Do you ever have those days where things are half eaten, you’ve got that carton hogging up the fridge with only 2 eggs left, or maybe some vegetables that are about to go bad? Here are my 3 tips to cleaning out your pantry or fridge and not letting anything go to waste. We are after all, frugal thrifty college students, or at least trying to be, no?
1. Leftover: Wilted greens from the…
Recently I have felt the pressure of time crushing my back, like this huge backpack full of nothing but rock and brimstone. I must finish this paper, that assignment is due in a few hours, oh and while you’re at it…try and have a social life! (am I right?)
The first word that came into mind is patience….”Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions…
So I never really understood the definition of Spanish food until I experienced it first-hand during my study abroad trip to Valencia, Spain. Living in the country that breathes off of tapas and in the city that first created what we know and love to be Paella, I was educated and fed to no end. I noticed the simplicity of ingredients. They season with sal and maybe pimiento dulce or caliente. And its as easy as that. However the simplicity of their dishes creates such bold flavors, a lot of savory and warm love-filled plates that when you eat, you feast. Meals are an event there and everything is not rushed.
After returning from my trip I had tried a few tapas restaurants here in the states and although nostalgia kicked in, I could not help but notices slight nuances from what I had tasted in Spain. La Tasca was a wonderful experience and I think it was because we approached the meal as we would have in Spain - telling stories and tasting.
Y la comida?
Tapas are small dishes so my friend and I ordered around 4 and split between each other. I say this is the best way to go. And this is why I love tapas! You get to “taste test” many dishes and savor the flavors. By the end it’ll seem like you did not eat too much but you feel full and satisfied.
- Tabla de Jamon y Queso: A wonderful ciabatta-like bread toasted to a nice crisp when you bite down. They spread it with the refreshing crushed tomatoes and spices (a normal breakfast item in Spain) and topped it with slices of Manchego cheese and the infamous Jamon Serrano creating a fatty and satisfying crunch to start the meal.
- Buey a la Plancha: The carnivore in all of us would love this plate. It included grilled angus sirloin steak with a sherry sauce and salty mushrooms that cut through the meat. They also gave herbed potatoes as well. Something that didn’t quite remind me of a spanish dish but tasty however they could have let the steak sit longer to sustain the juices, yum.
- Paella Mixta: Can’t go wrong with good ol’ paella right? La Tasca had a nice tapas-size so instead of a 40 minute wait we were able to have a mini paella pan right in front of us! The rice was perfect and not too salty and the scallops were cooked to perfection. The Spanish chorizo was on point (but I am a sucker for chorizo so…)
- Brocheta de Mariscos: 2 skewers of alternating small shrimp and scallops wrapped in bacon. After squeezing a little bit of lemon it brought all the flavors together and gave a great piece of acidity. The charr was sweet and savory. A must try item.
All in All I give La Tasca 4 stars. Great service, food that I was completely satisfied with, and an experience that tied it all together.