocolate croissant and the espresso–en pointe, my friends, en pointe!

The space is also a feast for the senses, especially if you are of a hipster nature. We have the fixie bike all decked out with maker gear, the back patio that looks like a theme park playground almost and all kinds of other delicacies and hipster t-shirts and coffee mugs for sale with just the right saucy phrase to sport around North Park.

And as for the cherry on the top, dedicated parking in North Park, just south of the building. It really doesn’t get much better than that. So, for a stealth mission for some contraband this dieting season, it is all laid up for you here.

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S’mores Pancakes…Need I Say More?!

Let me start off by saying that this place, Breakfast Republic is intentionally created to be able to become a chain. They are selling t-shirts with catchy slogans, trucker hats and tank tops. They have the butcher roll hanging from the wall that all of the new hipster joints have. I think at least one server had a handlebar mustache. I heard one of the young servers say, “I think that was a 90’s movie. I was born in 1995.”

You can just tell from the decor and the replayed kitsch that Breakfast Republic will not be unique to North Park and its charms, but will probably soon be found in many major lifestyle centers throughout North County and South Bay soon.

But, damn if their food isn’t spot on! We need more good breakfast joints in San Diego. I don’t do old greasy diners with oil slicks floating on top of the coffee from the chemical creamer with no expiration date. Or, the naugahyde-covered booth seats that have the sheen of grease and better days coated in.

This location is nearby the original Carnitas Snack Shack and is a little inconspicuous, so I think once people start finding out about it, it is going to get a lot more packed.

The menu has some very tantalizing options, especially if you are a big fan of French toast and pancakes. If you like Eggs Benedict, there are several different varieties of that as well. I had the original with avocado and tomato and it was delish! My daughter had the Oreo pancakes, but it was a tough decision between that and the S’mores pancakes. Most importantly, they have an espresso machine and Mexican Mochas which automatically earns you extra points in my book.

I Just Knew This Place Would Blow…

Nomad donuts, I just knew this place would blow a certain over commercialized, lines-around-the-block, get your teenage- mutant greasy super-sized dough ring place out of the water. And it did. I have been wanting to try this place out. It was just one of those places that I had a good feeling out, usually I get a sense of a place and my instincts usually steer me right. And it did.

Doughnuts are such a guilty pleasure so I kept meaning to try this place, but my diet guilt would usually win out, but not this day. Oh no, day after 4th of July and two 12-hour shifts back-to-back at work and a nice sugary pillow of fried dough sounded really good. Especially with this weather we have been having lately, where it is cooler here in San Diego than many parts of the Pacific Northwest right now.

After first walking the dog to at least claim I earned this indulgence with some exercise, we headed over to this nomadic mecca over in North Park, the hipster center-of-all things hip and cool.

It is located in a neat, quaint little shop on a quieter, newer part of 30th street. The donuts are displayed out on the counter and have so many unique offerings it takes some time to figure what to go with. We opted for a dirty chai old-fashioned chocolate donut, a key lime meringue, a blueberry lavender and finally a basil, goat cheese and toasted almond donut! I am sorry but again, regretably I started digging in before taking a picture. While some of the flavors were a little odd, overall I was game for their creativity and ingenuity and respect for portion sizes. Donuts average about $4/apiece and they offer Coffee and Tea Collective coffee drinks.

I think you should plan to check this place out. This would be a good place to spend a little time in your morning, Mexican folk art graces the walls and outside patio seating is available as well.loading_up

Caffe Calabria in North Park

I’ve tried just about every coffee joint in town and nothing compares really to the perfection that is brewed in this lovely Italia-inspired cafe, or shall we say, caffe. This place feels like you literally are in a cafe’ in Italy upon walking inside.  Strung lights hang from the high ceilings alongside soccer jerseys and bottles of Pellegrino and wine glasses. A long marble counter, just like you would come upon in Italy where you can wait for your doppio espresso or sit at one of the tables alongside the other wall. The young and stylish baristas move the long lines along very quickly and are always very friendly.  But, that coffee, that is what I come for. They make my Mexican Mochas just right, or as they call it par Italiano, Caffe Mocha Messicano. Creamy, not too sweet, full-bodied and spicy.  Caffe Calabria turns into a wood-oven Napolitano-style pizza restaurant at night, but that is another story of deliciousness for another time. Caffe Calabria is worth driving to North Park just for a perfect cup of coffee.

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