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new place Lolitas near tarry lodge

It has been open a couple of Months now (?) and I thought i would try it. I like to wait till new open kinks are out. I really was not expecting authentic Mexican, but the place reminded me of an upscale place in Matamoros, Mexico which I doubt is still there after 40 years, in its decor and presentation. My friend and I got there around 6:30 Pm and the place was already very full, but the noise level was not bad and there was some decent background music playing (not strictly Mexican) that added nicely to the general ambiance.
I am not a big fan of heavily hot spices, but we wanted to start with the guacamole picante and a drink.
Chips came out first with 3 dips - a mild green salsa, a mild red salsa and a chipotle sour cream. All were excellent, my favorite started with the green till I started mixing and then I could not get enough.
Some kind of fruit/ice mixture started (with a shot) and then the drinks. They were excellent and they do have any kind of tequila you might want.
For me, the guacamole was a bit spicy, not bad, very fresh, but my friend enjoyed it more.
I ordered the iced gizpacho and the blackened grouper tacos. I have not had good fresh grouper in a long while and this was excellent.
My friend ordered something I would have called a quesadilla with steak which was extremely good and it surprised me.
We took some of the food home because it was a lot, but had to go for a desert and we had what was a chocolate bread pudding with ice cream and coffee. Absolutely wonderful.
The coffee was luke warm and they brewed a fresh pot that was hot.
There are many more things I would try and will be back.
You have to remember when eating here this is not your truck taco stand and you will know
that what you get is very reasonable. Service still needs some improvement, not because we did not get things in a timely manner, but because it seemed that people were falling over each other a bit.
I would call it a good night spot and a great place to sample something slightly different than your traditional "Mexican" food.

Aug 07, 2009
PaulaT in Southern New England

Wine Doggy Bag Law

In Texas, you can drive with an open bottle of beer!

Aug 01, 2008
PaulaT in Not About Food

Jam-what am I doing wrong? Will I die?

Everyone has already said it - mold and botulism are 2 different things - I kinda expect mold to form eventually in a high sugar/high acid thing like jam, but never clostridium (the organism that causes botulism). The presence of mold is not bad, but I do not usually get mold in my jams or jellies. Could be in your house and they get in when you first open them up. Not serious except for people with mold allergies and I expect that they are in only the exposed portion of the jam not inside the jam. If on the inside - you are doing something wrong and I would revisit your technique.

Jul 31, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

Are Mushrooms the Least Complex Organism That We Consume?

Since there are recipes calling for algae, I would classify them as less primitive than 'Shrooms. If one really cared to care.

Jul 30, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

Homemade BBQ Sauce - Do you?

wish I could claim it as my own completely, but it hit me when I was a restaurant and they 'marinated' the pork chops with apple slices and apple cider - thought it was delicious and figured it would make a great BBQ sauce...I was right.

Jul 30, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

What to do with Halloumi Cheese?

Sometimes feta is to salty esp when they pack it brine, but halloumi? Not by my standards. Mint is also a good addition.

Jul 30, 2008
PaulaT in Cheese

Homemade BBQ Sauce - Do you?

I have wanted to reply, but keep forgetting to - yes and with pork I added some apple cider to any of these and reduced it - marvelous!

Jul 29, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

Green Chutney

My favorite recipe - bunch of cilantro
1 red onion
4 cloves garlic
6 to 8 hot peppers
1 bunch mint
salt to taste and
a tablespoon of olive oil
blend, serve on anything your heart desires
refrigerate what is left over (if any)

Jul 29, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

One lonely Brook Trout, what to do

I would have said Breakfast! under most circumstances, but for tonight all the other recs are great.

Jul 29, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

What to do with Halloumi Cheese?

love this stuff - no bread, no oil just fry - wonderful when done this way. Eating otherwise - has a great taste, but for me it squeaks when I bite into it.
Serve in the morn with eggs! love it

Jul 29, 2008
PaulaT in Cheese

Burger "Fillers" & the Chowhound

I have to say I generally prefer a crisp on the outside rare to raw inside, 90-10, but there have been a few real exceptions:
For beef or bison
blue cheese or Feta cheese inside in burger, then grilled
bourbon mixed into the burger before grilling and then topping it off after
Ground Turkey - BBQ sauce or Indian mint chutney before grilling
Same with ground chicken
I like any kind of meat with Jalepenos chopped or sliced
To me onions and bread crumbs make it a meatball

Jul 24, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

Favorite Healthy Eats in Stamford, CT?

