January 21, 2012

South Haven's Cafe Julia Offers Winter Warm Ups

This winter, Cafe Julia presents a new menu geared toward the modern, mature crowd seeking a little warmth after time spent outside.  Located within sight of the outdoor ice skating rink, Cafe Julia already has an outstanding reputation for coffee, lattes and other specialty morning drinks.

Jay and Julia, the owners, have introduced new offerings perfect for the evening hours.  Their "small plates" menu includes some warm comfort foods, such as the melted Gouda on sourdough with a cup of tomato soup and a crock of homemade mac 'n cheese.  The edamame, tossed with olive oil, sea salt and garlic, is a little more cutting edge.  The Mediterranean plate includes hummus, grilled pita and tasty Mediterranean olives.  Best of all, these are small portions at a reasonable five dollar price.

The cocktail offerings are worth noting, because what could be better than watching the snow fly with a warm drink in hand?  Autumn Mist features hot tea with a twist of Grand Marnier and the Fireside cocktail includes cider, honey, lemon, ginger, bitters and Makers Mark.  Local residents extoll the espresso martini, which includes the house made Kahlua, vanilla vodka and chilled espresso.

For those with a sweet tooth in the evening hours, the Italian Almond Torte and Mocha Latte Torte are divine - beautiful to behold and heaven in each bite.  The surprise success through, has been the Affogato.  An affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based treat that you’ll find on the menu at many Italian restaurants, as well as at many cafes serving espresso and other coffee drinks. The full name is really “affogato al cafe” or “drowned in coffee,” in Italian. The name really suits the dessert, as it consists of a scoop of ice cream/gelato with a shot of espresso poured over the top.