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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nasca Grill

So, a while ago, the Food Pimp and I decided to go to Nasca Grill. We really liked Aji Seco, even though we only went there once. So we decided to try Nasca. So we got there early and we had to wait in the car for about 20 minutes. This is a regular thing for us. Most places do not open early enough or stay open late enough for our schedule.

So we walked in, and I noticed that they still had the little kitchen in the main room, and the kitchen where the taco joint was. That's a lot of kitchen, and one can't help wondering if they need all the space and if they fill up to capacity where they are utilizing it all. I work in a large enough kitchen, but the layout sucks and there's not enough storage. I'd love to work somewhere with that showspace kitchen out front. I would make it more like a food bar where people could sit.



So to get down to business, we got the ceviche. It looked very similar to the ceviche at Latin Chef, but it was not as good. It needed salt, mainly, but just not as flavorful. That romesco type sauce that they gave us was good though.




The cancha were good. It was nice to see them in the little side dish rather than in the wicker basket at Latin Chef that Canine Cologne pointed out could be bacterial hazards!



Pescado a lo Macho. This was the Food Pimp's choice, of course. It was good. Not great, but good. I have this weird thing now that I don't really like these seafood mixes that restaurants use. Often some of the product is this gross foreign farmed shrimp, or like frozen mussel meat and stuff, and it's just... yucky. So even if the stuff is not gross, I'm hesitant to try the stuff.




Lomo Saltado. I can't go into a Peruvian place without getting it. I love the way the tomato is cooked with the meat and kind of softens and the tomato juice melds into the dish. The fries were nicely cooked, as the rice was. The lomo was good, not great, once again. I gotta say, out of Aji Seco, Tropical Star and Latin Chef, this was my least favorite place. But boy, they sure had nice silverware. I believe this was the same silverware that that fancy Mexican place in New Orleans had in their fancy upstairs dining room. Why do I remember this, or why have I made up this false memory, yet I always forget the name of the restaurant? Because our buddy who worked there gave us a tour and showed us the fancy silverware and how it cost like $1000 a place setting - obvious exaggeration. But I was not impressed, I just thought it was stupid. Why would you have such fancy silverware, people are just going to steal it or it will get thrown in the trash accidentally!

Anyway, Nasca Grill was okay on our first try, but it will be hard to not go to Tropical Star nearby and opt for Nasca Grill instead, even though the dining room is nice and comfortable... I shouldn't rate it with chopsticks from this one visit, but if I were going to I would give it \/\ three chopsticks...

Nasca Grill
4310 Genesee Ave Suite 105-106
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 560-0873

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Mardi Gras!


No new post today... although I keep working on a new post and it never gets finished. I just want to wish everyone a happy Mardi Gras! I'm giving everyone permission to drink at work today!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Who dat? No one...beoches!

So, for those of you who... um, don't know anything of the outside world, you wouldn't be on the internets... So, this is irrelevent to those people. What I'm trying to intimate to you loyal followers is that the Saints won the super bowl and that is super extra uber hyper mega ultra exciting! So I interrupted my chronological posting to give you a superbowl posting.


This my friends is red beans and rice with ham hocks, extra smokey. The FP made this on Saturday. Man was it smokey. In a good way. And the beans were nice and creamy.




Jambalaya. I made it. Not the best I've ever made, I'll admit. I used Mahatma rice, which is so easy to overcook, especially on an electric stove. Yes, we have an electric stove. That was the one point of contention when we moved into this place.




Crawfish and artichoke dip. Yeah, you right! crawfish, cream cheese, sour cream, lots of worcestershire, and Tony's....




boiled shrimp. remoulade sauce. For those of you who wonder, what is remoulade sauce? It's deliciousness. Mayo, paprika, horseradish, other yumminess that I won't expound on right now because my beer is getting warm... it was good though. real good. Maybe I'll go to the fridge and eat some right now.

Thank you Saints for bringing us that nice (yet modestly small) flat screen tv. I made a deal with the Food Pimp. I said if the Saints went to the Superbowl we'd get a flatscreen tv for his birthday. So they won. So we got a new TV. So the Saints won the Superbowl on our new Vizio LCD TV. Nice.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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So, for those of you on facebook... you should become a fan!

