Today, I’d like to share with you my delicious new recipe of Blackened Cocoa Fish Tacos, which has a fantastic mix of coffee & cocoa powder. Coffee infused with cocoa is also a great alternative to coffee + cocoa powder. After my nearly month old post on South American inspired recipes, I’ve found myself on a bit of Latin kick. While I haven’t explored much of Boston’s offerings–honestly I’ve been told that there’s not much to explore anyway, I mean we don’t even have Valentina or Tajin, you guys; the struggle is real–I love making my own Latin dishes whether it’s tacos, nachos, enchiladas, or mole. Seeeee, I don’t only eat sushi & various Asian food, gosh.
Lacey, one of my best friends who’s currently studying abroad in Sydney, took note of my absence on TB the other day. She knows I loathe Facebook, so I don’t update it, which means she doesn’t get updated on what I’m doing with my life unless it’s on my Instagram or I text her. Well Lacey & other curious/noisy people, I’m updating, so I hope you can handle it. You ready?? I’m ready.
Last month, my former roommate Gaby visited me in Boston. She had never been before & wanted to eat ALL THE THINGS. Not only did Gaby & I share a bedroom back at our days at UCLA, we also share very similar backgrounds. Both our fathers are physicians, our parents are immigrants, our cultures value family & good food, & obviously, we both grew up in Southern California. Aside from all that, Gaby is a delight to dine & travel around the city with. She’s up for anything & eats it all, raw, cooked, fermented, whatever! She has a much stronger aversion to fennel than I do, which makes pho–a very popular Vietnamese noodle soup–on her list of, “I wish I could like it, but it has fennel [seeds].” So while she was here, we avoided Vietnamese food because no one (besides Vietnam) does Vietnamese food like SoCal anyway & went for New England’s finest: clam chowder, lobster rolls, & oysters. Gaby didn’t get to try my tacos, she did get a bowl of my Bun Rieu, a delicious Vietnamese tomato & crab noodle soup that happens to both be our favorites. It’s my specialty Vietnamese soup & her favorite thing I make. I hear she’s paying me in a surprise package of Valentina & Tajin, so I’m really excited. La vida es mejor picante!! Una vida sin picante es una vida muy triste. Muchas gracias, Gaby. 🙂
Blackened Cocoa Fish Tacos
Even though I’ve been a pescetarian for about 4.5 years, I’ve only been asked what my favorite fish is once. No one really cares I suppose. 🙁 So, like an annoying oversharer, I’ll tell you: the answer is Sea Bass, but I rarely order it since it’s endangered & overfished. Tied with salmon, my second favorite is sablefish or more popularly known as black cod. I could only find Atlantic cod in my local Trader Joe’s so that’s the fish I used in my recipe, but it is also, overfished & vulnerable. However, if you can get black cod, I’d recommend it. Cod varieties (not Atlantic) are great alternatives to Sea Bass as they’re abundant, flaky, & so buttery. It was also first time I made cabbage slaw & it was so tasty. A great combo of tangy & salty!
I recently splurged & bought myself a Le Creuset Dutch Oven in Caribbean (teal, obvi; it’s my obsession) at a heavily discounted rate so you can count on a refried bean or baked beans recipe soon. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Dutch oven, just do it. Le Creuset has a lifetime warranty & it makes your cooking & cleaning experience so much better. So many new recipe opportunities. MUCH HAPPINESS. 😀
Gaby Visits Boston, We Eat Everything
She was here from April 2nd until April 5th, so there are lots of photos, but I’m only selecting some to be featured in the post. Remember to click through the links at the bottom for more photos.
Museum of Fine Arts + Oishii
Island Creek Oysters + Picco
Played catchup on all the photos I never got around to since…Christmas. So, check them out because I spent HOURS editing & posting these guys up.
- Blackened Cocoa Fish Tacos Recipe
- Sunday Brunch
- The Art of Boston
- The Big Eatsy
- Sushi Koto
- Mo Ran Gak
- Vegas Eats
- Christmas (password protected for family)
- Din Tai Fung