And day 97, t-3 to 100, is our usual margarita friday.

I defrosted some tilapia loin yesterday on accident so its getting used today. What to make, what to make…

First inspiration was refried black beans—i was home today so that was perfect. Alas, i have none, but i have a bounty of lentils. True to form those google searched resulted in a mexican inspired lentil salad.

Lentil salad with a red jalapeño hiding out in there for bite

We had mexican corn and zucchini

And a spice rubbed tilapia loin

And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice

Day 96, zucchini/corn tacos and black eyed pea salad with hot sauce vinaigrette

The summer is for zucchini right? I had it in my head to try the black eyed peas with hot sauce vinaigrette….

But i didn’t know what to make with it. I was trying to think south but got stuck at the southwest and settled on zucchini/corn tacos since I have fresh corn on hand that needed used.

It all worked out nicely along with a marg to wash it down.

On to day 83

We have cooked at home for 83 days straight since Los Angeles started the safer at home order and cancelled my birthday plans thanks to Covid 19. We have had a lot of lunch time delivery at work, but dinner has been all me–we have nowhere else to go!

Fridays are supposed to be margarita night and in a pre covid world it was always mexican and ive tried to somewhat maintain that at home. This week i had a cauliflower sitting here so I rubbed it with cumin, chili powder, and olive oil and served it with a home made crema.

I had half a cabbage that needed used so we have a slaw with salsa, cumin, vinegar and oil.

And i needed one more thing so i have a corn and chipotle salad

Topped off with a margarita!

And that was day 83.

Border Grill Santa Monica

For probaby our final time, we went to Border Grill Santa Monica.  No more day drinking scratch margaritas after a stroll down the farmers market since rhis location is closing after 26 years.
Greeted by the tortilla station:


Having had dinner and apps and drinks before, we made the brunch plunge:


We sampled mimosa and margarita and the great salsa and chips that greet you:

pictured is the cadillac, the blood orange, and a mimosa

 


And our dishes were:

Jalapeno Home Fries

Carnitas Tacos

Chorizo and Egg Tacos

Yucatan Eggs Benedict Sliders

Peruvian Shrimp and Grits

Waffle with Pork Belly

Oaxacan Pancakes

Chicken Panucho

Steak and Eggs

Churro Tots

We admired the design of the space


And we ate and had good company:

On the plus side…i have a cookbook from Mary Sue and Susan that has several of the recipes from the restaurant…and we can still haul ourselves to the downtown or vegas locations….

Love these margaritas though!  Right at the bar in santa monica…the following are from our stop there two weeks ago

Peruvian Ceviche

Green Corn Tamale


Thats the end. 🙂
#bordergrillsmmemories

El Mirasol–Palm Springs

I think Jim ate here everyday this trip…what can we say?  We love good margaritas and good mexican…and this stuff is pretty darned good!

Make sure tou ask for the spicy salsa in addition to the regular…some nights its so hot we mix the two

Jim loves the strawberry margarita here and i tend to always get the maestro dobel, grande size…and usually drink two especially when the temps are running 110 ish


For a change we started with mini chorizo tacos!  Mmm

One of my favorites–camarones Dona Diabla made with their house dona diabla sauce that they make and sell by the bottle…this is not for those who have a fear of spice

And jims standby—the chicharonnes!  Which are also great!

Literally he at here for dinner wednesday with me, lunch on thirsday and friday while i was at work, and today for lunch with me…we do like it a lot!

Camachos–it ended up being a margarita friday afterall

After the wiarding world of harry potter, it was rime for friday mexican …

Camachos at citywalk is where i had my first shot of don julio real after a failed attempt to try the 1942.

Jim had veggie fajitas   
Lauras veggie taco (taco minus meat) and cheese enchilada

 
The sweet heat margarita

   
Jims round two was the heart of jalisco 

 
This is my Scratch margarita

   

Calabacitas sopes

    
 

Thats how we wound down friday….

El patron-tofu burrito and margs 

I’m still playing catch up.  My mom came for a visit and wanted Mexican so we passed on the Friday ritual of el Queso Grande and went to Salsa and Beer who had a wait at 7 pm on a Tuesday so off to El patron .  Who tends to have great margaritas and sketchy service and used to have an extensive veg menu.  About a year ago they revised the menu and rebranded to become a gastro-cantina and elimates the awesome cauliflower relleno ….but they have a tofu burrito that rocks.

  

The ultimate Cadillac 
  

Mango on fire!

  
  

My mother with the salt less house marg on the rocks

  

Who can resist made to order table side guac?!?
    
  

My surprisingly good tofu burrito…they have a few dishes that you have choice of protein which includes a tofu option

  

Huevos rancheros
  

A quesadilla with fillings that I have forgotten

 

One of our last 2015 meals.:-)

Palm Springs eats revisited In December

 Back to Palm Springs for four days of work…so we eat….this is round one at blue coyote  
  

Crabmeat relleno for me

Carnitas for jim  
  

  
  

Right outside the door

  
  

Back to our fave…el mirasol and we are outside on the patio

  
    

This is a custom dish…it’s a shrimp with tomatillo sauce with Dona Diablo sauce added for some spice    

I think it is carnitas….
  

Flash forward to Wednesday and it’s our love Tropicale and our fav server remember Ed us and my Fiery Dragon low on the sweet

  

And a coconut martini for him of course
  

Gluten free pizza appy 

  
  

She so did not want her picture taken

  

Giant shrimp and a filet on potatoes….the least inspired dish I have ever had here
  

Cioppino 

  

Some crazy ass snickers cake that was gluten free and quite yummy
    

Palm Springs street fair findings….and the sample was seriously spicy
  

Love this stuff

  

After the street fair it’s time for a trip to pommes frites…tres Belgique, non?
  

Always start with the affligem 

  
  

Not for the true vegs!!!!  Tar tar!   But it was yummy:-)

  

Next round saint bernarbus
  

My mussels with mustard cream sauce

  

And of course, the pommes frites with three sauces