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Horchata in Barcelona

As we were planning our trip to Spain for this past July, our good friends Jen and James gave us a great suggestion.

“You must try horchata!”

Horchata?  The Wikipedia entry explained that it is a beverage made from tigernuts.

In Barcelona, we found a cafe advertising horchata.  We entered and ordered one to share.  We were much more excited than the woman who served us, as evidenced from the photo above.

Verdict?  Yummy (me) or “umm… you can have the rest” (Husband).  It reminded me of homemade almond milk, with very small bits of nut discernible, and not too sweet.

Cupcake Cafe: Works of Art

My colleagues surprised me on my birthday last spring with a cupcake party!

These little works of art come from Cupcake Cafe in Manhattan.

You could choose from chocolate cake with chocolate icing, vanilla cake with chocolate icing, vanilla cake with chocolate icing and vanilla cake with vanilla icing.  Most people don’t notice if a batch of cupcakes has one combination missing, but I do.  I feel a deep sense of calm with a complete set.

Maybe I should say frosting in place of icing?  I’m not really sure.  This stuff was really creamy, not sugary.

I’m glad I snapped a photo because let’s just say they didn’t live long.

Latte at Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien serves coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos in bowls.  I like that.

Together with its communal tables and unlimited praline chocolate spread, it’s a warm, happy place.

Once when I was there a Russian lady with big, fiery eyes asked to sample my merengue and then practically sat on my lap to break off a piece, exclaiming endlessly how delicious it was while smacking her lips and urging her embarrassed husband to sample some, too.  He politely declined and escorted her back to her seat.

Some get overly excited about the coziness of the place, I guess.

Restaurant: Cafe Loup, Manhattan

Tonight I went to Cafe Loup on 13th St between 6th and 7th Aves for a birthday dinner for my friends Tracy and Ryan.

I had the duck breast (on special) with coconut rice and butternut squash puree. Will, my fiance, had skirt steak with fries and pickled cabbage. Both were decent without being overwhelming, for $22 and $21 respectively. Cafe Loup is BYOB for wine bottles not included in their list which ends up being a good deal for an…  em, thirsy croud as we had tonight.

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