by Crystal A. Johnson
On a day when my wireless connection simply would not work, a friend of mine suggests that I go down to House of Brews. As a new resident of the northern part of the San Fernando Valley, I do not know of the place. I listen to the directions and make my way there. San Fernando has it own charm with 1800’s Spanish architecture meets 1950’s. Little did I know the cafe has been around for eight years. Many locals are aware of this spot. When I walk into the shop, I am pleasantly surprised. The colors are vibrant and the menu board is fun. The drink choices are playful creations mixed with classics. I knew quickly this would become a repetitive stomping ground for me. The ambiance is filled with eclectic artwork, culturally inspired murals, and boutique items.
The customer base is diverse ranging from academics to white collar professionals. Blanca Diaz, the owner shares with me details of how the demographic changes throughout the day. With the courthouse nearby, many people lounge at the cafe. The free Wifi with menu purchase attracts the laptop crowd. Diaz adds that after 5PM the area locals which are primarily Latino frequent the place.
Now that the setting has been described lets move on the beverages. On my first day which was a hot Sunday, my choice is La Siesta iced tea. Translation for people in certain parts of the country is half and half. The beverage is half tea and half lemonade.
On my next visit, I go with the Mexican Hot Chocolate. Diaz boasts assuredly that House of Brews offers the best Mexican Hot Chocolate in town. She says the Ibarra chocolate is ground everyday. As I order, I just happen to be on the phone with my friend Eduardo. Overhearing my order, he inquires if I am at House of Brews. I confirm then he tells me that he is a regular. Eduardo mentions that everything he has tried is good including breakfast items. The presentation of the Mexican hot chocolate is very attractive with whip cream and squiggly designs on top. Chocolate lovers this is a rich and tasty drink.
On another visit I go with the Green tea Matte Latte. The matte does rhyme with the latte and it is good. Again the presentation makes the drink look quite appetizing. It does not disappoint.
A suggested beverage by the owner is the Earl Grey Latte. I am sure the sounds of this for Earl Grey tea lovers has them at hello. I will revise the article when I can share an update on the Earl Grey Latte. Right now, the batting average for the beverages at House of Brews is looking good. Visit their website at : http://www.house-of-brews.com/
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