It’s been almost a month with my new camera and so far I am really digging it. I’m still learning where all the settings are in the various menu’s, but overall, the Olympus OM-D EM-5 MII is very easy to use. The electronic view finder and lcd are awesome to be able to see how the image is going to come out before you shoot. Go technology. On this day Anh and I visited Holsem Coffee which has been on the list for quite some time now. Michael and I tried to go way back when we ate across the street at The Safehouse. Unfortunately, they were closed at the time.
What I really like about Holsem Coffee is the clean and minimalist look and feel. And although the decor might seem plain and simple, their drinks and food catch the eye with sophistication and style.
Upon entering there is a large menu on the wall. And even though there doesn’t appear to be too many options, I couldn’t help but stand there with my eyes bouncing around from one corner of the menu to the opposite end. It took me at least three passes before I had to tell myself to focus. A little too late for that it would seem. More on that later.
Goodies to look at while we decided what to order.
I love clutter-less coffee shops. It clears my mind allowing all of the bold coffee aroma’s to be fully absorbed.
Anh decided to be the best food blogger companion that day and chose La Vie En Rose. She did it because she said “it would look the nicest for the blog.” Thanks hun! I cannot argue with her there. Luckily it tasted pretty good too. Right off the bat you could smell the cardamom. Upon first sip the rosewater and honey delicately come through leaving you with a hint of sweetness followed by a a slight smokiness from the spice. Coffee strength was about a 7.5.
For a while now I have been obsessed with Philz Coffee and their Mint Mojito. I was really hoping to find one here. It twas not meant to be. Nutella as a second option is not something to cry about. I really like how they make their own hazelnut milk in house. More than anything, that is the flavor that came through. I was hoping for a little more coffee or sweetness.
But it was still quite enjoyable and really fun to drink. Anything with chocolate should be fun.
Remember I was telling you how I have issues with new menu’s and figuring out what the get. Yeah, that kind of bit me in the behind. I remember seeing a savory porridge being served on the menu and immediately assumed that they were still serving it. About 9 out of 10 times I order something savory for breakfast. Since I wasn’t paying attention I didn’t notice until after it arrived that this was going to be sweet. Now that didn’t completely stop me from enjoying it, but when you have a set expectation of something, the impostor better be near perfect or else the hype train gets derailed. So how was it? I wouldn’t say we got entirely off the tracks, but we had some bumps to the finish line.
Anh’s mom makes a mean porridge and I get excited when I know she’s made it for us. This was good, and the sauteed apples added a nice kick to things. Even more added sweetness would have been welcomed. Maybe a drizzle of honey on top. Honestly though, I just wanted some ham or bacon. Some people can’t get over the mushy texture. The seeds and nuts help with that. Even though the porridge didn’t live up to expectations, the variety of coffee’s and general atmosphere certainly are worth more visits. The Colada or Lemon Meringue in particular might be in my future.
2911 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104