Wow! What fun, what a pleasant atmosphere, what a helpful owner, what interesting and good and fun food, what good shopping, what a great night!
Tumi Cafe – the fairly new Peruvian – Ecuadorian place in the Mt. Washington business district – is right across the street from the Fifth Third Bank, which is next to Kroger’s. If you get to the Watertower, you’ve gone too far.
Now that we’ve taken care of that – you are going to want to show up for lunch or dinner any day but Tuesday or Wednesday. A creative menu, excellent flavors and spices, lots of veggie choices, though they pride themselves on the pulled pork – rightfully so, according to my friend Susan – and the chicken in many of the dishes.
I had small bowls of four soups – all the vegetarian choices – because they sounded so good. And they tasted even better. Hot spicy pumpkin, chili, Peruvian potato-cheese soup, and inchicapi – also hot and spicy – sort of a non-chicken broth with peanuts. All of them good, none of them tasting like American food, which makes me happy! I also ordered the steamed vegetables with wonderful green rice and great little corn bread-ish things and their special sauce. Brought most of it home, but ate enough to know I like it.
Didn’t get to check out the tres leches cake, but had some chocolate truffles – imported from Northern Kentucky – and the muffins made by a Mt. Washingtonian.
Also bought two woven bracelets and Michael Henson’s latest book of poetry. And were regaled with lots of explanations of the food and drink (purple corn!) by Marcie, one of the co-owners. Some other friends of mind came in as we were finishing dinner.
P. S. They feature live acoustic music many evenings. Lots of good names on that list.
It was a memorable evening, a great place for a foodie to hang out. Call me, and we’ll go together. : >