half moon bay to monterey [pch trip part 2 of 5]

this 5 part series outlines a two-week road trip my brother, sister and i took down the pacific coast highway. on our trip, we started in napa, drove to the muir woods, spent a few days san francisco, drove from half moon bay to monterey, then big sur and finally ended in los angeles.


after san francisco, we did a lot of driving down the pacific coast highway from half moon bay to monterey. it was probably the longest leg of our trip, and what i remember most about this leg is lots of car snacks and driving music, overcast weather, incredible views over every bend, insane surfers fighting to the death to get their waves, and lots of laughs in the car.


we didn’t really have any specific places we wanted to checkout during this part of the drive, which made it extra special. we drove and stopped when we wanted and as we pleased. theres an element of this that i find relaxing — it’s the reason why i’ll always favor taking the long road in a car (when we can go at our own pace) over other transportation options.

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friday afternoons

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my friend laura is also a remote worker. she and i usually spend most friday afternoons finding new places to do work together throughout the city. this past friday we were able to finally checkout kafe bohem in shaw.

we were really excited to checkout this euro style cafe, but i must say we were a bit let down. there were no other patrons in the shop when we arrived which should’ve been our first hint. the barista was very nice, but she had ‘somewhere else to be’ so they were only able to offer us drip coffee and hot tea. 3 pm on a friday is probably a slower time than most for coffee shops. but if that’s the case, they should close if they are only able to offer espresso drinks. i did have a warm lentil salad topped with greens, goat cheese, and honey mustard that wasn’t bad. i’d love to go back and try their schnitzel.

after kafe bohem, we were still in need of real coffee so we went to the mecca of dc coffee shops: compass coffee. if you follow me on snapchat, you may have seen me lose my mind when i learned that their mint cold brew on nitro is back (!). and it was as good a i remembered.


after proper caffeination, it was suddenly 5 pm and we decided to walk across the street and checkout takoda since it was opening day. takoda opened that day at 5 pm, and by 5:15 the roof was already at capacity. we did manage to snag a seat by the window which was glorious. we each tried 2 different cocktails which were delicious, but shockingly small for their price (even for dc). i’m excited to go back and try some of their interesting food offering, as well as the beer garden-style roof — once there’s no longer a line out the front door.



florida avenue grill


when i moved back to dc last fall after a~3 year hiatus, i was so excited to explore new neighborhoods, bars and restaurants that had popped up while i was gone. but our neighborhood (and dc in general) is so rich with history and places that made dc “dc”, many of which i embarrassingly had never been to. one of those places is florida avenue grill near u street.

70 (!) years ago, lacy c. wilson and his wife created this little haven as a “a home away from home, where people of different races, social standings, and even religions could sit side by side and have a meal.” this place has gone through the assassination of martin luther king, jr. and the subsequent riots across america and the u street corridor, gentrification, 3 different owners, as well as a rapidly changing surrounding neighborhood.


i walk by this place every morning with maribel and especially on weekends, there are troves of people waiting to get in. it’s located essentially on it’s own, not located near any other restaurant or bars. you would almost miss it if you weren’t looking for it. after we ate there a few weeks ago, i wanted to kick myself for not having gone sooner because it was so freakin good. there’s a reason this place has lasted 70+ years.

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