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An Ode to Whipped Cream at Café Borrone in Menlo Park, California

If there is a heaven, it surely tastes like this. The picture above is a frosted mocha from Café Borrone, a Bay Area landmark and the unofficial town square of Menlo Park, California. Over the course of my lifetime, I have probably handed more money to Borrone’s than to any other institution. (Well, excluding my university. But including my landlord.) Growing up just one town over, I spent many afternoons sipping frosted mochas by the fountain on Borrone’s sunny patio. Borrone’s impressively versatile kitchen is known for many things—huge fluffy scones, gooey pastrami melts, and crumbly chocolate chip cookies among them. But many of its best-selling items have one thing in common: the house-made whipped cream on top. I... More

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