Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"For Being Chewed A Little"

So now for our Restaurant Week food (let me tell you, deserves this post of its own!)...we ate at Masa, so each dish was a highlight from a contemporary Mexican menu:


Appetizer #1: Drayton decided on house guacamole for his choice...it came with thick, crunchy yellow corn chips and some raw veggies for dipping.  Although I expected something a little more unusual instead of just standard fare guac, it was quite delicious...obviously fresh and chock-full of cilatro, tomatoes, and etc.



Appetizer #2:  I went for the queso frito, and definitely didn't regret it!  I loved that it was a more simple, fresh, and elegant take on queso--a cut of grilled Mexican cheese over warm salsa and poblano sauces.  Being a spicy food addict, my only complaint was that everything was extremely, extremely mild and (to my taste) underspiced.


The Drinks:  Drayton and I hate wine (I know, weird).  Really hate it!!!  So our drink of choice is always beer...we kind of do beer the way other people do wine.  We'll go out together and each get a glass of some special beer and swap tastes :)  But since I'm not a huge fan of Mexican beers and never get champagne...I went for a glass of that good ol' bubbly instead this time.


Entree #1:  This little beauty is mine!!! I ordered vegetarian enchilades, mushrooms and cheese wrapped in corn tortillas and smothered in poblano sauce and Mexican cheese and then topped with a sliced avocado and pico de gallo.  I could taste ALL of those wonderful flavours very distinctly in each bite, and greatly enjoyed how light but rich the dish was...even Drayton "the Mushroom Hater" Jones couldn't help falling in love :)


Entree #2:  Drayton opted for a meaty entree (don't all men, haha) and got this pork dish served with refried black beans, Mexican cheese, and spicy warm pineapple.  It had both of us at first bite! The pork just fell right off the bone and melted in your mouth with incredible delicousness...and this coming from Cambria "the Pork Hater" Jones :)  Although I can't stomache cooked pineapple, I could tell it was quite succulent and fresh, and  we both really enjoyed the spicy sauce that was pooled under everything...it was hot enough to give you a kick, but didn't mask all the lovely flavours.



Desserts:  And of course, the really exciting part of the meal, desserts :)  There were only two menu selections in this category, so we obviously each got a different one.  Whereas we usually split our apps, entrees, and desserts in half so that we each get a good full taste of everything...we actually liked the desserts that we ordered best and only swapped a couple bites.  Clearly we make a great eating team!  I had a coconut flan that was as creamy, rich, and sweet as could be desired....and Drayton loved the zesty punches of lime, mango, and guava that accompanied his tres leches cake.


So in a word--the food was sublime.  We both greatly enjoyed the contemporary twist on Mexican cuisine and loved the many distinct flavours present in each dish.  Our one complaint about Masa was that the service was terrible.  On previous Restaurant Week excursions, we've been treated like royalty...walked through the menus, constantly kept with full glasses, had a waiter practically at our sides throughout the meal, and were even given complementary glasses of champagne and special menus since we were celebrating our anniversary.  But at Masa, our waitress dropped us at the table, took our order, checked back if we wanted coffee with dessert...and that's it :(  It's funny how much of a difference that makes when you're spending on spendy food.  While we enjoyed our trip, it won't be somewhere we are eager to visit again, whereas last year's restaurant will definitely be seeing more of our pretty faces!

<3 Cambria
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49 comments:

  1. Cambria! I would love to see how you styled that black and white striped skirt that you wore to work! The food looks so yummy (sounds like it was too) but I wanna see that skirt!!

    Clare
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  2. this looks delicious and SO fun. i love restaurant week - i miss going to it in my old town. too bad the service was bad. i hate when that happens. the queso frito sounds like the best part to me.

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  3. Oh my goodness, you're making me hungry....That all looks awesome.

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  4. OH my that looks amazing! I love restaurant week! I went to a really fancy restuarant last night that I would never go to otherwise!

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  5. OH food! Everything you ate looks awesome! I have never been to Masa, but now I want to check it out!

    I do like wine, but like you guys, we love trying fun and different beers too! Have you ever been to the Happy Gnome? They've got one of the more unique beer lists in town.

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  6. Holy crap...Masa look Amasssing hahaha i know...sorry horrible pun! Anyway it looks lovely. I'm a total foodie! And you dont drink wiiiiine???? Wi-no? Haha okay I'll seriously stop with the puns. I live in "wine country" well as you've seen I live on a vineyard. But its definitely something you have to get use to.

