#129: Hondouras

So far so good,

The Chinese New Year starts this week, and since we have an international fellow in our lab that’s from China, I have taken an expressed interest in this goings-on this time around the sun. Welcome to the Year of the Rooster, ladies and gentlemen! Each year is denoted by a different symbol from the Chinese 12 year animal zodiac. Unfortunately, people born in a rooster year – 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 – are said to have an unlucky 12months under their sign as opposed to lucky as one might think. Bad news for the Rockies and my sister I guess as they fall into that group 😉 Silver lining type of people like me look at the Roosters and see that they are a sign that typically tends to be seen as confident, honest and hardworking. So really, if you believe in making your own luck, those are excellent traits to have.

THE DINNER: Anyone who has seen fit to follow us for any discernible amount of time will quickly tell you that breakfast is one of if not the favorite meal of the day in Brovskyland. This week on our sojourn to Central America we were quick to pick out a traditional breakfast meal to kick off playoff palooza. This sort of breakfast taco is referred to as Baleadas Hondureñas and has many variations and combinations. Typically, though, this one is just beans and cheese and tortillas. A bit basic. A bit boring. But we shall see how it pans out when we add in the “optional” ingredients and compare the traditional to our take. This one turned out to be a good old fashioned “compare and contrast”taste test… in full disclosure, I think we may be watching too much America’s Test Kitchen…

Baleadas Hondureñas Recipe: http://m.goya.com/recipe/Recipe.aspx?id=316

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: TWO STARS out of five this meal!
So this one was tricky to appraise, because there were a lot of “optional” ingredients. If we had only run the standard recipe, it would have clocked into a .5 star for difficulty. But we in typical Brovsky fashion, went big with all the optional ingredients and this added a little crazy. All in all, though, ingredients were easy to find and this one was assembly required.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR and a HALF STARS out of five for Meal!!
Alright. This was a compare and contrast so let me begin with the traditional version: Beans, cheese and tortilla. This standard version would have clocked in at four stars or less. While it was yummy, it was just lackluster. Nothing earth shattering. The fully loaded version: eggs, avocado, cheese, creme fresh/sour cream, beans and tortilla…plus hot sauce because this is MY BREAKFAST we are talking about. This one is the reason for the extra half star. It was scrumptious— and gut busting! What were both versions missing that would have been five stars? MEAT. It needed a different texture in there with everything else to really put it into the top ranks. Regardless, every version was filling and satisfying. You would not need to hit up lunch if you eat these babies for breakfast. This was sustainable energy at it’s best.

Since we have had so much fun in Latin America we plan to trek on to Costa Rica for #130!

Adios Amigos de Gallo!
(Goodbye, Friends of the Rooster) 

– L & K

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