Since television series celebrate their 100th episode… I decided to celebrate my 100th blog entry this week! However, not everyone can handle dinner out on the town with me.

Depending on how much of a foodie you are… I am quite possibly the most embarrassing person on earth to take to a restaurant. No one, and I mean no one is allowed to eat until I have properly photographed their meals. Then they get my best pleading puppy dog eyes until they share a bite with me. Nick looked as though he would dive under the table at any moment (desperate to hide, but too British to complain) when he took us to lunch after our daughter Tatjana’s graduation last summer!

Fortunately the friends I had dinner with at Peter Morton’s Pink Taco last Friday night… were much more at ease about letting me take pics, and graciously offering up a tasting.

 

Carne asada marinated skewers in a tamarind chipotle glaze with fresh jicama slaw and mixed greens.

 

Achiote marinated Mexican shrimp sautéed in Hornitos tequila, fresh lime juice, and butter; spiked with chiles and cilantro. Served with grilled bread for dipping.

 

Sabana de pollo. Paper thin pounded chicken breast topped with pinto beans, melted cheese, chimichurri sauce, grilled onions, pico de gallo, & roasted Serrano peppers.

 

Market fresh fish tacos (in this case seared tuna). Flour tortilla topped with shredded green cabbage, seared fresh tuna, Serrano-cilantro sauce, sour-mayo, guacamole & pico de gallo.
Yassi and Nick
Julie Anne, Simon, and Chantal
I couldn’t even decide whose dinner I liked most… my taste buds were too busy doing the Pink Taco Tango! Talk about BIG bold flavor, and beautiful presentation. That, plus deep belly laughs with friends equals a perfect evening on the town! Gracias tantos mis amigos!
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  • April 5, 2010
    5:41 pm

    Julie Anne,It's so wonderful to "hear" the energy back in your blogs!! Glad the recovery is going so well.What IS it about men and getting embarrassed in restaurants? Must be in the genes. My father used to get embarrassed if my mother or I asked for something to go back to the kitchen because it wasn't cooked the way we requested. Or if we made a comment about how yummy something at a nearby table looked, he'd be looking as though we'd just belched the alphabet or something.Continue on with your lovely words and your energetic return to life.Tin

  • April 5, 2010
    10:42 pm

    Congratulations on 100!!Jean Taska Leatherman

  • April 5, 2010
    10:43 pm

    Congratulations on the 100th blog! I've enjoyed every one!The skewers and the shrimp look heavenly! YUM!!!!Alison Sherman

  • April 5, 2010
    10:44 pm

    Poor Jean is probably thinking… is that how many times she has bugged me to proof read a blog? Thank you Jean!Alison… so glad you have stuck with me from beginning to present… I love that you get involved and leave comments. Thank you!

  • April 5, 2010
    10:48 pm

    Julie, I do not find embarassing taking picture of meals.My elder sis do it too…People here in London take pictures of everything.Right a couple of hours ago I was walking along Cheyne Walk and a girl jumped out of her car( the traffic light was red) and she took a picture of a garage……it was a normal garage…that is embarassing for me.Martina D' Epifanio

  • April 5, 2010
    10:50 pm

    Hahaha… well at least you could tolerate lunch with me. I must say… I don't quite understand the garage door photo either, but then Nick thinks I'm bonkers taking pictures of food.

  • April 5, 2010
    10:51 pm

    My kids head to the bathroom as the camera comes out. They are getting use to the camera but still thinks it's not cool. Mom's buy Mom can take pictures first. We'll take lots of pictures next week!Karla Billdt

  • April 5, 2010
    10:53 pm

    Can't wait Karla! We will be taking pics of lots of food! xo

  • April 5, 2010
    11:33 pm

    heres to many more!!!! love reading them!!! xxxxColleen Moffatt

  • April 6, 2010
    1:33 am

    I take pics of food as well; usually for reviews. And if the presentation is pretty. Hmm, I did take a pic of a garage door once, but it was in San Fran and it was pratically lopsided! Those incline streets boggle the mind!Michele Mymuse

  • April 6, 2010
    2:43 am

    Congrats! I love reading them, they make my day. xoDorah Caulfield

  • April 6, 2010
    2:45 am

    does anyone watch anthony bourdain, hes on the travel channel monday nights at 10… i love his take on food from all over the world.Mariah Monesmith-Kreider

  • April 6, 2010
    8:02 am

    Hi Jewels,Thanks for the photos. Pink Taco is somewhere I have always meant to go, now seeing all these photos it is a must!!

