Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Taste in the Valley
DiMondo Cafe
Mondo Chocolate Nougat
Junction Icecreamery

It is Friday morning at DiMondo and it is empty except for staff. There are clearly more people at the cafe across the road sitting outside with friends and colleagues having a coffee and breakfast. But this place feels perfect and I love the peace and quiet and it feels a bit like home.

I order a cappuccino and buy a bar of Mondo Nougat, freshly made up the road in Herne Hill. As I have the place to myself I take the seat near the window, get out my daily papers and watch the world go buy in down town Midland. Mondos has always been part of old Midland. My mother use to buy our meat weekly from Mondos which have since moved to Inglewood.

No sooner had I got settled in chairs that at first didn't seem to be too comfortable when my cappuccino arrived. I couldn't understand the rationale behind the napkin under the cup covered in the chocolate sprinkled on the top. What if I needed the napkin to whipe my hands? I would end up with more chocolate on my hands and face. As I take a sip I find its scolding hot. Even though it is pipping hot all the way too the end it was a really nice coffee. I should have asked what type of coffee it was.

The Nougat is beautiful and fresh. There is something about the way Italians combine almonds, honey, sugar, egg whites, glucose, corn syrup, cocoa, rice paper and other flavours. It is gluten free, cholesterol free, lactose free, and no artifical flavours and preservatives. But NOT taste free.

Nougat reminds me of my sister because she use to make it and give to everyone as presents.


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