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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Attention Internet Shoppers

Some of the best deals online are the offers from Groupon and LivingSocial.  A recent LS deal gave me $40 worth of food & drinks at Border Grill in Santa Monica http://bordergrill.com/bg_sm/bg_smmen.htm for the price of $20.  Just the incentive I needed to revisit this Two Hot Tamales' classic and to be reminded how good it is.

From the freshly fried tortilla chips with 3 outstanding salsas through the mini churros for dessert, I enjoyed every bite, and the service was 4-star too.  My favorite dish was the Quinoa Fritters with cotija cheese (http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/quinoa-fritters) and aji amarillo aioli http://www.marysueandsusan.com/news/Feb07/news02078.htm.  I'm not sure what aji amarillo aioli is but as long as it's not armadillo aioli I'm good with it.

(I can't believe I didn't take a picture of the quinoa fritters!)



To finish my meal I savoured (no, I scarfed) the Churro Tots, little baby churros infused with dulce de leche, dredged in cinnamon sugar, and served with dark chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and fresh whipped cream.  Wait, don't you want to finish reading my post before you run over there?

To make the fritter recipe at home you'll need Quinoa, one of the "it" grains, and you can find it at most markets or order it online from Melissa's - http://www.melissas.com/Products/Products/Quinoa-with-Seasoning-Packet.aspx.  Another good example of smart Internet shopping.

Melissa's has Red Quinoa too!

4 comments:

  1. Everything sounds so scrumptious! I wish I could pull those churros right off the page!

    So nice to have the links to the quinoa fritters recipe and their sauce. I love aioli flavored with chiles, though I haven't tried it with those Peruvian yellow ones.

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    1. The tots were even better than they look. Full disclosure - I'd already eaten 3-4 before I took the picture!

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  2. They look like mini sufganiyot (Israeli jelly doughnuts). Does "infused with dulce de leche" mean that it was in the dough or was it a filling?

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  3. Hard to tell exactly, but I think it was in the dough.

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