I had no clue on how good the food is from Peru!

Tacu Tacu con Carne - Steak with bean mixed with rice and salad

Lomo Saltado - Top sirloin strips sauteed with onions tomatoes, french fries and rice

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The Peruvian cuisine is an important expression of its own culture just as its ceramics, textiles, music and literature. Thanks to Peru’s three regions and ocean there are an abundance variety of fresh ingredients that satisfied not only the most sophisticated chef.
Many Inca dishes have make it practically unchanged to the XXI century, and are cooked just like 500 years ago. The best examples are probably carapulca and pachamanca.
During the Spanish Viceroyalty, which spanned over 3 centuries, the Iberian introduced many culinary techniques and ingredients, such as olives, grapes, dairy products, beef, chicken, and rice. Although native and Spanish cultures -and cuisines- were at first unconnected, they began to gradually mix, until they successively fused in Creole culture. New Criollo cuisine took the better of the two worlds to create dishes like Aji de Gallina or papa a la Huancaina, where hot peppers, cheese and milk gently blend in delicious sauces.
Spanish though didn’t come alone. They brought with them African slaves, many of whom worked in the cuisines of the noble and the wealthy. Over the years African influence proved essential to Peruvian culture, particularly regarding music and cuisine. Their talent in creating delightful dishes from poor, discarded ingredients has produced two of Peru’s best: Anticuchos and Tacu Tacu.(peruadventurestours.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Isabella’s Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Around $14 – $17 for an entree

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Lomo Saltado, Tacu -Tacu con Carne

It’s Friday and time to kick the weekend off with a bang!

Virginia and I decide to do something different so she suggests Peruvian food.

I just had a hardcore workout and I am starving so let’s do it!

Let me just say this is my first time tasting Peruvian food and let me also say that it won’t be my last.

Let’s talk about it…

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I’ll Sing and Dance like P-Diddy for some Heavenly Tacos at Speedy!!

Carne Asada, Pork and Chicken Tacos

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It is believed that the origin of the taco started in Mexican silver mines. Mr. Pilcher believes that they came about some time in the 19th century. This hypothesis about the taco comes from the fact that the first type of taco was “taco de minero,” which translates to mean miner’s tacos. Also, have you ever realized that taquitos look similar to a stick of dynamite? Taquito is a Spanish word that translates to small taco. It is believed that the word taco originally referred to pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder and use in holes that were carved into the face of the rock(casablancamexican.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Speedy Tacos – Sunnyvale,Ca

Average Cost

About $3 per taco

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

THE TACOS!! The meat was so tasty I would say anything on the menu!

Now everyone claims they have great tacos but everyone can’t stand up to the test.

I’ve eaten tacos from taco trucks, I’ve had them in front of dance clubs on the street, I’ve had them at home and even bought them on a corner from a lady named Tatiyana with a side order of homemade tamales.

There are some core differences in a great taco that I have grown to know. That is the flavor and tenderness in the meat, the salsa and the toppings.

A great taco will not be over saturated with all kinds of toppings but contain delicious flavor bursting meats including some onion, a little lime, a little cilantro and a tasty salsa sitting on top of a corn tortilla.

Every item needs to stand on its own, from the tortilla, to the meat, to the onion and lime.

If all are not in the realm of perfection then the entire taco could be ruined.

I’ve had tacos where the meat was juicy and flavorful but the tortilla was hard and crumbling , or the tortilla and meat were tasty but the salsa was bland or way to spicy.

Speedy Tacos deserves the award of perfection, the salute of a general, the worship of Mexican food in this land of the Bay Area! Let’s talk about it…

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This is some kind of mojo in this burrito de pollo!!

Burrito De Pollo

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The precise origin of the modern burrito is not known. It may have originated with vaqueros in northern Mexico in the nineteenth century;farmworkers in the fields of California’s Central Valley, in Fresno and Stockton; or with northern Sonoran miners of the 19th century.In the 1895 Diccionario de Mexicanismos, the burrito was identified as a regional item from Guanajuato and defined as “Tortilla arrollada, con carne u otra cosa dentro, que en Yucatán llaman coçito, y en Cuernavaca y en Mexico, taco” (A rolled tortilla with meat or other ingredients inside, called ‘coçito’ in Yucatán and ‘taco’ in the city of Cuernavaca and in Mexico City).

An often-repeated folk history is that of a man named Juan Méndez who sold tacos in a street stand in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, using a donkey as a transport for himself and the food, during the Mexican Revolution period (1910–1921).To keep the food warm, Méndez wrapped it in large homemade flour tortillas underneath a small tablecloth. As the “food of the burrito” (i.e., “food of the little donkey”) grew in popularity, “burrito” was eventually adopted as the name for these large tacos.(en.wikipedia.org)

Today’s Restaurant

El Caminito – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $10-12 per plate

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Burrito De Pollo, As long as it is with their shredded chicken it will be good

Every time I go to a Mexican restaurant and I order a wet burrito there is usually some kind of red chili/enchilada sauce that is used.

El Caminito is the only place I know if where the wet burrito has a light brown sauce over it that is so divinely created and tasty you think it was created in the heavens.

They have a shredded chicken so tender that it almost tastes like there is butter mixed in with it. Anywhere else the chicken would have been fat chunks of sliced chicken.

