I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve had Peruvian cuisine. This was years ago in San Diego at some little mom-n-pop place and honestly, the meal was just okay. A couple of weeks ago, buzz started hitting my Twitter feed about Chef Ricardo Zarate’s soon-to-open Picca in the space above Test Kitchen (now Sotto). I was curious since his other restaurant, Mo-Chica, was raved about by fellow food bloggers and I wanted to have another go at Peruvian food. I fortunately snagged an early dinner reservation on one of their $40 prix-fixe sneak-peek nights last Friday and invited Kristen of Rock My Palate and Mark & Angela of I Flip For Food.
Last night, SyFy did a series of their bad “mega” monster movies. Having never seen “Mega Piranha” before, we had to host one of our bad movie nights for it! When Foodbuzz announced a call for January’s 24×24 – an over-the-top dinner party, I, with my partner in crime, Kristen of Rock My Palate (read her version of this experience), submitted a proposal for Mega Bad Movie Night. We’d turn this normally chill event into a spectacular feast, complete with costume, decor and a commemorative cake wreck. And, as you can from the title of this post, we got greenlit!
Since piranhas are native to the Amazon and in the movie, the monsters end up in Florida, we themed our party and menu after a mix of Brazilian flavors and some tropical beach flair (see bottom for full menu and recipes).
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Welcome to the Gaslamp
San Diego Restaurant Week (1/16 – 1/21) is nearly here. Wednesday night, I got a sneak eat of Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar’s menu, courtesy of McFarlane Promotions. Since my usual San Diego peeps were already committed elsewhere, I brought Kat of Kat’s 9 Lives with me.
When I lived in San Diego, I rarely ventured into downtown to hang out in the Gaslamp Quarter. The frustrating parking situation, one way streets and having to dress up (omg, I have to wear make-up and heels?) just wasn’t my thing. The Gaslamp now, though, has vastly improved. Many new restaurants have opened their doors and more casual establishments have moved in as well as flat-rate parking lots/garages.
Amidst all this hustle, bustle and turnover sits . . . → Read More
Like Nozomi, Petrossian appeared on my radar after a tweet by Kung Food Panda. When Blackboard Eats tacked up a 30% off deal, I quickly grabbed it and off I went, Husband in tow, on the last day the deal was valid. I’m not one to procrastinate, after all…
Petrossian is a well-known name in the caviar world, having been in the import business for over 80 years. It’s no surprise that many items on the menu feature caviar. My experience with the delicacy at that point was only with sushi in the form of smelt roe garnishing California rolls and my one time eating salmon roe nigiri, which I didn’t altogether enjoy, honestly. I was sure that the roe at the sushi joints I frequented had . . . → Read More