Yes, we love Choice Market. Not only are they open early (before 6:45) and late-ish (about 9am). They are perfectly located along a convenient dog walk path. They have lovely benches outside and the staff and clientele are always wonderful. We spent a pleasant morning there having a cappucino, chocy croissant and lemon poppyseed scone while the pups (we are babysitting the sister right now) hung out under the benches and greeted all the kids and people and dogs who came by.
Having a dog certainly gets you out into the world a bit more. Before pup came along we weren't really noticed on the street except by our immediate neighbors and the really nice group of gentlemen who sit out down near the el tracks. Now, we have regular people that we see and talk to, and are constantly meeting new people. (Including the neighbor down the way that really hates us, but that's another story). Pre-pup, we were pretty invisible, post-pup we talk to loads of people and know more neighbors, and neighbors dogs and kids. Its pretty impressive and I enjoy feeling part of the community.
As for food, the wonderful Farmer Ted provided the CSA this week with Kohlrabi, beautiful rainbow radishes, kale, mixed greens (with more romaine this time) a cucumber and more of those delish zucchini. The fruit share people continue to gorge on strawberries and cherries. Yum yum yum. Also of note to those who are interested, the CSA will take compost from its members. Just bring it when you pick up and dump it in the bin... (I don't know their specific rules, but as a general guideline never include anything other than veg and coffee grinds - even egg shells can be problematic).
Should be popping out for another brunch and park day tomorrow with the pups, think we will try June this time, I am thinking ricotta pancakes...