All you big fat scholars out there think carpe diem is Latin for “seize the day.” All you big fat scholars out there are absolutely right about that. But when the ancient Roman poet Horace coined it in one of his pieces, he meant “seize” as in plucking the day while it's ripe and enjoying it accordingly. Carpe thus takes on a little less formidable tone as it's used in the phrase—so all you big fat scholars out there need to relax a little. Things, after all, are rarely as they seem.
Take Caffe Carpe Diem, the Bankers Hill eatery that happens to serve the best soy chai in the history of the universe. The folks that run it certainly enjoy their days amid the pleasant décor, the ambient natural light and the sprawl to the floor—but behind your back, they delegate the responsibility for the food to the place directly next door. While they're concocting their first-rate coffees and teas, the peeps at the Royal Food Mart deli are slaving away at your equally world-class sandwiches, all well worth their less-than-$7 price tag. The Southwestern turkey, for instance, comes on a Kaiser roll instead of your usual slab of bread and includes pepper jack cheese, which would account for the spicy flavor. At $6.75, you'll love it. And the deli staff will even bring it over to Carpe Diem for ya at no extra charge.
It's not like they have that far to go, after all. Both establishments share the address—3401 First Ave. between Upas and Walnut. The restaurant, which also has a venue on University Avenue, is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. until whenever it wants to close on weekends. The number is 619-297-9020. The ambience is very go-with-the-flow, which may herald a refreshing change of pace for all you big fat scholars out there.