La Taverne St. Germain

July 16, 2002 - 6:00 p.m.

This place has filled up quite a bit since I arrived. the menu the waiter handed me had four solid pages of different beers available and nothing else. I saw someone else order an espresso, so I went off the menu and did the same. Now I see a couple eating, so there must be a secret dinner menu as well.

My table is square with a glass top, and under the glass are what look to be actual beer-making ingredients: wheat, barley, hops, etc. The whole thing seems to be an elaborate advertisement for Adelscot malt whisky beer. My non-malt non-whisky coffee came with powdered sugar in a blue tube. The ashtray is green glass and advertises a Japanese beer; Tsingtao. My chair is wooden with a dark green seat cushion. The front of the café is open, and the tables outside are small and round with predominantly green cane wicker chairs.

I start chewing the end of my pen and then quickly stop, remembering I had earlier dropped the pen into one of those questionable wall gutters in the metro station.

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La Taverne St. Germain
Metro: St. Germain-des-Prés
Price of an espresso: 3.10 euros
Sugar: tube of powdered sugar

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