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Lunch at Café Mila

March 13, 2014
carrot and coriander soup

carrot and coriander soup

stuffed sweet potato and salad

stuffed sweet potato and salad

tea and a Bakewell tart

tea and a Bakewell tart

Delicious carrot and coriander soup.

Followed by stuffed sweet potato and salad.

Then following a walk along the River Wey, for afternoon tea a Bakewell tart and a tea.

On the walls downstairs and upstairs, a photographic exhibition.

Lunch at Café Mila ruined by obnoxious screaming brat

February 11, 2014
carrot and coriander soup

carrot and coriander soup

tea, cake and Kobo Touch

tea, cake and Kobo Touch

Excellent carrot and coriander soup.

Nothing I fancied on the main course. I settled for toasted cheese and tomato sandwich.

Followed by tea and a cake.

Lunch though was ruined by an obnoxious screaming brat and a clueless mother who did nothing to control the brat.

When they walked in, brat was screaming and shouting at its mother. Mother asked brat if it wanted a cheese sandwich, brat said no, mother orders cheese sandwich.

Brat refuses to sit at the table, refuses to eat cheese sandwich, wanders off, but all the time, screaming at the mother.

Mother is sat with an older women. They both ignore the brat. No attempt is made to deal with the brat, to control or discipline the brat.

When it is time to go, brat throws a tantrum, throws itself on the floor, refusing to leave. Mother has to scrape the brat off the floor and carry out, with the brat screaming the place down.

One of the rare occasions, when a child needs a good whack.

The mother clearly needs help.

I now have a splitting headache.

I had hoped to try, what I had wished to try at The Barn on Saturday. Add an e-book to Kobo Library, then using wifi, download e-book to Kobo Touch. But last night, could not find anything to add. I had wanted to add The Warden, and Barchester Towers, but ended up downloading from Project Gutenberg. I download Through the Looking Glass.

I am still finding the Kobo Touch unresponsive, whether that is me or the Kobo Touch I do not know, as no point of reference. Flipping pages is reasonable, the problem is selection.

No 2 Top Story on Tea Time (Wednesday 12 February).

Lunch at Café Mila

January 28, 2014
tempting spread of delicious cakes

tempting spread of delicious cakes

Having had to detour to Guildford to pick up a couple of books, waited in the cold for a bus to Godalming, then on arrival in Godalming, raining, I arrived early afternoon, my cold returned, and not really feeling like anything, hence, did not enjoy my lunch at Café Mila.

Starter Tuscan bean soup, followed by falafel, pita bread and salad, followed by carrot cake and a cup of tea.

I was interested to learn, people bring their surplus produce from gardens and allotments, and barter for a cup of coffee. I think a great idea.

A few suggestions:

The strong opposition to converting Wey Inn to a Tesco, shows there is a strong sense of local community to tap into. Contact the little corner shop next to the Wey Inn.

Lunch at Café Mila

January 21, 2014
delicious food

delicious food

upcoming events

upcoming events

Excellent vegetable soup.

It is not often the main course disappoints at Café Mila. Today was one of those very rare days.

Chili beans, in essence chili sin carne, and chile without the carne, does not work. And someone had been over zealous with the chili making it inedible. I tried, and gave up.

A cake, not sure what it was, plus a tea.

I was given a fruit juice, one I have not had before, and it went someway to ameliorating the effects of the chili beans.

I suggested Café Mila act as a distribution hub for Transition Free Press.

Godalming is very community oriented, still has its local shops, which are supported. Why not launch Transition Godalming? Launch it at Café Mila, see how it goes, and have regularly meetings hosted by Café Mila.

There is lots that can be done. There are local allotments. Identify gardens not in productive use, share with growers, share the produce, involve local businesses like Café Mila, the local greengrocer.

Why not a local currency?

Invite story teller Steph Bradley, who can tell tales of our times.

Steph spent six months walking between towns and villages in a pair of red flip flops, telling tales, picking up tales, which she recounts in Tales of Our Times. She is now in search of venues for a spring tour of storytelling.

Transition Farnham now meets regularly at The Barn. Worth checking out. Their last meeting, was a talk on Aquaponics, organised by The Barn.

There is also Transition Guildford, Transition Haslemere and Greening Alton.

Thanks to Steve for the Brian’s Coffee Spot Calender 2014. Images of coffee shops for each month. Café Mila is September 2014.

Lunch at Café Mila

December 17, 2013
counter laden with scrumptious food

counter laden with scrumptious food

chicken pie

chicken pie

coconut slice

coconut slice

I went on a fruitless search for Feral, and as a result arrived at Café Mila later than intended.

I arrived to find packed, and no soup left.

I settle on chicken pie. It was delicious. It comes with a little greenery, but really need something more substantial to accompany the pie, something like the salads that accompany the main dish as served at the Guildford Institute on a Friday.

I do not as a rule eat meat pies. Think horsemeat scandal, and you get the gist. But if you have a trusted source, with a reputation to lose, then a pie, as I found in Café Mila, can be very tasty.

If not already published, please publish the recipe.

A wide choice of sweets. I settled on a delicious coconut slice, washed down with a cup of tea.

I made two suggestions:

  • act as a distribution hub for Transition Free Press
  • add Dark Mountain to books to read

Transition Free Press, published quarterly, has news from around the world, art, culture, music, renewable energy, local food production, local currencies, but principally how local economies work. A pound spent in the local economy, has 2-3 times the value if spent within a local business like Café Mila, than it does if spent in Costa, so not are you boosting the local economy, you also get decent coffee.

