A recent Saturday found me at one of my favorite La Jolla haunts-Pannikin! Truly one of SoCal’s coffee shop gems, it is a cozy spot to hang out, study, have some excellent coffee and food, or simply bask in the glory of San Diego’s weather.
On this gorgeous day, I accompanied my boyfriend to Pannikin for the purpose of enjoying some of their delicious coffee while doing some homework. Although, I must say that calling what I do “work” is a bit of stretch. I am stoked to be in an awesome holistic health coaching program through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) learning about things that I love, like whole foods, self-care and being an all-around healthier, happier person-yay!
The sun was beaming from the clear blue sky above as we took our places at the porch bar facing the sunny patio and the sidewalks. I placed my unopened book in front of me and had a seat on the bar stool. Sipping my steaming mug of coffee, I happily watched as friends, lovers and family members engaged in fun activities in the space below. Of particular note, a young father was having breakfast at a small table with his two young daughters and a baby in a buggy. The two girls were munching their food as they watched with rapt attention the production that their father was giving. Clearly an avid story-teller, the man had leaned down to be closer to their eye level and spoke animatedly to each girl in turn, making demonstrative hand gestures and facial expressions. The girls watched him intently and the looks on their faces oscillated between wonderment and joyful surprise. The baby seemed content to repose in the buggy and watch passersby or up into the sky, oblivious to the tale that was unfolding mere feet away.
I observed with delight the healthy passionfruit vine that was growing up the side column of the patio and above the bar, noting the solitary small green fruit that was hanging from the vine directly in front of my right foot. Looking up, I witnessed the impressively constant influx of customers from the bustling sidewalk. Though the small gate, in-between the rows of patio tables and up the stairs into the tiny building they went, placidly taking their place at the end of the line, which stretched from the counter to the cozily lit fireplace, patiently waiting their turn.
One of the best things about people watching at a cafe is seeing what kind of goodies people choose. Here a cinnamon bun, there a very seedy-grainy looking muffin, now a bowl of fruit, then a massive breakfast burrito. Delicious and inspiring!
On this occasion, the most inspiring culinary moment for me was when a couple of girls sat down at a picnic table near the far left corner of the patio. Set down on the table between them was a lovely plate of avocado toast.
The seed was planted…
When I got home later that day, the first thing I did when I walked in the front door was to head to the kitchen and forage for the ingredients to make the perfect avocado toast!
1-2 slices of bread
1 small-medium avocado
1 organic tomato
1 red onion
½ tsp live oil
¼ pink Himalayan sea salt
Juice of ¼ an organic lime (optional)
- Place bread in toaster oven
- Rinse and dry produce
- Slice avocado in half and slice avocado into chunks (still in skin)
- Thinly slice a few slices of tomato and onion
- Place toast on a plate and, using a blunt knife, spread avocado on toast
- Sprinkle sea salt, lime juice and drizzle olive oil on avocado
- Place onion and tomato slices on top