Dear Mr. Gold,
One of the highlights of a recent trip to Peru was the standard morning cup of café con leche — a little bit of a thick coffee base, hot milk and a spoonful of raw sugar. They were some of the most perfect cups of coffee that I’ve ever had, but I’ve never come across this in any of our local Peruvian restaurants. Any ideas where I can satisfy my Peruvian-coffee cravings?
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The superthick Peruvian café con leche is delicious, but it is pretty hard to find in Los Angeles. It takes an awful lot of ground coffee to make a single cup, and it is apparently pretty time-consuming to prepare — Peruvian friends tend to make it themselves only as an occasional treat. El Rocoto in Gardena has it occasionally, but the only place I know that definitely serves Peruvian café con leche around here is Don Felix in Hollywood, and then only at breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Think of it as your own occasional treat after a long work week. 4435 Fountain Ave., Hlywd., (323) 669-7575.