I met Mike for lunch at La Salita and ordered my favorite dish; a lite bite order (one) Swiss cheese stuffed chili relleno ($7.15) with double beans and extra garnish and onions served on a pool of stewed turkey meat. Mike is leaving next week for a long vacation to Minnesota and France until August 15, 2013, so this will be the last time for La Salta for a while. I loved my chili relleno and soppapilla after being away from real New Mexican food for 2 weeks. Like the lady at the Street Food Asia said, “Fried food is always better away from the home, because cooking it is so messy.”
After a ten mile bike ride, Suzette was not home from Santa Rosa, so we could not discuss dinner plans before I went to meditate. When I returned home around 8:30 p.m. I was pleasantly surprised to find Suzette cooking one of our favorite tapas; canned artichoke hearts packed in water, sautéed in Spanish olive oil with chopped ham, red bell pepper, frozen green peas and Spanish saffron we bought in Spain two years ago. She toasted slices of whole grain bread and I opened a bottle of 2007 Eguia Reserva for the complete tapa experience. The Eguia Reserva is 100% Tempranillo aged 24 months in European and American oak barrels, produced in Elciego, Spain; the same village where Riscal is located, and prime Rioja territory ($7.99 with the $2.00 discount at Costco).
After dinner we finished the last of the bottle of Eguia Reserva with the last of the Brie cheese from Normandy (Costco) on a slice of buttered bread and then for the final chocolate course, I ate a piece of homemade fudge with cognac and Cointreau.
Aah, the joy of being home again among all our wonderful comestibles.