You guys, I have something exciting to share with you. Ok, well not exciting for you but it was exciting for me.
Last week one of my favorite authors had a book signing and release party in Mission Viejo. Since it was on a Tuesday at 7:00pm obviously I couldn’t make it, but my wonderful mom went for me. As I sat down on the couch after getting my pajamas on and my face washed, mom called be via FaceTime.
That isn’t my mom, that is the author Chevy Stevens. Um, cue holy shit face. We were able to chat for a few minutes after Kaili got in her greetings. She has a daughter around the same age so I invited her back down to SD for a playdate.
If you haven’t read any of her books, you should, they are all good. Now excuse me while dive in to her latest one.
This recipe came together over a day. I ended up having all the ingredients on hand, and it worked out very nicely.
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Salt and pepper
Hefty pinch of Cayenne pepper
1/2 shallot, peeled and minced
1/2- 1 tsp. saffron threads
Juice of 1/2 blood orange, or to taste
2 halibut fillets
1 Tbs butter + 1 Tbs olive oil
In a small bowl, with a fork whisk yogurt together with salt, Cayenne and shallot. Rub saffron between your fingers to crush it, then stir it into the yogurt mixture. Let sit for about 20 minutes . Before cooking the fish, add the blood orange juice, taste, and adjust seasoning.
Season halibut with salt and more Cayenne, (if you don’t like spicy, replace with white pepper or cracked ground pepper). Place butter and olive oil in large nonstick skillet and turn heat to medium high. When the butter melts, add fish, sear for about 4 minutes then turn. Continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes until done.
Serve fish warm or room temperature, with the yogurt sauce on top. Add extra Saffron or Cayenne , if you wish.
I served this over wild rice and riced cauliflower along some farm fresh roasted carrots.
How am I 40 years old? Not sure I am okay with it, definitely don’t want to talk about it.
We were lucky enough to escape for a full 24 hours! We being me and Shane, no kids allowed. All that was set in stone was dinner and brunch reservations, the rest was…whatever the hell we wanted. We checked into our hotel room downtown about 4:00 and then to Little Italy where Brian Malarkey’s latest restaurant aka our dinner reservation was. We started at a wine bar that was packed, luckily we got ourselves a table and a nice long chat with the owner.
The weather was crap, not the day to just stroll from place to place so we needed a game plan. We booked it around the corner to Juniper and Ivy. An amazing restaurant by the brilliant Richard Blais. We cozied up with some wine and just perfect bites of food.
The worst part or maybe the best part is that I didn’t take more than two pictures. We just enjoyed the night. Looking back I wish I had, and I knew I should but the moment took over that thought, do you feel me?
After a cracking experience at Juniper we headed around the corner to Herb & Wood. The menu is so great that I struggled to choose. I ended up ordering something I would never order, lamb bolognese with fresh pasta. Not going to dive into food reviews, it was good, not great and having been to all of his restaurants I still, hands down think Herringbone is the front runner.
After dinner we Ubured ( is that even a word? ) to a “supposedly” speak easy wine bar with an Alice in Wonderland theme. The idea was fun, taking the stairs down to a grass wall that was actually a door. We sat at the bar and quickly realized it wasn’t an actual wine bar, more just a bar that had wine. The best part was the TV above us that was recording everyone coming down the outside stairs to the “hidden” doors. People are hilarious.
We moved on, now pretty good and buzzed we wandered into a bar with a live band. It was a good time but we both were ready for bed. I think we were in bed by 11:00 pm. Not bad for 40!
Our Brunch reservations were for 10:30…. I think. Wags picked us up at the hotel and we headed to Old Town to a restaurant we have never been to. The Tequila Factory, a restaurant in a hotel in the heart of Old Town. We parked underground and it really was a mess trying to find the restaurant. Once we reached the hostess she said we were 30 minutes late so we had to wait… unless we were okay with a few stairs. Shane looked to Wags’ and then back to the hostess, we told her we would be at the bar.
Finally we were seated out on the patio, the sun decided to show up. We had a good time, the food…eh, everyone else seemed to be really enjoying it.
A guitarist that has been working there for years serenaded us for a few songs, one was Stairway to Heaven because Wags.
Our bellies full we strolled through town wondering what we should do next when Old Town Saloon came into focus. An actual 21+ bar and I had never been there. We put money into the jukebox, quarters into the pool table and had a BLAST.
I used to be good at pool, really. But now I am not. Shane won every game. Bullshit! 40 is in the bag!