Sunday, January 2, 2011

Soul Food Sunday's--Taking it back to where it all started

When I woke up this morning, I started thinking about the food that has fueled my passion for food and influences the way I cook. Weekly trips to Pink Pepper with my dad made me fall in love with Thai food, my mouth is watering just thinking about the Garlic Naan Bread and Chicken Tikka Masala from Taste of India, but what started it all was some good ole soul food straight from my mom's kitchen. Hmmm,I figured I would start of the new year with a meal that not only influences me but it's what my clients crave the most!
I haven't gone out for any good soul food in ages so I wasn't sure where to go, the valley was definitely out of the question, so I hopped on google, checked out a few websites and decided on Bertha's Soul Food Cafe located in Los Angeles. I must say I was expecting something a bit more jazzy from viewing their website but I was here for the food so let eating begin. To drink, I ordered the sweet tea and for my meal I indulged in the short ribs which came with rice and gravy, macaroni and cheese, greens, and some sweet cornbread muffins. For all who don't personally know me--- I am a hard food critic and my palate is rarely wrong. My food arrives and I can't wait to tear into my short ribs covered in gravy. They're tender and fall right off the bone. The greens are tangy and sweet, and the cornbread muffins are soft with light buttery crust. Overall is wasn't the "party in my mouth" I was expecting but I could feel the love in the food so I was satisfied.Will I go back,probably not but my twice-a-year craving was fulfilled until the holiday's arrive later this year! I'm now suffering from the "itis" and it's time to go to sleep...Nite Nite

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