4/6/08

Death Watch 2008

Da...Da...Dummmm... look at that title. Look at me being all melodramatic. Any of my readers with kids know, once one of them gets sick the countdown is on to see how fast they can infect the rest of the population. Right now Sous Chef Drew is down and I'm waiting for the trifecta of Will, Goat, and the Man. Will is the worst because he rarely gets sick but when he does it ends in pneumonia. Enough about the impending doom of Evil Chef Mom's family. Let's talk about food.

One of the best things about living here in Stockton is all the ethnic stores. I want to copy becoming a foodie's idea of taking twenty dollars and just picking up some food at some ethnic store. She went to Whole Paycheck (i.e. Whole Foods). I'm thinking I want to be a little more adventurous. So what do you guys think? Where should I go first? Take my poll up in the right hand corner.

Back to what I was writing about, ahhhh the stores. La Sierra is my favorite Mexican market. On the weekends, there is a little old man wearing a straw cowboy hat out grilling chickens and beef and peppers. The smell is unbelievably good and he knows it. He'll start flirting with you, waving his smoky good scent your way to tempt you into ruining your dinner. Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

When you walk into La Sierra it's dim and cool. You can smell the spices in the air and a little vinegar, too. Hanging down from the ceiling there are piñatas and on the walls there are beer and footbol posters. In the refrigerator cases, there are homemade salsas, guacamole, and tamales for sale, but that's not the best part. The best part is their carne asada that's already marinated in spices, onions, and peppers.

This dinner is very easy. Grill the carne asada until done. Mine was done in four minutes on a really hot grill. La Sierra's carne asada is very thin and cooks fast. So watch out! There is nothing worse than eating tough steak in a taco. Watch this season of Top Chef when Rick Bayless was on. It wasn't pretty, folks. It's also bad to not warm up your corn tortillas on the grill. Matter of fact, I consider it a culinary sin!

What to add to your carne asada tacos:

If we are going to keep it old school and traditional:

chopped white onions

chopped cilantro

lime juice

maybe some pickled jalapenos and chopped radishes

If you are The Man:

also add some guacamole. and cheese. and sour cream.

Have I mentioned he's the whitest Mexican I know?

If you have to add cheese find some cojita and don't use sour cream use some crema fresca. You are only allowed to use cheese and sour cream if there isn't a Mexican market in your town. Trust me, I will know if you didn't go. I will smell the guilt through the computer screen.

12 comments:

giz said...

Love the reference to "Whole Paycheck"... that place scares me to death. a) too much great stuff and b) going in for just a couple of things always ends up over $100. I'm a sucker for their Ethiopian Coffee at only $18./lb - just shoot me now.

Grace said...

requirements for my mexican meals: cilantro, guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and salsa (red or green, preferably both).

sadly, and i do mean sadly, there is no mexican market anywhere near me. there's not even a decent mexican restaurant. go ahead, pity me. i deserve it. :)

Krysta said...

* hi giz! i've been reading your blog, it's fun! We don't have a Whole Paycheck here, yet. There's rumbling and gossip that we are going to get one here soon. i worry that i will be bankrupt before long if it does open.

*hey grace! did you see tony covered in mud yet? i do pity you! i need your address so i can send you a care package, seriously, no one should go without mexican food. that's heartbreaking.

Neen said...

About two blocks from our apartment is a stretch of Salvadoran shops, food and non-food related... and oh is it a beautiful thing to pick up a whole full bag of serano peppers for sixty cents, when we KNOW that at Whole Foods they cost $4. There are plenty of things I wouldn't get there (the chicken is sketchy, for example), but oh man, it's great.

ntsc said...

I was in a Whole Paycheck once. I was told I was circulating in the wrong direction, couter clockwise.

I left.

She who said...

ECM,
Sounds like you are coming out of your drug induced VapoRub fog. Sorry about the kids getting it also.
In the poll I almost picked sakura just because no one else had. I Googled first, and changed my mind. Silly me, the red hair has boggled the mind, in more ways than one.
Anyway, the carne asadas look way nummy.

noble pig said...

I always go to the Mexican Mart for my carne asada...it always tastes so much better. You've reminded me that it's been a while since I've dome that.

White On Rice Couple said...

Whole Paycheck just opened up a new store down by us and it's got an AMAZING cheese department! Gawd all mighty, I hope I get a good tax return, plus a whole months worth of paychecks to be spent at this place.
Those tacos looks really tasty and authentic!

Undomestic Diva said...

You had me at "cilantro." I'd like to rub cilantro all over my body and wear it as perfume. Or something less wacky.

Seriously, I want to eat your food.

Mayberry Magpie said...

Thanks for the great suggestion on the countdown widget! I'm such a tech dork, I don't even think of these things. I found one and added it!

Mayberry Magpie

Christi said...

I heart Top Chef and laughed at the tough steak. Its one of my more common mistakes.

My husband couldn't figure out what I was laughing at. He thought it was normal.

Take them off after 4 minutes... noted.

freefun0616 said...

酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店經紀,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店工作,
專業酒店經紀,
合法酒店經紀,
酒店暑假打工,
酒店寒假打工,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店工作,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店經紀,
專業酒店經紀,
合法酒店經紀,
酒店暑假打工,
酒店寒假打工,
酒店經紀人,
菲梵酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,
禮服酒店上班,
酒店小姐兼職,
便服酒店工作,
酒店打工經紀,
制服酒店經紀,
酒店經紀,

,酒店,