Los Angeles Cafe: Chilling at BrewWell

by fitforthesoul in


It is a common notion that stay-at-home-moms don’t need a day off, much less actually get the privilege to have a few hours to herself.  But like I said before, it’s all about communication and how well we express our needs and desires to our spouse. In yesterday’s case, though, Greg actually offered to watch Selah for a couple of hours when I didn’t even think I needed a break because if I don’t watch it, I can easily go go go till the fuel in my engine is running on empty.

Seriously.  Can my husband be any sweeter?!  I’m really not trying to brag here especially if you don’t get time for yourself as a new momma, but can I seriously suggest that you take some time off (if your circumstances allow)?!  Give yourself the freedom to go for a coffee+reading sesh or a relaxing walk when somebody offers to watch your little one.  Without any guilt.

So…in an attempt to partay (or as the young’ns call it turnup nowadays) take some me-time yesterday I did what any Angelena would do—go to a coffee shop!  Hah!

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April 10-2013 (2 of 5)-8

You see, if it’s not going out for a hike or playing somewhere out in nature, then I just LOVE to relax in a nice little café.  Thankfully I managed to beat the horrendous LA traffic to get to BrewWell, and then I planted my butt there to read, work on my blog, and sip on a hot cup of coffee.

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April 10-2013 (3 of 5)-10

I found BrewWell through this amazingly talented girl’s Instagram.  And when I read up on the Yelp reviews I was convinced that I needed to stop by!  My natural instincts told me to go to Urth Caffe, as it’s my favorite place in all of LA, but being the adventurous coffee “aficionado” that I am, I knew I couldn’t pass by this opportunity.

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April 10-2013 (4 of 5)-9

And you know what?  I’m so glad I did because:

a) The parking is amazing!  Easy peasy, especially considering that it’s located in the psychotically busy Koreatown.

b) Located right by Assi Market so if you need your Korean food fix, you can conveniently buy your Korean groceries and drink some good coffee.

c)  The coffee is tasty and super fresh.

d)  Did I mention the coffee is good?  Oh yes, I did.  Well, I really appreciate the fact that it has a different quality from what the world famous Starbucks has to offer.  I ordered just a black coffee and this is what I got:  it has a slightly floral tone and isn’t not too smoky or nutty, which I think is just as delicious.  But BrewWell’s coffee kind of resembles Café Demitasse’s quality but much much much smoother.  I know many people love Café Demitasse but their java is much too strong for me!  I guess I’m not as much of an aficionado as I thought I was? Hehe.

e)  Very open and refreshing environment!  Plenty of natural light shining through the windows, young and friendly staff, free and fast Wi-Fi, all make for a great place to read or meet up with a friend.

If all of these criteria apply to your preferences, then BrewWell might just be your kind of coffee shop!

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April 10-2013 (5 of 5)-8

This was the sight yesterday evening after I came back from BrewWell.  So cute!

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Eats Lately

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April 10-2013 (1 of 5)-10

My failed but still tasty vegan+gf scones with yogurt+fruit on the side, which cancels out the vegan aspect of the breakfast, haha.

selah's-first-salmon
selah's-first-salmon

I finally buckled down and fed Selah her first feeding of meat.  I went with a mixture of salmon, water, and baby rice cereal to tone down the “meatiness/fishiness” of the meal.

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selah-first-salmon-feeding-2

At first she didn’t know what to think of this creation.

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selah-first-salmon-feeding
Smile with tongue out
Smile with tongue out

But she quickly warmed up to it, as you can see.  And she loved it!  Well, I wouldn’t say she was dancing on the tables about it but she definitely enjoyed her salmon.  And I’m sorry about the gross baby food picture!  Ummmm I know it looks less than appetizing but I promise it wasn’t all that bad.

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chicken-pot-pie-corner-bakery

Sunday evening we went to Corner Bakery since we hadn’t been there for ages!  I remember we used to study, chat, eat, and drink coffee all at the same time at CB back in our college days.  I ordered their chicken pot pie soup and it was out of this world!  The soup was surprisingly full of chicken and the crust floating around was so buttery and perfectly crunchy. Mmmmmmm!

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April 10-2013 (2 of 6)-4

And as for my EAT BEAUTIFULLY CHALLENGE FOR 21 DAYS?  Well, let’s just say that it’s not going perfectly, per se, but I’m still holding up and trying to be as diligent as possible.  So far I skipped about 2 days worth of green smoothie because I was outside and couldn’t get access to the kitchen.  And this is a reminder that we can’t always meet our goals perfectly—you just have to get back to it and resume whenever you can.

Eating healthfully should serve our mind and body, but we shouldn’t be chained to them because that can easily become a trap!

Have a great day and talk to you soon!

Have you been keeping up with the challenge?  Or what healthy food are you trying to include in your diet?

If you’re in the LA or OC area, have you heard of BrewWell?

What kind of atmosphere does your favorite coffee shop have?

Love,

Ellie <33