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March 8, 2011

The Real Deal | Taqueria Los Guachos

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The Tacos, Quesadillas and Volcanes at Los Guachos

Top picks from Persephone include anything with the very tender lengua (tongue), especially the quesadilla.  Also worth ordering  are the volcanes topped al pastor (pork and pineapple and heaven).

Lovely and loud with soccer on the two TVs, it’s a great spot to pop in for a quick snack washed down with sugary Cokes and Jarritos. The staff is friendly and fast and fawns over kids.  I can’t wait to go back.

Los Guachos | 5221 Godown Road | Columbus 43235 | 614.538.0211

More comprehensive location info and reviews can be found on AltEats and Taco Trucks Columbus.

March 8, 2011

Another Day, Another Braise | Ropa Vieja

I have coveted my parent's molcajete for ages. It showed up in the mail and I use it constantly now. Thanks, Demeter and Zeus. xoxo

I do have a thing for braises.  I just think they happen to be God’s gift to the busy home cook.  Sear it and throw it in the oven (or slow cooker) and forget about it until dinner.  This manner of cooking results in the cheapest cuts veritably transformed into tender chunks of meaty goodness.  Hardly any skill is required to cook up something just about everybody will love.

My version is originally inspired by Hades’s favorite little Cuban place in Montclair, New Jersey.   He would always order the ropa vieja: braised and shredded flank steak served with black beans and rice.  In my version, I omitted the usual canned tomatoes (tomatoes aren’t in season and I didn’t can any of mine from last year) and gave it a good spice rub before searing it.

Ropa Vieja, serves four

1 pound flank steak

3 cloves garlic

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