Fact: I fancy myself a food critic. No, no...correction. I'd like to fancy myself a food "critic"...but, it's really difficult to be one when I just kind of like ALL foods.
If being a "foodie" mean, just liking to try all foods, watching cooking competitions on DVR, discussing chefs like they're my relatives, buying cookbooks for Bek so she'll cook for me, crying during a food documentary...then, I'm a foodie. ;)
Years ago, I had an ongoing feature on my blog called DISH, where I'd combine my two favorite things; eating and talking. Wow, I sound so classy, right? But, I've found that sharing good conversation at a great eating place is just kind of a hug for my soul. So, I wanted to invite you along into dinner and conversations with me and some of my favorite people in this world.
This past Sunday, my Aunt Candy and I headed to Picante Martin's Restaurant in Newport, where we talked, dreamed, and laughed over a paper bowl of corn tortilla chips and salsa, and watered down iced tea. It was unusually cold, rainy, and windy for Southern California...so we hovered over our warm enchiladas and tamales like they were the 3rd and 4th guest to our cozy Sunday Brunch.
She's become one of my best friends and I think everyone needs an Aunt Candy in their life...so I couldn't think of anyone better to help me reintroduce DISh back to the blog...
Tami (T): Okay, Aunt Candy…what 3 pieces of marriage advice would you give someone?
Aunt Candy (C): Hmm. Good questions. I’d say:
- Always keep God 1st, your husband 2nd, and kids 3rd
- Continually maintain your marriage
- Embrace your husband for who he is, honor + respect him, and allow him to lead.
T: You raised three daughters and now have a grand-daughter as well. What characteristics would you hope your granddaugher (and daughters) would posess?
C: I’d hope that she would
- Value others and treat them with grace
- That she would place god first
- That she would be wise and discerning in her life choices
- That she would be confident in the gifts God has given her and use them to benefit others
T: Who is your hero?
C: My dad. He always worked tirelessly. He’d give people the benefit of the doubt and never talked badly about people even if he had a difficult relationship with them. He also never compromised his personal walk, was a strong leader, was an excellent provider. He left a good spiritual legacy for his kids.
T: What do you value most in a friend?
Also, someone with a deep relationship with God, I can have spiritual conversations with. I value someone who’s conversations are encouraging, uplifting, and pointed back to God.
T: Okay, great!! Now, I’m going to ask you the famous James Lipton questions…:)
T: What’s your favorite word?
T: What’s your least favorite word?
T: What in life inspires you?
C: Music and the Bible
T: What turns you off?
C: People who aggressively try to sell me something I don’t want.
T: What’s your favorite exclamatory phrase?
C: Oh my word!
T: What’s your favorite sound?
C: Praise music
T: What’s your least favorite sound?
C: A pilot doing acrobatic maneuvers over a valley on a quiet summer afternoon!
T: Hahahaha!!!! That’s amazing. What’s a career you would like to have had?
C: A pastoral counselor at a hospital
T: What career would you NOT like to have?
C: CPA…I’m bad with numbers.
T: When you get to heaven, what would you like to have God say to you?
C: Well done, good and faithful servant…you did so much better than you thought you did!
As for Picante Martin's:
We had to wipe down our table before sitting, my tamales were a little dry and the chips were a little greasy and on the verge of being overly fried. The food was seasoned well, in my opinion, and I've been here once before where I would have rated it higher, so overall, I'd give it a 6 out of 10!
Happy Wednesday!!! - Tami