Let's talk about last weekend...a week later. On Friday, after a crazy night out (a beer flight and dinner), the 3 of us knocked out early. With good reason, people! We had plans of a road trip to San Diego to meet up with our blogger brethren. We had agree to meet up at 11 for brunch, but we woke up at 5 AM to beat traffic, explore SD a bit, and get some coffee (of course).
The drive was quick. No surprise, though. With a lack of traffic and your friends in the car, time flies by. We didn't look-up what coffee shop we were going to until 15 minutes prior to arriving at this undetermined place – we live on the edge like that. A few miles down the road from where we were meeting up with the brethren, we found a coffee shop in La Jolla called Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Before even getting to the coffee, we were liking the atmosphere. Even though we had never been there, there was sense of familiarity. The shop is lit with warm natural light reflecting off of a brick and wood theme. There are hints of teal throughout, and from just the smell, you know that your cup of coffee is going to be delicious. Everyone seems to know each other, and even though the baristas did not know us, they treat everyone just the same.
How good was the coffee? Pretty damn. Their espresso was on point, but their pour-over...their pour-over was a whole 'nother level. They got flavors out of this "yemen" bean that we had never experienced in coffee. So many taste notes!
We hung out at this shop for a while. Bear was doing grad school stuff, while Beef and I touched up last week's PR post (Pt.5 coming next week). It was a great place to get work done. We were glad we stayed so long too. Otherwise, we would have never met the jazz and blues man, Robin Henkel.
He started talking to us because we were the only other people in the room with ties. Well, that and we were also right next to him. We learned a lot from Robin, specifically about bluegrass blues. The man is very passionate about it. People like to think of blues as melancholy because of the themes the music usually involves. However, one has to realize that blues was an outlet for people; it brought people together through their struggles. Rather than lending themselves into depression, people gathered, sang, and played about something they shared in common. They made the best out of bad situations.
Robin carries guitars that are very old. "I have these old guitars so that there will always be something older than me in the room," he told us. Even if Robin would have never talked to us, it only takes hearing him to realize how much he truly love this music:
We didn't get to finish listening to his full set, but the man is awesome.
We spent the next few hours at TruckStop down the road, where we met up with Gio, Rick, Alex, and Kory. We all had a great time talking it up, eating, and drinking. Other than a few Snaps, none of us really took pictures So, you'll just have to believe that it was awesome.
After a great brunch, and saying good bye to Kory because he had a wedding to attend, we spent the rest of the day enjoying damn good beer and food. It's nothing but good times when you hang out with link-minded individuals. We all have one thing in common that brought us together, an appreciation for menswear. We also all need food. Boom. Two things in common. So we all meet up for food with good times in mind, and the results? New friends and good times.
Beef: Jacket/Shirt – Uniqlo | Tie – Ties.com | Pants – Levi's | Shoes – Clarks
Bear: Shirt – H&M | Vest – Asos | Pants – Levi's | Shoes – Mr.B's | Tie – Ties.com
Baker: Shirt – Asos | Jacket – no idea | Tie – Ties.com | Pants – Gap | Shoes – Shoe the Bear
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