Thursday night, B and I went to dinner at Nopa with our good friends Catie & Jimmy, and while at dinner, the boys made plans to go out on Saturday night.  By the time Saturday rolled around, their ‘wild plans’ had morphed into cooking at our house with a few beers and the UNC/Duke game.

It was a joint effort, as C+J picked up some some surf and turf (by way of skirt steak and sea bass) at the Ferry Building, we sort of split the veg based on our respective fridge’s, the farmer’s market selection (or lack there of) and the corner market, we covered drinks and sides and our friend Mike brought some goodies as well.

The spread turned out as follows:


Spicy roasted chickpeas, vegetable quesadillas and Micheladas {with a half-salted rim} à la Nopalito to start.


Steak Taco

Steak tacos with grilled grass-fed skirt steak, quick-pickled onions, avocado and cilantro.

Grilled Sea Bass

Fish tacos with sea bass that was so fresh it tasted like it was caught 5 minutes before dinner.  The bass was grilled with a chile-cumin-aleppo pepper dry rub {with a teeny dash of cinnamon} and piled on tortillas with everyone’s FAVORITE chipotle-lime cream and cabbage.

Taco Night

Rice & Beans - 2011

Rice, Beans and salsa ~ brown riceRancho Gordo cranberry beans, and store-bought fresh salsa doctored up with some of the leftover chipotles, to be exact.

Salad on taco night

Salad of butter lettuce, radishes, tomatoes and pepitas with cilantro-lime vinaigrette

Whether or not we made Kim Boyce’s oatmeal cookies later while watching a movie, I’ll never tell. But what is more disturbing, is that for what is possbily the first time ever, people were able to drive home from dinner at out house.  That combined with boys night equaling dinner and movie means I am likely much older than I think.

Don’t worry, I don’t expect this sort of maturity to last long.  And at least it tastes good!