16 Glen Road
T: (201) 460-4442
Rating: * *
Saturday night a couple of friends and I decided to try another new place. We are so used to the usuals that we craved something different. C suggested that we go to Cafe Cafe. Her sister and father had been there before and liked it. It is a quaint little Latin place that you definitely need reservations for. The place packed up quickly. At first I liked the fact that it was a small place because I thought that we would get excellent service. That was not what happen. I must say that the food was very good, but the service was the only thing lacking. They had two waiters and the cooks in the back. It seemed that they had so much on their plates that they didn’t have time to come to our table to serve drinks till we were almost finished eating our appetizers. Then when it came to dinner, three of us had ordered the same thing and only one came out. While the others ate, C and I had to wait for our food. I had no problem with it, but it should not have happen in a place so small. I think that I would like to go during an off hour to see how the place is. It might have been that it was so packed that the wait staff was a bit overwhelmed.
Some of the dishes we tried:
Yuca Frita – Yuca fries with garlic cilantro mayonnaise
Empanadas – Chicken filled crispy turnovers
Enchiladas de Pollo – Chicken filled tortillas topped with green tomatillo sauce, served with hand mashed pinto beans
Chuletas Con Guava – Grilled pork chops topped with a light guava sauce.
Sometimes I sit in my living room late at night like I am tonight and think about all the places that I want to go. When I was small I wanted to travel the world (I still do). I would imagine how it was like in different countries. I would imagine the food, sites, people and different cities. At the time I didn’t think about work, stresses, family, friends or money. All I knew was that I wanted to travel. There seems to be a time in your life where your dreams as a child and the realities of your adult life meet. You lose some of that child like innocents. You start to think that the little things like a new vase for the living room or a new big screen TV is what is going to make you happy. I have realized as of late that it does not. I see so many people around me reaching out for things. Material things that they think are going to make them happy. I believe that these things will not. They might fill a bit of a void, but the void that is there will just return when you tire of the item. Then you will be off running for something else. This brings me to thoughts of K’s brother. I am amazed that in this economy he and his girlfriend are living the life that they want. They are getting rid of things that they don’t need. They are packing up and moving across the country to a new state, a new life, a new place and new jobs. I envy them. I envy their enthusiastic spontaneity. I know that I could never do this. I can’t imagine life without seeing my family at a moments notice. But I do applaud them for having the guts to do what makes them completely happy. Of not losing that childlike innocents and not being scared of the big bad world. I am going to miss them more then they know. They are both two of the most amazing people I have met and I hope that in the future I will be able to have the guts that they have. Even if it is just to do something small.