Tasting Cuba at La Bodeguita Del Medio

mojito_framedThe saddest part of working from home is the lack of a lunch hour.  There’s no one to tap on your office door and ask you if you want to join them for lunch.  If I want to drive somewhere to lunch, it’s alone.  Or I’m making a PB&J to quickly eat before my next meeting.   I love working from home, but I truly miss the social time you get going out with co-workers for lunch.

When my friend texted me to meet her for lunch one day this week, I jumped at the chance.  We settled on La Bodeguita Del Medio, a Cuban restaurant with a cigar bar in Palo Alto.  The place was busy but we didn’t have to wait for a table, a major plus when trying to squeeze in a ton of catching up in one’s tiny lunch break.  My friend has been there before and immediately asked for the fried plantain chips and some bread with chili oil.

I wish that I had taken a picture of the plantain chips with black bean salsa.  But honestly, I was too busy shoving tiny little chips into my mouth.  These plantain chips are not like the banana chips my mother used to try to convince us was “nature’s candy.”  Those banana chips are gross.  These plantain chips are perfect.  Crispy with only a hint of sweetness.  It was the perfect counterbalance to the black bean salsa.

I had the Cuban Cheesesteak for lunch but wished I had ordered the Fideos con Camarones when I saw it delivered to the table next to us.  It was a thin pasta with shrimp with avocado and asparagus that looked divine.  My cheesesteak hit the spot, but the pasta looked to.die.for.  I’ll guess I’ll just have to make another lunch date to enjoy more of the menu!

All in all, it was a great lunch. And it’s made my PB&J feel all that more pathetic. A nice lunch out with a friend reminds me that I need to do this more often… Connect with people in real life rather than just on conference calls and social media chats.  What better way to connect than over food?

Photo courtesy of La Bodeguita Del Medio

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