Thursday, February 8, 2007

coffeecoffeecoffecoffee: A New Life Line for the Over-caffeinated

I have discovered—right across the street from my office—a delightful new coffee shop. And for anyone who knows me, that is a serious find. What makes this little gem of a café at 6361 Wilshire Blvd. so wonderful, you ask? Well, well, well, let me tell you: it doubles as a chocolate shop. Pause—deep breath. Le heaven...I think I may be in love.

At Kelly's Coffee and Fudge , there is everything a caffeine-chocolate-fix seeking editor could possibly dream of getting her little hands on. Be it the 9:00 a.m. espresso & chocolate croissant "start the day right" treat, or the 3:45 cinnamon dark roast & dark chocolate Amaretto swirl "falling-asleep-on-my keyboard" afternoon pick me up, Kelly's is my new spot. The espresso is strong and smooth; the coffee is rich and impressing—especially if you have become accustomed to the likes of Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The chocolate? See above declaration of possible enamor. They have about 34 locations in So Cal, and 17 more shops to open on the West Coast this year, so if you spot one near you, stop in. I strongly recommend Kelly's Cappucino—as a traditional "sipper" I find myself practically chugging this piping hot beverage, which is a lesson in (not-too sweet) flavored espresso perfection.

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