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Food is a thing for me. I love eating out, always have. I love all sorts of cuisines from home cooking to haute. Food, in my brain, is connected to memories from my life. I thought I'd look back at some favorite foods in my life, and see what burbles to the surface.
2. Oysters. My dad was one of those guys who knew ... everybody. He had
a buddy in Biloxi who had an oyster business (back when Gulf oysters were the shazam), and we'd drive over there and get a bushel every now and again. Dad would ice them down, shuck them, and we'd all sit around the table and eat them raw, as fast as he shucked. Good thing he was good at it, lol. I like mine with a dab of remoulade and a squeeze of lemon. Mom and I found a place in Boston on our trip that had a $1 per oyster happy hour and we indulged heavily. Yum. Weirdly, I do not like them cooked. The texture is weird (I know that sounds like an oxymoron).
3. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. I think every kid in the world probably likes this. We actually had it the other night, although I gussied it up with sourdough bread and gouda, sharp white cheddar, and Kraft single for old time's sake. I've come to prefer Progresso over Campbell's, but either way, it's good eating.
6. Seafood Gumbo and Courtbouillon. The first is self-explanatory. My mom made hers with a whole blue crab, shrimp, and lump
7. Pizza. I've always liked pizza, but I REALLY like the wood-fired, smaller, and thinner ones that are more popular today. I love the curated toppings. My favorite place for this is a local chain, Il Vicino.
8. Green Chile Cheeseburgers. This is a quintenssential New Mexican thing, and in my opinion, the best come from the Route 66 Pitstop Laguna Burger. They are enormous and oh so very juicy and tasty. It's just a counter in a gas station, but they are worth the trip to get one. My cousin came to visit a few years ago and we spent a wonderful day exploring Sky City at Acoma Pueblo. We shared a Laguna burger after. It made it perfect.
9. Green Chile Stew. Another New Mexican icon. It's made lot's of different ways, but I like mine with hamburger. When I first moved here, my new boss took me to Golden Pride and bought me a cup for lunch. I was hooked. It's my favorite winter meal.
10. Mexican or New Mexican food (they are quite different). In general. The first time we had Mexican food, I think I was about 10. I was like, chips and salsa, where have you been all my life! When I was first married I was poor as a church mouse, and had an equally poor best friend. We would pool our couple of dollars, go to Chi-Chi's (remember them), order 1 cheese enchilada for the 2 of us, and eat about 10 baskets of chips and salsa. For that day, we didn't FEEL poor.
12. Hubs' chicken wings. Naked, and perfectly crispy, covered in Frank's Red Hot mixed with a stick of butter. Served with celery and blue cheese. Always delish. He has the crazy process that takes 2 days to make them, but damn, it is worth it.
13. Hot and sour soup and dumplings at Pop-Up Dumpling House. This is a little joint inside our local international market, Ta-Lin Market. This elderly Chinese lady and her husband run it. 8 steamed pork dumplings and a bowl of hot and sour soup for $7.95. Best meal deal ever, and her soup is literally the best hot and sour soup I have ever eaten anywhere in my life. When I feel crappy, this is the meal I want.