Monday, October 15, 2007

Cuban restaurant in Oakland serves up authenticity

On a recent trip to Oakland, California I had the pleasure of eating at La Taza de Cafe.

On a Sunday for brunch, the bar and dance floor beyond were bright and lovely.

Great colors, tile work, and fixtures all set the mood.

A Cuban version of eggs benedict (served over gluten-free corn cakes) plus a side of fried plantains made my heart sing.

Great service, and on the way out, Thanks and come again, en Espanol, of course.

According to Joe Pine, co-author of the new book, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want, this restaurant hits all the right notes. It's run by Cuban people, and serves food you can't find at other restaurants. The decor, colors, tile work, and music all fit the theme beautifully. It feels genuine, and I'm sure it's packed on a weekend night when they have live music and dancing. Listen to my interview with Joe on the right sidebar, and subscribe to my free podcast series here.

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