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Cross Country Cafe

Carolyn and Dave have struck on the quintessential nature of food and dining. Watching them you could craft a fine definition of all things food: You need good quality ingredients, patient and practiced technique, and a deep desire to be with people and take care of them. They clearly exhibit all of these. Aside from wholesome, tasty meals you get good conversation and heartfelt personal presence when you are at the cafe.

If you are visiting Yosemite you need to come up out of the valley and head into downtown Groveland, CA and eat at the Cross Country Cafe. It is a quaint little place off the main road where locals and travelers from all over the globe come for a good meal, a slice of life, and participation in the better things that being human has to offer: like warm and  pleasant hospitality. If comfort food where an interior place you could visit, the Cafe offers that when you stop in.

We have been vacationing here for four days - so far - and have eaten all our breakfasts and one of our lunches from the fine meals served at the Cross Country Cafe. Whether we eat in or take out, the friendly conversation and the fine food is always the same.  Dave and Carolyn are a wealth of information on the local scene and love to talk about food and all things epicurean.  If there is something you want that you don't see on the menu, a simple request goes a long way with these folks.

Make sure you ask them about their ingredients. They will tell you anything you want to know. You can even find out how they cook the food, either by watching or showing a little interest and asking. You really feel like you have been invited into the whole preparation process as they both saunter back and forth in the conversation and crafting of your meal.

I think this place and this couple is ripe for the making of some fine podcasts on hospitality and wholesome foods.  Keep your eye on them and watch them grow.  Something this good has got to become a rave.  And, when you stop by, make sure you ask to see their fascinating collection of international currency.  Worldwide guests have left behind a piece of their appreciation in the standard of their country.  You'll be amazed at the number of folks who have wandered through their doors that represent countries far and wide.