good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: November 2013

Meyer Lemon Tart

Meyer Lemon Tart

It’s the season once again for my all time favorite citrus, the meyer lemon. Our little tree has had unripened green lemons since late summer and I’ve been eagerly waiting for them to mature. Patience has paid off and the lemons are now ripe. Their […]

Blistered Shishito and Scallion Biscuits with Smoked Sea Salt

Blistered Shishito and Scallion Biscuits with Smoked Sea Salt

I would jump at the chance to have a platter full of plain buttermilk biscuits and gravy any day, anytime. The reality is, I rarely get to indulge in this particular favorite, but when I get the chance, I go for it. Really, I just […]

Spicy Gin Cooler

Spicy Gin Cooler

With the unseasonably warm weather we’re having in San Diego, we were craving a refreshing cocktail. Something light and bright. It was time to get creative and experiment. K busted out the gin; a mellow one, more floral than herb-y and along with than came some cilantro and shishito pepper. A little bit of muddling, a splash of lemon juice and we were headed to the porch with cocktail in hand for much needed relaxation.

Spicy Gin Cooler:

2.5 oz gin (we used Farmer’s for its delicate flavor profile)

ice

1-2 shishito peppers, sliced

handful of cilantro, stems and all

1 dried arbol chile, blackened over stove top

1/2 lemon

Put all ingredients except arbol chile in a cocktail shaker and shake it up. Strain and pour into a martini glass, garnish with the blackened arbol pepper.

Variations:

1) A splash of club soda and 1T simple syrup makes for a slightly frizzy and nicely refreshing sipper.

2) A sprinkle of smoked sea salt rounds out the flavor while bringing out the smokiness of the chile pepper. A very grown-up kind of drink with a kick.

Cheers to Friday!

Potato and Meatless Chorizo Hash

Potato and Meatless Chorizo Hash

Most mornings are nothing special since I’m not much of a breakfast person. I guess not being a morning person plays a huge part in this. I’m generally content with a cup of coffee and an occasional cinnamon roll from the local bakery.  I could […]

Handmade Pasta: Trofie

Handmade Pasta: Trofie

The first time I tried trofie pasta was at this place. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it but every single element in the menu description sounded delicious. There was also rock shrimp. Sold! One bite and I knew I ordered the right dish […]

Throw Rag at Til-Two {San Diego, CA}

Throw Rag at Til-Two {San Diego, CA}

The lights dim under a black tarp roof. What looks like gang of homeless misfits takes the stage and without missing a beat belt out the soundtrack for the apocolypse. Capt. Sean Wheeler dressed in a sailor girl’s outfit lays it all out and you have no choice but to be in awe.

The story is that Throw Rag formed as a band in 1993 in the Salton Sea, a place known for massive fish die offs and a stench so overpowering the entire population of people surrounding the area live in a constant state of nausea. Despite their longevity, they’ve managed to keep their sound raw and surprisingly fresh. People will sometimes say, “oh, so & so is a “musician’s musician”” well, Throw Rag is the weirdo rocker’s weirdo rocker. Visual proof is supplied here.

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