Hi! I’m Monica!
I’m married to my foodie best friend, mom of two grown humans, mom of a schnoxie and schnauzer, and I love coffee. Together, the hubs (Jacob) and I love finding local restaurants and coffee shops. When I’m not working my day job in Human Resources, I’m scouting out fresh roasted coffee locally or creating my next coffee drink masterpiece. Other times Jacob and I are planning our next foodie road trip. Oh and you will typically find me at the bowling alley at least twice a week. #leaguenight
I have been a coffee lover since I was a kid and living the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest, I developed a love for local coffee shops delivering fresh roasted coffee on the daily. It became more than just a morning cup to enjoy on my way to work. Coffee is complex, trendy and it brings people together, much like food. I began learning about where the beans came from and how roasting them brings out new flavors. I have become instantly intrigued by manual brewing methods recently and brew most of my coffee either in a French press, Chemex, or pour over.
For almost ten years, I worked in the restaurant industry. Jacob did as well and we developed a love for not only good food, but great service. We frequently watch Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and planned a road trip a few years back based on the restaurants featured in Phoenix. Fast forward a few years as we sat in a local breakfast joint, we had an idea. What if we did a review on all of the places we visit? Back then, blogging wasn’t really a thing so the idea sat there for a while, as our travels continued. Until now.
My blog is a place where we share all of the places we visit, share product reviews, share reviews of local coffee shops & eateries and swanky coffee recipes. We invite you on our journey and feel free and let us know the places we NEED to visit and highlight. Our favorite is not just enjoying the food but enjoying the experience and the conversations, because some of the best conversations are over coffee and food. Follow us on Facebook where I share the products I use to create the recipes, share videos on brewing methods and much more! Hop over on Instagram to find all of the places we go and fascinating things we encounter on our travels. And you can find me on Pinterest, scouting out the next graphic tee or looking for things to do on our next adventure!
Our hope is that you are inspired to pass the well-known coffee shops and restaurants and visit the local places, because not only will you find good food, you’ll find good people too. Be brave! Try something new!