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Pupusa, Zaftigs, Armani

Joanie | Nov 24, 2003 06:50 AM

Grabbed a couple things at La Pupusa Guanica in JP last week, cost all of $2.50. The tostado was one ugly looking little thing, like a giant chip spread with the refried beans which isn't the best visual in the world but it was crisp and tasty. Unfortunately, the tamale was a bummer. I'd only had them a couple times when a friend made them and grilled them at a pig roast. Maybe they weren't authentic or something, but the Pupusa tamales seemed like a gloppy mess with little consistency, two small chunks of chicken and in dire need of hot sauce.

Went to Zaftig's in Coolidge Corner for my first time last Thurs. evening when there aren't lines out the door like for weekend brunch. Almost went with their stuffed French toast but got the "Rachel", grilled smoked turkey and Swiss which I asked for on marble rye instead of pumpernickel (and got the kraut on the side). All my substitutions must have screwed them up cuz it came with no cheese. At first I thought I was blind but indeed, they took it back to do it again with cheese. And the size of the 2nd sandwich was much bigger than the first so with an order of huge okay fries and a big pickel, it ended up being good for two meals ($9.95). Besides the screw up, service was great and I'm always happy with a grilled sandwich.

Took a friend to Armani Cafe on Newbury St. for his b-day and it was a really nice experience. The room is really pretty and we had great seats toward the front at a corner of a banquette. There were only 6 entrees with only one fish option which seemed weird (and two veal options) and I have to say that nothing was screaming my name. But we split the carbonara for an app., the thickest spaghetti I'd ever seen but served just not quite hot enough. The bread and olive oil was really good. I had veal medallions w/ avocado and roast potato chunks and my friend had lamb w/ polenta. The polenta was the best thing of the nite, crisp on the outside and smooth on the inside. The lamb was very tasty altho a bit chewy. The veal dish was good but could have used some color on the plate, it was a very tan looking dish. I had apple cake w/ caramel gelato and my friend had the warm choc. cake w/ vanilla, both were yummy. With two "martinis", a beer, a wine, a latte and a coffee, it came to $117. Everyone working there was very pleasant, no attitude at all.

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