El Camino, Elgin’s tac-o the town 
It baffles me to think that while this tiny, upbeat, subterranean taco and tequila bar has secured the number one talk of the town spot on urbanspoon for nearly a year,  it took me almost that long to try it for myself. Due to its growing popularity and small space, don’t be surprised if you show up on what appears to be a quiet Tuesday night and end up on their text list (yes - the hostess will actually IM you when your table is ready so you have the luxury of strolling down Elgin while you wait). Which is precisely what I did….after trying a shot off of their  impressive tequila menu of course.                         
Once I got seated, I was too distracted by the trendy atmosphere and open facing kitchen to even glance at the menu (which was no problem since I knew exactly what to order after reading several reviews). At 5 dollars each, you really have no excuse but to try multiple taco varieties. I ordered the pulled pork, beef, crispy fish…and yes, of course I had to try their famous ox tongue taco. Homemade chewy tortillas are assembled with crispy, tangy slaw and a hefty portion of your protein choice. The ox tongue was surprisingly tender and was cooked in a unique, bitter marinade.



On my next visit to El Camino, I will make a point of ordering off the ‘Not Tacos’ menu- this will definitely include the shrimp dumplings which I can only assume live up to the unsurpassed quality of this unique and exciting restaurant.

Website: eatelcamino.com
Location: 380 Elgin Street

El Camino, Elgin’s tac-o the town

It baffles me to think that while this tiny, upbeat, subterranean taco and tequila bar has secured the number one talk of the town spot on urbanspoon for nearly a year, it took me almost that long to try it for myself. Due to its growing popularity and small space, don’t be surprised if you show up on what appears to be a quiet Tuesday night and end up on their text list (yes - the hostess will actually IM you when your table is ready so you have the luxury of strolling down Elgin while you wait). Which is precisely what I did….after trying a shot off of their impressive tequila menu of course.

Once I got seated, I was too distracted by the trendy atmosphere and open facing kitchen to even glance at the menu (which was no problem since I knew exactly what to order after reading several reviews). At 5 dollars each, you really have no excuse but to try multiple taco varieties. I ordered the pulled pork, beef, crispy fish…and yes, of course I had to try their famous ox tongue taco. Homemade chewy tortillas are assembled with crispy, tangy slaw and a hefty portion of your protein choice. The ox tongue was surprisingly tender and was cooked in a unique, bitter marinade. On my next visit to El Camino, I will make a point of ordering off the ‘Not Tacos’ menu- this will definitely include the shrimp dumplings which I can only assume live up to the unsurpassed quality of this unique and exciting restaurant. Website: eatelcamino.com Location: 380 Elgin Street El Camino on Urbanspoon

Smoked salmon and bacon in rose sauce over spaghetti squash

Smoked salmon and bacon in rose sauce over spaghetti squash

Comfort food lunch at Riverside South’s Indulge. I recommend the mac and cheese made with St.Alberts curds.

Indulge

Black Cat Bistro…..finally had the privilege to experience Ottawa’s #1 French Bistro. The perfected Richard’s burger and frites is served from Tuesday to Thursday, cooked to medium and is moist and undeniably tender. The bun is dressed up right with gooey cheddar, black cat steak sauce and all of the fixings. The meal pairs well with a help-yourself jar of beautifully sour and flavourful pickles.

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It’s officially lobster fest in my kitchen! Chilled, creamy lobster roll and home made lobster stock (perfect for chowder, bisque, risotto)

Lobster Roll (feeds 2)
-4 frozen lobster tails, thawed and baked at 375 for 14 minutes (crack shells before cooking along back and pull meat out so it rests on top of shell on baking sheet)
-2 hot dog buns brushed with melted butter, grilled lightly in a frying pan
-1/2 cup mayo
-1 scallion chopped
-1 celery stalk chopped
-1/4 cup fresh tarragon chopped
-2 tsp lemon juice
-s&p

Chop cooked lobster meat and mix with ingredients and serve on bun once mixture is chilled.

lobster Stock:

Use leftover shells and combine with celery, onion, parsley, tarragon and cover in water..bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Freeze stock and save for any seafood based dish!

lobster

Homemade spicy white bean dip…so easy….a must try!!
 -1 can white kidney beans (rinsed)
 -2 tbsp sriracha
 -1 tbsp lime juice
 -1 clove garlic
 -2 tsp soy sauce
 -1 tsp curry powder
 -1/4 cup water

 Blend ingredients and serve with your favourite dippers!

Homemade spicy white bean dip…so easy….a must try!!
-1 can white kidney beans (rinsed)
-2 tbsp sriracha
-1 tbsp lime juice
-1 clove garlic
-2 tsp soy sauce
-1 tsp curry powder
-1/4 cup water

Blend ingredients and serve with your favourite dippers!

Last night’s dinner : broccoli cheese pie
Crust is 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs 1/2 cup of grated parmigiana reggiano patted down in a greased pie dish. Filling is 1 head of broccoli chopped, 3 eggs beaten, 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese cubed, 1.5 cups of cottage cheese, S&P, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil. Bake at 350 for 1 hour

pie broccoli cottagecheese cheddar dinner