Holy guacamole, Batman! Ceviche porn (warning: extreme fish content)

Yo, Dr. V, impossible pairing? What does one pair with ceviche? Tracie B and I don’t usually drink wine at lunch (when we ate most of the fish during our San Diego trip) and we had sake with our sushi (see below). What would you pair with ceviche? Leave a comment and let me know!

Is that a face or IS THAT A FACE? I couldn’t help but post this snap Tracie B took of a ray in the aquarium at the new Zenbu in Cardiff (North County, San Diego).

Isn’t he cool? That is, assuming he’s a he! Owners Matt and Jacqueline Rimel and I all went to La Jolla High together and I’m thrilled to see their businesses thriving.

Like the La Jolla location, the cooking style is decidedly Southern Californian. I like to call it “heavy metal” sushi. Tracie B and I had the Mexicali Roll (above), which is basically a classic shrimp roll with a garnish of jalapeño and cilantro imparting some Baja California flavors. It was delicious.

The traditional-style ceviche at Bahia Don Bravo in La Jolla was awesome, as always. So were the grilled mahi mahi tacos and the camaronillas (shrimp deep-fried in a corn tortilla).

The ceviche at Bay Park Fish Company in Mission Bay, San Diego was slightly more contemporary but just as delicious. I’m loving living in Austin but one thing I really miss about Southern California is the availability of super fresh seafood.

Like Matt’s materia prima at Zenbu, most of the fish at my high school bud Marc Muller’s Bay Park Fish Co. is also sourced as locally — and as humanely — as possible. Tracie B said these were the best clams she has had outside of Italy.

I couldn’t resist this pic either, snapped at Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, right next door to Bay Park Fish Company.

In other news…

I’m about to get on a plane for Little Rock, Arkansas where I’ll be hawking wine for the next few days. It should be a fun trip, with wine dinners tonight and tomorrow.

But I miss her already…

6 thoughts on “Holy guacamole, Batman! Ceviche porn (warning: extreme fish content)

  1. Antoine Arena Vermentino from Corsica. I believe it’s in Kermit’s book as well as Joe Dressner’s. Huzzah!

    Best,
    John

  2. So glad to hear that Zenbu is alive and well. Some of the most memorable sushi I’ve experienced has been served there. Why can’t we have rolls like that in NYC?

  3. do you KNOW what i could do with clams like that here in austin?

    bay park’s ceviche was yum, but the ceviche at bahia is assolutamente my favorite.

    i would pair a medium-weight italian rose’ with that. the flavors are pretty bold and definitely need wine with a bit of spine.

    then again, with a little vodka, you would have the ULTIMATE bloody mary, no?

  4. The ceviche porn really messed with my head, but then the Butt Rub made me laugh.

    I would pair one of the Salento peninsula’s wonderful rosatti. I still can’t find anything I like more than Leone De Castris’s 65th Anniversary Five Roses, which I believe was the first rose imported to the U.S. from Italy. The Five Roses has the structure and the acidity to make it work.

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