There's a children's book called "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," I'm sure you've heard of it, but it's about a mischievous little mouse who convinces a young boy of a whole string of things that he needs to go with the cookie the boy was kind enough to share. His list of requests goes from milk to a mirror to a trim of his hair to a box of crayons to draw with.
I get this way when I find a new book...
Once I find the next book to lose myself in, I will need a quirky, independent cafe with a comfy chair and good music to sit at while I read. I will also need to have an extra hot cappuccino in hand and a couple snacks to munch on (a variety of salty and sweet is preferred). I will need a sharp pencil for marking off good quotes, interesting facts and well-composed sentences. It's also helpful to have a friend or two convinced to read the same book (for people to discuss with of course).
So it's probably no surprise that I have a list of my favorite independent cafes and coffeeshops...
- Northstar Cafe :: State St. Santa Barbara
- Java Jones :: State St. Santa Barbara
- Coffee Cat :: Anacapa St. Santa Barbara
- Muddy Waters :: E. Haley. Santa Barbara
- Aroma Cafe :: Tujunga. Studio City
- Beanscene :: Lindero. Thousand Oaks
- Doan's Bakery :: Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills
- Muddhouse Coffee :: Roscoe. San Fernando Valley
- Les Artisans :: Avenue Daumesnil. Paris
- Les Arts :: Rue Mouffetard. Paris
This idea of shopping locally has grown in popularity in recent years. Honestly, I hadn't given it much thought until I began reading a book called: