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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mama's Fish House

IMG 2615Mama's Fish House is DELICIOUS!  It's also amazingly beautiful and will make you feel like you're living in a Swiss Family Robinson or Robinson Crusoe.  The restaurant is a collection of old sails and weird ship-like things.  The entire restaurant is open air, there is a roof, but you can feel the cool breeze of the ocean throughout the restaurant, and there are gigantic oriental rugs all over the floor.  And the food is phenomenal!

We made reservations for lunch at 1pm, and lounged around until we needed to get to the airport - the airport is only about 10 minutes away from Mama's.  I was driving so I started off my meal with a virgin passion fruit daiquiri, and it was wonderful, not too sweet just perfect.  We ordered: the wasabi crusted calamari, lobster guacamole, and a sampling of their sashimi.  The wasabi calami was absolutely the best, it was cooked perfectly and had a nice citrus bite to it.  The sashimi sampler was neat because it was tuna, salmon and a white fish (can't remember which one) and each choose had it's own special kind of salt to go with it, which I thought was pretty awesome.   There's pink salt, who knew!  The lobster guacamole was good, but I think we could have done with out it.

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We split our main course because we'd ordered so many of the appetizers and we wanted to save room for dessert.  We ordered the House Special which is Stuffed MahiMahi - Stuffed with lobster, crab and Maui onion, baked in a macadamia nut crust.  It was melt in your mouth delicious.  Order this, there's a reason it's the house special.

We were super full but couldn't help ourselves and still ordered dessert.  I had the chocolate pie, and a mocha.  Bob had the creme brûlée.  The mocha was HUGE, had I known how big it would be I wouldn't have ordered one, it was a dessert in itself, delicious but huge.  My chocolate pie was sooooo rich, Bob and I should definitely have shared it.  The creme brûlée was really good as well.  We just ordered way too much food, but it was so good so we kept eating ourselves into a food coma.  It's a good thing we had time to sit there and digest before going to the airport.

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The food is a little more expensive but all the fish is caught that morning so it's super fresh, and our waitress was awesome.  Go here, it's worth every penny, you'll have a wonderful time.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Faux-babs, Salads and Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Mash!

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Tonight's dinner was pretty darn delish, and super duper easy to make.  I highly recommend you give it a try, you only need about an hour and then dinner will be on the table.

As an aside, I decided to make the cheesy garlic cauliflower mash because we're trying to be a little healither but at the same time I have a great love for potatoes, mashed potatoes in particular.  I read an article in the latest issue of Rachel Ray's cooking magazine about mashed cauliflower and it sounded sooo yummy so I thought we'd give it a try.

Okay, so before you begin you dinner of awesome you'll need to pick up your ingredients.


- meat!  (I usually plan on 1/2 lb per person and will typically choose tenderloin)

- 1/4 cup mushrooms

- 1/4 cup red pepper (you can use green but I feel like the green peppers have a really overpowering taste)

- 1/4 cup onion

- 1/2 a tomato

- seasoning!!! (I like Angelo's BBQ rub, it's awesome and super spicy!)

- 1 head of cauliflower

- 1/4 cup garlic jack cheese

- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

- 1tbsp butter

- 1 bag of whatever grocery store salad you'd enjoy

- salt and pepper to taste

- aluminum foil

- cookie sheet

- steamer

- blender

All right, so now that you have everything you need here's what you do.

Step 1 - Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  While the oven is heating up chop your onion, red pepper, tomatoes and mushrooms into large chunks.  (You can really throw any veggie you want in here.)  Go ahead and chop up your head of cauliflower and set it aside.  Now cut up your chosen meat into kebab sized chunks.

Step 2 - Lay our a large sheet of aluminum foil and place your large chunks of meat on your foil.  Toss your seasoning for the meat over the top of the chunks and roll them around a little to get them nice and coated.  Now place the mushrooms, onions, red peppers and tomatoes over the top of the chunks of meat and place another piece of foil over the top of your yummy creation.  Roll up all the sides of your aluminum steamer and place the foil steamer on the cookie sheet and place it in the oven.  (You'll let this cook for about 35 minutes.)

Step 3 - Butter the bottom of your steamer so it doesn't burn your cauliflower and toss your cut up cauliflower in the steamer and start it a' steaming!

Step - 4 While your cauliflower is steaming and your faux-babs are baking go ahead and clean up your mess, and then cut up about 1/4 cup of your garlic jack cheese.  Get out your blender and get ready.  Mix your bag o' salad and set aside.

Step 5 - Your faux-babs should be awesome, so pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and place it on top of the stove to sit for a minute.  Don't open the foil container yet though, wait until right before you serve it.  While the faux-babs are sitting toss your cauliflower in the blender with the garlic jack cheese and 1/4 cup of whipping cream, add some salt and pepper to taste and BLEND!!!!!  And now you're ready!

Serve and eat your awesome meal!!!!!