On Sunday night, I congregated with a group of friends new and newer at a blessed, little hole-in-the-wall, Mi Amá. The organizer of the dinner had arranged for a prix fixe ($25) onslaught of food. Out on their patio, which seemed to me more spacious than inside, we began with savory and not-too-spicy empanadas while we waited for everyone in our group of 17 to arrive.
This was followed without delay by very tender calamari and yuca frita. Now, I am a slow eater, and I'm trying like the Dickens to eat as many of these golden nuggets as I can before they bring out the next plate and take away the last. Sooo much food, so little time. We dug into baked scallop served in their shell with seasoning and cheese sprinkled on top. What came out next was the most impressive culinary collection of the evening, a selection of tapas-style finger foods including blood sausage, fried plantains, small golden potatoes, toast points, more fried yuca, and CHICHARRONES! Mmm, this 'hound loves his pork skins!
We were then served two fish dishes, one with a traditional cream sauce and one with a more tropical flavor from a distinct coconut milk component. Finally, the meat lovers were satiated by the arrival of the churrasca, perfectly marinated and grilled steaks carved into pieces for easy sharing, and served with a green sauce approximating an Argentine chimichurri. By now, they could have rolled us out of the restaurant, but we would go happily, all the while thinking about how soon we'd want to return.
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