The need for this information to diffuse locally, is best illustrated by Staycation Live. An excellent local event, good music, good location. Last year excellent food too, this year not. And why? Because a bean counter in the local town council can see no further than the end of his nose. He decided (and who is he to decide?) the event should be run on a more commercial footing. The rents for a pitch were jacked up, beyond the reach of what local suppliers thought reasonable or affordable, in come the shiny, chromium, tacky junk food vendors. Bad for health, bad for the local economy.

Transition Free Press is distributed by local indie coffee shops like Café Mila. It gives them an additional income stream, those dropping in to pick up a copy, are at the very least going to have a coffee or a tea.

Cafe Mila has books. BookCrossing books that people drop off or pick up, plus lovely books to browse. Dark Mountain, an anthology of essays, prose, poetry and art, is in the latter category, books to browse.

Interesting art on display, and Jane kindly gave me a guided tour. All local artists.

I was pleased to see NeverSeconds was on display. A must read.

On Thursday, Cafe Mila has a Christmas dinner with a difference, the dishes are drawn from around the world. Booking essential!

Lunch at Café Mila

October 23, 2013

theatre 8pm Friday 25 October 2013

vegetable soup

vegetable soup

coffee cake

coffee cake

coffee cake and fruit juice

coffee cake and fruit juice

tea and coffee cake

tea and coffee cake

Excellent vegetable soup.

A choice of stuffed butternut squash or stuffed mushroom. Last week I had stuffed butternut, therefore I chose the stuffed mushroom, but regretted my choice, I wish I had chosen the stuffed butternut squash.

I tried one of the fruit juices other than a zinger. It was very refreshing.

Coffee cake with a cup of tea.

New for Café Mila, theatre this coming Friday evening.

Top Story in In the World of Tea – Teasion (Saturday 26 October 2013).

Lunch at Café Mila

October 15, 2013
broccoli and Stilton soup

broccoli and Stilton soup

stuffed butternut squash with  side salad

stuffed butternut squash with side salad

raspberry cake and a cup of tea

raspberry cake and a cup of tea

Last week I was a little earlier than usual, very little left. Today much later, I thought would be nothing left, but I found an excellent choice.

Delicious broccoli and Stilton soup. The chef had got the the mix just right.

Stuffed butternut squash with a little side salad was also excellent.

I was going to pop back for afternoon tea and cake, but realising I would not have time, I finished off with a raspberry cake and a cup of tea.

New for Café Mila, I had noticed the poster last week, theatre. I asked Steve what it was about. He said it would feature cartoon characters, at least that is what I think he said. He said he would tweet about it. I said better still, a brief description on the blog (add an extra category theatre), then tweet the link.

Often on my way to Café Mila, people pass me with coffee from Costa. Why? I often wonder why walk down the road for inferior coffee? I must one day stop and ask.

Café Mila was very quiet when I had lunch, the cold damp morning had probably deterred people from going out, plus people are struggling and counting their pennies. It filled up though as people dropped in for afternoon tea, plus several dogs.

I noticed not many books. I guess people are picking books up, and not playing the game and dropping books off.

‎A Delicate Truth, which I picked up and read in the summer, was an excellent find.

theatre at Café Mila

theatre at Café Mila

Lunch and afternoon tea at Café Mila

August 27, 2013
pea and mint soup

pea and mint soup

Excellent pea and mint soup. I thought soup was off for the summer, as I have not seen soup since the spring. Pea and mint is a summer soup.

Followed by quiche and salad. The quiche I did not like and left it. First time I have not liked something at Café Mila. What I had my eye on had gone. My mistake, I should have ordered when I ordered the soup.

I returned later and had tea and a cake. As I was with friends, two cakes and we shared.

I really appreciated a zinger. Very refreshing drink on a hot day.

My guests were very impressed.

At a loss why anyone would frequent Costa or tax-dodging Starbucks.

Afternoon tea at Café Mila

August 20, 2013
Bakewell tart

Bakewell tart

For afternoon tea at Café Mila, a Bakewell tart and cup of tea.

The Bakewell tart was ok on its own, but it really needed cream or ice cream to go with it.

Followed by a zinger, which for some reason was a different colour to usual, red and yellow, not green, and tasted different.

Very amusing, a visit from one of the staff at fake indie coffee shop Harris + Hoole (aka Tesco) who thought after two days train, knew better how to make coffee.

I have suggested that for next Staycation Live Music Festival next year, Café Mila has a stall, as do not wish to see a repeat of this year, tacky ice cream, burger and doughnut vans. It would also be a good idea for Music in the Park, signs to Café Mila for afternoon tea.

Café Mila has books to read, books to take away. Usually I leave books. They must prove popular, as I never see them again. Today I picked up A Delicate Affair. I was quite pleased with the find, as I had intended to pick up a copy when it was half price, but now at a fiver off, too expensive.

Lunch and afternoon tea at Café Mila

August 3, 2013
 stuffed potato with a little greenery

stuffed potato with a little greenery

carrot cake and tea

carrot cake and tea

It had not been my intention to have lunch at Café Mila, I thought spend the afternoon at Staycation Live Music down by the River Wey, but unlike last year, there was no a wide selection of good food stalls.

Not much left, I decided upon stuffed potato, which came with a little greenery.

Followed by zinger, much appreciated on a hot day.

I decided to pop back later for afternoon tea.


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