Sunday, September 3, 2006


We tried the pasta at Rafael's on Wednesday this week and it was mediocre. Very disappointing. We had high hopes for the pasta there because we love going to Rafael's for coffee, wedges and desserts. Their spicy wedges (pictured below, although the picture probably won't do it any justice) are always fantastic. Crispy and salted just enough on the outside, soft on the inside. Always piping hot and served with a delicious, light yet creamy, refreshing, sweetish sourish, tangy dip. The best wedges I've ever had. While all their desserts are quite good, I would say that the mud cake and the lemon cake are the best. The mud cake isn't even slathered in chocolate sauce as most other mud cakes often are, yet it's always rich and moist. I'm amazed at how they get it like this because the cake looks 'dry'. Not 'dry' as in 'dried out/overcooked'. But 'dry' as in there's no mushy, fudgy parts or layers anywhere on the cake yet when you put a spoonful in your mouth, it is JUST the right texture. Light but rich. Moist but not saucy. Big-sigh-after-each-bite + melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Totally satisfying, hits the spot and a great pick-me-up. The reasonable prices for big portions (wedges and desserts) keep us going back for more.

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