What do I miss most (perhaps the only thing actually) is a good Americano and a cake or muffin to go with it. You can only imagine my delight when signs of Illy and Lavazza greeted me as I drove into Pokhara on Day 8 of The Great Himalayan Drive. Just what I needed to recharge my batteries for the long journey ahead.
Not only did I get good coffee (these guys sure have invested in the right things despite tourism being down in Nepal), the brownies and cakes matched it for taste and freshness. I sure was spoilt for choice.
The icing on the cake? Wood fired oven thin crust pizzas with high quality toppings – a more than welcome detour from days of eating daal bhaat (the Nepali favourite of lentil and rice which they can eat three times a day – with some veggies, meats etc.). With many more cuisines including Chinese, north Indian tandoori and other Italian dishes to savour if one chose to.
And guess what? Most of these cafes and eateries offer free high speed Wi-Fi internet. But who had the time to be on the net when Pokhara had so much to enjoy. Hence the delay in these postings.