Monday, January 21, 2013

Los Mariachis Mexican Food - Wallingford CT

Skinny Margarita
Los Mariachis Mexican Food in Wallingford, CT.  This place is the real deal.  Family run, freshly made food with an in-town feel and a place to go and just relax. No hustle and bustle of corporate food thankfully!  It's a new/old favorite restaurant of ours.  

The bar area has recently been repainted in darker colors and expanded into a horseshoe shape.  Much better for conversation and holds a few more people than before.  We like to go to Los Mariachis and eat at the bar for a quick, informal meal once in a while.  There is a great happy hour special Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 7PM that includes a margarita and an appetizer.  YUM!  My favorite appetizer food are the tamales.  They are so good!  They are the real thing, perfectly held together with the right consistency of a home made tamale.  You can even see the lines from the dried corn husks that held them together.  Stuffed with pork and hot or mild (you can one of each) the hot ones are perfectly spicy enough for me and the sour cream comes with it to cool down the hotness if necessary.


In the Paleo eating world having a nacho's/tequila night is much better for me than a pizza/beer gig as far as chowing down the carbs go.  And now that I've found that Los Mariachis has Skinny Margaritas - I'm hooked.  Look at that oh so clean, refreshing, limey loaded Skinny photo!  I haven't found a better thirst quenching drink than that around and none fresher either because they squeeze the fresh limes right when you order it.  WOW are they awesome.  Food is secondary to those lovely skinnies!  But eat we must, so along with my margarita, I usually end up with the carnitas.   Ok Ok I know that pork deep fried in glistening vegetable oil is definitely a no no but those pieces of tender, tasty pork are pure comfort food for me - definitely a cheat meal.  Along with a pile of guacamole and rice and beans, it's a win for me.  

Another lovely photo of the beautiful plate of carnitas with a delightful Pomegranate Margarita (not mine I swear!).  A little too sweet for my tastes but another win in the margarita realm.  



Carnitas Dinner


Last but not least, here's Carb Man's chicken burrito.  It's hard to tell how huge this thing is but that's a pretty big plate right there.  If it looks a little lonely on the plate, not to worry, it's a hefty meal loaded with chunks of chicken, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese.  It's solidly rolled and held together so nicely too.   


Can't wait until next time to try another dinner or appetizer.  See ya there!



Monday, January 14, 2013

Waters Edge Resort and Spa - Sunday Brunch - Westbrook CT

Water's Edge Resort and Spa - Sunday Brunch - Westbrook, CT


Sunday brunch is a favorite meal of mine.  Well, almost every meal is a favorite of mine but don't tell anyone! That said, someone in the house (alright, yes it was me) wanted to go to brunch to celebrate January, burn some birthday cash, drink some mimosa's, and enjoy some wonderful food at one of my favorite places on the shoreline of Connecticut.  My husband was eager to enjoy the food as well - thank God!

The last couple of times we were here for brunch it was for a holiday event, like Father's Day or Easter.  We expected that it would be scaled back some for a normal Sunday.  Not!


I admit I am not doing a Paleo diet 100%, but I was going to keep as close to it as possible.  Thankfully, Water's Edge has plenty of Paleo and lo-carb choices including this spectacular selection of fresh shrimp cocktail.  They were perfectly crisp and cold and there were plenty of them.  I was pleased to see a beautiful ice carving as well.  I thought this might have been one of those holiday specials only but here it was with all those beautiful shrimp nestled at the bottom of it.  I didn't want to get too close to see what was carved on it, but I imagine it or was it a carving of a bottle of alcohol???  Or was I in a dream state because I was so anticipating that Mimosa?  Ok whatever...

I did say I was Paleo right?  Here are the boring lovely, healthy, vegetables that one can choose at this brunch.  The grape tomatoes are so shiny and colorful!  I didn't take nearly enough photos to show the immensity of options available.


And here is someone else's (liar) plate with the beautiful crepe that was filled with blueberries, coconut, and I think it was almond pieces - or that's what I wanted it to be... and it was flamed at the end with Grand Marnier.  Holy smokes!  Well, it didn't actually smoke -- it  -- just -- flamed!  See all the other good stuff on the plate next to it - like lox and poached salmon, and cucs, and, and, well good stuff!!! 


Here are some more of those awesome veggies that we Paleo people can't get enough of.  And they made them look so pretty too.  Awwwwww.  Wait - is that where the mimosa is supposed to go?  Hmmmm, I think I need to try that next time.


Ahhhhhh - finally, some bubbly.  Yes, I had a mimosa but I drank it so fast you couldn't even see the orange! Hah!  Not wanting to overdo on the fructose in the OJ, I settled for plain champagne for the second one.  Such happy-ness!



What Paleo Goddess wouldn't be happy with this meaty, beefy, array of protein? OK OK the photo doesn't do it justice, I guess you had to be there.  But I could see the juiciness of the lamb, the roast beast, and the pork.  I was just so overjoyed with the choice of the lamb I couldn't see straight.  Geez, the mustard and the white stuff looks so BIG doesn't it - LOL?  I wasn't having ANY of that stuff... 


And, for the finale, the hubby and I shared a small plate of desserts.  I had one.  Really!  They were just the right touch of sweetness.  Well, that means that hubby had the rest.  Yes he did!  


 Thank you Water's Edge for excellent food and as always, wonderful service.  


~ Brenda and Bob

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paleo egg and sausage muffins

Starting the new year with breakfast egg muffins. I found the recipe on paleospirit.com. It's an awesome paleo site chock full of good stuff for body mind and spirit.

Basically for these egg muffins it's cooked crumbled sausage, scrambled eggs (I use eggs from a local farm) some fresh herbs (you choose) and split grape tomatoes. Cook at 350 F for 20 mins or so, then cool.

Make sure you oil the muffin tin first. I didn't and they didn't stick too much but a little coconut oil or ghee would add to the flavor.