We moved from San Diego to Birmingham, AL, over 3 years ago and probably what we miss the most is decent Mexican food. What's funny is that whenever we tell a local this, they say, "You should try X restaurant. It's really good!" We don't even bother anymore: NO ONE makes real Mexican food here. It's all ground beef, iceberg lettuce, and shredded cheddar.
With the help of a giant recipe book I'm learning to make Mexican food myself, but the two things I wish I knew how to do are to make good carne asada and a good medium hot salsa. My favorite salsa was at JV's on Morena Blvd. The owner told me that he makes it with Japanese chilis which I had never heard of. I went to a Mexican grocer here in Birmingham and actually found them, but now I don't know what to do with them. Anyone have any ideas? Would anyone like to go to JV's and learn the secret to the salsa--the hot one?
And if you can tell me how to make carne asada, you'll make 2 San Diego transplants very, very happy!