C&M Cafe, lots of fun and lots of deliciousness
A lazy Sunday after Thanksgiving…
C&M Café is located at a small corner plaza in Culver City on Motor Ave. Jon and I discovered this place on a lazy Saturday afternoon right after Thanksgiving while driving around our old neighborhood looking for something new to stimulate our palates. Normally we would’ve missed this place since it’s outer surrounding wasn’t very food-like. We parked hesitantly and went in.
The instant we walked in, we knew we found a hidden gem. This cozy little café had two giant chicken and monkey cartoon on the wall in pastel blue and yellow. The interior decoration was carefree, intimate and just plain cute. We doodled around couldn’t decide what to order since everything looked amazing on the menu. The very friendly cashier made some recommendations and we ordered. The food was amazing, we stuffed our faces and we left happily.
Can’t get enough…
Second day, I woke up and looked at Jon. “You want to go to Chicken and Monkey?” He asks. “Yes!” So we hopped into our car and drove straight to it again. Not remembering what we ate the first day besides that it was amazing, we were braver this time. Jon ordered Money Maker and I ordered We Bought Farm. We look over to the next table and saw one of the girls who worked there having an amazing sandwich so we asked what was it on the menu. She smiled and simply asked if we’d like to try one. Turns out the sandwich was made from their left over thanksgiving dinner, Moroccan lamb with a Mexican twist. Oh boy, the meat melted in our mouth and although we were stuffed we swallowed that sandwich whole. We left happily again and the staff left a strong impression.
Kalissa and her babies: Chicken and Monkey…
After that it became our regular spot and we got to know the talented Chef Kalissa herself. Her passion and creativity was undeniable. Every weekend we visited, there was always a surprise item on the menu, something new she’s created that week and we were always happy to try, not once were we disappointed.
Eventually we got to meet Kalissa’s loving husband and her youngest “Chicken”. (yes Monkey is her older son) As I got to know her more and more, my admiration for her as a fellow creative businesswoman grew stronger. To support and celebrate the joy she’s been sharing through her food, I asked whether she would like to do a photoshoot with me, and so here we are. C&M café photoshoot, Chicken and Monkey!