Month: February 2014

Taco Bar – Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

I’m in Costa Rica for work. Leaving Delaware with all its snow couldn’t be a better time. When the car came to pick me up, it was 25 degrees. Considerably warmer and sunnier here.

My first meal of the trip was at The Taco Bar. It’s an interesting place. You order your food at a window and they bring it to your table. You have the option of sitting at a table, on ar barstool at the bar or on a swing at the bar. Once you get your food, there is a big spread of toppings, sauces and sides to add to your plate. I went with ceviche mixto, and two tacos: fried calamari and grilled mahi. The ceviche, fish and shrimp, was really good. Reminded me of the ceviche I had in Lima, Peru. All it needed was the spic aji and some roasted corn nuts. The tacos didn’t disappoint, either. The mahi was grilled nicely and wasn’t dry. I topped it with Chinese slaw (why does it have to be Chinese?) and a spicy red sauce. The calamari taco was huge and I ate a few rings before attempting to fold it up. I really can’t remember what I topped it with. I might have to hit this place up again later in the trip. It was really good.

I forgot to take a picture. I’ll have to remember to do a better job with that on the trip.

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Donuts?

A long time ago, in a town not too far away, I used to bake for Dunkin Donuts.  I worked every job except management at some point.  I cleaned up, poured coffee, and made both baked goods and donuts.  For a long time I couldn’t eat donuts unless they were freshly made.  That time has passed …

A coworker brought in donuts since he couldn’t make it into the office yesterday.  We had a big snow/ice storm and the commonwealth of Pennsyltuckey was hit hard.  Fortunately, I live in the awesome state of Delaware and have no interruption of any services.  Well, except for the road from my house to work.  Shortly after crossing into Pennsyltuckey, it’s closed.  So …  There’s a box of donuts and I couldn’t resist the one with pink icing and sprinkles.  yes, AND SPRINKLES!  So much for reducing my carb intake, but that’s another story.  (I also ate a slice of leftover pizza.)

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Sick/Snow Day Lunch

My doctor recently told me to cut down on carbs and eat healthier meats.  In response to that, I pigged out on carbs and unheathly meats at a Super Bowl party.  To follow up, I had hot Italian sausage baked in a tortilla for lunch today.

I prefer corn over flour tortillas, but have come to appreciate flour tortillas when they aren’t soft.  I like them with a little crunch and a little chewiness.  I spiral cut some sausages last week and had two leftover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQAfzdqANK8  In my fridge were a bag of flour tortillas (purchased prior to my doctor’s orders) that need to be used.  Pork and tortillas?  Sounds good to me!  I heated the sausages in the toaster oven until hot, wrapped them in a tortilla and baked it until the a little crunchy on the outside.  I figured it was a little plain and dressed it up with some chimichurri I had in the fridge.  It was fantastic.  The acidity of the chimichurri cut through the savory sausages to make a perfect sandwich.  Parts of the tortilla were shatteringly crisp while others still chewy.  I am going to miss eating like a fat kid.

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Pomelo

What’s a pomelo?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomelo

I saw these at the Newark Farmer’s Market and tossed one in my cart.  $1.29 for a giant grapefruit seemed like a non-gamble.  I’m glad I did.

When I got home, I had to Google it.  I also watched a YouTube video on how to peel it.  Thanks to the video I didn’t try to eat the inner membranes.

I’ve had an annoying cough for over a week and thought it had run it’s course.  I had been taking promethazine with codeine at night to get uninterrupted sleep.  Last night I decided to go with just Nyquil.  As it turns out, that was a poor decision.  I didn’t sleep well and woke up not feeling great on a post Stupor Bowl Monday morning.  I went back to sleep and woke up for lunch.  I also woke up to several inches of snow. Not too happy about that.  Looking through my kitchen I saw the pomelo in the fruit basket.  Perfect!  Fresh citrus has to be good for you, right?

I peeled the pomelo via the instructions from the video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4K2P-fO2eM  Easy enough and I was soon rewarded with something that tasted very similar to regular grapefruit.  Not as bitter, but similarly sweet.  The first thought that pops in my head is “this would make an awesome cocktail.”  One of my favorite drinks from the Caribbean is Ting with a Sting.  Essentially, Ting soda with rum or vodka. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ting_(soft_drink)  If you haven’t had one, you should try it.

Final words:  I sure can ramble on.  If you read this and wondered, “What does this have to do with pomelo?”, just go try one yourself.  You won’t regret it.