Lunch at Atlantic Cafe, a Cuban cafe at the cold side of Old Town Pasadena. It sure looks too slick to be authentic, but oh well ^^;; I like to go there because it is always the only restaurant with empty tables even on a crazy Friday night (it should be a bad thing ^^;;).
I tend to order the same thing everytime: the Creole-Cuban Fried Rice. It has avacado, plantain (fried banana), shrimp, ham steak, egg, onion and dried-shrimp (just like the Chinese ones). If weren’t the avacado, it seems just like a Chinese + Indonesian dish. ^^;; It’s very strong taste and salty (with soysauce-like flavor?), though the rice is too moist for my Chinese-fried-rice taste background ^^;; Yummy! The drink is Malta con Leche, another item I will always get. They said it’s a popular drink in Cuba: mixed of condense milk with Cuban Malta Soda. It taste like a yummy mixed of coffee + cocoa + soda + this. Though I remember the first time I ordered it they served it to me without milk. The new waitress seems clueless and was asking me how it taste like (with a worried face ^^;;), and kept telling me she tried it and felt it taste like weird tasteless coke. I told her it tasted like that Malt-Vitasoy drink that I grew up with in HK, and told her to serve it with milk. Then she finally woke up, “Oh yeah I forgot, it should be served with condensed milk.”