"I'm addicted to your stuff. I'm not kidding," said a young woman bedecked in shorts, blouse, sneakers and bright gold hoops. "It's getting bad," she went on. "I'm just craving something sweet."
If you, too, have a hankering for a cup of espresso, caffe latte cq or cappuccino with a croissant, brioche or baguette, a glimmer of cafe life exists in Fountain Valley in the shade of a Lucky grocery, CVS drugs and an Islands restaurant.
Teresa's Espresso Bar resides relatively unobtrusively, tucked away beside Rubino's Pizza at Callens Corner/Lucky's Shopping Center on Brookhurst Street, just west of Ellis Avenue.
The modest restaurant seats 18 and bustles at lunchtime and on Saturdays with shoppers, but is equally prepared for the take-out market. Offerings (such as cookies, muffins, loaves of French bread, lasagna, tiramisu, wrapped fresh pasta in shades of red, orange and green and imported coffees) are displayed behind a delicatessen counter. The pasta is fresh every day and available by the pint. Rigatoni, Linguine, Fusilli, Fettuccine and Angel Hair are made from roasted red pepper, spinach, carrot or the standard egg pasta. For the more adventurous, beet, squid ink or eggplant flavors are also offered.