••• Some first impressions of La Paloma Cafe…. The space is even more magical than before, with additional outdoor seating, thanks to the conversion of a former storage space, and the inside looks sharp (although of course you can’t dine there yet). While I was hoping for a bit more sophistication from the food, the prices are surprisingly affordable for this level of atmosphere and service, and I can’t wait for the restaurant to open for lunch. Above: the roasted squash tamale, a standout.
••• Venus in Furs has changed up its food offerings: patrons can now order from the menu of Barb’s Pies (which shares the kitchen) every day, rather than just Monday and Tuesday, and as of Wednesday, Venus in Furs’s own menu will shift to the one below.
••• Through December 4, Coastal Coffee Collective is offering 50 percent off an initial subscription order with the code CYBERWEEK50.
••• It’s not the holidays without panettone, and Aperitivo has legit ones for $35.
••• Cookie alert! Times two! When the Food Liaison staffer said the almond butter cookie is gluten-free and vegan, I almost rescinded my order, but she swore I’d love it. Some sort of voodoo must be involved because it was really, really good. And the other day, my husband brought me a chocolate-chip cookie from the Nook (below) that was among the best in town—not quite at the level of Merci’s, but not far from it.
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