I was talking to my parents the other night and they informed me the Cutthroat Kitchen Episode Tournament of Terror Heat 4 where I appeared has been making its rounds in a channel available only to LatAm countries. The channel is called Discovery H&H and it's based in Argentina. I asked them if it was shown in English with Spanish subtitles or if they had translated it to Spanish to what they replied it has been translated. Just the thought of that seems strange to me because Spanish is my native language and to have a different voice over my voice is a funny mental picture. In the conversation, my parents said the voice they use for me sounds very formal, almost with no feeling so I had to see it for myself and when I tried looking it up and once I found it within the realms of the channel mentioned above I came to a halt when informed my viewing was restricted because of IP location, etc.
Are you a fan of cooking shows? I can't remember if I shared with you before but cooking shows was sort of my training on how to run a restaurant. I remember watching Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares way before Jo and I planned to open our own Cueva Bar Café. Because we slightly entertained the idea of starting a food-related business I remember saying to myself "If/when we open a restaurant we aren't doing this, or that". I also remember feeling surprised about what apparently chef Gordon Ramsey would find in some kitchens. What seemed common sense to me in regards to food safety, it wasn't apparent to some restauranteurs. Also, at some point, these shows turned into seemingly highly produced shows, with the drama and the screaming coming out of Ramsey's mouth. My thought was I didn't want to eat at a place where the chef is calling his team fat cows and other offensive names. Whether true or not, I knew I would not be treating my team like that.
On other lighter feeling food movie-related things. Have you watched Ratatouille? IF so, what's the part that you liked the most? The one line that stuck with me and that I kept remembering when Jo and I were getting ready to open Cueva Bar with our initial tapas, small bites menu is "Anyone can cook!”. That statement took on some strong resonance as I was doubting if I had enough cooking skills to open a restaurant, and even though my friends and family suggested I go for it, there was still this little voice making me doubt myself. Thankfully, somehow I ended up watching this movie three years after its release date and it gave me an extra humph of confidence to continue creating and experimenting with flavours. So, to honour all the home cooks and what I learned best from my mom, I share with you a simple breakfast item put together with four ingredients. Three of these ingredients we typically keep in stock, the other one is a leftover from a Mexican food place called Brothers that is located on 30th street in North Park. One aspect I learned at home is to be resourceful, a tool that can help you greatly when managing waste in both a home kitchen and at a commercial/professional kitchen, like the one at Cueva Bar Café.
Have you ever had an egg sandwich made with English muffins and refried beans? If you haven't I invite you to give it a try. What you see on the right is easy to make a breakfast sandwich anyone can prepare. See, cooking is not difficult. You can prepare tapas, small plates, shareable plates, big plates, full-on dinners, cooked or raw, it doesn't matter as long as you follow simple food safety because no one likes to get sick on food. To prepare this breakfast item you'll need 1 frying pan, 1 English muffin, leftover beans (our you can prepare them fresh), a little butter or butter substitute and either one or two eggs.
Start by cooking the eggs with a hard or runny yolk depending on your personal preference. Take the eggs off the pan, add a little butter and let it melt, add the English muffin sliced in half and face down on one side of the pan, and the beans on the other. Warm up the beans until you reach your desired toastiness on the muffin. Layer the eggs and beans on one half of the muffin, place the other half on top and presto!. Simple, delicious, nothing fancy to it, and I think is a good way to start the morning. Then, if you have time to stop by a doughnut shop after dropping your son off at school, you can enjoy a sweet pastry along with your coffee while reading or listening the news, or a motivational podcast, or you can simply sit and enjoy your food, every bite of it.
About the author:
I chef Oz write these blogs. I am a home cook gone pro when my wife Jo and I decided to open Cueva Bar Cafe in San Diego California. I am passionate about offering a space where people gather for a good time, and to enjoy mindfully prepared tapas, made with love and passion by our culinary team. I'm all about inclusive peace, love, mutual respect, unity, kindness, and compassion under the sun with liberty and justice for all.
Let tapas bring us together!
Cueva Bar Café is my approach to the concept of Tapas with an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cosy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.
Letting the inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, I marry Mexico’s ingredients and flavours with elements from around the U.S and the world using local - organic produce and vendors as much as possible to create both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact on our environment.
Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers a tapas and small plates inspired menu with plenty of omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Every day happy hour is from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Happy hour offerings are $2 off all food on the menu and $3 off all drinks by the glass.
Late-night Spanish style happy hour on Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 11pm where we treat you to a tapa or pintxo with each drink you order.
Monthly Wine Tasting. Happens every first Saturday of every month.
Tuesday: Tacos are $2 off all night.
Wednesday: Rosé wine is $3 off all night.
Thursday: House white and house red wine are $3 all night.