  • April 6, 2010
    8:07 am

    Hey Jewels,Firstly congratulations on your 100th blog.Love,love,love reading them and will continue to do so as long as you are still writing them.Started work today for the first time in 18months since taking maternity leave and the first thing I did when I came home after feeding Mia was to check out your blog for any new entries. Yes, I am dedicated to coming back just like everyone else. The mexican food you all indulged in looks sensational and mouth watering. I love mexican but these dishes are amazing, nothing like what I have seen downunder. No doubt if I were there with you all I would definately take a picture of them for the folks to see back home. Great to see your lovely smiling face enjoying life and friends.Take CareAussie Mum

  • April 6, 2010
    4:26 pm

    Hey Mariah… have you read hos blog??? The man is a genius writer as well. Michele… we'd make a great dinner team, and Dorah and Aussie Mum… what would I do without you? I'm enjoying getting to know my new cyber family.

  • April 6, 2010
    4:27 pm

    100! Congrats!!! I read all your blogs and I love the dibates between us…lolMartina D' Epifanio

  • April 6, 2010
    4:28 pm

    Congrats! Love reading your blogs.Suzanne Voelker

  • April 6, 2010
    4:31 pm

    Thanks Martina and Suzanne… like I said, I feel like I'm getting to know you all as well, and it is fun to have a cyber family. Your little boy picking veg from the garden Suzanne, and little Mia listening to music with you Martina… fun slices of everyone's lives.

  • April 6, 2010
    4:32 pm

    Ooooh,has Nick become acid? Nick relax! I think the chef has appreciated the fact you were taking pictures of meals that he(or she) prepared! ; )Martina D' Epifanio

  • April 6, 2010
    4:35 pm

    Ooh Hungry Duchess… are you back? So lovely to have you check in. Everyone… The Hungry Duchess is a longtime friend and another personal chef here in LA. She writes a yummy blog… you should check it out!

  • April 6, 2010
    4:40 pm

    Nick was actually extremely gracious that day Martina. He just found it embarrassing and a bit odd (people in the restaurant were turning around and whispering about my behavior), and I don't think anyone has ever photographed his food instead of him. I even get a little uncomfortable making a scene doing it, but now your perspective of it being a compliment to the chef will change that attitude.

  • April 6, 2010
    9:24 pm

    sharing this one;)Julia Timewell Madsen

  • April 6, 2010
    9:28 pm

    Looks wonderful!Lisa Buckles-Onsurez

  • April 7, 2010
    3:56 am

    Oooh, that sounds sooo good! Perfect for a day like today…it's nearly 90f outside!Suzanne Voelker

  • April 7, 2010
    3:56 am

    I am purring at the sight of this and can taste it with my eyes shut, oh divine.Madeleine Gallay

  • April 7, 2010
    6:52 am

    re: post above, I just laughed out loud at my desk! Now people are looking at me funny. I did take a photos at a slightly fancy place in DisneyWorld & it turns out the chef came out to thank me! Talk about being shocked. Thought I was going to get yelled at the Happiest Place on Earth. LOL!Michele Mymuse

  • April 7, 2010
    6:53 am

    yes I have read tonys blog and love it , hes a very smart and entertaining guy and he sure loves meat,lol he acts like a kid at christmas when he eats a big chunk of meat,lolMariah Monesmith-Kreider

  • April 7, 2010
    6:54 am

    ulie,have you read Michele's comment??It is a compliment for the chef because it means you liked the meal at the point to take a picture Martina D' Epifanio

  • April 7, 2010
    6:54 am

    What's wrong with taking pictures of food? When we make something that looks amazing, we do the same thing, then we nosh it down!Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • April 7, 2010
    6:56 am

    Jewels that looks like good eats to me…….Stuart Drexler

  • April 7, 2010
    6:58 am

    Now I'm hungry!Maryalena Salman

  • April 8, 2010
    12:48 am

    Huge Congrats on your 100th blog and to your continued success. Can't wait to read the next 100. I love your blogs and the smile they put on my face! I'm dying for those tuna tacos! They look insanely mouthwatering! PS: Induction Sunday if no labor before..will let you know :-) I'm so excited (and huge!!) XOXOCynthia Zeman Godwin

  • April 8, 2010
    12:50 am

    Oooh Cynthia I am so excited for you. Wishing you the healthiest most beautiful baby, and a short, easy labor so you have nothing but fond memories of the day! Keep us posted as soon as you feel up to it

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