Thursday, February 18, 2010

LAMill Coffee Boutique

One of the (very few) upsides to being sick is that you will, eventually, have to leave the house and can visit places that you've been meaning to but just haven't had the time to visit (unless, you know, cabin fever is your thing). This is how I finally got to LAMill on a bright, sunny weekday afternoon.

LAMill is beautiful, relaxing little shop in Silverlake that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts an impressive coffee, espresso and tea list. They also recently obtained a liquor license and are adding not only beer, wine and sake to their menu but also specialty combination drinks such as Tea Champagne (Alcohol AND caffeine? Woohoo!).

LA Mill

I absolutely adore classic, vintage chic decor and, with LAMill's murals, chandeliers and oversized chairs, it was love at first sight.

LA Mill

I ordered a cappuccino and was instantly delighted to see that there was a heart on it. Flavor-wise, however, it wasn't one of my favorite cappuccino's I've had. It was still fairly bitter after I added some brown sugar cubes to it and was also only lukewarm. The best cappuccino I've found in LA still at The Conservatory in Culver City.

Cappucino @ LA Mill

J ordered the Cough**Wheeze**Sniffle Herbal Tea...which is what I should have also ordered. This had an incredible, sweet flavor that was also really soothing on the throat. This is a must if you're feeling under the weather.

Cough**wheeze**sniffle/Herbal Tea

He also ordered the brioche donut holes, which were beautiful to look at and a delight to eat. They were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside (sort of like a mini-malasada covered in confectioner's sugar). Be sure to order the side of cream with these!

Brioche Donut Holes @ LA Mill

I ordered the Prosciutto Cotto French Baguette with cooked prosciutto and Tal eggi o dop Uero Ciresa cheese, which came with hand-cut potato chips, olives and a preserved cippolini onion.

Brunch spread @ LA Mill

The cooked prosciutto tasted more like sliced ham ham rather than the thin, dry-cured meat I was hoping for. It's always a little sad when you don't get what you think you're going to get but the sandwich was, never the less, good, and I really enjoyed the thick-sliced, crusty bread as well as the coarse-grain mustard and the sweet cippolini.

The potato chips were also tasty--very thick and crunchy like chips should be!

Prosciutto Cotto French Baguette @ LA Mill

The service at LAMill is average at best (indifferent at worst) but, given the atmosphere and extensive number of caffeinated offerings, isn't a dealbreaker for me.

I think one variation of a perfect day for me would involve spending all day at LAMill with my laptop, camera and a book, eating and sipping my way throughout the day. On second thought, maybe I should be sick more often.

LAMill Coffee Boutique
1636 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 663-4441

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