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)


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 have a Tantrum like Conniption Fit over some Barbecue Tidbits!!

Barbecue Tidbits - Sausage, Hotlink, Chicken, Steak, Pork

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Tidbit #1:  In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered… barbecue?  Well, his love for it anyways.  In his log, he noted that a giant “serpent” (speculatively an iguana) was prepared by natives using an outdoor wooden fire device. The Spanish word for these devices, “barbacoa,” was actually the Europeans’ interpretation of the original Taino name.  Oh, and Columbus’ reaction to this crunchy amphibian treat? It simply “taste like chicken.”

Tidbit #2:  George Washington’s barbecue parties were better than yours.  We’re talking 48 bottles of fancy French wine better.  We know, it’s shocking, but Mr. Washington did in fact go hard.  In a diary entry from 1769 (don’t worry, that’s before he was President), he writes that he “Went in to Alexandria to a Barbecue and stayed all Night.”  Translation:  George partied too hard and passed out on the couch.  It’s ok, George, we’ve all been there.

Tidbit #3:  Forget cars and lightbulbs– in the 1920s, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison popularized charcoal. Along with EB Kingsford, they teamed up to create the first wide-spread, commercially manufactured charcoal briquettes the world had ever seen.  Scrapped wood and sawdust from Henry Ford’s auto plants in Detroit were recycled and transformed into easily lit charcoal, which popularized the barbecue for everyone from flappers to rag-a-muffins. It might sound like we’re razzing you, but we swear we’re on the level.(myglassrule.com)

Today’s Restaurant

My Big Brother’s House – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

A whole lot of brotherly love 🙂

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes to BBQ with family: 

Fried Chicken, Pork and Beef Ribs, Hotlinks, Tidbits, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, and Corn!

Favorite Food Celebration Dance:


In my Morpheus from the Matrix voice:

“What if I told you that you can eat all of your favorite barbecue meats in one bite without using more than 1 hand?”

“Trev, If you told me this I would definitely listen! My ears are percolating!! What type of sorcery would make this happen?”

“My dear friend living in the unknown, let me display this glorious magnificence upon you..”

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Happy Easter everyone! What’s on your dinner plate?

Steak Soup, Garlic Bread, Pinot Noir

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The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the Christian system (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14ff). If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a hoax, and we are wasting our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is incontrovertible. Professor Thomas Arnold of Rugby, a world-renowned historian, once said that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “best-attested fact in human history” (1939, 2569). This being the case, just what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Think about these matters.

First, the resurrection is one of the major evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Paul affirmed that Christ is “declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4).

Second, Jesus’ resurrection represents an assurance that we can have forgiveness from our sins. Paul contended: “[I]f Christ hath not been raised, our faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The reverse of the apostle’s affirmation would be this: if Jesus was raised, sins will be forgiven when we obey the gospel (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

Third, the resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign. The founder of Islam is dead and his bones lie dormant in the earth. But the founder of Christianity—sixty years after his death—appeared to John on the island of Patmos and said: “I am the first and the last, and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:17-18).

Fourth, Jesus’ resurrection proves that physical death is not the termination of human existence. God, who is the giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13), has the power to reanimate the human body. Christ’s triumph over the grave is Heaven’s pledge to us that we too shall be raised. This is why Jesus is referred to as the “firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20,23).

Fifth, the Lord’s resurrection previewed the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain, but was standing again (5:6). This same Lord was “the lion of the tribe of Judah” that had overcome his foes (5:5). Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lamb’s sacrifice and victory over death (cf. Revelation 12:11).

The resurrection of the Son of God should be a constant reminder to us of these wonderful biblical truths. We honor our Master’s victory over death—not once a year, but every week!(christiancourier.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Trev’s House – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $20

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Steak or beef soup, garlic bread

Today’s Recipe


Happy Easter or Happy Resurrection Day to my Christian brothers and sisters!

For this glorious day of celebration for the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; I ask you how are you doing your celebration?

Did you have a big BBQ with the family and hearing the sounds of kids laughing searching for Easter eggs?

Did you go to church this morning and plan to eat a nice dinner at a gourmet restaurant?

Or are you at home snuggling and cooking a nice home cooked meal?

Whatever you are doing, please make sure today that you do your best to let the stress fall away. Enjoy life! It is too short to let days pass away in misery rather than enjoying the little things in life.

You are still breathing..you still have purpose..there is still hope…there is still liveactioneating.com. 🙂

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Breakfast of Champions….

Crunchy Golden Fried Chicken, honey, sweet golden waffles

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From the colonial period through the early 1800’s, African slaves were doing most of the cooking in Southern kitchens. At that time, chicken was considered a prestigious food within the African American community, and it was more expensive than some other meats. Enslaved cooks would make fricassee recipes from the popular cookbooks of the time period, or they’d take it upon themselves to fry the chicken in the way they knew best. When the Civil War began and men left their homes to become soldiers, fried chicken took on a new significance. The frying process made chicken less prone to spoilage, allowing women to send it to soldiers fighting in the battlefield.(pbs.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mil’s Diner – 36 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken & Waffles, Tri-tip steak and eggs, hash browns, cajun sausage, french toast, pancakes, soups

Waking up on a Saturday morning is a joy in itself; especially in San Jose, California where the weather is getting similar to Hawaii weather on a year round basis. Is it this ozone layer stuff we keep hearing about or just luck or the expensive cost of living out here? 🙂

Whatever the reason, Virginia and I love waking up and enjoying the weather by either going out for breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in the area; Bill’s Cafe (any location in Santa Clara County) or Mil’s Diner in Milpitas, Ca.

We usually love to binge at a restaurant weekend after weekend until we get tired of it and in between those weekends I will usually cook a magnificent breakfast myself for us.

This Saturday we chose to go to Mil’s Diner since it was nice out and since we have engulfed ourselves with Bills Cafe for months rather than cook at home. We needed to get on the road early to go to Vallejo, Ca to pick up Virginia’s mom to go to Davies Symphony Hall for a Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco so Mil’s was the best choice since it was on the way.

When we entered, we noticed familiar faces of the cooks and waiters since we used to go there for years and we noticed upgrades in designer colors, furniture and added items on the menu. We noticed that they added Ribeye steak and Fried Chicken and Waffles.  We both smiled with excitement and I was ready to dig my fangs into a sweet succulent piece of chicken with honey drizzled over it with hot sauce dripping and leaking on its sides.

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