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.
We had mexican corn and zucchini
And a spice rubbed tilapia loin
And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice
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
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
Chorizo and Egg Tacos
Yucatan Eggs Benedict Sliders
Peruvian Shrimp and Grits
Waffle with Pork Belly
Steak and Eggs
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
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