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.

El Cholo, Los Angeles, the original

 It’s been like 20 years since I have been to El Cholo…near USC it used to be a frequent place to eat…I swear to this day I sat at the table next to George Takei one night…but I digress…

Returning from the doll show in Orange County Sunday and I was mulling over non valley spots to dine and then the 101 was closed north of the 10 which caused the 5 to get gnarly causing me to hop on the 10 and el cholo became the obvious choice…

  
I’ve always loved the original menus on display with 1920s prices (no pics today, but like a nickel for a taco…)

    
I got the Cadillac which is made from a house bottled mix (which they sell)

 
And Jim got the pineapple-Serrano.  This puppy had a nice burn on the way down

   
Enchilada mariscos for me….lobster scallop and shrimp with a nice sauce

 
Jim got the “special” mariscos fajitas 

(Did you notice the green rice)

 

This is Jim looking sad because we missed the seasonal green corn tamale by a week  
 

  
If you have ever been to el cholo, you know they wrap up the meal with house made pralines

 

Nice flashbacks today from my earlier years 🙂

Check them out online Elcholo.com