Friday Food Foto – Plantains from La Costanera

Plantains from La Costanera

I was planning on a French Friday post today, I started writing it earlier in the week, but I have been fighting a flu and not feeling well, so I have decided to go the easy route and share a food photo instead.

I love plantains.  I learned a taste for them while living in Panama. My mom learned how to make them there and continued to make them from time to time as I grew up.  I prefer the salty/savory variety but enjoy the sweet ones too.  Just like the ones pictured above that I enjoyed with my best friend at La Costanera in Half MoonBay.

We had dinner at La Costanera along the coast which has the most breathetaking views and beautiful architecture, but I found the food a bit lacking.  I guess I have been spoiled by the amazing Peruvian food that we can get in San Francisco, because I found everything subpar.  Not thinking most people care while they eat there, they are too busy enjoying the coast.

Now, onto More Tasty Tidbits:

From White on Rice Couple: Tomato chutney grilled cheese sandwiches

From Tartine and Apron Strings: BELT my style (I like her style!)

From Love and Lemons: Edamame dumplings

From Lemon Fire Brigade: Salted mango sherbet with bruleed banana waffle cone chips and lemon caramel petals

From Chef in Training: Perfect chocolate cupcake with salted buttercream (oh yes!)

For my gluten-free friends:

From Tartlette: Lobster risotto with chantrelles

How about you? What have you been eating lately?

 

Comments

  1. Mmmm! I discovered how delicious plantains are while living in Ecuador. Patacones are my favorite.

  2. Panama – was that during your adventures as an Army — I can’t say brat. You’re too nice. Anyway, Panama and conflict and Generation X. Wild times. I worked in a grocery store during a semester of college and I remember this one woman came in all the time and brought “giant bananas” through my lane. LOL! I bought some plantains after that and learned to cook them. I hope you feel better soon, Andi. I’ve been sick this week, too.

  3. P.S. The food in those pictures in all the links – it all looks fabulous. And the photographer is so perfect, it depresses me. =/ What kind of camera do you all use to shoot food? I hate not knowing how to shoot without the ugly flash blob on everything. I try and try…I think the Nikon 5100 will resolve this problem for me. =)))

  4. @Erica, I don’t think I have had patacones – how are those made?

  5. @Jen, yep, Army brat days. And it was before the whole Noriega mess. How do you make plantains at home? Starting to feel better, hope you are too!

  6. You cut them into about 1 inch pieces, fry them a little bit, then take them out and smash them down to make them semi-flat, and then re-fry them. Oh, and add tons of salt. Hmm… I rarely post recipes on my blog but maybe I should for these.

  7. @Jen, I used a 50 mm 1.4 lens on my 5D. I usually use a 70 mm macro for most of my food photos (unless it is my iphone). I also am trying to my husbands 50 mm Zeiss, but it is manual focus and not automatic so I am learning how to use it. When I asked a few food bloggers about what lenses they use a lot them responded that they use a 50mm 1.4, I just got a food photography book from my hubby and that lens plus a 100mm seems to be the lens this person used, but since I don’t do food styling, but rather restaurant shots, I am still learning what works and what doesn’t.

  8. @Erica, I have seen those as tostones too – yep – definitely would like those!

  9. I ate plantains all the time in Lower Manhattan at the Dominican restaurants. Yum!

  10. @Jennie, it is something I really love but don’t get to eat often enough!

  11. I have never tried Plantains before . I see them alot on the food channel and would love to try them one day.

  12. My first time tasting Plantains was a few weeks ago, they definitely are delicious! I didnt have fresh one they were dried

  13. Kaci Guisinger- Harrison says:

    I’ve never had one of these. I have no clue if they are sweet or sour or what they taste like but after reading this I want to try one so you’ve inspired me to go out and find these things!! =D

  14. Arinna Black says:

    I’ve never actually had plantains. I always pass by them in the grocery store and think to myself that I really want to try them, but I’ve never picked some up and actually done it. I’ll have to get around to it soon–I’d love to have more foods to eat that’ll satisfy my salty cravings!

  15. I’ve had plantains in Nicaragua, and never realized before that all the ways they can be prepared- from soft and sweet to crunchy and salty- they are all good!

  16. sandyandcosmo says:

    I prefer the sweet plantains but recently tried a Puerto Rican dish with green plantains and chicken gizzards. Sounds weird but I liked it!

  17. Yen Fasano says:

    That looks so delish! I don’t know of anyplace in MN that have plantains on their menu…..I should venture out more.

  18. I had plantains once as a child but ate them with ketchup. I should probably try them with a more mature palate.

  19. @Elle, trust me, they are still good with ketchup!

  20. @Yen, I bet you there are!

  21. @Sandy, sounds delish to me!

  22. @Judi, so agree with you!

  23. @Arinna, the salty ones are great! My mom just buys them and slices them into ice water then fries them. She puts them on a paper towel, salts them and Voila!

  24. @Kaci, you really should, they are really yummy. I am not sure where you live, but if you go to any hispanic grocery store you’ll find them.

  25. Plantains are one of my FAVORITE foods! I love them, especially the sweet kind. I love that I live in a diverse area, and they sell plantains at all of the grocery stores & fruit/vegetable markets.

  26. Diana Camden says:

    Yes! Plantains are a wonderful Peruvian staple. That is where my family is from. When I am in Miami, I always seek out great Peruvian restaurants. When I lived in the MIdwest, there just wasn’t any places around to get good food. Now I’m in Texas, so I need to find out the great spots to eat!
    Diana C

  27. @Tammy, I love those too, buy them in my grocery store, like potato chips – yummy!

  28. @Athena, wow I am surprised, growing up in Florida with the large Cuban population there, I am surprised you never had them!

  29. @Diana, they do make good ones. My first exposure was Panamanian. San Francisco is lucky to have some great Peruvian spots.

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