Monday, August 29, 2011

Lofty Bean

~Outdoor seating~

Are you having a bad day? A little cranky? Need a friendly face? If you're in need of a delicious cup-o-joe and alot of extremely cheery people stop into Lofty Bean in Encinitas. We were headin' to our usual coffee place when Phil said......"Hey, I saw a cool looking place the other day across from Encinitas Surfboards". I flipped a uturn and we headed back that way. I was in the worst mood! I know I know.....its Saturday, how could I be in a bad mood? But I was. It was hot out and all I wanted to do was hang in town and go to the beach but I had an event up in the mountains where it was going to be even hotter! Luckily we went to Lofty Bean and all my irritability was swept away. This is such a great spot! Right on the corner of HWY 101 just north of Encinitas Blvd.
Everyone is SUPER nice and my bad mood quickly turned into joking and laughing with the crew. Phil and I went back again on Sunday! Ha!
~Oatmeal with berries~
~American Panini~
~Phil - Very happy I obtained an attitude adjustment~
~Japanese drip tower~
I had the coffee from the Japanese drip tower. Its cool to look at and tastes even better!
~Indoor Lounge~
Locals and tourists alike have all made their way to Lofty Bean. We saw a few faces we knew from around town and while sitting outside on Sunday we met a nice group in town from Long Island, NY.
~Eric with "Charlie" the mascot~
Eric and Lofty Bean mascot "Charlie" are hysterical. Charlie was a ham as soon as I broke out my camera. He was messin' around until I said "Charlie smile" and he looked right at me with his best paparazzi pose he could muster. We are still laughing about it.
~Bar seating with WiFi~

~Gifts for sale~
Meaghan makes the place fun. She has cool style and a great smile and boy can she make ya laugh. Thanks Meaghan cuz on Saturday I needed to laugh and you really saved the day for Phil! Total attitude adjustment within minutes. Thanks again!
~Meaghan - Super Barista!~
My panini was so good. The pickles make it! Mmmmmmmm love the seating outside too. We love the vibe at Lofty Bean and both the coffee and food are incredible.
~Angie very happy with her panini~


The decor is super warm and inviting. We both felt like we stepped out of Encinitas into a little slice of zen. 

So head to Lofty Bean and tell Eric Myers "PHIL & ANGIE" recommended you give it a try and remember to GO LOCAL!
Lofty Bean is located at
90 N. Coast HWY 101
Encinitas, CA  92024

Monday, August 8, 2011

Union Kitchen & Tap

Ridin' to Union Kitchen & Tap
 Luckily for us we live in Encinitas. So a lil' bike ride to Union Kitchen & Tap is just what the doctor ordered. We love UNION KITCHEN! The first time we tried it out was the evening of the soft opening. We were with our friend Howard and we were looking for a place to have a drink. We were on our way to Cardiff and saw the old When In Rome that had been under construction for months finally had a name and was OPEN!!!!! We knew we picked the right spot as we were parking because all we could see were people laughing, talking and cheering their beers. The front of the restaurant faces HWY 101 directly across from Hansens Surf Shop. The windows are practically from floor to ceiling and the tables are right at the window. It was packed! People everywhere. We got in and sat down at a table. Breeze blowing in and up walks an old friend of Phil's, Jim Hurley! He manages the place. Jim told us the background of the design and the plans for the restaurant. We couldn't wait to tell friends & family all about our new find. Fast forward to just about every other weekend. Now we take a bike ride to Union Kitchen & Tap all the time. Seating is family style. Long tables with bar stools so everyone has to get friendly quickly. We like to sit in the booth and people watch but even the booths are family style so everyone scoots in and get acquainted.

 We like to order a couple of Palm beers and a flatbread. Union Kitchen & Tap is all about the beer so take your pick. I'm sure they have it. They have a great wine selection and of course their are cocktails as well. They have a wide variety of chicken and fish on the menu and a couple of vegan options for you tree huggers.

Bacon & Tomato Flatbread

 Union Kitchen & Tap is high energy and always a fun time. People pile in all day and all through the night. Its a great place to meet for happy hour, take your friends to from out of town or just sit with your beer and people watch!

So head to Union Kitchen & Tap and tell Jim Hurley "PHIL & ANGIE" recommended you give it a try and remember to GO LOCAL!
Union Kitchen & Tap is located at
1108 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA  92024


Giovanni's Italian Restaurant and Sandwich Shop has been around since Phil and I were kids. We would walk from Moonlight or D Street after a long day at the beach and order sub sandwiches. As a kid the best thing about Giovanni's was it was casual. You walk in, sandy and tired from a long day in the sun, and Vito would greet us with a loud italian voice "WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU"....We loved it! We felt like it was our very own families dining table. Now that we are adults we still love the same thing about Giovanni's and nothing has changed about the place since we were kids. We took Phil's dad Carmine, his brother Marty and his nephew Anthony to Giovanni's on Saturday for lunch. It was sunny and warm and Vito pushed a couple of tables together for us and we sat and people watched while we waited for our food. Like most of the restaurants in Encinitas the seating outside is along the sidewalk. People walk by with their dogs, their children, kids skateboard by and now and again you get people who dont know better cruising their bikes on the sidewalk. If you're from Encinitas you're used to this. If you're not it can seem a little annoying. But dont be annoyed. Just kick back and smile as people go by. Its pretty enjoyable. When we were there on Saturday we had several people on bikes go by and they were all dressed for a 70's costume party. Ya just dont see that type of thing everyday so like I said...........Kick back and enjoy the view. Its pure entertainment!
A few minutes went by and our food arrived. Three of us had Philly Steak subs, Phil had the Chicken Parmesean sub and Marty had the all time classic MEATBALL SUB. Everything was delicious. Not a lick of food was left between the five of us. We all had sandwiches but Giovanni's is more than a sub shop. Vito offers pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts. If you dont see it on the menu I betcha Vito will make it for you so just ask!
We shared some fun in the sun and our ultimate goal was met. We had a great day with "la famiglia" (the family) at one of our all time favorite restaurants.
So head to Giovanni's and tell Vito "PHIL & ANGIE" recommended you give it a try and remember to
Giovanni's is located at
764 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA  92024