Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Corn, Cheese and Cabbage????

GR&DF once again we are at the mid-week point with only a couple of days until the weekend!! How super is that!! Thank you for you kind comments and suggestions. I think I will need to get a hold of the Discworld book - if there was any doubt before there is none now. Usually I am not that big a fan of the fantastical or sci-fy but for some reason this book seems to appeal to me.

There are a few shows on the boob tube that we really enjoy - and of those shows it seems that many of them occur on Food TV - surprise, surprise!! The other night I was watching one of the newer shows "The Best Thing I ever Ate" where show hosts talk about different things they really enjoy and one of them mentioned Pupusa's. A Pupusa is an Salvadorian deliciousness - click HERE and there is a detailed description. The chef that was talking about a place in Philadelphia, I think, but I remembered we have some pretty terrific places to get them here in SF. So on the way home we stopped off at one of the best in town - Los Panchos -

This little place is located at 3206 Mission Street - lower Bernal Heights/ Mission District and has the best pupusa's!! We picked up two dinners - with pupusa's you get some "curtido" (cabbage slaw made with red chili and vinegar), some refried beans and the super hot salsa. Here is a snap...



If you ever get the chance to try them you should - we get the cheese only, but you can also get them with pork or beans inside also.

On the movie front - Cari mentioned seeing two great films - "My Man Godfrey" - 1936 - starring Carole Lombard and William Powell - super film!! This was remade in 1957 starring June Allyson and David Niven - a very nice version, but I do prefer the 1936. She also saw "Desk Set" - 1957 - starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn - this is one of the best of the Tracy/Hepburn films!!! I was happy to read that the clip of Vivien Leigh went over well. She was a top notch actress and to think that "Ship of Fools " was her last film is even more interesting. She passed away two years after completing the film. Margaret mentioned that she only knew of Leigh's work in "Gone with the Wind" - 1939. Other fine films that Leigh was in include - "Fire Over England" - 1937, the remake and her follow up film to GWtW - "Waterloo Bridge" - 1940 -, "That Hamilton Woman" - 1941 - she is exquisitely beautiful in this film - an recently released on DVD ..... and who could forget her in "Streetcar Named Desire" - 1951. Leigh's filmography is very small but her few films are all top notch and well worth seeing - and easy enough to get as most are on DVD.

Last night I watched a film called "Passion Fish" - 1992 - starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard. A really moving film set in Jefferson Davis Parrish, Louisiana. I totally enjoyed this flick and had never heard of it before!! Basic story line - a successful "soap opera" actress in NY is crippled in a car accident and moves home - turns into a total bitch - and treats her nurses, therapists and all around her like crap. Eventually another broken person in the form on Alfre Woodard enters her life as the "last chance" nurse. Their uneasy relationship is the bulk of the film.

There you go sports fans. Thank you once again for stopping by and for you kind comments!!

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Take care,
edgar

12 comments:

Sharlotte said...

The food looks fantastic! I don't watch a lot of food t.v., but I do occasionally watch Cake Boss.

I love Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard.

Rachel S said...

Papusas are SO good! We have a big El Salvadorean community here and one of my co-workers made them for us. Enjoy!

Cari-in-VA said...

I just added several of the films you named to my Netflix queue. I can't wait for a quiet few hours to stitch and watch movies - hopefully this weekend.

Enjoy your day!

Moon Pie Primitives said...

Hi: I'm new to blogging and love your blog. all I can say is I don't think there is anything better than cross stitch, old movies and food. Keep up the good work. Nancy

valerie said...

Oh no...you just had to show me pupusas! I've been having mexican/el salvadorean/nicaraguan cravings for a week. I think it's time to indulge...

Beth said...

Oh my gosh I love papusas. There's a farmer's market down here by my office in LA and occasionally my co-worker and I go over and get some. She always gives me the cabbage, she says it's naty but I like it! Now I want some!

DonnaTN said...

Desk Set is one of my favorite movies! I bet you could ride the Mexican Ave. bus to find some pupusas or at least get to the neighborhood!

Myra said...

Oh Edgar, you have made my day! We ate pupusas and slaw at a flea market 2 years ago. The vendors couldn't speak much English so I never knew what they were called. Thank you! I am off to see if I can find a recipe now.

Alice said...

Those pupusos look yummy! I've never had one, so I'll have to make a point to find a restaurant that makes them!

Margaret said...

Oh that food looks soooo delicious! I envy you your choice of takeout there. We're pretty limited here in the suburbs. Sigh. I had no clue Vivien Leigh was in Streetcar Named Desire!! I have to put that on my rental list asap, as well as a couple of others you mentioned! Thanks! btw, did you ever read Rhett Butler's People? What did you think of it? I'll just say I wasn't too impressed. :D

Jan said...

The company I work for is 85% Hispanic so I have been introduced to a vast array of South American food lately. The wife of one of our managers makes pupusas. Have you had saltenas? They are great. It's shaped like a calzone, but it is a hard shell, not soft. You can get them filled with beef or chicken.

Desk Set. One of the best ever! I watch it every time it comes on.

Karyn said...

Yum! You live in the best city in all the world, Edgar, I love SF. Your dinner looks amazing :) Next time I visit my folks I will try some.

I love Street Car Named Desire....Stellllaaa! OK, here's an amazing movie with Joan Crawford, if you haven't seen it (ya right ;)) it's called "Mildred Pierce" and it is one of my all time favorites...if you haven't seen it rent it...OMW it is filmed in old Los Angeles.

Have a great day kiddo
Hugs
Ma