Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Something yummy and something new

As many of you may know, I entered the Trader Joe's sandwich recipe cookoff a while back. Well, I'm here to report that I'm actually a big giant loser. No, I didn't make the the finals or any second round for that matter. But the good news is that Trader Joe's has posted the recipes from the finalists. I thought my sandwich recipes were good, but these mouthwatering creations sound like they are to-die-for. Check them out, and please post if you try any of them. I know I sure will.

On a different note, Bonano's Fine Peruvian Cuisine is going to be opening up a Ventura location, in the former home to Sushi Teri at 100 N. Ashwood. This unique little restaurant, renowned for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken, is little sister to the original location in Northridge. Not only is it exciting to see a new restaurant opening in this crazy economy, but something totally new and different for Ventura.

They are mentioned in the LA Times for their "crisp-succulent roasted chicken." According to their article, most Peruvian restaurant menus "are similar to one another: a march of saltados, fried rice dishes, ceviches and Latin soups. And potato dishes, lots of potato dishes. Because Peruvian food is inherently multicultural, there's something for any eater to relate to. There are Chinese ingredients, Japanese techniques, African flavors, laid over a foundation of Latino and Andean cooking. Peruvian food might be the only cuisine that combines cheese, nuts, soy sauce, cilantro and fried plantain all in the same bite." Don't know about you, but I'm already salivating. This place is definitely worth checking out once they are opened.


Anonymous said...

You guys made my day. I am a peruvian woman, and I was waiting for a Peruvian restaurant in Ventura for 20 years. This is just great. I will be there and of course I will spread the word.

Anonymous said...

We've been to Bonano's in Ventura twice now...First time we had the ceviche and the Peruvian fried rice (sorry don't remember the Peruvian names). Both were super...Last night we experimented, ready to be disappointed compared to our first visit...The shrimp chowder was great and surprisingly the "surf and turf (Mar and something)" Filet strips, shrimp, and french fries (believe it or not) all mixed up with a wonderful sauce was awesome....Ventura needs to support this place--It's really good food off the beaten track in the Ashwood Center. I hesitate to pump it up too much because it's nice not to have to wait in line for a table.

Ventura Food Happenings said...

I keep hearing really great things about this place...especially the chicken and the ceviche. I'm hoping to go either this week or next week....How was the service? And the atmosphere?

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