Empenadas with Guava and Cilantro Sauces

Empenadas with Guava and Cilantro Sauces at Adobos Caribbean Grill

If you were granted a day, in this upcoming Christmas Season, where you could go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any restaurants of your choosing, where would that be? Consider it a Christmas gift to yourself. As the Holiday Season draws near, our time seems to be filled with parties, events, shopping and rushing through work so that we can enjoy some time with our families. What often gets missed in the “busyness” of life is ourselves. We feel defeated and exhausted. It’s only when we take care of ourselves that we have joy to share with others.

As I dreamed about what where I would go, I noticed that it depended on the day and what I was craving. There are however, a few places that stand out. That I could go to any time of day or night.

For Breakfast, my car would virtually drive itself to 9th South Delicatessen. They started breakfast just two months ago. That same passion and quality that they put into their Deli Sandwiches, is now available in the am. One of the best ingredients here is their corned beef and pastrami. Randy has searched the country over finding the best source for this delectable cuisine.

The Hashed Corned Beef

The Hashed Corned Beef

I would order the Hashed Corned Beef. That delicious meat is served with Feta sprinkled Latke-style potatoes, 2 cage free eggs, tomatoes and pumpernickel toast. I was blown away that flavor could be that good. Enjoy the time at 9th South Delicatessen. It’s not just the food that is amazing, they have a near antique shop setup in that quaint bungalow.

Even though I would be full from the hashed corn beef, my mind would quickly debate the lunch options. Do I stay close? Is it time for a burger, sandwich, Thai Food, my often behavioral response. None of the above. Today I would head south to Sandy to Adobo’s Caribbean Grill. That Carne Frita with it’s boneless pork sirloin fried until crispy and served with onions and cilantro mojo having been calling my name for weeks.

This is a place where relaxed or not upon entering, you are forced to sit back and enjoy. No rush here. The waitresses know the dishes extremely well and will guide you in this culinary landscape. You will be in no hurry to return to the office; so don’t. Get some Christmas shopping done and then make your dinner plans.

Nice, quiet, delicious and relaxing are what you are looking forward to with dinner. They happen to be the same qualities you were searching for with breakfast and lunch. There is no problem with that. Three great meals in one day that are all delicious and relaxing will change (and probably extend) your life, mark my words.

Saffron Valley Toddy Shop Fry

Saffron Valley Toddy Shop Fry

Those qualities bring you to Saffron Valley in the Avenues. This is where Indian Home Style Cooking, Restaurant Favorites and Street Foods converge. There have been many restaurants started by people who open, then try to make the food good. Saffron Valley was started by a proprietor of Spices; good food could not help but to come forth. Try the Three-Saag Curry with Lamb. The meat is incredibly tender and the curry exceptionally smooth.

Three-Saag Curry at Saffron Valley

Three-Saag Curry at Saffron Valley

A Warm Gulab Jamun for dessert and the thought will come, “I could get use to this.”

Christmas will come. Presents will be opened, celebrated, trashed and forgotten. Parties will happen. If you love the people at the party, you will see them again very soon. If they are once a year people then you will see them next Christmas Season with the same bad food on their table. So take care of the most neglected person this Holiday Season-You. 3 Delicious meals and time to yourself, you may just do this again soon. It will change your life.

Happy Eating and Merry Christmas


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