By Taye


We can all be part of the Intelligentsia.. well sort of..

About three weeks ago I got a call from my beautiful friend Rigodis. 
A little back story.  We both grew up in the city of angels. Went to college together.   Have stomped the streets of New York together.  Took the Chinatown bus from New York to DC to watch Barack Obama become president together and although I only see her about 3 times a year she has remained one of my closest friends. 
Okay so that’s the back story.  
Cut to three weeks ago. I get a text.  I know I said call earlier but as I write the actual details are getting less foggy.  Rigodis and her hubby are in town from Brooklyn with six month old Loli who might just be the most beautiful child on the planet and who happened to be in the womb the last time I saw her.  
The plan: Lunch on the Venice Boardwalk, rendezvous at a coffee shop before hand.  That coffee shop was Intelligentsia.
Damien (her hubby) bought me a single soy latte and that little rendezvous rekindled my love affair with Abbot Kinney and began my obsession with Intelligentsia!
I have since made the trek from Hollywood to Venice a dozen times.
So I won’t really make this an Abbot Kinney series, although there is more to come.  I will simply blog as I see fit.  I must begin with Intelligentsia.  My single soy latte was a consummate combo of smooth and creamy.  It was in no need of sugar and all with flawless foam which all of us lactose intolerant folks know is not easy to do with soy milk. 
The place is beautiful.  The staff is super nice and the beach vibes are awesome…but go when you have a little time, because the line will be long but the coffee and everything else are all well worth the wait.
Intelligentsia.. I “Like”
Taye 😉
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
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