“Cafe du Village” was the restaurant Abe and I frequented almost every weekend since moving to Los Angeles six years ago. We were regulars, so I was reluctant to visit the cafe which took over its space five months ago.
But when Baciami recently offered me the chance to come in and sample a meal on the house….
You know me and free food.
Stepping up to the counter, we were immediately greeted by the friendly Manuel, who suggested a tomato, chicken, and Gruyere crepe
I told him I was sensitive to cheese, so he promised to go light on the Gruyere
A very small mixed green and tomato salad comes on the side, dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette
My dining partner Jane also ordered a savory crepe – we traded bites
Hers had ham, caramelized onions, and brie
My free meal also included a coffee, so I let Jane be my taste-tester for that
She proclaimed it very strong, bold, and still nice at room temperature (though it should be noted that it came served piping hot)
We both enjoyed our crepes, but actually preferred the sweet version which were being offered for free to sample on the street
These had a thin layer of nutella, producing a nice crisp crust on the crepe itself
In fact, it’s the sweets I’ll be coming back to Baciami for – made by Manuel!
All the gelatos…
They also offer truffles, but we didn’t sample any of those
Instead, we went to town on the cold stuff!
I had a bite of over 13 flavors – all were delicious, including the sorbets and sugar-free (sweetened with Splenda) options
Most impressive were the Chocolate, the Tiramisu (I don’t even LIKE tiramisu!) and the fun candy bar versions like Kit Kat and Ferrero Rocher.
“Baciami” means “Kiss Me” and by the end of this meal I definitely wanted to smooch somebody. I miss my “Cafe du Village” but I do love a good dessert.