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Favourite Blog Spot: Herb & Eatery

My husband and I really love going to coffee shops, and we go for coffee at least once every weekend. Whether it’s just to get out of the house and grab a quick coffee or to spend some time working in a different environment, we always enjoy ourselves, and it’s really turned into one of our favourite things to do together. They are also the perfect places for me to work on my blog entries, but I tend to get stuck in my comfort zone by only going to the places that I can walk to from our house in North Park. In an effort to branch out and explore more of San Diego, I have decided to start a blog series where I document the places that I am blogging from around SD. If you are like me and are looking for the perfect spot to write from, then maybe this will help you out. There is also the added bonus of being inspired to try new recipes like this iced vanilla-mint latte.

Herb & Eatery is a breakfast/lunch spot and market that is attached to the Italian restaurant, Herb & Wood. It is on Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy, and it is one of my favourite spots in SD. I have been several times before for work meetings as well as for brunch and lunch with friends and family. I am very taken with it. Herb & Wood is a fancy Italian restaurant that I have always wanted to go to because it looks gorgeous and delicious, but it’s pricey enough that I have not felt able to justify eating there before. I was delighted when the more affordable and just as adorable Herb & Eatery opened up.

My favourite thing about the spot is how open and bright it is. There are floor to ceiling windows, and it really gives you the feeling of sitting outside without actually being outside. I love an outdoor patio as much as any other San Diegan, but it’s not always the best when you are trying to look at a computer screen so I really appreciate that Herb & Eatery gives you the best of both worlds.

Aside from the aesthetic of the place, the food and drinks are phenomenal. There are are cases of homemade pastries, and they make the best almond milk latte that I have had in San Diego. They have a series of homemade simple syrups for flavours, and I pretty much always order a chocolate croissant and a vanilla-mint almond milk latte. Their avocado toast also crushes it. Herb & Eatery is really the perfect place to sit back and enjoy good food and coffee with others or just on your own to do some blogging and/or people watching. I highly recommend it.

I took a stab at creating my own version of the vanilla-mint almond milk latte at home, and it turned out to be delicious (although not quite as good as the original).

Iced Vanilla Mint Almond Milk Latte
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5-7 mint leaves (less or more depending on how minty you want it)
1 vanilla bean
3/4 cup cold coffee
3/4 cup almond milk
Ice

Combine the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.

Scrape out the vanilla bean and add everything to the saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring regularly until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a container to store. You can strain the syrup now, but I just kept everything in it and strained it each time I made a drink.

Pour the cold coffee over ice into a glass and add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla-mint syrup.

Froth the almond milk with a milk frother or by shaking it in a sealed container (mason jar). Pour over the coffee and serve.


Favourite Blog Spot: Herb & Eatery
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5-7 mint leaves (less or more depending on how minty you want it)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ¾ cup cold coffee
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Scrape out the vanilla bean and add everything to the saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a container to store. You can strain the syrup now, but I just kept everything in it and strained it each time I made a drink.
  5. Pour the cold coffee over ice into a glass and add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla-mint syrup.
  6. Froth the almond milk with a milk frother or by shaking it in a sealed container (mason jar). Pour over the coffee and serve.

 

Comments (1)

  • Great idea and great pictures too!

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