Myrna's or the Falafel place on High Ridge - won't do Uncle Dia's (bad experience). Some of the best salads have been at Hope Street Pizza.

Soup in Stamford, CT

they also have a tripe soup in the winter, which a friend of mine adores

"art of mexican cooking" or "authentic mexican" -- which is better IYO?

Eat Nopal, I totally agree with your thinking...most of my Mexican cooking is past down from my mother who got it from her grandmother who got it from who knows where and most is not exact...add such and such until the consistency or flavor or color is what you think it should be...quantifying that has been tough.

Jul 23, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

Wierd ingredients, secret ingredients, unknown ingredients?

dried juniper berries - usually for fresh game meats like venison.

Jul 23, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

What ingredients make your heart go pitter pat?

cilantro
hot peppers

Jul 23, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

Green plantains

I second the tostones - wonderful items to eat,but sometimes I add some finely chopped cilantro to serve (I am really fond of cilantro).

Jul 22, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

Any notable seafood shacks between NY and New Haven?

How long has Captain Scott's been open ... it looks like a place I went to in that area 20 years ago and would have nothing, but positive things to say about it.

Are broccoli worms harmful to human health?

Simply - not harmful and the little suckers hold on tight so you can get really good, fresh broccoli at a restaurant and find the things even though the broccoli has been washed really well. And its okay if you eat one of them, it isn't going to produce the little white butterfly in you stomach.

Jul 09, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

"A Great Sauce Can't Save A Lousy Pasta" (?)

There was a thread in here, which I can find about the 'sides' being the most important item (ie. syrup and butter more important than the pancake), well If the sauce is great - I would gladly get a spoon, eat the sauce and give the pasta to the dog (and hope it doesn't constitute animal cruelty).

Jul 07, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

What is THE dish to judge a cuisine by?

okay okay you convinced me - I still think of the 'Hamburger" as 'American" - tho ground meat dishes are international

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

Scene stealers: Preferring the condiment to the main ingredient?

I am confused - pico de galo isn't a main?
the hot sauce for wings that isn't the main idea?
and I though you were supose to drink pancake syrup in a glass!
yes the condiment is very important!

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

what to do w/fresh figs besides gobbling?

When I was where they were plentiful, we would can them in a sugar solution with lemon peel and have them all year ( we did that with many fruits).

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

4th of July, What are you planning?

My plans of this moment are for a general cook out with Salmon, hamburger and hot dogs. tomato salad, and a pasta salad.

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking

What is THE dish to judge a cuisine by?

I accept your criticism - but I love good enchiladas and If a place can't make them good, I am likely not to go back - and I am not a stickler for 'authentic', just that they taste good. If they don't offer and there are place that don't, that's ok, just don't serve me a bad tasting enchilada.
The issue about hamburger is simple - most places won't serve me my rare hamburger that I love, so I go to the next thing that I think of as 'American' the fries. On the other hand, when I am in Mexico, there is no way I am eating a Hamburger, but I might have to try the place you mentioned, just for the chips!

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

"Bar S Beef Franks": has anyone tried them?

Not worth the cheap price I paid ($.99)

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

NYT: The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating

I am still laughing 10 minutes later...The Story is a good one and some I didn't think of -pumpkin seeds particularly

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

Why are stuffed peppers always made with green peppers?

Maybe the simple answer is that green peppers are cheaper-
I will do Stuffed anything - red pepper, Italian peppers, Poblano peppers, Jalepeno peppers, cabbage, zucchini, eggplant etc.....

Jul 03, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

What is THE dish to judge a cuisine by?

there have been absolutely beautiful replies here and i don't pretend to be an expert, but
A Japanese Sushi restaurant - I will alway order a sashumi plate first to check the freshness of the fish and the presentation - a bad plate will not get me to try anything else.
Mexican - I know there are many variations, but I have to like the enchiladas.
Italian - I have to love the Raviolli's
Indian - the spicy hot food - must be and same with Thai food.
a Hamburger joint must have good fries
a deli must have a black forest ham sandwich
BBQ places - the brisket must be able to be cut with a fork and full of the rich smokiness of hours in the smoker.
Columbian food - the bandeja paisa must pass my taste test.
I think those are the main ones

Jun 27, 2008
PaulaT in General Topics

Does cooking calm down hot peppers?

Any dilution of the heat, reduces it. But if you cook it straight...watch out -the fumes will have you coughing and gaging in no time.

Jun 26, 2008
PaulaT in Home Cooking