An Ode To Sol Food

Yikes, I can’t believe it’s already the end of January and I’m still writing 2012 on all my papers.

Reem, who is currently living in Scotland for school, came to visit her family in America over the holidays and I’m so happy I got a chance to hang out with her before she went back. We had an English class together last summer and made it a weekly trip to drive over to San Rafael to eat at Sol Food after school. This place is by far my favorite restaurant outside of San Francisco.

The whole theme of Sol Food is authentic Puerto Rican cuisine; the ambiance of this restaurant is so unique, considering it is located in San Rafael and really makes the whole experience. The decor is decorated with colorful shutters, the music is going and the napkins are held down by huge green plantains.

IMG_0564.jpg All of these numbers are the owner’s personal pictures of her friends and family.

IMG_0577.jpg I always end up getting the same thing, Pollo al Horno. I figure there’s really no point to trying to fix perfection. It comes with one (or two) pieces of chicken baked with oregano and garlic, a light salad and tostones. The tostones are one of my favorite parts of the meal and I actually have a recipe coming up for authentic Puerto Rican tostones (thanks Lili!) What makes Sol Food so popular and addicting is their secret vinegar hot sauce. I don’t even have the right adjectives to make it sound as appealing as it taste.

Later that night, Lisbon House decided to have a roommate family dinner. Since I live with seven other people, we decided a potluck was the way to go.

IMG_0650.jpg I made an avocado salad and it was b.o.m.b. It included a combination of kale, spinach and mixed greens, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, roma tomatoes, onions and queso fresco with olive oil as a dressing I bought from wine county.

IMG_0652.jpg IMG_0658.jpgMichelle and her girlfriend brought home-made Sangria (so good) and a Trader Joe’s cheese, salami and baguette plate. All of us were starving so we ended up filling up on bread and cheese. Worth it.

IMG_0663.jpgFor the main dish, Sarath made us a whole chicken. I have no idea what it was roasted with, but it was mouth watering.

Not pictured was a pizza delivery, stir fried rice, mash potatoes and a raspberry cheesecake 🙁 All in all, it was a great time since all of us are really close to begin with.

Are you close with your roommates? Do you often do potluck dinners with your friends?

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