Opening at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Shakespeare and Company's bookworm baristas infuse steamy espresso drinks and signature beverages with more than 40 flavors. A quintet of foamy medium lattes allows ample opportunity to sample sweet infusions individually, or opt for preselected concoctions, such as Juliet's Cup with a chocolate-cherry-amaretto kick or the caramel and cinnamon of a mug filled with Midsummer Night's Dream. Espresso shots, like the container of cotton balls at the doctor's office, are also yours for the taking at no additional charge.
Café Roche is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).
The ancients spoke of a day when a fellowship of highly intelligent strangers would journey to Earth to discover the magical coffee fields of middle earth. Together they would harvest this crop and forever break the decades-old curse of the evil mermaid! That day is now, and that coffee can be found at Brew Nerds!!
During one-hour classes at Belly Dance by Gypsy, Gypsy (a.k.a. Paula Stump) instructs students in traditional full-body movements as well as in the muscle-group isolation patterns for which belly dance is famous. Groupon-specific classes will be held between September 12 and November 30 on Monday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m., during which Gypsy will initiate pupils in the ancient and sensual art of belly dancing, considered a misnomer because the dance incorporates movement throughout the entire body. Classes will move at a comfortable pace as dancers eventually learn to shimmy, isolate muscle groups, and oscillate hips in as yet uninvented directions. Students build on their knowledge with each class, but need not attend consecutive sessions, instead choosing from 24 classes through November 30.
Angelina's Tea Shoppe is a haven of steeped serenity, boasting more than 500 varieties of tea, as well as a vast selection of tea-related accoutrements. Customers longing for the caffeinated civility of high tea can choose from hundreds of loose-leaf options, such as Versailles lavender Earl Grey, Night of the Iguana chai (both $1.75 per ounce), or Golden Monkey black tea ($3.95 per ounce). Impatient tea-totalers can tote their tea to go or opt to sip it in the serenity of Angelina's reading room, a cozy corner inundated with overstuffed couches, used books, and free wireless Internet. The quaint tea shop also sells a multitude of pekoe-related products including teapots, cups, bird-shaped mesh lemon squeezers ($4.95), and enticing edibles such as Sticky Fingers scone mix ($5.95), the official baking mix of the Rolling Stones' 1971 UK tour.
The staff at Ziggy's Juice Bar blends real-fruit smoothies in 10 refreshing flavors with optional health-bolstering add-ins. Enjoy the blueberry bombshell, savor the orangey zestiness of the crazy citrus, or quench thirsts with the monster-mango smoothie. Guests have the option of augmenting any beverage with healthy add-ins, such as multivitamins, protein, or fat burners. No matter what the flavor or add-in, Ziggy’s staff will seek to sate patrons with drinks as healthy as Carrot Top's trainer.