Hidden away in a small parking lot shaded by tall trees of changing colors lies the River Cafe in Santa Cruz. In my usual last-minute fashion, Katy and I decided to head there for breakfast just days before the Groupon I'd had for year was set to expire. It's a tiny, oddly-shaped building lacking nothing in the charm department and serves breakfast and lunch composed of all fresh, organic ingredients. The sweet, imperfect details of the place made me feel as comfortable as if I was eating breakfast in my own home.
I had the house made granola topped with Strauss Family yogurt, fresh berries, and a drizzle of honey with a soy chai tea latte. The food is served on mismatched antique dishes and there's plenty of room on the decking around the café to enjoy the morning light.