Daily Archives: May 22, 2011

Benny’s

dessert - restaurant

Benny’s Taco and Rotisserie in Venice recently contacted me to see if I wanted to feast on some free food.

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Ummm….is the Pope Catholic?   Mexican is by far one of my favorite cuisines. Abe and I met up with some of our Westside buddies, Phil and Jae Sunday afternoon. There’s an outside seating area…

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…but we opted to sit indoors…

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…I knew we had a lot of food coming and we needed double tables!

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First up were some chips and guac – I had a few handfuls

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Supplemented with fresh salsas from the serve-yourself bar

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Grateful for two other carnivores to help me with all the meat!

Carne Asada Plate

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5 types of tacos – beef, shrimp, fish, chicken, and lobster

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1/2 a Rotisserie Chicken

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Vegetarian dishes – a cheese quesadilla with fresh grilled veggies

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Chile Relleno – stuffed with cheese and smothered in green sauce

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We also got a vegetarian burrito but I forgot to snap a picture. Too many dishes on the table, I lost track!!!

It was actually one of our favorites – the very first dish to go. I ate about 2-3 plates that looked like this:

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Other standouts were the chicken – super juicy and flavorful (even with the skin removed). And organic!!!

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I also really enjoyed the tacos, mostly because of the homemade corn tortillas, which are thick and chewy.

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Another nice touch were these grilled peppers, which Benny himself delivered to the table

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His place looks super casual, but these little touches put it in a class above your typical Mexican takeout

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The only thing they don’t make from scratch are their sodas and ice cream.

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Choco Tacos! We used to devour these by the box-ful in college. I wanted one but we were all too stuffed.  Thank you, Benny!

Finally had a little room for dessert 8 hours later – 1/2 a piano recital cookie with cherries and cocoa

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So happy to see stone fruit again at the Farmer’s Market! This wasn’t a very sweet bunch – hopefully next week’s batch will be better.

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Musical Cookies

product review - soup/stew - trader joe's - TV shows

There was no music at the Hollywood Bowl when I left the other bloggers

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…but my Saturday was still filled with melody

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I went to see my cousin Noah perform in his last piano recital before heading off to college. He’s come a long way since last year!

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The reception that followed had the most insane looking cookies. I was still sugar-snacked out from The Hollywood Bowl picnic but I did take home a few for later…

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…okay, more like eight, between Abe and I…(Bubs would’ve been so proud)

Never really got hungry enough for a proper dinner. I decided to eat some veggies in snack form around 8pm

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Rhythm Superfoods sent two flavors of their Kale Chips to try. I sampled half a bag of the Mango Habanero

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I’m often too lazy to make the homemade version, so these are good to just have lying around. Reminiscent of Pringles – highly addictive, crunchy, and super seasoned – but naturally so:

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Abe wanted some miso soup so I split the Trader Joe’s kind – they come two servings in a packet

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It’s much milder than my usual stripped down version but I like the little bits of freeze dried tofu in there

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Around midnight I finally tried one of those cookies – this is half of the ginger, and yes, it was INSANITY

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Eaten with my usual bedtime snacks – cocoa and apple

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Watching the X-mas episode of Treme brought me back to our trip to NOLA

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Remember when we met Wendell Pierce at The House of Blues? In the show his band was playing a Holiday gig

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I want to go back again this December, enjoy more music, and NOT get sick.