Your Eyes Are Not Decieving YouPosted: August 5, 2011 | |
Two updates, hardly spaced by more than a few days? I’m not going to bother with delivering stale jokes about the infrequency of my blog updates, mostly because I’ve already heard most of them from certain members of my viewership and because said individuals have done it better. Alerted to the fact that there are, in fact, people who read my blog, I feel compelled/encouraged/guilted into submitting another post for your review.
As observant readers may know, I’m working at a real job this summer. Through some sort of mixed blessing/cruel twist of fate, I happen to be working across from my favorite burrito place of all time. La Costeña. I don’t profess to be any sort of expert on Mexican food (especially on Cal-Mex, as the burrito is a San Francisco invention [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_burrito]) but I know what tastes good. Behold.
Easily the best burrito place I’ve ever visited. I could go on and count the ways I love burritos from La Costeña, but I’ll eschew the lengthy summary in favor of a few key points.
- The meat in this burrito is hands down the best anywhere. This is one of the very few places that cooks your carne asada to order (as though you were at some fancy steak house instead of a room in the back of a Mexican convenience store). The pollo en mole here is also fantastic (I prefer it to Bayless’s mole at Topolobampo in Chicago).
- The sheer weight and size of this burrito makes this eating experience a half day event. Figure about 20 minutes to eat the Super Burrito, and a few hours after to both a) let it pass, like a hamster through a boa constrictor and b) revel in your superior decision making capabilities.
- As many add ins as you want. Loads of veggies, cheeses, guacamole, salsas, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
A summary of my lunch: Baby spinach salad with feta and raspberries, champagne-pear-gorgonzola dressing, peanut butter pretzel mojo bar, cherry tomatoes, corn-black bean-mango salsa with greek yogurt, mandarin orange fruit cup.
My lunch on most days usually involves a main course (salad, sandwich or soup) some fruit, some vegetables, and a cliff bar for a snack. Even though eating tasty food is really important to me, sometimes I get sleepy if I eat too much good food so it’s generally not a good idea for me to do so at work.
So, at the risk of turning this into a healthy-food blog, some things I’ve included :
Baby spinach, cranberry, and walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette (optional: add chicken breast to any salad)
Chipotle corn bisque with greek yogurt and pepper
Tuna sandwich on wheat with avocado-hummus from Trader Joe’s
In case any of you were concerned that I’d gone soft on finding great things to eat, rest assured: I should be driving up to Napa this Saturday to sample sandwiches from Bouchon and Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc. Then I’ll be attending a pot luck in the evening, for which I’ll likely have to sort through Bon Appetit to find a recipe suitably indulgent. A word of caution to anyone who might be in attendance: a successful potluck dish for me is one which causes people to love me and hate themselves. Consider your waistlines warned.
Will update at the end of the weekend with pictures of adventures in food.