Friday, March 7, 2008
The "Grand Café de la Parroquia" is the most famous coffeehouse in Veracruz and is only a couple of blocks from our hotel. Its signature drink is the "lechero". You order the drink which is brought to your table as two fingers of expresso in a heavy glass. You then start loudly clanking on the side of your glass with a spoon, drawing the attention of a roving waiter carrying a kettle of steamed milk. He then ceremoniously pours your glass full of the milk by holding the pitcher three or four feet above your glass and letting it fly in a thin stream. The restaurant is full of the joyful clanking of glass and the laughing of happy customers. The entertainment alone is well worth the $20 Peso ($2 USA) cost of the drink.