Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Make Tortilla Española

Tapas (Spanish-style appetizers) are one of the most renowned delicacies of Spain.  One of them in particular is tortilla española.  Tortilla española is a Spanish-style omelette containing potatoes.  Other variations include add-ins such as chorizo, veggies and whatever else the cook's heart desires.  

I first learned about tortilla española in my Spanish II class.  My teacher encouraged us to make the dish and I took up the challenge.

Here is my video (Head's up, it's all in Spanish):


1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 potatoes, thinly sliced
1 white onion, chopped
4 eggs, scrambled in a large bowl
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil until the pan is filled halfway. Once the oil is hot, add the potato slices and onion, making sure they are well-covered by the oil; add more oil if necessary. Cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes and onions are soft. Drain the oil and combine the potato mixture with the eggs. Add the salt and mix well.

In a 10-inch by 2 1/2 inch deep nonstick skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Pour in the potato, egg, and onion mixture. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the bottom of the omelet is very light brown. Using a flat ceramic plate, cover the frying pan and flip the omelet over onto the plate. Immediately slip the uncooked side back into the pan. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, until the other side is a very light brown.

Remove the omelet from the pan to a plate and cut into 4 wedges.

*Recipe courtesy Tapas y Tintos

Tip: Try pairing it with some fresh salsa



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Break: Miami

Me at the Falls Shopping Mall

 Miami is a hot place to be, and I'm not just talking about the temperature.  The vibrant culture and energy is truly what makes Miami hot.   

Although I've lived in Florida all of my life, I've never truly explored the vibrancy of Miami in depth.  My family and I have always passed through the city, not enjoying what it has to offer.  

Being the curious and slightly adventurous child that I am, I asked if we could go and REALLY experience Miami, at least the PG version of it.

We started by hanging out by Bayside and taking a boat tour of the luxurious celebrity houses on Miami's neighboring Star and Fisher islands.

Another day we immersed ourselves into the crazy South Beach atmosphere as we walked down Lincoln Road.  Luckily we were just in time for the Farmer's Market!      

But despite all of the sightseeing, the true highlight of Miami is the food!
I can't tell you how many café con leches and cortaditos I've indulged in

Cuban sandwich at Casavana

medianoche with plantain chips at Versailles 

Especially our dinner at Versailles.  Versailles is probably the most popular Cuban restaurant in Miami, and rightfully so.  

I ordered Lechon Asado (pork) with yuca y arroz moros (boiled cassava and rice seasoned and cooked along with black beans).

Very good croquetas de bacalao with a jazzy cilantro sauce

don't worry, it's virgin (and really good)
café con leche

I hope to be back in Miami soon!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tracks of the Month: February

Here are 5 tracks I've loved during the month of February 2015:

1.  Feel Safe by All We Are (Psychedelic Boogie): 

2. Wa Ha by Lisa Mitchell (Relaxing/Singer-Songwriter):

3. Lover's Block by Seahorse Divorce (Indie Rock):

4. Doubt by Kele (Electronic):

 5. All The Rage Back Home by Interpol (Alternative):

 *Links for mobile:
1. Feel Safe~ All We Are
2. Wa Ha ~ Lisa Mitchell
3. Lover's Block ~ Seahorse Divorce
4  Kele ~ Doubt
5. All The Rage Back Home ~ Interpol