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Latin Quarter – Universal CityWalk

After another long day on our feet, we again headed out to CityWalk for dinner at Latin Quarter. It’s a pretty ginormous restaurant, with plenty of outdoor seating too. There’s a big stage also, but nothing was going on that night, except little kids running all around it. We were seated right below a giant tv screen playing latin music videos.
they have these weird contraptions in the middle of the table with coiled wires. It looks weird by itself, but then when you put wine bottles in it and a paper cone filled with bread, it makes a lot more sense. The warm bread is super good.
Here’s the shrimp and snapper ceviche – look how big it is! It’s marinated in lemon, lime, and orange juices and is served with jalapenos, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and green olives. We enjoyed this.
Here’s the guacamole, which was made tableside. This was pretty good, but apparently there were olives in it. I didn’t notice them, but some people found it gross. But the guacamole tasted pretty good and zesty to me. It came with plenty of chips and a little bowl of salsa.
Here’s the churrasco skirt steak. It’s grilled marinated skirt steak with chimichurri sauce over garbanzo frito and chorizo sausage. It looks pretty good but I heard it was a bit bland.
The roast pork loin, slow roasted and basted in cilnatro mojo, served with boniato mash, black beans, and mango puree. This one is without the boniato mash and with extra black beans.
Whenever paella is available, I pretty much have to get it. So here is the Paella de Latin Quarter. It’s a giant bowl of chorizo, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, green peas, and roasted red peppers with spanish rice. This was certainly one of the weakest paellas I’ve ever had, but it was ok. There was plenty of seafood but the rice was pretty blah. The service was pretty decent and the food came out fairly quickly, considering how large the restaurant is.

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Whole Foods Taco Tasting

I got invited earlier this week to go to Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting and try their new tacos. So they have a taco truck now, called Blue Route, and it’s on their roof. Yeah, you heard me right. It’s a taco truck. But it’s on the roof. For real. So they took a taco truck, without an engine, and hoisted it up onto their roofdeck with a crane. Apparently, they did it at 4:30 in the morning. Some lady just told me this. It’s going to be open pretty much every day, so anyone can get taco truck tacos, even in the burbs! The official grand opening is Friday, April 15. That’s today!
The menu is simple – tacos! And some drinks.
From left to right we have the fish taco, carne asada taco, and the pork carnitas taco. The tecate fish taco with chipotle mayo is typically made with haddock but on this night was made with halibut. There’s also a slaw made of cabbage, carrot, lime juice, and cumin. This was my favorite of the three. So good! The carne asada is of course hunks of steak with queso frseco, onion, and cilantro. The pork carnitas is spiced pulled pork with tomatillo salsa, tomatoes, garlic, and spices. These were also good, but the fish taco ruled. T
hey are all served on white corn soft tortillas. Some have one tortilla, some have two, there didn’t seem to be a pattern. They also have a spiced chicken and a veggie taco. If the three that I tried were any indication, the other two are probably also very good. Considering the lack of other real taco options out there (maybe besides La Michoacana in Norristown), I’m quite excited about having this permanent truck in the burbs!

Xmas Eve Snacks

Long after dinner on christmas eve, a bunch of people came over to drink wine and eat party food. I made myself a cocktail instead and ate the crap out of everything, including some fruit.
And my mom’s famous fresh spring rolls. You can’t possibly not like these. Unless you are the grinch.
I was tasked with making the bruschetta. Luckily for me, the bread was already toasted and came from a bag, and the topping came from a jar, courtesy of costco. But you know what? They were freakin tasty. Who the hell cares that they weren’t homemade? I may have barely slaved over these but they were delicious.
Some pan-fried oysters, dredged in flour and egg. Ok, I wasn’t too crazy about this.
You remember the tex-mex pie, right? Yeah, it was great this night and also on the next day.
One of the party guests brought this amazing homemade lemon poppyseed bundt cake. Holy moly. This was some of the best cake I have ever had in my life. Seriously. Once I started eating it, I literally could not stop. It was like a disease. Now I have to get the recipe, and when I do, I will share it with you. And you will all witness power that is this cake!

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