Like many modern folks, I love brunching.
And, like many Angelenos, I am always on the lookout for new places to enjoy the freedoms of having breakfast and lunch on the same menu. Olive & Thyme
has been around for a little while, but I'd never been. Luckily, I found it on Yelp, and now I'm a very big fan.
Olive & Thyme is a lovely mixture of quaint "community table" cafe and independent marketplace. It reminded me a lot of New York's Dean & DeLuca,
with its polished white and silver fixtures, cheese case, and specialty food selections
(including fair trade chocolates and homegrown preserves!) I love the communal aspect, as well, its large farmhouse table being a focal point on your way to the register. There is a water, utensil, and napkin station by the door so that you can prepare yourself for your delicious meal.
I kicked things off with a vanilla latte,
which was so pretty! It tasted more maple-y than vanilla, but I love maple, so it was great.
Then I had the delicious Farmhouse Panini,
filled with eggs, bacon, and white cheddar. It was served with a little side of blueberries,
which were deliciously ripe. If you come for breakfast, get this panini.
It is truly fantastic and very filling. So. Good.
My friend chose the simpler option of eggs, bacon, and sourdough toast, but the real kicker was the amazing homemade raspberry jam.
Is there anything better than homemade jam? I think not.
If you're in Los Angeles and near Toluca Lake,
definitely pop into Olive & Thyme. I've yet to try their lunch or dinner menus, but their bacon-avocado-tomato B.A.T. sandwich looks delicious. And I wouldn't mind trying one of those cheese plates,
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