The World of Coffee

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Last Friday for the first time since I got here, I went out with some friends whom I met all by myself! Given the other friends I’ve got I met through my husband, which is kind of weird given that he is not the social kind… anyway, it was about 2 weeks ago that I went to the concert of one of my Mexican favorite singers. He had not been in CR for 9 years, and I had not seen him for 6 because of different things that happened while I was back in my home country. Anyway, I met the girls by mere chance.  We were both originally sitting in different places, but were moved because a bad planning had left us without view.  So, on our new seats we were together and had a nice chat…

After talking for a couple of days, we decided to go have dinner last friday. The chosen place is a Café Mundo, a popular restaurant located downtown. We were meeting there at the early time of 7 pm… early for me, but I think a nice time for ticos.  Because of the traffic I got late, but don’t worry, I did call ahead to let my friends know.  Part of the heavy transit was caused by the fact that it was friday and pay day just the day before, but there was also a concert being held on the Sabana Park. Thousands of people, including a bunch of teenagers were walking around the streets nearby, it was crazy!

Thus, when I got to the place my two friends were already there! As soon as I got there, we ordered dinner.  This was perfect timing because I had eaten a tiny lunch, knowing that I would have dinner early. One of the girls ordered some mushroom stuffed with ricotta as an appetizer and a Ceasar’s salad. The second friend had tilapia with vegetables and rice. I myself had a ribeye with mashed potatoes and a small round zucchini stuffed with vegetables.

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The mushrooms were good, I think that their flavor would have been better if they had spiced it up a little and added some salt.
However, my friends agreed they were really good. My friends ate their dishes happily. The Caesar’s salad looked really good with a generous portion of lettuce, croutons and parmesan cheese. The tilapia was served so nicely that I almost felt sad when it was eaten! I am not a huge fan of it, but I must confess it caught my eye.

As for my food… the meat was cooked rather well. The gravy it had over it was tasty, but I think a little more would have been great. I was definitely not a fan of the stuffed zucchini.  The vegetables lacked flavor, and they almost looked as if they were frozen! The zucchini was undercooked, so it was kind of difficult to eat, and to glue everything together they had used cheese, but it lacked flavor as well! I think that using a good quality cheese with lots of flavor, perhaps a piece of parmesan, would have just made everything better. Now, what was definitely good was the mashed potatoes. The potatoes were just a bit after cooked, and they had chunks on it, which I always find interesting. It was blended with what seemed wild mushrooms, which gave it a really special taste! Overall, the dish was good, but the mashed potatoes were really special!

My friends did order desserts, but I forgot to photograph them! I’m really sorry, because I know that is what most people love to see… Anyway, one of friends ordered a strawberry cheese cake, which was really good. The flavor was soft and tasteful. My second friend ordered a chocolate thing which I can’t remember the name!!! I can tell you though it started with a B, and it contained three of what I can confirm are some of the most sinful chocolate layers! It was something to die for! Fortunately, I was completely full, otherwise I would have ordered one for myself!

After eating, the chatting was so nice, that we stayed there until after the closing time! I had to call my husband and urge him to get there before we were taken to the street! (don’t forget I still have no car)… What a fun night!

Hope you enjoyed reading about it!!

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