Feb 182011
 
tamales

Lisa: “I had a bad day at work. I’m cranky and hormonal.”

Michael: “I’m tired. I really don’t feel like cooking tonight.”

Solution = DINNER OUT.

I was sold. I was cranky and hungry and it didn’t take much convincing on Michael’s part to get me to go out. Michael picked Nuestra Cocina over on SE Division.

I used to drive by the restaurant every day on my way home from work. I’d been wanting to go there for ages. It’s a really cute restaurant, stylishly decorated and typical Portland-hipster.

We were seated immediately and our waiter, named Michael, was a rockstar. I find that I’m really sensitive to bad service in restaurants and he was a very pleasant reminder that there ARE some good restaurants in Portland that have good service. He was upbeat and friendly and had excellent food and drink recommendations.

ANTOJITOS Y ENSALADAS


The waiter immediately brought warm, freshly made mini tortillas with salsa. They tasted like fresh corn and sun. The waiter recommended the special of the day and it was a winner: pork tamales with tomatillo sauce.


Amazing! The sauce was spicy too–like clear your sinuses spicy. It made me excited about our upcoming trip to Arizona. Mmm tamales…


The waiter’s suggestion for my glass of wine was also a great one. Valserrano Rioja. It was full-bodied and bolder than what I would normally order but I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Michael had a beer. When we go back I want to just order off their tapas menu. I love the idea of sampling several appetizers as a meal.

After the tortillas and tamales I wasn’t as hungry as I was when I first walked in the door but I still ordered an entree. Luckily it wasn’t oversized.


My dinner was GORDITAS RELLENAS: Stuffed tortillas, black beans, avocado, roasted Poblano chiles & cheese and pork.

Michael’s dinner was: Grilled half chicken in achiote rub with Guajillo mole & braised greens (I think it was Kale).


My dinner was great. I LOVED the pork. (Shredded pork seems to be my new favorite thing to order at restaurants). I had a bite of Michael’s chicken and it was perfectly prepared. He marveled at how the chicken also remained piping hot until the very last bite.


I was stuffed. Pleasantly so. The waiter returned with dessert menus and I said no…but Michael twisted my arm and we go dessert. ;)


Caramel Almond Ice Cream. Oh my god was it fantastic! Two seconds later….


I firmly believe that ice cream and/or Mexican food cures all that ails you. So does Chobani. Which was waiting for me when I got home.


I won a box from Erin recently and was so excited to see it arrived!


I can’t wait to try the new flavors. I’m really excited about the pineapple. Today for my pre-swim snack I brought the Black Cherry. Yum!


Fat Kitty immediately declared it was his box.

I loved all the comments on yesterday’s post about the Evergood sausages. I think it’s hilarious that the guy chose to respond in such an unprofessional way…and Brie made a good point: who responds representing a company with a ton of ??? and !!! That’s just tacky. Another friend of mine, who is a lawyer, said I should just respond with “Objection. Non-responsive.” That cracked me up!

QUESTION: Do you have a three day weekend for the holiday? How are you going to spend it?

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  14 Responses to “Mi Cocina Deliciosa”

  1. Ok, I’m sold, I totally am going to go there now.

  2. “They tasted like fresh corn and sun.” For some reason, this sentence made me giddily happy.

    Man, that place looks DELICIOUS! I bought the Trader Joe’s Gorditas and haven’t tried them yet. One of the them has something like 9 WW Points, which I can totally fit in but that’s still more than, say, a piece of pizza.

    We have one of Chris’ sisters in town. It’s gorgeous and sunny today so they’re up snowboarding. I had a super bland Halibut dish at Ivar’s Salmon House last night. Good thing I’m not blogging it. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a dish that tasted so much like that absence of any flavor. I brought most of it home (it was $$$) so I’m sure it’ll be much better when I doctor it up. Tomorrow we’re going to Port Townsend and Sunday we’re doing Seattle tourist stuff: Fremont Fair, Ride the Duck, etc. It’s so fun playing tourist in your own town and gives you a little mini vacation.

    Hope you get to go snowshoeing. Have a great weekend!

    • It was a really yummy dinner! I definitely want to go back.

      Halibut has always been a bland fish to me. It needs a lot of spices and maybe mango salsa on it to jazz it up for me. That’s why I usually go with salmon or trout.

      It sounds like you have a great weekend lined up! It’s been ages since I’ve been to Port Townsend. My parents have a cabin up there and most of my childhood we went up there for the weekend. It was a cool place for kids to run around outsides, ride bikes and stuff.

  3. looks like a super yummy dinner. that conversation is oh so familiar, though i dont usually say the hormonal thing he just thinks that. that huge box of chobani looks amazing! and i love how fat kitty as soon as possible needs to be in that box, so cute.

  4. I *lurve* tamales!

    I didn’t even know Monday was a holiday. LOL. I do not have it off.

  5. I literally “LOLed” at the “Objection. Non-responsive.” comment. Awesome!

  6. I’m going out for Mexican tonight and am so excited! Unfortunately I have to work on Monday… boo!

  7. Your food looks good! I do have a question about Chobani though. I love the Greek yogurt, and have bought all the different kinds. I’ve been trying to cut down on sugar, and noticed that the Greek yogurt seems to have a lot of grams of sugar. Is the sugar that’s in Greek yogurt a healthy sugar? I know it’s a trade-off with the protein and other nutrients. I’ve bought the plain kind and added fruit to it, but it just doesn’t quite taste as good as the flavored kinds!

    • Lori, I think Chobani is a good Greek yogurt and I like it a lot. I do think the flavors with fruit and sugar in it are too sweet for me. Yesterday I tried the black cherry and could have used JUST cherry in it–no syrup. I usually just buy the Chobani plain or vanilla and that’s fine with me.

  8. Sadly, I’ll be working this weekend… :) Enjoy the Chobani! I’ve actually never tried it… Let us know which one is your favorite flavor!

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