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Saturday, November 1, 2014


Images of Viet Nam
NAM BREW--A friend suggested Vietnamese coffee if I wanted a real jolt of caffeine. Traveled to her suggestion, a place called Café Dore (Door-ray) 4135 University Avenue in the City Heights section of San Diego and discovered a terrific small diner that served good French style espresso coffee but also serves on its full sized menu a delicious cilantro soup that really made the explore worth while.
Cafe Dore, San Diego, CA
Café Dore (619-563-3525)isn’t some trendy espresso bar with tony baristas.  Like so many places in our workaday world, it has a Spartan décor, but it is clean and well lit.  The owners are sincere and those qualities plus excellent food will bring me back to smell and taste the coffee.

So what is Vietnamese coffee?

Wikipedia: “At its simplest, Ca phe da is made with coarsely ground Vietnamese-grown dark roast coffee individually brewed with a small metal French drip filter (cà phê phin) into a cup containing about a quarter to a half as much sweetened condensed milk, stirred and poured over ice.”

Coffee Beans?

Café Dore:

What to order?
Start with broken rice and veggies (menu item #53) then go explore the menu for chicken, pork and veggie dishes.


I was warned by the waiter that a cup of Vietnamese coffee was very strong.  Of course, I had a full meal to go with my cap he da, so I was able to walk out on my feet no mega buzz. 

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