Elvis meets tacos, Fork the Fire, and dinner in Rochester
I was in Anaheim for my day job this past weekend. Our first meal was definitely forgettable, but the next night totally made up for it. We hit up Azteca, an amazing Mexican restaurant that was, aside from the food, entirely devoted to Elvis Presley. They were well known for their "garlic taco," which I had to try. I have to admit I wasn't able to finish the restaurant classic, as I filled up on a delicious chile relleno, but if you're into raw garlic on, well, anything, the garlic taco is for you.
I always do a decent amount of food research before I head into unfamiliar territory. Thanks to a foodie friend-of-a-friend suggestion, Saturday night I headed into Santa Monica with some old work friends to eat at Border Grill. Our server wasn't awesome, but the food was spot-on. Under the massive pile of tender brussels sprouts, spicy mango salsa and plantain empanadas was a delicious fillet of sea bass. As a Midwest girl, I pretty much love any place that is making its own tortillas.
Even though I was deliriously tired from very little sleep during my time in California, I was able to drag my butt over to Brasa Northeast to do my part for Fork the Fire. After a weekend of indulging, I stuck to sides--namely, jalapeno creamed spinach, crispy yucca, masa bean cake, and yams. I was thrilled to hear Brasa was giving 40 percent of that evening's bill to the fund.
It also turns out this is Chris's birthday week, so we met for drinks later in the evening. Here he is at Jax Cafe with some expensive scotch I bought him.
Stay tuned for next week, when I'll have pictures of real Texas BBQ and wedding food galore.
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