March 23, 2010

23 Mar

10:15 am

Starbucks

1 tall nonfat latte

1 raspberry sunshine muffin

Since I’m not working, free food is a godsend. This was from Starbucks’ Free Pastry Day, which lasted til 10:30 am.

12 pm

Ben n’ Jerry’s

1 scoop of Cherry Garcia in a cone

It was also Free Cone Day at Ben N’ Jerry’s. My lunch consisted of a muffin and ice cream cone. I for one, support these new marketing tricks to lure in new customers.

7 pm

Loteria Grill

quesadilla de plazos

1 michelada especial

side of chips and salsa

Loteria Grill is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in LA. Chef Jimmy Shaw has an encyclopedic knowledge of regional Mexican cuisine, and he tries to reflect that on a relatively inexpensive menu. The influence is obviously uber-celebrity-chef Rick Bayless, and while the cooking isn’t as grand or ambitious, it’s still one of the more interesting Mexican food around. The full-service restaurant in Hollywood originally started with a menu that mirrored their food stand in the Farmers Market on Fairfax, but it has since expanded to included several dishes that are more complex than what you can get at the stand or most Mexican restaurants in general. And with that, the special quesadilla de plaza, a special that was supposed to be stuff with squash blossoms, huitlacoche and cheese, was a huge disappointment. I’m pretty sure I got the wrong thing delivered to me, but do to a time constraint, I didn’t have time to send it back. What I essentially ate were empanadas stuffed with cheese and corns that were completely unmemorable. I didn’t even see empanadas on the menu, yet that’s what I got. Since I ate a huitlacoche quesadilla from Huarache Aztecas the day before, the comparison made this dish even worse. Still, a glass of michelada, or cerveza preparada, hit the spot. It’s beer in a tall, salted-rim glass, flavored with lime juice and a generous dabs of hot sauce. It sounds odd, but the combination is refreshing. Once again, beer saves the night.

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