Back on the Wagon

My mother's kitchen: where the meat magic happens.

Sorry I haven’t posted in more than a week, but I have a good excuse. In the past five days I have eaten five different types of meat: brisket, turkey, meatballs, stuffed veal, chicken and chicken soup. And not one after the other. Last night, as my husband put it, we hit for the meat cycle. Basically, if it had a face, chewed its cud and had split feet, it was served on a platter at my mother’s Rosh Hashana table.

I can’t remember ever eating as much meat as I just have. I no longer have a cholesterol level; I have a gravy level. I don’t recognize my body anymore. Last night my sister and I reviewed our recent diet, and she pointed out that she really believed her hair was weighed down by animal fat. I think it really was. It had lost its shine, its cute bouncy curls. Her hair looked the way I feel. As I look down at my body — hello meat belly — I have decided this is not a good thing.

And so on the way back to Boston, I had the husband drive to Russo’s before we even got home. I now have some radishes hanging out in the kitchen, waiting to be pickled for veggie potluck at the co-op tomorrow night. I think this week is going to be very veggie-based, and THANK GOD, it will culminate in a very much needed fast for Yom Kippur.

I shudder at the thought that I have the rest of the universe’s holidays two months from now. I love spending time with my family for the Jewish holidays, and I do love the food, bad as it is for me. But I feel like I’ve been cheating on my veggie blog, and I’m glad to be back on track. Stay tuned for updates as I get back on the straight and narrow.

Dollar. Taco. Tuesday.

Tomorrow is my favorite kind of Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! Here’s the deal: Ken Oringer’s little taqueria, La Verdad, which is across the street from Fenway Park, sells some of their tacos for $1 on Tuesdays when the Red Sox aren’t playing at home. Which means that’s where you’ll find me every Tuesday from November through March.

I’ve found that two is enough, three if I’m feeling very very hungry. And when I say chicken taco, I mean achiote BBQ chicken with pickled red onions and sour orange. The other $1 choices are the pig ones. I can’t vouch for them, but I hear they’re also fantastic.

Please Note: There is a new chef at La Verdad and the tacos have changed. Not to worry, they are still incredibly delicious. Also, to qualify for the dollar taco deal, you now have to eat inside the restaurant.

As of January 25, 2011, Taco Tuesday begins at 5PM.

It's much tastier than it looks. I was still a novice at whipping out my camera in restaurants when this was taken.