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Two excellent odd beverages

Thi N. | Jul 2, 200308:20 PM

Both discovered by my beloved girlfriend:

El Caserio, the Ecuadorian place on Beverly east of Vermont: I was pointing at things on their exotic fruit juice menu. "What's this?" I say. "Passionfruit, but green" she says. "What's this?" I say. "Erm, I don't know. It's sweet," she says. "What's this?" I say, pointing at something that says, "Quaker."

"Oatmeal," she says.

"Oatmeal?" I say.

"I'll have a Quaker," says Amy.

The Quaker turns out to be less like atole than I expected, and more like a silky-smooth, cinnamon tasting, vaguely oatmealish beverage with odd lingering fruit flavors.

Second: back at the old Guelaguetza, Amy shares with me something she discovered. We can never remember the name, but it is the only beverage listed that is based in squash. The juice has a nice, sweet, crystal-clear quality, and it comes with strands of firm, chewy squash mixed in. "It's like Oaxacan boba," says Amy. Indeed it is. They haven't had it for a while (seasonal), but it is excellent.

-thi

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