i had a lovely dinner at coupa cafe last night. it's highly recommended for a casual date if you're not very hungry but want to talk for a long time.
what we ordered:
carmelo patti malbec $8.50/glass
prosciutto panini "san daniele" $7.50
chamomile tea ?
turkey swiss panini ?
mayan hot chocolate ?
i think i made the better choices of the evening. the prosciutto panini was fantastic with a good amount of prosciutto, tomato, some greens and a bit of mayo. ahhh prosciutto-y, fatty lushness. i would have wanted more salad on the side with less dressing (also mayo based) to cut the prosciutto a bit. panini was big enough to fill me up. the malbec was very yummy, berry, smooth, not tannic but not at all sweet, and spicy woodsy. i bought another glass.
my date's turkey panini was less luscious, but the turkey had a nice roasted, non packaged taste. the panini hadn't been pressed for long enough so the cheese hadn't melted at all, which was sad. he ended up having some of my panini. his chamomile came in a gorgeous little pyramid that enhanced the esthetic experience.
the hot chocolate we shared was incredible- a little spice, not sweet, very rich, but not overwhelmingly so. adult hot chocolate.
coupa also has arepas (the one i've liked is the reina pepiada-chicken and avocado, they don't add enough salt though) and great pastries, breakfast food all day (waffles, eggs), and chuao chocolates. the coffee is an experience. beautiful high ceiling in the back, some couches, patio in front encourages lounging. sky light during the day and fireplace at night. it's always crowded with lots of students on lap tops.
you can end up spending as much as you would at a restaurant (like i did, esp with the wine), or you can go the cafe route and just have a drink and something to nibble on.
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