In the five years we’ve been together, JP and I have been only been able to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual holiday once. This year, we thought that trend was going to continue and didn’t make reservations or even tentative plans. But surprise! JP had an unexpected break from class and we were able to squeeze in at a little place down the street we’ve been dying to try – El Chile Cafe y Cantina.
Passion fruit margarita (on the rocks with salt) and chips with the most amazing, yet simple, salsa, and the meal was off to a very good start. Then we ordered the guacamole, and discovered the chips – homemade tortilla chips. Not the same, basic ones they served initially with the complementary salsa. No, these were thick, made from a tostada, with a light sea-salt. The guacamole was chunky, with a citrus flavor. Soooo amazing.
JP ordered the relleno de cochinita pibil – a roasted pepper stuffed with shredded pork, with a side of rice and beans. It was full of flavor, and even more full of pork – so much that JP’s manly appetite couldn’t take it all in one sitting. And so he had some tasty leftovers for lunch the next day.
I also went the relleno route and chose the relleno de camaron. The pepper wasn’t quite as roasted as I usually like, but the flavors were amazing nonetheless and the shrimp was prepared well. Next time, I think I will try the enchiladas de cameron and give the tasty shrimp another shot with a different vessel.