Having a reason to go to San Diego in February is one of life’s great pleasures. When my daughter moved out there in late 2014, my first thought was “beaches and nice weather.” My next thought was, “I wonder how many yarn shops are out there?”
If it’s nice out, enjoy the patio seating and scope out the stores you want to hit after lunch. Wherever you sit, make sure you try the Mexican Mocha with your breakfast sandwich or bagel. It’s a house speciality. We weren’t there for lunch, but should you need to do lunch here the paninis looked yummy. Not a huge menu, but nicely done and varied given the 6am – 8pm hours. Their bread comes from Bread and Cie—a name I heard many times during my travels—and they locally source almost everything. No big chain write-your-name-on-a-paper-cup here, people—I love that you get your mocha in a real mug. It always tastes better that way, in my opinion.
|Carol and Squeaky|
This cozy little place offers a neighborhood atmosphere with a touch of the exotic. For a small shop, they offer a large menu—and my favorite is that they’ll tailor the spice level to your preference. You tell them on a scale of 1-10 how much you want your tongue to burn. Spice wuss that I am, I truly appreciate that ability to say “0, if you can go that low.” I asked for a recommendation of the house specialities, and was very pleased with my crispy duck salad. If you need dessert, go for the mango with sweet sticky rice—a unique treat.
I’ve long been a collector of mission furnishings—the arts and crafts style championed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There wasn’t a single thing in this store I wouldn’t take home immediately. Stunning , quality pieces of furniture and artwork, home accessories and even textiles. The clocks alone had me salivating. Tiles, teapots, prints, lamps…it’s all here.
There was so much laughter and fun being had in this room! I would have loved to stay and have an elegant high tea, but there wasn’t an empty table in the place—you may want to call ahead. Delicate, delectable goodies, oodles of china worthy of Downton Abbey, linen napkins, doilies—the whole atmosphere perfectly combines fun and frill. It would be the perfect place to cap off your trip to La Mesa.