Showing posts with label places to write. Show all posts
Showing posts with label places to write. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Part 5 of 10: Ten Favorite Places to Write (in no particular order)

Nicole turned me on to a groovy place in Redondo Beach.  Catalina Coffee

Nicole said:
"It's a big coffee shop, plenty of parking -  cozy, eclectic furniture: couches, comfy chairs, tables, etc.  A fireplace, and even an area set off to the back that looks like a private home library that they use for private events sometimes."
Here's a list of the amenities.  I love that the library is an ALL mystery used book store (they have over 2,000 titles for sale).  Now, we just have to catch them up to the modern world of offering free WiFi (there is a PC there for internet access but they charge for it...)

Check it out:
Catalina Coffee
126 North Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Part 6 of 10: Ten Favorite Places to Write (in no particular order)

I can't help it. I know it's cheesy - but I love Du-par's on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.  I love the comfy red vinyl booths, I love the formica table tops.  I love the pie.

No WiFi, but great coffee, breakfast all day, open 24 hours.  Seriously, how can you go wrong?  The last time I was in Du-par's I saw Percy Daggs III at the next table over.  Always something cool going on at Du-par's.

Du-par's Studio City
12036 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 

(Oh, and if you're looking for someplace to write near Tom's Miracle Mile group, there's one at the Farmer's Market too! 6333 W. 3rd Street @ Fairfax Map Here.)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Part 4 of 10: Ten Favorite Places to Write (in no particular order)

One of my all time favorite places is Eats (actual name is Los Feliz Coffee Shop) - it's located on Los Feliz Boulevard in what is considered to be Atwater Village.  Eats is tucked in next to a small nine-hole golf course.  There is a practice putting green just behind the parking lot for the restaurant so if you need to clear your head take along your putter and a few balls to practice your green game in between paragraphs.

No WiFi but lovely seating outside and plenty of indoor seating including the classic coffee shop counter.
3207 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Part 1 of 10: Ten Favorite Places to Write (in no particular order)

Our newest group run by Tom Rastrelli is in Mid-Wilshire, an area rife with coffee shops but not all of them are writer friendly or wifi ready.
Massimo's Mudspot not only provides free wifi but offers a variety of seating that includes the traditional table & hard back chair or a nice comfy couch to lounge on.  Their menu includes yummy sandwiches (some on house made bread) and salads.  And if you're not in the mood for coffee, you can try their homemade lavender lemonade.

Massimo's features local artists on their walls and encourages local groups/soloists to play on their music night.

The coffee shop also encourages its customers to get a little exercise and help make the world greener.  On the last Friday of the month, they offer 10% off to every customer who rides their bike to the coffee shop and they support that habit by putting their bike racks right outside a large picture window so you can keep an eye on your vehicle! (They're so green that on their contact page of their website, they tell you which bus lines to take to get to them...)

The hours at Massimo's would be a disadvantage (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) but the same people own The Little Bar Lounge next door, a no muss, no fuss, no kitchen, east coast feel neighborhood bar.  If you're hungry, they'll provide you with a choice of delivery menus from the area so you can order in....

The Little Bar Lounge: 757 S. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Favorite Places to Write (in no particular order)

One of our groups meets in Glassell Park so Silverlake is a hop, skip and single freeway exit away...

Silverlake Coffee Co. rocks! They boast a full coffee bar with super-friendly barristas and an impressive breakfast and lunch menu.  They also have a seemingly unending selection of teas.

Because it's on a slight hill, it's built on levels with both an indoor and outdoor seating area so it's dog friendly with plenty of ashtrays for those of you who can't quite give up the "cancer sticks". (Both Nicole and I are ex-smokers so totally get it.)  Even better than the plentiful ashtrays though are the electrical sockets for your computer and the free wifi available. 

Indoor is softly lit during the day - no harsh glare on your screen or writing pad.  

Here's a big plus in Los Angeles (and Silverlake in particular) it has a big parking lot with plenty of free parking!

I think one of our members put it best when he said: "busy, but chill and no weirdos"

You can read more reviews here and check it out yourself at: 2388 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039