Viento Y Agua: Drink Candy and Eye Candy
2012-05-25 · By Chandra Clewley
When you drive by Termino and 4th, it can sometimes all be a blur as you head toward the corridor, or away from it, but there is a reason to slow down in this area. First of all, there are quite a few cute businesses in this intersection including Kava Yoga and Scratch Baked Goods, a new bakery I am dying to try…but when you are hungry or need a pick me up, you will need to visit Viento y Agua Coffeehouse.
So, I had the opinion that this was just another coffee house in a city of coffee houses, and when you walk in, besides the art on the walls, you might think the same thing. That is, until you order. Under the guidance of the girl that works there, and a friend I was with, we ordered the Killer Tomato Sandwich with hummus, because apparently you get a choice between hummus or cream cheese as your spread, on an Everything Bagel. In addition, I ordered a Raspberry Coconut Italian Soda and a Mexican Moka.
So, the place was pretty quiet, lots of people studying or trolling Facebook on their laptops. We grabbed a spot and settled in, and before we knew it, our order was ready. The Italian Soda was your typical deliciousness, and tasted a lot like surfboard wax smells, which made me happy. The Mexican Moka was, well, a showstopper, really. It was warm, rich, and creamy with a spicy cinnamon hint that put me over the edge. It was heavenly and warm, and perfect for the overcast morning that we happened to be there. The Killer Tomato Bagel Sandwich is something they are apparently known for, and I was surprised I was so delighted by it, since I am typically a carnivore. Something about a toasted Everything Bagel, ripe red tomatoes, perfectly soft avocados with lots of pepper on them, fresh crunchy spinach and hummus…for some reason it was the perfect combo and just the right amount too, everything was even and made with love, no overwhelming spillage of sandwich components, no heavy hummus influence, it was just enough to add depth to a simple sandwich concept. No wonder The Killer Tomato Bagel Sandwich is the piece de resistance here….it was simply scrumptious.
I was also struck by how good looking the entire staff is…I could just go in, order my Mexican Moka and people watch for hours….and I plan on it. See you there!
Viento y Agua is located at 4007 E. 4th street in Long Beach, near the corner of Termino and 4th. For more information, visit their website at http://www.vientoyaguacoffeehouse.com/
Photo credit: Viento Y Agua Coffeehouse