Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Good eats at the Cosmos Cafe

Food, Cosmos Cafe

Tonight, son George and I decided to go out to celebrate his acceptance at the UW-Madison Business School. Feeling both carnivorous and thrifty, we headed to the Cosmos Cafe at 72nd and North Avenue. Geo had already eaten there and declared it the only place he'd bother to go to for gyros anymore.

And I'd been wanting to try it, having watched the ongoing renovation and being a big fan of Greek food. Helen Tselentis, whose family owns the place, was a student of mine once upon a time. And I knew from the wonderful fish fry at Sts. Constantine and Helen not far away that Helen's hubby was one heck of a cook.

The place is small but attractively decorated. The menu, too, is small, as are the prices. But the food is generous, well-prepared, and tasty. If you're not in a gyros, souvlaki, or burger mood, there's Mediterranean salad, spinach pie or hummus, soup, and my own favorite, saganaki (flaming cheese). On Friday, of course, there's fish -- baked or fried.

Tosa's finest have discovered Cosmos. Maybe you'll get there, too, before the crowds (that's what "cosmos" means) start arriving. This restaurant's a really nice addition to the community.

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