Oxnard Salsa Festival

After I walked a few steps at the Oxnard Salsa Festival this past Sunday, I saw a beautiful tent filled with shiny painted glass.  As I walked in, I saw a metal rack with some underwater painted glass pieces.  One of them, Tabitha’s favorite, was a beautiful mermaid with blonde hair and a dark green tail.  She was surrounded by the dark blue ocean and colorful fish.  The one next to it was the same, except for the mermaid had the same simple brown hair as my mom, although it was wavier.  On the table next to it, I saw a very pretty one on its own stand.  It said:  “Love, Laugh, Live.”  Right before the “L” in “Love” was a red rose.

On to the food!  We walked some more and came up to a salsa stand.  Everyone was huddling around it for free samples.  When I got my sample, the first thing I tasted was garlic!  That’s a good thing!  The salsa was amazingly spicy and chunky, but enough about that little sample.  I’m going to skip ahead a bit to tell you about the absolute best part, the salsa tasting tent.

Sign of the Delicious Salsa Tasting Tent We Entered

It was a huge white tent behind a little stand.  We walked up to the stand, bought our tortilla chips and our 10 tickets, and walked into the tent of tasting.  The tent was super busy!  Lots of people were bustling around, trying to get the salsa they wanted. 

These different kinds of salsa are sitting on trays for tasting.

This is the bottle of Bacon Hot Sauce we bought. Tempting!

One of the sauces we looked at, tasted, and bought was called Bacon Hot Sauce (bacon-flavored hot sauce).  I really liked it.  It had a unique taste.  A very unique taste!  I loved it, but Dad was unhappy about where the Bacon Hot Sauce table was.  He said:  “Nobody puts Bacon in the corner.”  He is very funny. 

We tried a lot of different kinds of salsa, but the winner was the Ghost Pepper Salsa.  (The Ghost Pepper is the spiciest pepper in the world, and that is why it was hard eating it.)  Although it put my lips and mouth on fire for about 4 minutes, it was a chunky, rich-flavored mixture of tomatoes, vegetables and herbs.
This is the sign of the spicy and delicious Ghost Pepper and Ghost Pepper Salsa.

It was surely my favorite, but if you went to the salsa festival, was it your favorite?  If you didn’t go this year, go next year, and try the Ghost Pepper Salsa.  But beware, this stuff is hot!

Oxnard Salsa Festival

http://www.oxnardsalsafestival.com/

Ragin’ Cajun – New and Old

Last Saturday, my family walked out to Ragin’ Cajun, a cajun restaurant in Hermosa Beach.  Our family loves Ragin’ Cajun and sadly, it is losing its lease.  But the good news is they are moving to El Segundo, and we know that because Stephen the owner told us.

The moment I sat down at our table, I looked at all of the decorations on the walls and ceiling.  Of course, I recognized all of them, because we are one of Ragin’ Cajun’s best customers!  We come almost weekly. 

I stared up at the green frogs clinging on to the bayou blue ceiling.

Anyway, for our appetizer, we ordered delicious fried oysters. 

Me pouring hot sauce into the cocktail sauce to make a spicier mixture!

Since they come with spicy cocktail sauce, I always add the extra hot sauces that they leave on the table for me:  garlic, pepper, raspberry chipotle, hot, and regular chipotle.  My dad says he likes the sauces I make, and I love them too.  I make different mixes every time.  We always dip our oysters in them, except for Tabitha, my 5-year-old sister who is afraid that the sauces are too spicy.  She eats her oysters plain, but as I like to say, at least she likes oysters!

Deciding Between Gumbo and Bayou Bisque (Shrimp, Crab and Corn).

Next up was my bowl of spicy gumbo.  It was chicken and sausage gumbo, my favorite.  Luckily, I had some lemonade to cool my mouth off.  My dad ordered his own favorite:  stuffed snapper smothered in crawfish etouffee.  He always loves his meals at Ragin’ Cajun, and so do I.

My delicious and fire-in-your-tummy spicy gumbo!

When we left, our waitress, Jazmin, and the owner, Stephen, took us outside, behind the restaurant, and let us take a picture with them in front of the new Ragin’ Cajun food truck.  Stephen told us that he and Jasmin drove around the country in the truck for a new TV show.  We don’t know the name of it, but Stephen invited us to the premiere!  I know I’ll watch it, because I love Ragin’ Cajun, but I don’t know if you will.  You should decide because the premiere is August 15, 2010.  I can’t wait!

Owner Stephen, Jazmin, Mom, Tabitha, and I in front of the Ragin' Cajun food truck.

Ragin’ Cajun Cafe

422 Pier Avenue

Hermosa Beach, California

http://www.ragincajun.com/

My Birthday Dinner at Bluewater Grill

The Fruits de Mer Tower of Raw Goodness

On January 21, I went to Bluewater Grill on Harbor Boulevard in Redondo Beach to celebrate my 8th birthday. I got something called the fruits de mer tower.  It was two bowls, stacked on top of each other, with raw shellfish, crab legs, and immense shrimp.  I had three oysters, one cherrystone clam, and one piece of crab.  I tried a raw scallop and loved everything about it, except for the slimy seaweed on top of it.  The oyster and cherrystone clams were pretty gritty and shell-y to me.  The crab tasted very succulent.   I also got a Shirley Temple for my drink.  It was very sour, which is a good thing in my book.

There was good service there, I thought. We had a very nice and polite waitress who brought our food very quickly.  The tables were clean and neat, and the pictures on the wall were pretty. 

Next, we had dessert.  My mom ordered one slice of key lime pie, and I ordered one slide of mud pie.  I did not enjoy the key lime pie, which tasted too bitter and tasted like sour cream.  (I do NOT like sour cream.)  The mud pie was rich, chocolate and coffee ice cream, on a river of chocolate sauce.  It was topped with cherries and nuts.  Because it was my birthday, the waitress brought me an extra free dessert.  it was an ice cream sundae with a candle on it.  Our waitress lit the candle, and my family sang to me, and then I made a wish and blew it out.  It was the best birthday dinner I ever could have asked for!

Bluewater Grill

665 N. Harbor Drive

Redondo Beach, California

http://www.bluewatergrill.com/locations/redondo_beach.htm

Hello world!

Get ready for Megan’s World of Food!  I will start blogging as soon as I can.  Megan’s world of raw clams, oysters, and more will cajole you to try as many foods as you possibly can.   I can’t wait!