It’s always summer somewhere…in California.  Yes, we know how lucky we are.

It may barely dip below 60 degrees, but we still enjoy some of winter’s traditional tummy warmers.  Come December lemonades and iced coffees take a back seat to double-shot cappuccinos and hot cocoa al fresco.

Skip the ubiquitous Starbucks and meet a new barista at one of these Westside faves:

Your Craving: Hot chocolate, with a ‘tchwist’.

Our Satiation: Intelligentsia Venice.   This Chicago favorite has an outpost in the heart of Abbott Kinney.  Their TCHO chocolate and heavy whipping cream create a heavenly heavy hot chocolate. Make sure you come with a half empty stomach!

Your Craving: A jolt of caffeine, a bit of steamed milk, and a pair of comfy shoes.

Our Satiation: TOMS on Abbott Kinney.  This shoe store offers more than shoes and glasses. TOMS is now serving cups of Joe for all! With hip and friendly baristas, it’s no wonder the indoor and out door areas are filled with people from open to close.

Your Craving: One shot of espresso, and something a little…bubbly.

Our Satiation: Espresso Cielo serves it’s steaming hot espresso in a porcelain cup, on the side, a glass of their house-made seltzer. Located on the corner of Main and Marine St. in Santa Monica, Espresso Cielo is a coffee lovers haven.

It might not be below freezing but we’ll drink our hot chocolates when we please!