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What San Diegan does not know Caffe Calabria? It’s in the heart of North Park. Close to all the trendy shops and funky places to hang out. The coffee is excellent. The pizza… well, let’s just say you will need to order two. Recently, the well-known SD institution hosted a food bloggers event. Chef MJ Testa of Caffe Calabria and guest Chef Javier Plascencia from Romesco and Mision 19 prepared delectable dishes for us to taste, savor, and enjoy.
Cocktails are always welcomed on a warm night in Southern California. This is a Bianco Citris. Citrus liqueur with grapefruit over ice. Refreshing and 100% delicious.
Seared Ahi Tuna Crostini. Greens been mixed with a light creamy dill sauce topped with seared ahi tuna. I will admit to having two of these. Who can blame me when you have fresh green beans and perfectly cooked tuna?
Sausage, garlic, potatoes. It’s hard not each too many appetizers with mini creations like this one. A flavorful, solid combination that’s easy to eat again and again. But wait, there’s more..
Cactus salad with beets and radishes. Nopales, or cactus, are a staple in Mexico. There’s something about the slime that I’m not a fan of, but this salad, I actually liked. The beets created a beautiful pink color that died the radishes. Pretty in pink translates into tasty treat.
Shrimp in cream sauce and grilled veggies by Chef Testa. This dish was here one minute, then gone the next. The succulent shrimp had the crowd begging for more. Luckily, three more shrimp plates came out and were gone just as quickly. What really sold me on this dish was the sauce. Creamy, luscious, and rich that left you saying Mmmmm!
Sopes are a Mexican classic. Here, Chef Javier, made shredded pork, black beans, topped with pineapple, pickled radishes, cotija cheese, and a spicy salsa. It was a good balance of sweet from the pineapple and savory from the pork and beans. Freshness from the greens and radishes. An enticing piece of Mexican deliciousness.
Peaches and cream topped with berries. Not too sweet but just sweet enough. It was a great way to end the night at Caffe Calabria.
A special thank you Specialty Produce for providing the produce for this event at Caffe Calabria. Gotta support local growers.