Monday, November 14, 2011

Old Friends/New Friends at Aji Picante!

We went to see the movie Anonymous yesterday in Squirrel Hill.  Excellent movie with Vanessa Redgrave as the Queen.  We were walking back to our car when we noticed a new restaurant had opened in an old Panera location.  It is called Aji Picante.  The Herbal Husband looked in and saw an old friend from his architecture school days in Peru.  A few years ago!  They invited us to join them.  They were having dinner with other old friends from local architecture days.  Above is my favorite, causa.  The Herbal Husband always makes causa for me on my birthday.  If you click causa it will take you to The Herbal Husband's recipe for causa.  It is delish and so was Aji Picante's.  It was a bit spicy.  So be prepared!
The Herbal Husband had another favorite of mine, lomo saltado.  Here it is.  The Herbal Husband makes this dish during tomato season and we didn't have much of that this year!  He enjoyed Aji Picante's take.  Here is a review from our local paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the restaurant.  The reviewer called it a more elaborate taste of Peruvian cooking.
We enjoyed seeing our old friends and make new ones.  Thanks for the photo photos, Vincenne!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Another rainy day cancels the front door and it drags on!  Hopefully on Friday!  Talk to you later.


Terra said...

Those foods look delish.

lemonverbenalady said...

Thanks Terra. It was delish. I forgot to mention the arroz con leche that was devine. Made with coconut milk and bits of mango.