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  7. Everything seens delicious!Yumii!Love it!
    Kisses.

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  8. My mouth is literally watering. That all looks absolutely AMAZING!

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  9. I love Mexican food and that all looks SO good!

    That stinks that the service wasn't up to par, but it sounds like the amazing food made up for that!

    -Sharon
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  10. Looks like a lovely place dear :)

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  11. This all looks so good!!! xx

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  12. That food looks so tasty! I love mexican food. And the bubbly looks like the perfect compliment. :)

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  13. Umm...that enchilada looks AMAZING! Very cute blog.

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  14. oh my, all that food looks down right delectable!

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  15. Wow everything looks delicious! Now I'm craving an enchilada for lunch... lol Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  16. I love champagne! I usually order that whenever I got out....

    Amy


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  17. to me, customer service is EVERYTHING! doesn't matter how good the food or clothes or services are....if the customer service is bad, it's likely i won't be back. at leat you enjoyed the food and each other's company!

    [oomph.]

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  18. Why have I NEVER thought of dipping fresh veggies in guac?? That sounds ridiculously amazing right now, ha ha.
    Can I come with you next time you two eat out? Because this meal sounds pretty perfect. YUM!

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  19. Oh wow it looks delicious! And such good portion sizes too! xx

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  20. Ahh this post has made me so hungry! Looks so lovely xxx

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  21. Now I want to go out and eat some delicious, fancy food. Also, I don't think it's weird that you guys do beer--Portland is the mecca of microbrews and I feel like wine comes in second to beer 'round here. (:

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  22. Lovely mouth watering pictures.....thanks for sharing!

    Rebecca
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  23. This post made me so hungry!

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  24. looks super yummy!!!:) I have a new post and I would love it if you could check it out!:D

    Leonor
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  25. In love with mexican food! super tasty...
    Much Love,
    Borka
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  26. Pretty pretty pictures! Just found your blog and so glad, now following you :)

    xo,
    Courtney
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  27. OK, that mexican good looks so amazing- you are making me want to go to a mexican restaurant for dinner...and I think we just might!

    :)
    Allison

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  28. There is nothing worse than bad service especially when you are paying a pretty penny! The food looks divine, I am obsessed with making homemade guacamole these days- doesn't get much better! My man and I are huge foodies as well, trying to limit our eating out excursions!

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  29. so this is the more pressing question..

    were you able to walk after eating all this?

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    1. Actually, no. It was very difficult and time consuming getting out of my chair. And since my husband couldn't carry me either, we were in quite the predicament.

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  30. that looks good


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  31. yumm the food looks amazing! those entrees are pretty generous. they look like full mains in themselves! <3

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  32. Looks delicious! Love Restaurant weeks :)

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  33. Awww yumm! Everything looks absolutely delicious! First time I am seeing queso frito, sounds amazing! Its such a pity that here in Safrica we don't have authentic Mexican restaurants, i really like the cuisine!

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  34. I'm sorry about the service. I hate bad service! luckily all the food looks great though I don't actually eat most of those things :P oh and we have this one thing in common! I and my boyfriend also order beer when we eat out and don't have to drive afterwards. wine is something I have never liked.

    Maiken,
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  35. I've been wanting to try that place forever - that's too bad that your service wasn't great.:(

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  36. i love mexican food! those enchiladas looked SO GOOD! hahaha thanks for sharing your foodie pics. i always like to see that.
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  37. wow everything looks soooooo good!! stinks about the bad service though :(((

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  38. OMG everything looks so delicious <3 Lovely blog!

    xx

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  39. That looks like the funnest experience!! The food looks to die for.
    Creamy

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  40. Oh wow, everything looks so delish!

    xo, Yi-chia
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  41. the fod looks so delicious ... yummy!

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  42. adore this post. it made me hungry and it's so cute! :)
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  43. I read this post as I am SO hungry...needless to say, my stomach is grumbling more than it was before!


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  44. yum yum yum, everything looks so delicious! Especially the vegetarian enchiladas. haha I love enchiladas :D and the desserts (both) look equally delicious. This post is making me hungry.

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  45. this looks soo good i love mexican and the fancy version i can only imagine tastes just as delicious :D

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  46. Mexican is one of my favorite dishes, the food looks amazing, such a dampener when the service is bad though. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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