Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Food Porn: El Matador Restaurant and Happy Birthday to Dad!

It's the birthday of my wonderful father, who turns 81 today. My dad is a highly intelligent, loving, generous, wise, and gentle man who is loved by everyone he comes into contact with. He's the kind of person who makes you feel good whenever you're around him. I love him very much, and will always be grateful I was lucky enough to get him for a father. Happy birthday Dad!

Tomorrow night we'll be celebrating dad's birthday with a dinner at my house, attended by the five of my nine siblings who live in Utah. It's also the birthday of my oldest brother, Mark, born on dad's birthday. I'm making lots of homemade soups for the occasion, and everyone else is bringing other good food.

Besides being dad's birthday, it's also Friday, and every Friday I have fun showing Friday Food Porn, good-looking food that I've photographed but "may or may not" have eaten. These shots are from a dinner I shared with Dad and my stepmother Norma last week at El Matador Restaurant, a hugely successful, long-standing restaurant in Bountiful, Utah, where I grew up and where my father lives. From these photos, you can see why it's one of our favorites.

El Matador serves the type of non-pretentious Mexican-American food that is found all through the American Southwest. Servings are large and the food is mildly spiced, but delicious. The homemade salsa is served warm, and comes with plenty of crisp, tasty chips.

Dad ordered a burrito filled with Carnitas, which came with Pico de Gallo, rice, and delicious black beans. The black beans are definitely one of his favorites.

Norma ordered a chicken enchilada and a guacamole taco, both of which looked yummy.

I don't get to have dinner with dad nearly often enough, so I pretty much abandoned my diet for the evening and had a combination dinner with two cheese enchiladas, a taco, and rice and beans. The tacos at El Matador are spiced perfectly for my taste, and I love their enchilada sauce too. (No, I didn't eat it all, but after a dinner like this I'll go to phase one for a few days to get back on track. This kind of flexibility is one of the things that makes the South Beach Diet work for me.)

El Matador Restaurant
606 South Main
Bountiful, Utah 84010
801-292-8998

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11 comments:

  1. Great tribute to your dad and a stunning dinner you all had!!!

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  2. Now I'm so hungry! I love Mexican food and that looks perfect. Have a great celebration Kalyn. Hope you're feeling better.

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  3. Looks great. In Boston there are very few very good Mexican restaurants. I am now very hungry and very envious!

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  4. OMG! It's been so long since I've had that kind of Mexican food....I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Maybe my next trip to the U.S. sigh....a long time to wait....

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  5. Tanna, Sher and b, thanks for the good wishes. I'm feeling better today (Saturday) and am just about to get busy making some clam chowder (my dad's request) for the birthday party we're having tonight.

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  6. Katie, didn't mean to leave you out. I guess we were cross commenting because when I started writing my post your comment wasn't there, and then it popped up when I posted the comment. I agree that this kind of simple Mexican food is hard to beat. There are A LOT of great Mexican places in Utah, one of the nice things about living here.

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  7. How sweet! And Happy Birthday to your Dad. You are blessed.

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  8. Mexican food is a good treat for b'day!

    Kalyn, happy belated birthday to your dad!

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  9. Oh yum, what a feast! I'm still trying to find a decent Mexican restaurant here that won't charge me through the teeth for a feed - what I wouldn't give for Mexican cuisine of this quality in my neighborhood!

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  10. Hi Kalyn,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for starting the WHB which is a wonderful event emphasising veggies & herbs
    Looking forward to see the other entries.
    Your blog looks so professional that it is an inspiration
    Hope you are well rested and feeling better
    --sandeepa

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  11. Love the bean border, Kalyn!

    I usually crave spicy food when it gets hot outside, for some reason. Maybe it's because I want to wash it down with some sort of citrusy drink (Margerhitas, perhaps). But really, it makes sense to eat hot when the weather gets cold so maybe I'll stock up on Mexican stuff...

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