Friday, March 11, 2016

145.4...One Thousand Plates of Goodness

When I originally made the Creamy Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas, I had a ton of leftovers. I covered the pan with plastic wrap and foil and stuck it in the freezer and hoped for the best. I brought them out on Monday to defrost in the fridge and we had them for dinner Tuesday night. I just threw the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.




















I made some Restaurant Style Mexican Rice and refried beans to go with it. The enchiladas reheated really well! 



Wednesday’s breakfast:























After I took the kids to school, I dropped my husband off at his office (he was on his way out of town) and went to the gym for some boring treadmill time.




I rewarded myself with a delicious Grilled Chicken Greek Salad from Marketplace Grill.



















Three times was a charm with last night’s dinner.



















Thursday’s breakfast:





















I took the kids to school, went to an appointment then to the gym for a Sculpt class.

Lunch was Sushiya with Alicia. Miso soup:



















Tuna, yellowtail and salmon nigiri:



















En Fuego and Fantasy Rolls: 



















Last night I went to dinner at Catania in La Jolla with some friends. We decided to share a bunch of plates. And when I say a bunch, I mean like a thousand.

Citrus Salad (Pistachio, Shallots, Red Wine Vinegar, Castelvetrano Olives, Chili Oil and Parsley):




















I was hesitant to try this because of my aversion for "fruit in my food" but it was quite refreshing and delicious! Glad I  tried it.

Yellowtail Crudo (Beets, Meyer Lemon, Poppy Seeds, Basil and EVOO):



















I love yellowtail so you can't go wrong. This was a different twist on your usual hamachi appetizer and it was great!

Arancini (Saffron Risotto, Fontina, Fresh Mozzarella):




















This was basically a party in your mouth. Wow. So insanely good.

Kale Salad (Treviso, Chickpeas, Celery, Parmesan and Anchovy Vinaigrette):



















Another winner!

Smoked Duck Liver Mousse (Dates, Almond, Shallot and Parsley):



















Wow. Crazy fabulous combination of flavors on perfect toasty bread.

Wild Nettles Pizza (Burrata, Chino Farms' Nettles, Pecorino Toscana, Garlic, Chili Flake and Farm Egg):



















The egg was a bit overcooked but it didn't take away from the deliciousness of this pizza. I think I truly love anything with an egg on it.

Tagliatelle alla Portofino (Genovese Basil Pesto, Creamy Tomato Sauce and Parmesan):



















This may be the best pasta dish I've ever had. There was an agreement at the table because we ordered a SECOND bowl of it. I will dream about this pasta.

Prime Ribeye Steak (Baby Artichoke, Potato and Ribiola Gratin, Crispy Prosciutto, Thyme, Garlic, Fried Sage):



















It was like butter. Amazing.

Whole Roasted Branzino (Fingerling Potatoes, Cipollini, Chino Oranges, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Salsa Verde):



















I was pretty full at this point so I didn't actually try it. But everyone else seemed to like it!

The restaurant brought us three desserts to try: Semifreddo (Nutella, Hazelnut, Olive Oil and Saba), Chocolate Budino (Red Wine Reduction, Whip Creme, Biscotti) and Pistachio Torta (Mixed Citrus Salad, Olive Oil Sabayon, Dragee Pistachio):



















All were fabulous but the Semifreddo was the best. It was so creamy and perfect. I mean, you can't go wrong with Nutella, right?

Overall, I was very impressed with Catania. I would go back in a second...especially for that pasta dish!

Today's breakfast:



















I took the kids to school, went to a meeting, then Zumba at the gym. I met Lisa for lunch at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza. I had the Tomato Basil Soup and Chopped Chicken Salad.



















It's raining outside now and I'm happy to be at home for the rest of the night. Happy Friday!

When was the last time you went out on a girl's (or boys!) night?

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