Every now and then I wonder what it would be like to own a restaurant. And what my restaurant would look and feel like. I think about what I would serve, what my story would be, what the decor would look like. And then I immediately remember the skinny profit margins, back-breaking work, my lack of experience in that area and tell myself that I’m crazy lol. The idea soon flies out the window! My family thanks me.
But if I did in theory own a restaurant, this would be on the menu. Food like this would be served. It’s a roasted chicken with flavors of Peruvian pollo a la brasa, my favorite chicken ever. But served over a bread salad, reminiscent of Zuni Cafe. It would be a merging of cultures, both of which I identify with and are mine. (Maybe San Francisco isn’t my culture but you know what I mean!) I would say that my food and the food I would want to serve leans feminine. This is an attribute by the way. Girly food is dope.
Do you know what feels decadent? Buying lobster tails and cooking them at home. Hence, the reason why I named one of my favorite pastas on this blog “pay-day lobster pasta.” It’s not every day we eat lobster. But today I’m bringing it with this Spicy Lobster Bucatini with Burrata.
How to Cook Lobster Tails:
The worst thing you could EVER do in your life/cooking is to overcook seafood. It’s a true crime. Here’s how I do it:
Cook lobster in gently simmering water for 8 minutes, just until they turn opaque.
Run under cold water to cool them down.
Flip the lobster tail over and using kitchen shears, cut slices onto each side and pull back the bottom part.
This Pozole Verde con pollo is my favorite winter soup. This bright and flavorful soup is a lot like a Mexican stew using tomatillos, pepitas, chicken and hominy! Top it with fried tortilla chips or tostadas, slices of avocado, thinly sliced radishes and cilantro for some added freshness and texture. Continue Reading
It’s raining in LA. TIME TO THROW A PARTY and make some Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup!
A soup party, that is.
I love tortilla soup. I am embarrassed to admit that my intro to tortilla soup wasn’t the most authentic experience. It was quite the opposite. It was when I worked at Alexander’s/Houstons and would steal little bowls of it and eat it in the back while I sat on boxes of napkins. I wasn’t the best employee, if I’m being totally honest, but I was about to graduate high school and felt like my whole world was going to change so I had a super “whatever” attitude.
When I went to make this, I wasn’t going after a super traditional version, though I did want to know the history. I found this article in the LA Times that speaks a bit about the history of tortilla soup. It’s super interesting a worth a read.