Checking out Chipotle

A few weeks ago Chipotle showed up in Lancaster. It took us a little while but today we finally made our way there. It was fairly crowded, not overly so, but because they hardly have any tables, the whole place was full. So we decided to opt for takeout. The smell of the grill going was great on the way in.

Chicken

As we were walking up the line, we were checking out the options. I decided to go for a bowl and my wife decided to go for a burrito. The menu isn’t that vast but there’s enough combinations to satisfy most tastes. Here is the view as you reach the front of the line.

lineThere’s different kinds of rices, sauces, beans and meats. I went for the carnitas with white rice, black beans, medium sauce and extra avocado. The portions are very generous and all the ingredients were quite well prepared. Only problem is, by the time we got home the moisture had weakened the paper bag and as Susan got out of the car, the bag tore open through the bottom.

Bag

At the top you can see the torn out bottom of the bag. A couple lessons learned, take a plastic bag for takeout or eat in. We also got a side of chips and salsa. The chips started out crisp and salty but they get stale very quickly. My suggestions? Pass unless that’s all you’re eating and you’ll eat them soon.

Chips

The salsa, on the other hand, was quite good. Great, actually. We got the medium spicy but it was too spicy for a dip. It was great in my bowl but I think the Mild would have been a better choice for the dip.

Salsa

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The bowl was quite good, the layers were spread out adequately enough that just about every forkful had a good amount of everything. I think I could have used some bread or tortillas to go with it but I’m making an effort to eat a little better and breaking the habit of bread is one thing I’m trying to do. Of course, that would sound better without the mountain of tortilla chips.

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Sorry for the grainy picture but we were already watching the movie and it was pretty dark. As you can see, the layers line up very nicely. There was actually so much avocado on there that I used it as a dip as well!

Photo Jul 22, 8 22 13 PMThis is the burrito. There’s a bit of lack of proportion in the picture but it is actually a little thicker than my fist. A very impressive meal I must say.

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This gives a bit better perspective, you can see she’s holding it with both hands. She only was able to get about two thirds of the way through it so I would say it’s a hearty meal if ever there was one.

Our Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving just passed us by and I’m sure there was a lot of tradition and innovation in all of your kitchens. Our kitchen was more of a collaboration than usual. The reason I say that is because when I was little it was basically my mom cooking. Then when I learned how to cook and learned that I enjoyed cooking, I took over. My mom would step in from time to time to answer a question or two but she very gladly handed it over to me. One of the dishes I did own, however, was the cranberry sauce.IMG_1123 Continue reading

Taste the World – Exotic Food

This last week was the Lancaster Taste the World in Downtown Lancaster.

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Susan and I are always excited about this event but due to the rain, she stayed home and I ventured out with my dad (he heard about the pig ears and the cactus salad and was more than happy to go). Our first stop was Upohar.

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First Friday and Crispy Chicken Skin

I feel like it’s been a while since I experimented with something new. A couple days ago I was reading The Amateur Gourmet, which I read every day, and Adam Roberts mentioned something about crispy chicken skin. Now, I have always loved chicken skin and I did have the idea of chicken chicharron that we had once upon a time, but reading how easily he made it (read all about it here) made me decide to give it a try. I mentioned it to friends but everyone balked at the idea. None the less, I decided I was going to give it a shot.

Crispy Chicken Sking

Crispy Chicken Skin

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill

As I started writing this post I suddenly realized how far behind I am in these posts! You see February is a big birthday month and to celebrate my brother turning 31 we went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I was curious since I’ve had a couple good comments about it and I wanted to see how much of it was true. We started off the evening with a Sangria. I wouldn’t say that it was something that would compel me to rush back but it was a decent enough accompaniment to our meal.

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Crêpe’s & Crostini

Since our move to the US, one of the things that we really missed was going out to Café Saúl for a crepe so when I heard that there was a good place for crepes in Lancaster, we just had to check out Rachel’s Creperie. We made this a family outing and went with my parents. My wife decided to go for the banana nut crepe which, while simple, packed a vivacious combination of banana, Nutella and peanut butter.

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