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my bday

So, have you ever noticed how you think your birthday is special, and then you realize that everyone has them? So I used to make a big deal about my birthday, until I turned 29. Then I started feeling old. Yes, I know, it's young, it's not about how old you are, it's about how old you feel. Well, I started to feel old around 29. Before then, I drank kinda a lot. It kinda goes with the territory when you work late nights in the service industry. But anyway, I've slowed down a lot. I get tipsy off of 2 tall cans of PBR. So, my birthday is not nearly as exciting as it used to be. I feel like I'm also kinda under the weather every year around my birthday too.

So anyway, this year for my birthday we went out to dinner. I wanted to go somewhere different. So I looked up places online. Finally I came up with Cucina Urbana. The type of place we never go to. But it sounded nice. It's in Banker's Hill. Man, it's really hard to concentrate when the FP keeps pacing around the apartment and walking up behind me looking at the computer screen. I'm easily distracted, and I keep losing my train of thought.

Okay, so we got dressed up and we went like on a date. We got there, and it was packed. There was a wait! On a Sunday! But we usually sit at the bar anyway, and the bar was pretty empty, so that was cool. Until it began filling up. By the end of our dinner, it was completely full at the bar too.


Our cocktails. They were good, but kinda sweet and strong, and poor match for our food!


Chicken Liver pate. I don't like chicken livers, but in pate I can eat it sometimes. Basically, if you can dilute the livery flavor... So this was, runny. I liked the idea of the presentation. A mason jar and bread. There was too much in the jar. I can't imagine anyone eats it all. And it was runny like it was made improperly. It kinda sucked. There. I wrote it.


Chicken Fried Sweetbread. Of course, it was delicious. Only a half a caperberry though! :( I don't think they should use it in the menu description if they're going to tease us with a sliver of it though! The crispy batter and the creamy sweetbread, though, loved it!


Ahi Tuna Crudo. So it looked beautiful. It needed salt. We had to wait a while to get salt, because they were kinda busy. It just sucks, because it was nice big seared tuna, and it was sliced, so of course the slices need to be dusted with salt, preferrably sea salt. And then the cannellini beans were kinda not cooked all the way. But I was hungry, so I ate a lot of the hard beans anyway...


Ricotta gnocchi. The Food Pimp didn't realize it was ricotta. He probably wouldn't have wanted it, but it was my birthday and I still would have gotten it. It was heavy and ricottay. Not light, the way gnocchi should be, and really they were just like ricotta balls. Heavy. And with the brown butter, no acid, no lightness. But I was hungry and I think I ate most of it.

So we could have eaten more. But at this point, nothing on the menu appealed to us. We both like acidic foods, and for the most part, nothing had much acid at all. I still thought it was a cute place, and I'd like to go back and maybe have some wine and like a pizza or something...that polenta board. Oh, well, it was a nice time, food aside. After that we went to Counterpoint, which is our favorite neighborhood bar, even though we don't get to go there that much. So that was my birthday, almost 2 months ago. You can tell I'm getting older and slower!

Monday, February 1, 2010

December home cookin

So, I am just going to slowly plow through. No apologies, no stating how far behind I am... no saying how I need a macbook...



Sloppy Ho's. Ground beef, onion, tomato, spices and whatnot. Tots with cheddar. What is with the tater tots on all the menus lately? I'm not complaining, just wondering? Are they gonna bring back fish sticks too?


American Chop Suey. Haven't had it in a while....


Bad picture of a "smore". Coconut cookie, nutella and marshmallow. Yum. Yum. Yum! So fuckin good, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to Hersey's chocolate bar and graham crackers...


What's this? I think it's arroz con pollo. I remember the Food Pimp made it and it was delish. I'm not sure when.


cheese omelette. I think the FP was in LA recording music with his other band. So I wanted to eat but I was too lazy to go to the store or go somewhere. I don't even like omelettes. But this one was not bad.


Steak. This is like what we eat about once a month. Sometimes more.


Oxtail. Fresh chinese noodles. Maitakes and chinese broccoli.


Lamb shank.

MEAT.