A Day of Regional Eating
Yesterday was a delicious day of Downeast Maine dining; fish cakes and beans for breakfast, fried clams and lobster rolls for lunch and a mess of steamed clams washed down w/ cold Bar Harbor Ale for supper. Then I started thinking......what would be my ideal day of food back in New Mexico: huevos rancheros for breakfast, chile rellanos (w/ New Mexico chiles, not poblanos, sorry Veggo) and red chile stacked enchiladas w/ a fried egg on top. Oh, yes a soppapailla w/ honey for dessert. Back in Norway, it would be pickled herring for breakfast, open face shrimp sandwiches (rekker smorbrod) for lunch and either pan fried cod tongues and cheeks, baked salmon stuffed w/ chanterelles or a reindeer roast for supper. What are your favorites for a day of regional eating?
well... I tend to copy everywhere elses cuisine most of the time, but there probably is a theme I could find.
Ok, breakfast could probably be Gloucester old spot sausages and bacon with some free-range scrabled eggs on (granary) toast. Apples have to go in somewhere (preferably cider) so maybe an apple pie with some (not stricly MY region but close enough) devonshire clotted cream.
Lunch would be... why not a ploughmans, with some proper English Cheddar. Or maybe that should be supper.
Lunch would be... steak. I'd just have steak and spinach because that's what I'm having for tea and I can't think of anything else. In fact, apart from the pie and the eggs on toast I don't much fancy any of the others at all.
But I'm sure I have seen a cow round about these parts, and that's where steak comes from so it's regional.
How come not poblanos? Just like the others better?
Louisiana regional eating day:
Breakfast: Beignets and hot chocolate (I'm not a coffee drinker)
Lunch: Shrimp Po' Boy, dressed - and Sweet Tea with Lemon
Dinner: Half & Half (that's Crawfish Etoufeé and Fried Crawfish Tails on a platter) with white rice and a little cornbread or hushpuppies on the side. Bread pudding to follow, natch.
I'll add my LA eating wish list:
Breakfast: Grillades and grits with either a bloody mary or bloody bull to start and possibly a brandy milk punch after.
Lunch: Roast beef poboy with swiss, dressed & a little Tabasco, with an Abita Wheat
Dinner: Boiled crawfish, no room for dessert.
I would also sneak a snowball in there as well, come to think of it I had this exact food (minus the grillades and grits) a few weeks ago.
Breakfast ~~ a breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese, beans, hash browns, salsa, and either bacon or polish sausage wrapped in a flour tortilla
Lunch ~~ Cobb Salad, with turkey, avocado, bacon, blue cheese, green onions, on romaine
Dinner ~~ Grilled halibut, served with a steamed stuffed artichoke and fresh hot tortilla chips and guacamole, and a walk on the pier where I'd get a chocolate covered frozen banana
only one of my domiciles has identifiable regional food -guess....
breakfast --huevos motulenos
fruit plate with sliced papaya, mango, pineapple, watermelon
lunch-- grilled shrimp with veracruz sauce
a couple chiladas
dinner-- conch ceviche
whole fried boquinette (hogfish) with crispy garlic sauce
No, way, Jose! Just further proof you've been away from the Land of Steady Habits too long.
Breakfast: Start with any tea you'd like from Harney. I dunno, what's very "breakfast in CT?" My mom would vote for native asparagus on toast at this time of year. I could make a strata with it. Then again, who can resist O'Rourke's? Passadumkeg can't!
Is it hot out? Let's go to Vecchitto's in Middletown, CT to get lemon ice for dessert! Just wait till Memorial Day weekend, please.
Dinner: zuppa di clams casino alla Speranza--that is to say "my way" :)--with a nice Chardonnay from the Connecticut Wine Trail. Two of my favorites: Sharpe Hill's American and Heritage Trail's.
And one more day of food, please. Gotta go to Lenny & Joe's for a scallop roll (then to the beach for a bike ride) before heading to Napoli in Meriden, CT for my favorite calzone in the world. Napoli is BYO. Pick your favorite red from the wine trail (Jonathan Edwards) and let's go!
OK, so who's with me on this meal plan? :)
You asked for MY favorites!!! Nope to those; thanks for offering though :) Maybe because we're a state of fairly recent immigrants, I don't see alot. Certainly sourdough toast and Dungeness crab. And artichokes. Garlic from Gilroy. Gonna have to think on this one. Yesterday was homemade sausage, grits and eggs for breakfast. Different region but damn fine.
re: c oliver
Sorry, I forgot the Altadeena organic yogurt and quinoa!
Speaking of quinoa, in Bolivia, saltenas, papaya and coffee to start the day; quinoa soup, pollo a la broasted w/ fries, rice and a Ducal beer for lunch; and a good charasco w/ que, udder and sausages (quail too) for supper. Cherimoya ice cream for dessert. Udderly deliscious.
re: c oliver
Cioppino, hangtown fry, pan-fried sand dabs, It's its, wild salmon (this is hypothetical, as there's no salmon fishing in the Delta now), Meyer lemons, Double Rainbow ice cream, taco trucks, and Peet's coffee, and oysters are all things with either local origin, heavy local presence, or that are abundantly produced, in Northern and North Central California. One could make a good day of eating of all that plus sourdough and our great local fruits and vegetables.
By the seaside by the beautiful sea:
Breakfast: hot chocolate with Marshmallow Fluff, pancakes with maple syrup.
Lunch: New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, whole belly fried clams, lobster roll on buttered grilled hot dog roll, Sam Adams beer.
Dinner: bucket o'steamers, steamed 2 lb. lobster, baked beans, corn o/t cob, Alfalfa Farm Seyval Blanc or more beer. Harpoon IPA for example.
Not saying I'd actually eat All of that in a typical day. But it sure looks good on paper.