Fish Tacos for Tuesday

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Tuesday is a tricky dinner day.  Since it falls in the awkward beginning-middle of the week, my criteria is usually 1) What is quick? 2) What is easy? 3) What did I buy over the weekend that needs to be used up asap? This week I had vegetables, fish and a spring in my step because the weather has been so deliciously warm.  I was inspired to make something summery and something that my husband would love. (I usually save the more interesting, flavorful exciting complicated dishes for weekends, and do old standbys during the week, but this Tuesday I was up for a new dish).  What do you make with pepper, mango, avocados and fish? Fish Tacos!

This is a great recipe for people who don’t like measuring. In fact, I won’t give you any measurements at all, just estimates, and trust me, it will still turn out great!

Take one Mango and one Avocado and chop into small pieces. Add juice of a Lime, a splash of Olive Oil, dash of Salt, dash of Black Pepper, sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes.  Dice 1/2 a Red Onion and 1/2 a Red Bell Pepper. Salsa done!

Next take the Fish (mahi mahi, pollock, or tilapia all would work) and cut into 1 inch cubes. Roll in Corn Meal and pan fry in olive oil about 5-7 minutes, until flaky.  You can add some pepper or other spices to the fish for a bit of kick if you like.

Then just slap it all together in a taco shell, with maybe some lettuce for crunch and it will taste great. This will definitely go into my dinner repertoire as a crowd (crowd of two, at least) pleaser! Yay Tuesday!

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Coffee Shop Office

What is the best environment for doing work? Do you prefer the staid silence of the library, the beeping-ringing-rushing of an office, the coziness of your own home?  Everyone has an atmosphere that promotes the intersection of their own concentration and creativity.
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For me it’s a coffee shop.  When I focus on a project, I enjoy action around me, but not involving me.  There is music, there are people.  Being at a coffee shop makes me feel like I’m connected to the world, not locked away all day in a room with my computer.  Yet, I can still convert all the music and chatter into background noise while I write or plan or organize.

Obviously I’m not the first person to discover the creative power of the coffee shop.  Visit a cafe on any given day, and it is usually full of readers, writers or students with laptops and books scattered over the table tops. Coffee shops and cafes also have a historical presence as homes of great thinkers and literary scholars.

My love of coffee shops began while living in Edinburgh.  I began to study at a coffee shop, the Elephant House, on the George IV bridge.  The same cafe known for where J.K. Rowling wrote the first books of a certain popular series about british wizards.  Sitting at a table in the back room, overlooking the Edinburgh castle and graveyard below, I can certainly see how she was inspired!

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Here are some of my favorite coffee shops in Philly:

  • Chapterhouse – 9th & Bainbridge
  • L’Aube – 17th & Wallace
  • Ray’s Cafe – 9th & Cherry
  • Cafe Ole – 3rd & Quarry

Pineapple Drinks & Tacos on the Waterfront

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This past weekend my husband and I accidentally attended one of the festivals at the Delaware River waterfront.  I say accidently, because we did not know it was happening until, while driving to do some errands, my husband spotted some folks crossing Columbus Blvd with pineapples full of pina colada smoothies in hand.  We circled back, parked the car and hurried over to check out the festivities.

The festival we stumbled onto was the “Hispanic Fiesta” one of a summer-long series of festivals sponsered along the waterfront.  Each festival has a different cultural theme with food and music to celebrate that culture.  And if you need only one reason to check out these festivals, it is the food!

The first thing that we did was to get in line for a pineapple drink.  In past years, we have come to other festivals along the Delaware, seen the pineapple drinks, even gotten in line to purchase the delicious libation – only to be told that the small stands were sold out.  Well, not this year!  This year there were plenty of smoothy-filled pineapple to go around, which was a boon with the sweltering heat.  Next, we ordered tacos (spicy for him, mild for my less adventurous palate).  They are pictured above in all their deliciousness.  Years ago, the only version of taco that I was familiar with was ground beef, salsa and shredded cheese.  These tacos were on a whole other level, with the lime juice really setting off the flavor of the meat and cilantro.  I can think of no better summer meal!

This is the third time we have attended one of the multicultural festivals at the waterfront, and each time has been a coincidence.  The festivals run all summer long, and yet, I’m not sure where they are advertized. I listen to the radio, read local news and actually do take note of banners and advertizements at bus stations, but I have yet to see these fun events plugged.  So let’s spread the word! Find the schedule for future festivals at the waterfront HERE.