Follow the culinary adventures and misadventures of the Cooking Agents (Ray and Katie). Watch as we eat/cook our way into adulthood.
Happy National Taco Day!!! I only found out around 11:30 today and the tuna taco inception seed was planted. I made a run to Whole Foods, got home at 8 and by 8:30, dinner was on the table! This recipe is easy and is SO, SO delicious.
Tuna & Taco stuff
In a small bowl, combine cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, and coriander. Rub spice mixture generously on both sides of the tuna.
Heat a nonstick pan on the stove over high heat. When pan is smoking hot, add olive oil, wait 10 seconds, then add tuna. Sear for 1 minute per side, or until fish is cooked on the outside, but rare on the inside. Beware! Your spice mixture on a very hot pan will smell very similar to mase. I would know. I was practically choking. Once you begin to breathe normally, transfer to a plate.
In the meantime microwave or heat your taco shells according to the box’s instructions.
Add all ingredients to a medium-size bowl. Toss gently. DO NOT MASH AVOCADO. The chunkier, the better!
Assemble and voila!
To know me is to know the fish taco. A bold sentence that barely scratches the surface of my intense love for this tasty gem.
In 2008, I began my love affair of a lifetime. It happened during senior week, when emotions and my fast metabolic appetite ran high. I arrived back to BU after being up all night at Mohegan Sun, only to be shuffled onto another bus and off to Martha’s Vineyard. I was exhausted. I still remember clear as day, Krissie telling me I was passed out the entire bus ride to the ferry. Of course by passed out, she was nicely telling me that I was snoring
lightly with my giant trap wide open for all bus occupants to see and hear. I’m sure I was greatly appreciated.
This picture summarized our trip. We threw rocks… lots of them. Mind you, this was early June, MV’s off season. The other portion of the day was spent on a 4+ hour adventure, biking around all parts of Martha’s Vineyard. We got lost, mostly because we deviated to find a bathroom, which was conveniently located at a Stop and Shop very off course.
The day was wrapped up in a hard shell. That’s right! A fish taco and a nice cold Corona brought my long day to a close. By far, Martha’s Vineyard was the most fun I’d had doing any sort of physical activity for a long time. 4 hours of exercise = not having to feel bad about skipping the gym for my entire senior year. Mind you, my logic hasn’t changed over the past 3+ years.
I’m not sure if it was the fact that I was famished or whether it truly was the greatest meal I’d ever had, but that grossly unauthentic fish taco was the most superb piece of food I ever put in my mouth. Thankfully, Yelp has since guided me to some of the “holy grails” of fish tacos in the greater Boston area — El Pelon Taqueria (which subsequently closed due to fire), Dorado Tacos, La Verdad, etc. Oh yes. You savory little morsels will be mine!
Wah! No longer available!
On Ray and my recent trip to the west coast, it shouldn’t come as a shocker that the ultimate San Diego fish taco was on our list. After a very long day at Mission Beach and a few rides on the Giant Dipper, we found ourselves at El Zarape in University Heights. I went for the classic fish tacos – one grilled and one fried. The grilled was a nice flavorful piece of mahi mahi and the fried was your average piece of white fish encased by a very light fried shell. The fish taco is humble served in a warm corn tortilla with tomatoes, shredded cabbage or lettuce, and a healthy squirt of white sauce. Add a very cold Corona and you are transported to flavor town.
Between the Corona and Ray, I’d choose the Corona (Sorry Ray!)
Grilled and Fried Fish Taco from El Zarape // my specialty, seared tuna fish tacos
Fish Taco and Carne Asada Taco from Lolita’s in San Diego
Random fish taco pic from Hawaii (circa 2008) I found on my phone
Now I want to go run to Whole Foods and make my own. Yes, the pescado taco de la casa!!!! Arrriiiiiiiba! I know, I get very excited.
Last weekend, I caught up with Krissie and had lunch at Dorado in Brookline. Dorado serves tacos and cemitas, with a focus on Baja-California style fish tacos and authentic cemitas. Krissie and Katie came across Dorado awhile back, and I remember them stating that it was one of the best fish tacos they’ve ever had. I’m not a true connoisseur of fish tacos, but I’ve had my fair share ever since my spring break vacation to Cabo and then senior year living near Sunset Cantina, which served southwestern style cuisine. Ever since, if there are fish tacos on a menu 50% of the time, I’m ordering it.
Dorado offers individual tacos between $2.59-$2.99 or plates for $6.25 that includes 2 tacos, rice, beans, and a charred jalapeno. We ordered incorrectly after the first go around, and only ended up with 1 taco plate with 1 of each fried fish taco (Ensenada and Dorado) and a chorizo taco. Both fish tacos were great, but the Dorado stood above and beyond. Both tacos contained, 1 piece of fried Atlantic whitefish, cabbage, and salsa fresca, while the Ensenada had pickled onions and Baja crema and the Dorado had radishes and spicy chipotle crema. The fish was flaky, hot, and had the crust that was just right to match with the flaky fish meat.
Fish Taco Plate
The house made chorizo wasn’t too notable, but came with guacamole, which was a plus. The rice was mediocre, but the beans were one of the better black beans that I’ve had. On our second round of ordering, we got 1 more of each fish taco and a steak taco, which also gets a good review. The steak was marinated sirloin, and came with guacamole, queso fresco, and roasted tomato habenero salsa. All tacos came with 2 corn torillas.
Ensenada, Dorado, and Steak Taco
Service was very friendly and that included the counter staff and the owner and/or manager. After checking in on Yelp and getting a free Aguas Frescas (Lime, Ginger, and Pineapple drink), the owner/manager began picking my brain about social media sites like Yelp and Foursquare. Good thing I didn’t reveal that I dealt with these sites at my last job, so I could get back to my food asap, but now at least I know that he cares. Overall a good meal with hits and misses, but good enough to warrant further menu investigation. It’s also easy on the wallet and accessible via public transportation.
Being Interviewed Regarding my Yelp and Social Media Habits