Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dining Out

I love going to restaurants. Maybe it's because I spend so much time laboriously preparing my own meals sometimes that it's a nice chance of pace to have a meal prepared for me and arrive in front of my all hot and steamy from the kitchen. Since summer is approaching there are a few things I want to do to explore Boston a bit more. While one of them is to find some great farmers' markets and whip up some meals using wonderful, fresh, local ingredients, the other goal is to hit up some more restaurants. Especially since there are a lot that boast nice patios and bustling street views that are ideal for summer people watching. So with that said, while I originally intended this blog just to be about my own cooking, I'm going to start writing a bit about what I eat out at restaurants (and hopefully documenting via picture as well, assuming I can remember to tote along my camera).


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oh avocado, how I love you!

To say I like avocados would be a lie. Because really, I LOVE them. Everything is better with avocados! Perhaps it’s because I grew up in California, or maybe it’s because I spent 3 years in Arizona… whatever the reason, I love avocados. And Mexican food. Like, a lot. I think I could eat a burrito every day for the rest of my life and be happy. Yes, variety is the spice of life BUT there are so many varieties of burrito that I think I could be pretty happy with nothing but them forever. Bold, I know. Though perhaps I would like to switch it up a bit for the burrito’s finger-food version: nachos. I could walk into a restaurant with my mind set on eating a hamburger or chicken wings or pasta and once I see nachos on the menu about half of the time I will stray from whatever entree I had previous been craving and choose the nachos instead.

So with my obsessive love of Mexican food I obviously learned how to make guacamole at a young age. Over the years I have perfected it and found what works, what I like, etc. My current way of guacamole usually includes some chopped up onion, a tomato, cilantro, lime juice, peppers, and maybe a tad of hot sauce or spicy salsa depending on my mood. I don’t measure and I’m not precise. And I like it that way, for some reason it feels more authentic.

Well, this post was inspired by last night’s dinner : guacamole made with two avocados (with the perfect squishy freshness), a chopped up tomato, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. Boy, I love guacamole but it has a face for radio. If you are not a guacamole fan there is nothing about this picture that will make your mouth water. But as gross as it looks, I find consolation in the fact that it tastes one billion times better.


PS: I’m making a bold attempt at trying to grow my own avocado plants. Wish me luck!
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