Phoenix AZ – Camelback Flowershop & Perry’s Popup Coffee Cart

I was recently invited by my friend Perry to visit his pop up coffee cart at Camelback Flowershop. 

Perry is well known in the local Phoenix coffee community for his coffee knowledge and push to develop our coffee community, so I definitely didn’t want to miss a chance to support his initiative and the chance to have coffee made by someone so passionate about coffee. 

I invited Madeleine along for coffee hangs as she knew Perry as well. The coffee and photography community in Phoenix is all connected, so it’s easy to have mutual friends interested in supporting our local art and community.

This was also our first time at Camelback Flowshop’s new space. They are now located on Indian School between 40th and 42nd. Their new space is gorgeous surrounded by windows that let in a lot of natural light. Me and Madeleine were obssessed with this shop. Here’s some shots to show why:

Perry was enthusiastic to make us multiple delicious coffee drinks, of which we were enthusiastic to drink. 

He also had a special for the day: a vanilla coffee shooter. 

It’s so fun to live in such a creative community where people are passionate about their art. Perry is definitely passionate about building the coffee community in Phoenix and it’s fun to support his coffee initiations. He is currently this week at Camelback Flowershop about 10AM – 2PM so check out his coffee cart while you can. Follow his Instagram for local Phoenix coffee events @thecoffeechop .


Jerome AZ

I’ve been meaning to visit Jerome for a few years. Finally did it this last weekend with Merrissa. 

It’s only a couple hours north of Phoenix, so we came upon it about 10 am. My first impression as we drove through the upward winding road was how cute this old ghost town was with all its old buildings set on the hills. We parked and made our first spot Flat Iron.

This spot came recommended by my friend for their brunch and coffee. We walked in the door to the tiniest room that served as kitchen and restaurant. It was the cutest. Their kitchen does not have a stove top or open flame: everything is cooked in a toaster oven, conventional oven or panini grille, and the eggs are scrambled by espresso machine steam wand. 

We both ordered iced vanilla lattes, that we loved, and brunch. I got the breakfast tacos: corn tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese, red peppers and onions, and salsa. The green chile salsa was absolutely the best! Merrissa got the breakfast burrito that had scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, turkey sausage and green chiles in a toasted homemade tortilla.

Afterward we explored the town: hiking by the creek, antiquing, swinging in the park, and photographing all the historic architecture. It’s a cute town to explore and all the brick and metal walls make it a must for any photographer.

Southern CA – Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach

LONG BEACH

I recently went on a trip with Sarah down Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to her home in Long Beach.

By the time we made it back to Long Beach, we were exhausted and for about 24 hours, we did nothing but lay at her house and recover from out travels haha. Our first venture back outdoors was to meet her friend Luke at a new coffee shop: Rose Park Roasters. Before he arrived, we walked through the neighborhood and photographed.

So we met Luke at Rose Park Roasters and I loved the space. It had become his new spot since it had opened a couple, weeks before, and I was glad he was introducing us. 

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I say this a lot, but my favorite part of travel is meeting new people and making friends. It was fun to meet Luke. He was definitely one of those people who makes a complete stranger feel comfortable. It was interesting to hear about his life in music and his desire to be a barista.

I got two coffees. First I started with their Ethiopian cold brew, and then I had their molasses, ginger and Rosemary latte which might have been a special for the day. Both were phenomenal.

Another thing I say a lot is always get a local’s suggestion on where to eat. Luke  mentioned that as Rose Park Roasters had become his go to spot for coffee, his go to spot after was Taqueria La Mexicana #2 down the street for their California burritos. California burritos (french fries, carne asada, cheese, salsa and guacamole) are my favorite, so we took the two minute walk to get some, and it could not have made me happier. 

HUNTINGTOWN BEACH

Later that week me and Sarah met our mutual friends Emma, Kristen and Lydia at Aosa for a reunion. It was really fun to be all together again. 

Loved that our friends took us to Aosa, one of their favorite local coffee shops.  It was super cute and they serve Stumptown coffee which is a favorite of mine.

SEAL BEACH

After Aosa, we went down to Emma’s hometown of Seal Beach. It’s a super quaint downtown right off the beach. 

Emma took us to a Mexican spot. Their shrimp tacos were delicious. 

Then we walked through Seal Beach. Amy met us there and it was nice to just be there laughing and catching up with old friends while walking through this adorable town. 

We went shopping through a couple super cute boutiques that I completely recommend if you visit: Stitch & Feather and Isabelle’s Cabinet. 

A couple other spots worth mentioning are the Italian grocer and The Crema Cafe, a brunch spot Emma grew up going to. 

The day in Seal Beach was absolutely perfect. I believe travel is never about where you go, but who you go with, who you experience it with. The moments and laughs you collect with those friends. Whether we are in Italy or Southern California, these friends are the reason the places I travel to mean so much.