Date registered: November 15, 2012
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I love this cafe! It's one of my favorite places to relax, and the coffee can't be beat. It's an expat sanctuary for when you need to get away for a while. The owners are also very friendly and considerate. The food menu isn't incredibly diverse, but it has some very nice sandwiches and Swedish dishes. I almost always order the weekly special soup, and I've never come away disappointed. Compared to Starbucks, the prices are only slightly higher, the atmosphere is homey, and the menu is devoid of corporate gimmicks. And you've gotta love the 10 yuan coffee refills. If you're an expat in Chengdu, please support this place. It deserves its accolades.
I went to Grandma's Kitchen for the second time today. I was in the area, and the Spot was being renovated, so I made a last-minute detour. I wasn't impressed with my first meal at Grandma's Kitchen (a soggy bacon sandwich), but I thought I'd give it another shot. Either I'm ordering the wrong thing, or the restaurant doesn't really cater to Western tastes. It certainly seemed like a Western food for middle-class Chinese people restaurant to me. Today I ordered asparagus soup and was presented with a green, bland, lukewarm pudding with an indefinable taste of "blah." Like eating paste. Definitely not worth what I paid. Maybe I'll give this restaurant one more chance if someone can introduce me to a worthwhile menu item. Otherwise, I'll pass.