Tuesday, January 03, 2006

La Casitas Chilanga, Redwood City, CA

My cousin, who is also a foodblogger recommended this place to me after reading about it on chowhound.com. According to many food reviews, La Casitas Chilanga has the best tortas outside of Mexico City. After hearing all the rave reviews, I decided to try it out! The restaurant is a hole in the wall with a small staff. It appears to be family run, with a tiny, elderly Mexican woman doing all the cooking. The wait was quite long - 20+ minutes for two torta orders so it may be a good idea to order ahead.
Carne Asada Torta
A torta is a Mexican sandwich, more traditional than the burrito, served on an oblong 6-8 inch firm, white roll. The carne asada torta shown here was garnished with mayonnaise, avocado, jalapeno, and tomato. The bread was deliciously tasty and pressed. As simple as the ingredients are, its suprising how gourmet it tastes!
Torta

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Bubba Gump Shrimp, Santa Monica, CA.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP - According to the staff, the restuarant opened only 2 months ago. It is the first restaurant upon entering the pier and is hard to miss!
Beer battered fish & chips
This dish was only mediocre for me. The fish was fresh but the batter was very bland. I had to dip each bite into the tartar sauce which lacked in taste as well. Sadly, the coleslaw was probably the tastiest part of the dish..glazed in light, subtle flavors. For $10.95, it certainly did not meet my expectations. One thing to praise is the fun staff and atmosphere. Our waiter quizzed us on Gump trivia before we could get our food! The view of the pristine beach from our table was a plus though.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Mom's Baked Lobster

Baked lobster topped with melted butter, cheese, and parsley
Gigantour king crabs
Another pic of the gigantour king crabs

Mom's Seafood Jambalaya

Seafood jambalaya with clams, shrimp, talapia, and catfish in a light tomato sauce

Celia's Mexican Restaurant, San Mateo, CA

CELIA'S is a family-owned business and has been around since 1968. They have 11 restaurants throughout the bay area. They serve delicious, authentic mexican food with favorites such as mole enchiladas, fajitas, and child verde. It's a favorite restaurant of ours and we eat here about twice a month.
Fresh baked chips with homemade salsa
these are the best i've tasted at any mexican restaurant. very crispy and grease free. the salsa is made from fresh ingredients and we finish this bowl everytime.
enchilada & tamale plate (chicken) with rice, beans, coleslaw, and sour cream $10.75

celia's portions are generous and with all the carbs it quickly fills you up. i moved the glob of sour cream to the side because it was way too much for me. i think they use the same sauce in most of their plates.
express burrito plate with carne asada and Celia's special sauce

Equinox Restaurant, Washington DC

EQUINOX RESTAURANT - http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com/experience.cfm
Kasey recently spent a week in Washington DC for business. His co-workers and him use gayot.com and zagat.com to look for restaurants to try out when they are in new cities. Equinox, offers sophisticated, pure American cuisine. Chef Gray uses fresh, organic ingredients grown within 100 miles of the restaurant whenever possible.
river raw oysters with caviar
Seared Carolina Wahoo (fish) w/Black Bean Sauce
single shot espresso

armagnac bread pudding
ginger ice cream, autumn fruit compote and sesame tuille