Fried parsley and capers. $6 Alicante, Palm Springs CA
I don’t think I’ve ever had calamari presented quite like this. Usually when I’ve had stuffed calamari it’s served whole and you cut it yourself, but these were already prechopped into small pieces. They were pretty small and prefect as finger food, but then you had to fiddle with the individual capers.
This empanada was decent but I couldn’t get over the weird mayonnaise-y(?) mystery salad that came with it. It was sour and kinda fizzy and it grossed me out! I think the empanada would’ve worked better just with the mixed greens. Tapa $8 Canela, San Francisco CA
With chorizo, house made tortilla chips, chile con queso, black beans, sour cream, and guacamole. $12.78 Velvet Cantina, San Francisco CA
Omg, this was SO frickin’ wrong in the best way possible! You knew this plate was bad for you once it arrived, but it tasted so good that you couldn’t stop from eating the entire thing, lol. The chile con queso was warm and melted and just coated the tortilla chips perfectly. The chorizo was an added dose of unhealthy, but it too tasted heavenly to omit. I think my heart is constricting again just decribing this plate, lol!
House-made pickled onion, sofrito, and farmer’s sheep cheese. $16 Canela, San Francisco CA
This was SO good! The crumbled chorizo had so much flavor, and the sheep cheese and pickled onions were perfect counterpoinst. The coca was crispy and buttery around the edges and perfectly baked. NOMS!
This was not worth fifteen bucks! The scrambled egg filling with chorizo tasted fine, but it took SO long to get this to our table that it was cold and unappetizing when it arrived. The salsa verde sauce on the bottom of the plate was gross and congealed and would attach in chunks to the bottom of the breakfast burrito. Ew!
Having eaten many versions of shrimp and grits in the South, I was NOT impressed by this at all. The grits were too congealed, the shrimp were overcooked (burnt actually), and the chorizo sauce was WAY too salty. Ugh, I couldn’t even finish it. 😦
Chicken chorizo, eggs, scallions, peppers and jack cheese on a bed of black bean chili topped with salsa fresca, avocado and sour cream. Served with house potatoes and whole wheat toast. $9.95 Crepevine, San Francisco CA
This definitely filled me up. The scramble actually comes as a breakfast burrito, but I requested it not wrapped in a flour tortilla. I don’t need the extra carbs, hehe!
House-made chorizo sauasage, organic bell peppers and tomatoes scrambled with three eggs and topped with queso fresco, sour cream, homemade slasa and fresh green onion. Served with a warmed flour tortilla instead of toast. $14 Portage Bay Cafe, Seattle WA
This place was packed with a line out the door! Thank goodness we had reservations. I don’t completely agree why this place is super popular though. I get that they use fresh, mostly healthy ingredients but their preparations aren’t anything special. I expected a little bit more considering their shear popularity. The food was good, but I thought it was overpriced for what it was. And the service was random and slow at times.
Pike Place Public Market sign at the corner of Pine and Pike.
Merluza En Salsa Verde: sea bass, cockles, salsa verde. Summer prix-fixe menu $38 Tinto, Palm Springs CA
The sea bass had a light and fluffy texture but it was definitely on the salty side. The cockles were ok but the sauce was too starchy and pretty much set while we were eating, gross! They didn’t have much flavor, but then my tastebuds were fried from the salty sea bass.
Moules Basquaise: mussels, chorizo, sauce basquaise, french fries.
I wasn’t expecting this. The mussels were shell-less, and they tasted really sour especially when paired with the salty fries. Part of the fun was lost because there were no shells to dig through. And the sauce tasted suspiciously like chili – odd.
Jumbo Rocks campground, Joshua Tree National Park.
Over medium eggs, corn tortilla, chorizo, chili verde, avocado. $14 Circa 59, Palm Springs CA
I guess Circa 59 tried to make a fancy version of huevos rancheros, but I was not impressed. The eggs came out fried and not over medium, the tortillas were super greasy and had a weird gummy texture, and the chorizo was WAY too salty. Lame! This was a brunch I wish I could take back.
Sequin artwork, Riviera Resort. I have no clue who this is supposed to be, hehe!