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Iron Chef Louie/Masa tapas

Joanie | Jun 18, 2004 08:26 AM

Finally got to my first ICL cuz they conflicted with a Thurs. evening class I was taking. I assume people have heard/read about this. Louie, a chef from Sel de la Terre, was having people over to his apt. and they'd tell him what ingredients to use, it got bigger and bigger and now it's sponsored by various liquor companies and held at huge spots like Soho in Brighton. I missed ones at Lucky's and International where it was cocktails for an hour then food, all for free. Last nite was one Ciroc vodka drink and food for $10, but it was still a good deal. Even if we had to wait til 9:45 to eat. Thankfully, we found ourselves at the front of the line and everything I voted on won (you go to their web site and vote for the main course, style of cooking and three sides). So it basically was Peruvian and seafood w/ cerviche, a mini fried haddock roll, a Peruvian clambake and what they called Peruvian cobbler w/ caramelized onions, potatoes, something else. We left before dessert, the line was still waiting to get main courses and who knew how long that would be. Louie gets the list of ingredients 2 hours before doors open, and I guess and something had broken in the kitchen which led to the hour delay. There were also girls handing out bags of Ciroc swag, Louie's friends and former roommates all dressed up passing out the appetizer (tortilla chips with Peruvian potato dip) and dishing the food, it's a bit of a zoo but pretty fun if you don't plan on eating as soon as you get there. The next one is a Red Sox/Sausage guy theme on July 1, way more casual than usual.

So dining partners Dax and PSmith are feeling lazy about writing up the $1 tapas treats at Masa. Yes everyone, you can spend a whole $1 on the various tapas and live to tell about it. We actually thoroughly enjoyed it. They *are* small bites, altho a couple of the apps were a super bargain like the 5 mussels in a semi spicy chili tomato sauce. For a $1! Also got four calamari on an excellent guacamole; one big chili powder onion ring; a pork empanada; a couple pieces of steak brochette; tuna tartare; chicken taquito; maybe one other thing? A large pitcher of sangria served two glasses each and except for the empanada which was a bit dry and the onion ring which was maybe overcooked, they were all excellent. If I lived around the corner like Mr. Dax, I'd be there a lot.

PSmith and I started at the Butcher Shop which just feels like a rip off to me. One item was <$10, heirloom radishes. Whatever. We got a plate of prosciutto di parma with figs for about $15 and it was nice, with a basket of bread and olive oil. I was surprised at how quiet it was at 7PM on a Wed. I had to forego wine since I had iced coffee shakes and thought a cold beer would be better. I'm not much of a beer drinker but I have to commend them on the different choices they had, and at $4/bottle, a relative bargain. I got some German Pilsner and P Smith got a Canadian one with apple in it (I think). It was fine but I think you know which bar I'd rather sit at.

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