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4 Rivers Smokehouse

As someone who makes pretty amazing ribs myself, I am quite the picky rib eater at restaurants.
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Restaurant Review: Los Arrieros Restaurant

Los Arrieros Restaurant

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably are aware that I’ve recently traveled to New York. Today’s restaurant review is from a Colombian restaurant in Jackson Heights called Los Arrieros.

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I am always in the mood to cook.

I guess that is probably too inclusive, but it is not often that I do not want to cook. I went to our favorite local market and purchased some herbs (cilantro, culantro) and a pumpkin for the food I was making. This place opened up a couple years ago, and really has taken over our town. Anyone who doesn’t buy their meat there is crazy and spending more money then they need to.

It’s called Fancy Fruit and Produce and the reviews are mixed and truly depends on what you go there for. I’ll be honest – their fruit is not always in the best shape. But I have never had any issue with the meat I’ve bought there. The other thing is there are products in this store I cannot find anywhere else, or for a comparative price… like Alpina Oatmeal drinks, which my husband loves, are just 89 cents each where I’d pay $1.08 at Wal-Mart. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you buy a lot of them frequently – it really does add up.

So back to dinner:

I made white rice (Jasmine rice in the rice cooker), steak and onions, and pink beans (which I cooked pumpkin pieces and the herbs into).

It all tasted really good. Please let me know if you are interested in learning how to make it – it’s so easy.

’til next time,
Zulaika H.

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Steak, white rice, pink beans, fried breaded shrimp.

Tonight, Ruben grilled us some ribeyes and tried a different spices. He likes to try new things when it’s just us and then use his latest (good) concoctions with our friends when they’re over for dinner. I was also in the mood for some seafood so I fried some shrimp for myself (my husband doesn’t like seafood and my daughter is spending the night with my mother tonight).

The steaks turned out to be a little spicy. The lemon and lime juice Ruben constantly squeezed while they were on the grill not only balanced the spice, but got them to stay juicy, too. To accompany the steaks, I made white rice (medium grain) and beans… I cook rice a lot, don’t I? But I love it!

And I am Puerto Rican, after all.

Have a great night!
Zulaika H.

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Just a little background to explain the mixed title: I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I am Puerto Rican. What you may not know is that my husband is Cuban.

Anywho – on Saturday we visited with my husband’s parents and brought home some left overs. Yesterday, I decided I would make some pork chops with the really good side dishes – white rice and Cuban white beans called “Judios”.

Here’s a picture of the
2 pieces of meat and the seasoning I used. Their found in stores pretty much everywhere. Sazon and Adobo both distributed by Goya. If you notice the “Adobo” seasoning has a red cap. If you only find one with blue you should know they’re the same product *except* the red capped container has pepper.
This was the final product 🙂 – I had my dinner with tea my husband picked up from Publix called Sweet Leaf “Original” Sweet Tea – it’s really good (http://www.sweetleaftea.com/). It has a picture of a cute little old lady on the label.
The white rice is Jasmine rice if you were wondering – my in-laws started using this rice more often. I don’t personally use it at home, but it does have a very clean taste to it (there’s no other way for me to describe it). It really compliments any side dish though.
The “judios” recipe is one I will research for a later post. There are a few found online – just search “Cuban white beans judios” and you should find something similar to this. The orange color comes from pumpkin – which is just one of the many ingredients in this side dish.
Last night was exciting – my grandmother returned from a trip to New England after a few weeks. My daughter was the most excited for her return. My mother and grandmother came over and also got to try some of the yumminess.
Please let me know if you ever have any questions about how to make the food I share here.
-Zulaika
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In the last 48 hours… I’ve had a stuffy nose turn into the sniffles! Sniffles means no matter what I ate today – it needed to be hearty
, and it needed to include some soup with yummy chicken broth. I decided to go to this nearby Spanish restaurant that serves grilled chicken and many options for sides, including – YOU GUESSED IT! – Chicken soup…

This is what my platter looked like

my lunch platter (and yes, I had leftovers!)
I was only able to eat about half of everything (but drank all of my malta)
I ordered:
-White rice

-Red beans
-Fried plantains (w/ garlic sauce)
-Chicken (shown drenched in hot sauce)
-Soup (chicken, potatoes, cilantro, carrots, chives, seasoning & broth)
-Bread (small roll)
-& a “malta” – this is a non-alcoholic malt beverage… I personally really like it, but have drank it since my early youth. It is kind of an acquired taste for most.

So here’s the deal with Pollo D’Oro
They make great food. The portions and prices are good (average). The only issue I’ve had when I come here is how their service sometimes takes a while. It isn’t because the employees aren’t all efficient – you’ll find most are truly busy doing something. And they are ALL working to get orders out to the customer. I think the main issue is a language barrier. Their location is somewhere that brings many people (not just Hispanics) into their store. And even if it may take a little to get my food, they are very friendly and the food is always good.

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Am I the only one that LOVES Malta with my Spanish food?

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