My daily commuter is a Novara Safari. All in all it is a good solid bike for my requirements. After my commuting days in Germany - three years straight on a Jamis Nova 13 miles one way in all seasons - I know a little about what I want in a daily commuter for urban mixed trails.
My recent addition to the daily beast is the classy "Pine State" milk crate to haul my backback and assorted groceries. I was jealous of my wife's nice basket but couldn't bring myself to spend the money on one and was not about to leave panniers on the bike while locked up at various bike stands throughout DC.