Another rainy day at the RGB. Strawberries are beginning to appear. Also, cilantro blossoms are making their debut because we forgot to clip the leaves.
Poll: How many of you eat better at home than you do at a restaurant?
Around here, and with rare exception, Friday night is always date nite. Recently, we had tickets to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, so we had dinner at the nearby Scott’s Seafood in Costa Mesa.
While the dinner we split (Chilean sea bass) was fairly good, we both agreed we could do this at home, and for a lot cheaper. After all, after you throw in the beef carpaccio and beet salad we had to start, and the bottle of wine we ordered to split, dinner was somewhere in the three-digit range.
As you can tell by today’s RGBistro garden photos, the day was a little dreary. So mid-morning, I went on a kitchen-quest for ingredients to make a nice bowl of soup. Unfortunately, as it was 9 AM, and I only had 6 cubes (3 cups) of stock left in the freezer, I needed a Plan B. Luckily, I knew the Irvine Farmers’ Market was rockin’ and rollin’ through 1 PM, so I took a quick shower, pulled $20 out of Mr. RGBistro’s wallet and went off to find lunch.
Note: I know it’s bad (it’s overfished), but I’m a sucker for Chilean sea bass. It’s my all-time favorite fish. And I found some. From the nice lady who traveled all the way from the Smart Fish Co. in Los Angeles (about 35 miles away). I also found some wild scallops. And some asparagus. And I knew we still had Meyer lemons on the tree. An idea started to take place…
So I made one more market run (to pick up shiitake mushrooms) on the way home. I dropped the market bags on the counter at 11:45 AM, and had lunch on the table at 12:45 PM.
At $9.76 per serving, it’s much cheaper than what we’d get at Scott’s Seafood, and in Mr. RGBistro’s opinion, it tastes just as good. Enjoy!
We certainly eat just as good, if not better, at home than at a restaurant. 😉 How about you?
Bistro Eats is a collection of recipes we think could work in a bistro setting, i.e. the brick and mortar Rustic Garden Bistro. Click on this category to see a snippet of what the menu may look like.