Jax Kitchen-Tucson

April 28th, 2011

7286 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85704

520-219-1235

www.jaxkitchen.com

A wonderful local restaurant using fresh, organic ingredients, original recipes, set in a strip mall but with a charming atmosphere.

El Guero Canelo-Tucson

April 28th, 2011

2480 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85705

520-882-8977

A great quick stop for some authentic Mexican fast food in Tucson.

Recipe-Red Potato Salad

April 28th, 2011

Oh, I just found this on a piece of scribbled note paper from last summer and was reminded how yummy this was when I took it to a picnic at the beach. Now that’s a great food memory!

Steam for 10-15 min, pour into bowl and cover with a towel, let stand for 10-15 min.:

3 lbs quartered Red Potatoes

Meanwhile, whisk together:

1 c. Mayonnaise

1/4 c. Buttermilk, milk or white wine (or combination of)

2 T. Dijon mustard

1/2 c. fresh Dill

1/4 tsp. pepper

Add to Potatoes when cooled:

1/2 c. chopped Celery

1/2 c. chopped Red Onion

Pour dressing and keep cool til serving.

Recipe-Ina’s Spring Green Pea Soup

April 28th, 2011

This light and refreshing soup received rave reviews when I served it as a starter on Easter. It was especially lovely ladled into robin’s egg blue china I inherited from my aunt.

Melt:

1/4 c. Butter

Add and saute for about 10 min.

1/2 c. Onion diced

1 c. chopped Leeks

Add and heat through:

2 c. Chicken stock

10 oz. frozen Peas

Add:

1/3 c. fresh Mint leaves

1 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Pepper

Add one large ladle into blender and blend on low til creamy. Slowly add ladle by ladle into the top of blender.

Chill at this point, til ready to serve or:

Add and warm through:

1/4 c. Creme Fraiche

2 T. fresh chopped Chives

Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and chives on top.

Aliki’s Greek Taverna

April 11th, 2011

5862 Arbor Vitae St., L.A.X.

310-645-9555

www.elikioliveoil.com

I just had to make a special trip to purchase second helpings of Aliki’s strained yogurt that I had tried originally bought at the El Segundo Farmer’s Market where they also sell flavors of hummus, olives, olive oil and other delicacies. The yogurt is so rich and creamy, nothing like you can get at the store.  Adding some honey and a handful of walnuts makes for a rewarding and filling breakfast like no other. I was welcomed by the handsome Greek owner, who assured me the food here at this small, joint of a restaurant was equally delicious. Unfortunately it was closing time, but I was so glad to make it in time for more yogurt to go!

Spitz

April 11th, 2011

2506 Colorado Blvd. (Eagle Rock)

Los Angeles, CA 90041

323-257-5600

www.eatatspitz.com

7 days a week-11am to 10pm

Home of the Doner Kebab, Spitz  apparently has been established in Eagle Rock, my home town for five years now! This is the first time I tried it after a friend in the area told me it was rated one of the top ten sandwich places in L.A. recently. I enjoy Greek food, and was pleasantly surprised by the simple deliciousness of their fresh lamb/beef wraps, filled with thin slices of tender carved lamb/beef mix, tzatziki, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, green pepper and a mild chili sauce. The dinner includes an option of fries, sweet potato fries, street cart fries, lightly fried pita strips with hummus, or a side salad. I had the hummus with the fresh pita strips-yum, and also the side salad-just cuz. The creamy balsamic dressing moistening a delicious and fresh classic Greek salad was oh, so good. The sandwich was big enough to share, but can also be bought a la carte, as well can the sides be. Meals come as salads or on open plates as well. The prices are very reasonable, averaging $9.50 which includes refillable beverage. There is covered patio seating and friendly service. They offer catering and a second location on Second Street in Little Tokyo. Oh, I forgot to mention, they normally serve Italian gelato, however when I was there they were waiting for a part to arrive from Italy. Somehow I imagine it is just as delicious as the rest.   There’s no place like  home.

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