Zum, Zum, Zumba! Not.
Unfortunately, I am sorta kidding you and myself. I mean, I do have a minimum of 38 years left for fun and games but - I guess I am out of the Zumba class. Too late.
So - instead of Latin dance - I went for the Latin FOOD!! Now we are in my ballpark. Wait til you hear this! This restaurant is now my new fav. Nuevo Latino, Baby! Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar. All flavors of Central and South America, Cuba, and the Latin Caribbean foods and drinks. All freshly made on the spot. House-made salsas, root veggies, guacamole made right before my eyes (by this gorgeous hunk).
The challenge for me was to pick just the right dinner. I asked our server for her suggestions. I started off my night with a fishbowl (!) of delicious sangria loaded with fruit. The soup a was smoked butternut squash tortilla blend with sweet onions, tomatoes with smoked corn and green onions. Although a couple of my friends ordered it and loved it, I felt as those my intestines would never by the same if I ate it. So - I ended up with the Ensalada Mixta - a very nice sald with avocado, pumpkin seeds, blah, blah, blah with sherry vinaigrette. It was good - nothing special.
I chose the mariscos frescos for my entree. Fresh seafood for those of you who are not in the Latin loop. Cuban sofrito basted scallops. Luscious jumbo juicy sea scallops with sauteed zucchini. A real treat. Some sort of Cuban spices there and some other stuff that I didn't recognize, but all good. So far, so good? Whew! I had to take a deep breath because I had to smell the dessert menu. I do not see the point of going to a fine restaurant and then not just taking a peek at the dessert menu.
Of course, all of the girls had to have that peek. The birthday girl of the night chose the Cuban bread pudding spiked with rum soaked raisins and covered with caramel sauce - which she loved, obviously. Another picked the pumpkin cheesecake. Two others chose the churros, which came out hot out of the oven. My choice made my heart practically do flips. Tres Layer Chocolate Cake, mi amigas. Tres. Three layers of chocolate mousse cake drenched in Mexican chocolate and topped with fresh vanilla whipped cream. This and a cup of fresh latte accompanied by a sugar cane stick left me feeling spent. I almost needed a cigarette. If I were a smoker.
Whoooooo-ahhhhhh. What a dinner. If you are within range of a Paladar Kitchen, I highly recommend it. After eating the Cuban/Latin food tho - there is no way that I would be able to Zumba. Not in this lifetime. Maybe the next. Then, I will be hot.
Love and plantains