The word nido means nest in Spanish. Vickery Village in Cumming is now home to a new nest – Nido Cafe; a coffee, tapas and chocolate restaurant.

The menu is simple with enough variety to please most discerning tastes. The coffee, which is the main reason I stopped by for an afternoon meeting, was perfect. As defined on Nido’s menu, coffee is the liquid life enhancer. I found it simply tasty and delightfully rich.

The quaint restaurant offers tapas, small plates meant to be shared (if you want to) with a what could be considered as a petite amount of food. Just enough to entice one’s palate and even tempt one to order more of the same. Yet since there are so many choices, it is the perfect amount of food to taste and enjoy, while thinking of the next treat to order off the Nido menu.

Tapas range in price from $8 to $16, and include Serrano Wrapped Figs, Nido Salad, Batatas Bravas, Steak Empanadas, and Lobster Tail over Asparagus. I tried the Steak Empanadas during my first visit and was very happy with the taste and amount served. The combination of ingredients was tastefully mixed and my taste buds were joyfully rewarded.

Nido has what I consider an extensive Chocolate menu. As defined on their menu, chocolate is a powerful elixir known to improve the mind, body, and spirit. As I began eating the Hot Chocolate Molten Cake I was reminded of one of my favorite books: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

The book is divided into 12 sections named after the months of the year — the chapters outline the preparation of the dish and ties it to an event in the protagonist’s life. In each chapter, every recipe prepared evoked the emotions felt by the cook while she cooked. My emotions were simple – pure pleasure at the taste of the hot lava chocolate that laid below the dark fudge cake with a crispy top.

Breakfast is also available at Nido. From unique combinations of fruits and other breakfast staples to traditional items such asFrench Toast and donuts, the offerings are varied.

And of course, no trip to Nido could be complete without sipping a cup of the luscious and thick hot chocolate. It is truly a Spanish delicacy not for anyone who is in a rush. It must be enjoyed with time and a bit of flair, as if enjoying one of life’s finest treats – that of time to quietly and peacefully embrace the moment that has been granted to you to breathe, sit and allow your taste buds to refresh while enjoying a most refined beverage.

In this most hurried life we seem to be living, make time and “nest” for a bit at Nido Café.  Follow their Facebook page for their weekly events.

Located at: 5755 Clarion Street, Cumming, GA 30040

Julie Brennan is the editor of My Forsyth Magazine and is a Scoop OTP contributor.

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