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The Jew-ban Seder

April 22, 2007

I know this post is VERY VERY late, but … better late than never. I just wanted to briefly share my experience cooking my very first Passover Seder dinner. That too was a little late, as it is supposed to take place on the first night of Passover, I had it on the 3rd or 4th night. I call it the Jew-ban Seder because I am Cuban and my boyfriend is Jewish, and amongst friends we are known as the Jewban couple. So being the Cuban I am, and the Jew-want-to-be I’ve always been, I was determined to cook my very own Seder.

It’s actually insane how much food I made for two tiny people – I did not skimp on anything. I even had to leave work 4 hours early so I could have the brisket cook in time. As you may have guessed, I had to start with the brisket first considering it takes 3.5 hours to cook. Brisket, by the way, is a cut of beef from the underside of the cow — it is pretty much a pot roast cut or I guess in Texas they like to BBQ it.

So, to start I had gefilte fish and matzah. Being that I’ve been through a few Jewish holidays with my boyfriend already, I had already been introduced to these two items. The matzah is the unleavened bread (pretty much a cracker), which is a huge part of the Passover tradition, and the gefilte fish is a jarred fish that both smells and tastes like cat food. It’s true, but it’s not that bad.

I also made latkes — oh so good. These are fried potatoe pancakes that are served hot with apple sauce and sourcream. They made my house reaked of fried foods for a week, but it was worth it.

After we enjoyed a warm bowl of matzo ball soup. This is pretty much a chicken broth soup with veggies, egg noodles and matzo balls, which are pretty much boiled bread balls (kind of). The matzo balls were actually not as tough to make as I thought they would be, and they were much better than the huge ones that we get from the Jewish deli we go to. I guess I just prefer the smaller balls! This dish was by far my fave.

And last, but definitely not the least effort, the brisket and garlic spinach. I actually got my brisket recipe from the Barefoot Contessa – love that weird lady. It pretty much consisted of hecka onions, garlic, carrots, celery and a whole lot of tomato juice. If I were to change anything about my next brisket recipe, I’d definitely add a whole lot of seasoning to the tomato juice! It didn’t turn out bad – the meat tasted just like a pot roast – but the tomato juice flavoring was too simple for my liking. David loved it and I actually loved it the day after. I think after the meat had a chance to sit in its juices over night it tasted wonderful over a bed of rice.

One other item that we had with our Seder was very untraditional and against the whole purpose of passover was Challah. Oh boy do I love me some challah bread and butta. It really put the cherry on my Seder sundae. In fact, I love it so much, I am about to have some challah french toast. Not so sure how that one is going to turn out, but I’ll be sure to let you know.

Cali Hood Eating (LA)

April 10, 2007

Well, since I live in San Diego I can drive up to Los Angeles for the weekend whenever I’d like. Considering I don’t like to, I don’t often… but I had a family function to attend in Long Beach. The morning after my family anniversary party I headed to a charming Easter breakfast with my grandma, sister (with bo) and aunt Sally. We were thinking something charming for the resurrection of Christ, so we head to none other than the hood famous Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffle House.

We had never been before, but we’ve heard of the establishment from many movies like Jackie Brown and there’s even an entire movie about it. Anywho, so let’s get to the eating part.

The menu consists of a lot of southern food including grits, collard green, fresh liver omelets, biscuits & gravy, giblets ans of course… fried chicken and waffles. I went with the special consisting of two chicken sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, grits and biscuit! Although it may be odd that I didn’t choose to eat the famous fried chicken and waffles at 11am, I knew my hog sister would and I would try some. So anywho… my special…. OMG ~ divine.

I’m not anything close to a southerner, but I do like them gritz — and the biscuit… with the gravy… uhh! to-die-for!!! Definitely my favorite item of the day! Everything was perfectly greezy and D-lish!

Of course my sampling didn’t stop here. As I mentioned, my sister got the famous chicken and waffles. The fried chicken was amazing as I expected. It’s difficult to NOT enjoy a piece of fried chicken, but I must say this chicken definitely put Church’s and KFC to shame. The seasonings are perfected and the fried skin isn’t over done with excess batter! Perfection. Oh and yes, the waffles were very scrumptious. They must put lard in everything to make it taste so heavenly.

Overall, I think it was a breakfast that Jesus himself would have enjoyed! I recommend you look it up when in the Los Angeles area.

24oz of Delicious MEAT

March 18, 2007

Ok, so I am not one to fine dine too often, but this past Wednesday I took my lover out for a mean steak in celebration of March 14th – Steak and Knobber Day. For those of you that are not familiar with this holiday, it is one month after Valentine’s Day, and the focus is on the man. It is his day to be spoiled and he gets what any man desires – a phatty steak and one heck of a knobber (am I allowed to say that word on a food blog?) .

Anywho… so, the 24oz of delicious meat was not David my BF (oh how I wish) but rather it was the most delicious slab of BEEF I’ve had in my life. It was a medium-rare 24oz bone-in rib eye from Palm – a very well known place for steaks. The portion was really enough for two so I suggested to David that we split it. Of course he’s not going to want to share a steak when it’s my treat and because he would rather have the 16oz filet – excuse me! Whatever, more for me! So I enjoyed the most juiciest, flavorful, mouth-watering steak ever. Mmmm, and you know what the best part of it all was – those pockets of white, soft fat that just melts in your mouth like butta! OH man! You know what I’m talking about. The reason why I love the rib-eye so much, it’s such a fatty (and PH phatty as well) steak – that cow cellulite sure does make for a great flavor boost. Pure heaven.

Well, if you care to know – David’s filet was good too. Completely different but good in it’s own way. Hands down the 24oz rib eye was a much better selection and was better than Fleming’s and Roger’s that are also good steak houses. Anywho…. I know many of you have dined at Palm as they are everywhere, but I must encourage the rib-eye as it was the And I’ll try to end this post without an inappropriate MEAT comment since I know there are respectable adults (here, the A is pronounced with an A in apple sound). Toodles.


Cheapest Breakfast in the West

March 4, 2007

Since I live in San Diego and have the luxury of driving wherever my little heart desires for a beautiful Sunday morning breakfast (like70° outside), I choose to cross the street and dine at IKEA instead! Yes, I know this sounds soooo super ghetto, but guess what – shutup. I don’t know if I have the same degree of passion for food as some of you… I simply just like to put it in my mouth. Not too picky, but then again not too adventurous. So I stick with what’s good and in this case… butt cheap, greazzzy and filling. I am going to be feasting like the Queen of Misson Valley (center of San Diego, where I dwell) in about 20 minutes or so. I will be enjoying scrambled eggs, mmm bacon, sausage, waffles or Swedish pancakes and it comes with coffee. And here’s the best part! All for freakin $2.99!!!! Oh, but it gets better – I’m not tipping either! That’s right, it’s cafeteria style — seat my self and put my own tray on the kitchen rack when I’m done. Fancy feasting here I come!!!