Archive | June, 2013

Nommin’ Out: Tortilla Coast

9 Jun

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Last Friday, a very good friend flew in from out of town.  We decided to celebrate and indulge in a serious hankering for Mexican food. A big group of us chose Tortilla Coast in Logan Circle, conveniently located on the corner of 15th and P street. I always get nervous going out for Mexican; a guacamole appetizer is a must and margaritas usually veer toward the pricier end, making the meal hardly a cheap event. Tortilla Coast was a pleasant surprise. We managed to get there before the happy hour ended at 7:30 (happy hours that end past 7pm are hard to come by) and enjoy a delicious $5 margarita.  Guacamole was of course ordered, followed closely by sizzling Chicken fajitas.  For less than $14, I had sliced chicken breasts, grilled veggies, warm tortilla wraps, and rice.  There was more than enough for me to share with my friends around the table, who were also enjoying their meal decisions.  My total bill was $30, including the fajitas and several margs, not bad for a meal out in the District.

Check it out:

tortillacoast.com

Locations in Logan Circle and Capitol Hill

Nommin’ Out: Kelly’s Roast Beef in Revere, MA

6 Jun

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Alright so lobster ain’t cheap, I get it.  HOWEVER, hear me out.  I am from a small town not far from the marvelous establishment of Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts.  About 20 minutes north of Boston proper, Kelly’s is an old time establishment with a famous reputation.  Serving Massholes since 1951, Kelly’s is also my first stop home on return trips to MA, and if you time it just right, their famous lobster roll is very economical.  For $17.95, you get the meat of two 1 lb. North Atlantic Lobsters packed into a warm, buttery hot doll roll.  This is 16 ounces of the freshest lobster you can ask for. It comes out overflowing and I can’t even.  Comes with bag of chips and the essential pickle. LOCAL TIP: ask for a second bun.  You now have two sandwiches, which means lobster salad for lunch AND dinner.  That’s your whole day.  And oh my lanta is it worth a trip up North.

Steak Bites + Grilled Caesar Salad

6 Jun

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So I just moved to a new townhouse and convinced the parentals to fund the acquisition of a grill for our outside deck.  Be warned: I will feature grill recipes well into October.  That being said, I have wanted to learn how to grill salad since I had delicious Caesar rendition at Rustico in Ballston, VA.  It is SO EASY. and cheap. Duh.

Ingredients for Salad:

-a full packet of hearts of romaine lettuce (this will run you about $3)

-for the dressing: Olive oil, dijon mustard, parmesan cheese ($3 ish), minced garlic, lemon juice. You probably have some of these ingredients laying around already, and you only need a smidge of each.  If you have to purchase everything, it’ll be a little less than $10.

Salad Directions:

-heat the grill to Medium flame.  Lightly coat both sides of full romaine leaves and spread out evenly on grill.  Grill until start to wilt or start to get grill marks.  Flip over for like 30 seconds and remove from grill.

-in a blender, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and a bunch of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Feel free to alter the ratios; I don’t really believe in measuring.  Pulse until blended.

Steak Bites Ingredients:

-package of Angus Beef steak bites.  I purchased mine for $4.99 at Target.  Another warning: this meat is not organic, “happy cow”, or anything of the like.  I like meat so I buy it and don’t ask many questions.  Obviously feel free to splurge on a meat selection of your choice.  I chose my package because of the price/quantity factor.

-Any grill seasoning, secret personal seasoning, minced garlic, or a combination thereof.

-Directions: Grill in a grill-pan on high heat; cook to desired temperature.

You’re done.  You spent a MAXIMUM of $15.  A full package of romaine should feed 2-3 people, and the package of steak bites is actually 3.5 servings.  Pat yourself on the back.

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