This weekend I had a salad so delicious that it inspired me to start a new blog category – salad of the moment.
I don’t know if this is a type-A trait or just something that I do, but when I see/do/eat something I like, I watch/do/eat it over and over again until I get my fill.
The scallops and spinach salad at Romano’s Macaroni Grill is my new addiction and I plan to eat it as much as possible.
The salad is seared sea scallops with fresh spinach wilted and tossed with aged prosciutto, roasted garlic, fresh lemon and extra virgin olive oil. It weighs in at a modest 330 calories, 4 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs.
It is pure deliciousness. One fair warning … this salad is garlic-laden so if you plan on going on a date or job interview, do not eat this salad until after. You WILL smell like garlic.
My dad was in town briefly yesterday afternoon and I had the chance to get together with him for a late-lunch/early-dinner.
We met at Cozymel’s in UTC. Maybe because summer is here, they have added many new fantastic salads to their menu. I had the shrimp salad, which has sautéed shrimp served over mixed greens with cheese, tomatoes, avocado and caramelized poblano peppers and onions; tossed in cilantro-lime vinaigrette.
Dad had the beef fajita salad, which is tossed in chipotle-ranch dressing and topped with grilled marinated beef, tomatoes, avocados, caramelized poblano peppers and onions, cheese and crispy tortilla strips.
Other salads that sound delicious to me are the ahi tuna spinach salad and the grilled chicken salad.
No matter what you get at Cozymel’s, it is hard to go wrong. I’ve never had a bad meal.
Those of you who were loyal Jeff n’ Jer listeners back in the day when local radio morning shows flourished, probably remember the duo going back and forth over breakfast orders with Hani.
It made for a very humorous bit that I regularly looked forward to. The segments weren’t something they fabricated for entertainment – it was 100 percent real. Hani really does own Lit’l Pepper Deli “behind the bank, across the street from traffic court.”
I go there from time-to-time when I need to grab a bite to eat. And I must admit, that even though I am a self-proclaimed non-star-struck person, I get a little nervous seeing Hani. That’s stupid, right? He’s a regular guy who fell into local celeb status. Hani has a huge personality and talks to everyone that comes in the door. Since I listened to him on the radio for years, I feel like I know him a little even though he doesn’t know me.
It is not just the atmosphere that is good; the food is good too. I generally get their wraps or salads, but they have a huge and very diverse menu. The tuna artichoke wrap and the Thai chicken wrap are my favorites. They have awesome gyro salads as well.
Today when I walked in to pick up my Thai chicken wrap, Hani said to me “Hello baby. I made your wrap 2 lbs. today.” I laughed at him, but he wasn’t kidding. It was a lot of food.
Lit’l Pepper is definitely worth a try – if for nothing else but to meet Hani. I guarantee you’ll like the food too.