My mother raised me to believe that if I had nothing good to say, then I should just say nothing. I recently dined at Casa Picasso here on Ambergris Caye...and this could be a very long blog! If you figure I've generally eaten 3 meals a day for 35 years...then I've eaten roughly 38,325 meals. This one is easily in my top .00013% (or top 5 for easier reference). My friends Matt, Sara, and Karen were kind enough to invite me and even pay my tab - it was a most excellent surprise that Barb, Joe, Tacogirl (Laurie), and Paul were also able to join.
The menu, for me, was like what a nudie mag is to most men - I couldn't take my eyes off it. My mouth watered from beginning to end. I decided on the Chef's Tasting menu (a Thursday special); since it was also Chef Ben's Birthday and he was cooking a sampling of his personal favorites from home...how could this possible be anything but excellent?! Didn't hurt that I was two Watermelon coolers (aka - the "Matt Hoys") in by the time the first course arrived. I'm not usually a Vodka man, but you couldn't taste it at all - trust me, it was there...but you couldn't taste it behind the watermelon/ginger yumminess.
|1st Course - Spicy Tuna Rolls|
Course numero uno...not sure where it went?! It was on the plate, then I blacked out...and it was gone. I'm not huge on sushi, but I fancy the occasional roll; usually lean toward a Cali or Spider though. This Tuna Roll...it rivals even the best tuna that I've pulled out of the ocean and eaten right away. The best part of this roll was a lack of rice. It had rice, but it wasn't 80% rice like so many other joints. With the smaller amount of rice you could actually taste the tuna and veg...and savor the magical interaction of the soy and wasabi without having to fight through all that damn rice! Best. Sushi. Ever.
|3rd Course - Bacon Jam, Mac & Cheese|
Next up...Bacon Jam, Mac, & Cheese. I mean really - do I need to say anything else about this? With 3 of us at the table getting the Tasting Menu everyone was able to sample this dish, that could have only been delivered straight from heaven on the wings of angels. In an effort to truly experience this dish the body literally shut down other senses; your eyes closed your hearing faded; you could no longer feel your fork on your fingers. The world melted away...leaving your olfactory and taste buds completely alone with this dish, floating through an alternate plane of reality that I could have stayed in for an eternity. But it ended...for now.
|4th Course - Red Snapper Puttanesca|
And now I have a huge remote for my aging eye balls. Thanks gang!
Just so you know - I am wearing pants in this picture...just they're short pants. I live in Belize! I don't even have long pants anymore.