Review: Here & Abroad Bistro + an Avocado Panini


Tucked behind a row of restaurants on William Street is a tiny cafe that you might miss. I did for the first two years I lived here, but it immediately bumped its way to the top of my favorites list. Enter its door and you’re greeted with the delightful aroma of freshly baked croissants and cookies, a mouthwatering display case of desserts, a surprisingly large menu of sandwiches and salads considering the size, and one of the friendliest cafe owners you may meet.

Here & Abroad Bistro – Bakery is a “hidden gem” by all accounts in downtown Fredericksburg, perfect for a quick lunch date, a mid-morning snack, or a takeout lunch for the office or nearby park. Always behind the counter, chef/owner Purna Shrestha is eager to please, and will remember your name, where you work, and any other tidbits you’ve chatted about. Ask for suggestions and he’s quick to answer.

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Spinach & onion sandwich on fresh focaccia

I’m already following in my grandmother’s path, copying recipes that catch my eye. But instead of pen and paper, I’m using my iPhone. I’ll simply snap a picture of the recipe and then zoom in when I’m ready to cook. My mom’s texted me her favorite banana recipe, and I’ve snapped a copy of her Cosmopolitan proportions. The weekend we made focaccia together, I flipped through her books to find a good vegetable sandwich using the flavorful flat bread, that would be different than the standard raw vegetable sandwich. This simple sandwich from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone hit the spot, making a great lunch with my leftover bread.

spinach & onion sandwich on focaccia

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