Have I mentioned that I am really out of practice having company?  I used to have 10-12 people for dinner without a blink of an eye.  Anyway, I am trying to get back in practice and had these friends for Sunday dinner a while back.  Check out the big little guy on my lap!  I think he’s kind cute! 😉




Mangostinos International Cuisine

The owner of the former Cafe Lovish and current Mangostinos (604 East Lincoln Way, just east of Duff on the south side of Lincoln Way)   (at least I assume he is the owner!) told us he was born in Spain, but has lived many different places in his lifetime, and has brought foods and flavors from all over the world into his cooking.  On the day we ate there, I had nachos adorned with fresh chunks of avocado, cilantro and an unexpectedly sweet sauce that reminded me of the Caribbean, as well as the traditional meat, cheese and beans!   Steven had Pasta al Pesto (be sure to check out the menu online) and we split some cheesecake for dessert.  I was hoping for the sweet potato pecan pie, but they were out that day.  And speaking of  “being out”, there were some things on the menu, such as dishes with plantains, that were not available when we were there.  But somehow, that just seemed “right”.  We were told that the plantains weren’t ripe.   I do believe that good food made from excellent ingredients shouldn’t be forced.  It will be worth waiting for another day when the plantains are just perfect!

So now here is the visual on our food trip around the world, right here in Ames, Iowa!  I loved every bite!

Mangostino nachos

Mangostinos pasta

Mangostinos cheesecake

Mangostino’s – Cafe Lovish resurected



Steven and I uncovered a secret (well I didn’t know about it, at least) while we were wandering Ames a while back.  We decided to try out a restaurant over on the east end of Lincoln Way and when we got inside this is what we saw.  Steven looked over at the owner and said, “I know him from somewhere..that restaurant in Campus Town”, and sure enough, it was the gentleman from Cafe Lovish!  I went to Lovish a few times just for the tabouli!  Restaurants in Ames are coming and going at a rather alarming rate these days…so it was a comfort to find out that Lovish has not disappeared, but found a new life!  Tomorrow I’ll post some yummy pics of our lunch!