Foodie Friday: Cuban Night

We had a mighty delicious dinner last night.


Oh yes.

I have many favorite meals that Jon makes, but his black beans and rice? I could happily eat those for the rest of my live and be perfectly content. They’re my form of comfort food.

And when I threw them out as an idea for last night’s meal, we realized it had been almost a year since he made them. Blasphemy!

On the menu:

Black beans


Jasmine rice


Pulled pork




For those who are unfamiliar, tostones are fried plantains. Not as popular as their cousins, sweet plantains, but just as delicious. Oh and those little guys in the back there? Those are chicharones, aka fried pork skin. I’m not the biggest fan, but Jon loves it. They’re not bad…just a little too much for me.


You can buy plantains at your local grocery store (a local latin market would be better though…they have fresher ones). Jon cuts them into about 1 1/2 inch pieces and shallow fries them in a pan until they’re browned. Then he places them in the plantain skin and flattens them. Then back to the oil they go to finish off. A little sprinkle of salt and they’re ready for eating!


Not the greenest meal, but boy was it delicious!

Other cuisines I can’t ever get enough of: Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese.

What are your favorite cuisines?


The Longest Week of My Life

Wow…I think I can successfully say that I will never sweat as much, never have my feet hurt more and never be more exhausted than I was this past week.

The 4th was uber fun (yes I still like to use the word ‘uber’). Got together with a few friends, had some drinks and snacks and walked to a small park to watch downtown St. Pete’s fireworks. We had the perfect spot that’s nestled behind the Mahaffey and the Dali, where it wasn’t totally congested by people. And wow, what a show! Very impressed…espicially with the encore finale.

I made two snackies for our 4th celebration…one that was a hit and one that was…well…not.

Let’s start with the good. Corn and avocado salsa. SUPER easy. I love recipes where you just through stuff together 🙂

All you do is cut off fresh corn on the cob…

Dice avocado…

Add onions, jalapeno, lime, cilantro, salt, vinegar and sugar…

So pretty!

I got the recipe here at The Pioneer Woman’s blog. I used a whole jalapeno instead of half and half of a red chili. Also, my cook consultant had me had some cumin. Served with blue tortilla chips.

The other snackie I made can be found here. Found it through one of my fav websites foodgawker. It might be good with half the dates, but these babies just did not live up to the hype. Way too sweet. I was too pressed for time while making these to take pics sooo…sorry!

For the next 3 days I pretty much lived at work. I work at a beach resort and we filmed a new TV commercial last week. Sounds fun (which it is) but you also have to imagine the hours of standing/running around in the middle of a Florida summer…yeah.

Outside of my full time job I also have a volunteer position with a non-profit theater company. And on Saturday we attended the Tampa Unified Auditions, where a bunch of local theater companies get together for a joint audition. It was my third 13+ hour day that week…saw 150 (!) people audition, and auditioned myself. Very interesting to be on the other side of the audition table…it made me more nervous to audition myself because there was actually a lot of great talent! One major note of the day to any performers out there: make sure you have a current headshot that looks like YOU. There were so many times where we did a few double takes, because we couldn’t tell if the person in the headshot was really the person on stage.

And THEN I had to go into work for a few hours Sunday…BUT there is nothing better than ending an extremely long week with this…

Roast pork, black beans and rice and maduros. All made by my wonderfully sweet guy. He knows this is one of my top 3 favorite dishes of his that he makes. I could seriously eat this meal for the rest of my life and be completely and utterly happy 🙂

Well I am hoping to do just about nothing this week…so will report when something exciting happens.

Did you ever have a week that just seemed to go on forever?