The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a popular coffee chain on the west coast, similar to Starbucks in New York. I had to see what all the brouhaha is about, so I ordered a small blended mocha drink, which is the equivalent of a Starbucks mocha frappuccino. My mocha was heavy on the sugar and milk and tasted more like a chocolate milkshake than actual coffee. I'm a strong coffee drinker, so I'd choose Starbucks over the Coffee Bean any day, but Boston's Espresso Royale trumps them all.
Lunchtime: Pho Hut, in Glendale.
Social networking with two writers who have an acute sense of humor. Pho Hut is a hole-in-the-wall joint (literally). V and N come here so often that the waiters know their orders right away, down to the free coke refill. N likes to order the meaty pho bowl with extra noodles. Pass that hot sauce!
Porto's is a family-owned Cuban bakery that has served the Glendale community for 30-odd years. The bakery is known for its cheese rolls. I had them for the first time and was astounded that something so small and unassuming could pack such a punch.