They also add perfectly cooked refried beans and cheese to the burrito with cheese blended in with the sauce on top of the burrito as well.

Each bite consists of this delicate shredded chicken and this sauce that just sparkles in your mouth as a delicious treat to your palate. It is a good size portion and will leave you in a comatose so be ready to take a nap after. 🙂

If you are in the Sunnyvale, Ca area and are looking for a great place for Mexican food then this is where to be. Good job El Caminito! True live action eating!

I hope you all are having a great Sunday. This makes for a great Sunday meal so hopefully this gives you an idea on your next food adventure.

Thanks for joining me on today! I look forward to seeing you on the next run. Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

Wikipedia (11 April 2015) Burrito. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrito

I’m one happy fella with a dish of Paella!!

Paella Rustica – Lamb, chorizo, chicken, Morcilla, green beans, piquillo peppers and sofritto

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The dish Paella is said to to be a perfect union between 2 cultures from Spain , the Romans, for the pan and the Arab, that brought rice.

There is an old story of how the Moorish kings’ servants created rice dishes by mixing the left-overs from royal banquets in large pots to take home. It is said by some that that word paella originates from the Arab word “baqiyah” meaning left-overs.The term Paella actually refers to the pan that it is cooked in. All the way back to the ancient Sanskrit language the term Pa means …to drink, and the Roman culture from the latin made words like Patera, Patina , Patella which could mean a container to drink, or perform other culinary functions.(kitchenproject.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Cascal Restaurant – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

$26

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes and drinks: 

Paella Rustica, Any Paella Dish, Lamb Albondigas, Chips and Dips, Beef Short Rib Tacos, The House Margarita, Raspberry Caipirinha

“Trev, what is this fantastic looking dish of live action extravaganza?!”

“My dear curious reader.. This mouth bursting dish of excitement is called Paella and I am so happy to be able to talk about this as my first experience with my new found friend! ”

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I’ll do “La Cucaracha” for my Chicken Tostada!

Chicken AVOCADO BACON TOSTADA SALAD

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This figurative cockroach described in “La Cucaracha” song may have been Pancho Villa, the revolutionary general, or Villa’s automobile, which was reputedly always breaking down. Alternatively, it may have referred to the gaggle of female camp-followers, soldaderas, who accompanied Villa and his men from battle to battle. Probably more likely, historically, is the claim that the “cockroach” was Mexican president Victoriano Huerta, who held office from 1913 to 1914. Huerta, a dictatorial leader if ever there was one, was ridiculed by his opponents as “a drunk and dope fiend who lived only for his daily weed.” Pancho Villa’s troops adopted La Cucaracha as their own song.

A typical stanza from the Mexican Revolution is:

Una cosa me da risa:
Pancho Villa sin camisa;
ya se van los carrancistas
porque vienen los villistas.

One thing makes me laugh:
Pancho Villa without his shirt;
Now the Carrancistas are leaving
Because the Villistas are coming. (mexconnect.com)

Today’s Restaurant

El Pollo Loco – Santa Clara, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $8

Rating (1-10)

8

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Bacon Avocado Tostada, Any Tostada Meals, Chicken Meals

It’s Friday and it’s time to knock this day out so we all can enjoy life to ourselves and take a break on looking at a computer screen all day! Wooohoooo!

Today I decided to go and engage with an old time favorite “El Pollo Loco!

One thing I love about this restaurant is how they cook the food. I can see the cook grilling mountains of chicken on top of a long grilling oven with nothing else being cooked on there but chicken.

This makes me feel great because it takes away that fear of cross contamination of other meats being cooked together like you see at other fast food places.

The chicken is always grilled to perfection and has great flavor and when you combine fire grilled chicken with awesome flavor to a salad or a tostada bowl then you’re living the dream!

“Trev, you rarely ever talk about fast food restaurants, why today?”

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Getting ready for Friday on Thursday Night!!

Lamb Albondigas - Spicy Moroccan lamb meatballs in a roasted goat cheese piquillo sauce

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Albondigas are meatballs, often used in a soup, known to many as “Mexican soul food.” Though we consider albondigas soup (or sopa de albondigas) Mexican food, history follows a line that dates back to the sixth Century, where the Islamic influence dominated the region of Southwestern Europe. Then in the 13th Century, the Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella conquered the region which had been occupied by the Muslims. Many of the culinary traditions were integrated into the Spanish community. From there, albondigas made its way to Mexico by way of the conquistadors, where it has remained and flourished into a cultural favorite. (wisegeek.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Cascal Restaurant – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

$10-15

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes and drinks: 

Lamb Albondigas, Chips and Dips, Beef Short Rib Tacos, The House Margarita, Raspberry Caipirinha

Beef Short Rib Tacos-BRAISED SHORT RIBS SPICES AND CHILIES

Man I love Thursday’s!! Almost as much as I love Friday’s.

I guess we love Thursday’s because we all know we have 1 more day to go until we have some freedom to do as we choose, to truly live the American dream, to engage in some hard core live action eating! Let the games begin!

Keep in mind that I’ve written about this magnificent taste bud sparking sensational restaurant ‘Cascal‘ before; and since the last adventure I had to come back to try some other items on the menu since my last experience was so memorizing.

What better day to enjoy Happy Hour than on a Thursday Night! Knowing that when I wake up in the morning I can do it again! Woohooo!

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