California cafes

18th Street Coffeehouse

Review by cafe tableaux: Windows onto the street were open and David Duchovny and Tracy Ullman were breaking off coffees and getting harassed

Calistoga Roastery

Calistoga Roastery

Review by cafe tableaux: nearly every table was full of idle regulars at 8am on a friday and the decor could best be described as tgi friday’s


Review by cafe tableaux: i wanted to lounge comfortably in cup-a-joe and address myself to the city, be that quotidian coffeeshop patron…

Mani’s Bakery

Review by cafe tableaux: mani’s was all the things the cogs argue that los angeles is, too big, too many disparate functions, too many empty faces.

Mani’s Fairfax

Mani\'s Bakery

Review by cafe tableaux: To be honest, Mani’s Fairfax is less for me a series of distinct memories than a smear of reflections of night windows..

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Review by cafe tableaux: Completely soured by Aquarius I prepared to treat the barista like shit to avenge what I saw as the injustice against me by the Mission district but instead found an earnest and quite enjoyable personality behind the counter.


Review by cafe tableaux: I stood staring in a stupor when the barista handed me an iPad with a series of options and so on…

Velocity Cafe

Review by cafe tableaux: This place works, not in a Hausmannish way, but more like the winding, beehive neighborhoods of Fez, where routes of movement follow from patterns of habitation and commercial/social exchange, rather than the reverse.

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