Friday, April 22, 2011


"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Boston anymore."

I'm in a place of saturated, riotous color...

...and relaxed, outdoor living. Perfect for dining al fresco with pitchers of margaritas and friends.

Where when you talk about metal ceilings, you don't mean historic tin ceilings, but a collage of shiny hubcaps...

Where you can feast on Polvos Enchiladas Doña Clara: enchiladas dipped in guajillo sauce, stuffed with monterey jack cheese and onions, topped with shredded cabbage, jalapeños, fresh avocado, and dried cheese. Or Torchy's Trailer Park tacos: fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheese on flour tortilla with poblano sauce. Done extra trashy (queso, no lettuce). Or Chuy's Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom: roasted chicken and cheese with Boom-Boom sauce (cheese, roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro, and lime juice). This last was so spicy that it made my nose run. I'm obviously out of training.

I'm visiting in a place that will always hold a piece of my heart. The land of family, great friends, great food...and bluebonnets. I'll be back soon to Beantown (hopefully with some fabulous dried peppers and spices stashed in my luggage), ready to share some great Mexican-inspired recipes. Meanwhile, I hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend/Passover.


  1. So nice that you got to travel back to Texas for Easter. Love that pic with the suspended hubcap ceiling! How fun! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Maybe I should suggest a hubcap ceiling for a quirky gardenweb kitchen. :)

  3. How nice for you to spend the special time with family. I hope you share some recipes!

  4. Can't wait for those recipes!!! After just reading this, I'm hungry. Great photos, too.

    Be sure and tell us if you take the hubcab idea to the Gardenwebbers...I want to read that thread! Sabjimatas 'undecorators' have nothin' on that ceiling. :-)


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