Do you love food? I looooove food! Right now I’m borderline obsessed with avocados. And a very happy part of many recent days has been when I ate some smashed up avocado on toast for breakfast. Mmmmm… If you know me in person, I may have told you about it, or I may have droolingly noticed the avocados in the salad you brought to work for lunch. My good friend Kellie even gave me some of her de-licious homemade guacamole as part of my Christmas gift. Now that, is friendship.
I love food, but sometimes I can get into a restaurant rut. You know, heading to the same close-by, easy, good-enough places when really, there are lots of new (or new-to-me) restaurants with delicious food just waiting to become my next favorite meal. So when I made my winter goal list, I said I wanted to try some new restaurants and freshen things up for my taste buds. The great thing about this goal is that my friends were more than happy to join me in making it happen. So off we went…
Jenna suggested this place for some Mexican and Peruvian cuisine! And you know what that means…MARGARITAS! It’s a BYO place, so, you tote in some of your own Tequila, and the lovely people of El Tule will bring you a pitcher of margarita mix. It’s a happy start to Friday night dinner. Plus, there was guac. I could have stopped there.
But I didn’t. I went ahead and ordered the Chaufa de Marisces y Quinoa. How do you pronounce that? I don’t know, but it means – – “kind of like fried rice except with quinoa…and SQUID and OCTOPUS!” That’s just a loose translation.
They were very tiny tentacles, but I ate them with crazy-eyes just to taunt Kellie, who was a weensy bit grossed out about me eating octopus. I guess that wasn’t the nicest thing to do to my best guac supplier. Sorry, Kell.
Contrary to Kellie’s expression in that pic, my dinner was very tasty. Everyone liked their dinners. A lot! Kellie got a chicken dish. Jenna got the fish tacos. And cleaned her plate! Evidence of goodness! Jackie had those enchiladas up there on the menu, with the crab. Kellie and I polished off her black beans. Just go ahead and clean your friend’s plate. It’s fine. Yum! We recommend! I can’t wait to go back to El Tule in the warm weather. They have a cute little backyard table area that looks like a fun place to have some cocktails and tacos!
The next weekend, to make up for my tentacle teasing, and just because it’s how we do, Kellie and I headed out for an early morning breakfast. For crepes! Have you heard about the new crepe place in Princeton?! It’s Jammin’! No, they weren’t playing Bob Marley in there. It’s what the place is called, ‘Jammin Crepes’ on Nassau Street in Princeton. I don’t know the story of the name, perhaps because they also make their own jam and put it IN crepes? I think it opened last spring or over the summer. It’s very, very cute inside with big wooden tables and mason jars filled with charmingly mismatched silverware.
They use a deck of cards to keep track of orders and, if you get as lucky as we did, maybe a nice lady sitting next to you will give you a lesson about the history of the chocolate and hazelnut combination. The Italians started it.
Does the history lesson give you a hint about what I ordered? Yep, the “Nut-Cho-Tella” Crepe! They offer a whole selection of savory crepe choices as well, with fillings like turkey, ham, eggs, veggies and goat cheese. Which, if you’re not into breakfast for lunch or dinner or dessert for breakfast, gives you some other options. I, personally, could eat dessertbreakfast all the day long.
They make their own chocolate-hazelnut-almond spread. I loved it! They make their own jams and fruit spreads too. You can take a jar home with you.
Obviously, Kellie was not grossed out by this meal. She has cinnamony-apple goodness in that thing, with whipped cream on top!
Next time, I want to sit at the sunny window seat and watch the Princeton people go by. Maybe I’ll see you there!