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September 18 - 25, 1997

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Curious Liquids

by Danielle Svetcov

Curious Liquids, at the corner of Beacon and Park Streets, is a paragon of coffeehouses. It has antique wing chairs tucked under exposed-brick alcoves, counterpeople with foreign accents, larger-than-life espresso drinks and pastries, a view of the Common -- even a shelf jammed with a quirky array of books (Introduction to Pascal; Truman Capote's In Cold Blood; a 1988 University of Texas yearbook). The glowing, Hopperesque yellow walls on the first floor draw passersby to a "pastry wall" stocked with fancy cookies, scones, and pies (65 cents to $2.50). And the liquids prepared here are both common and curious; one of the most refreshing is "Simply Red," which blends hibiscus with pear, apple, and lemon and other citrus juices ($2.86). The tasty California-esque sandwiches and salads, supplied by a Somerville caterer called Sumptuous Food, include roast beef with sun-dried-tomato-and-olive paste on a French roll, and Mediterranean tuna salad with lemon, capers, and field greens. All cost less than $5. The large wooden tables downstairs are perfect for spreading out with a laptop and books, or for chatting quietly over caramel-apple lattes ($3.15). The building was once General Lafayette's headquarters. He's probably kicking himself for relinquishing it now.

Curious Liquids, located at 22B Beacon Street, in Boston, is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 720-2836.


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