Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hola! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today's bento box has a Mexican theme, with the colors of the Mexican flag, and tasty Mexican food. I made steak tacos for me and my hubby last night using steak, cheddar cheese, salsa, a green avocado/cilantro sauce, and super tasty tortillas from La Tortilla Factory. La Tortilla Factory is based in Sonoma County, and 3 generations of the Tamayo family have been making tortillas here since 1977. This is a new product called Hand Made Style Corn Tortilla. They are flexible like flour tortilla, but have that wonderful chewy masa flavor. Also in this bento box: green and red bell peppers, and radishes. I peeled the skin from the radish to make the radish flower, and then placed the white radish flesh between the peppers to echo the Mexican flag. Pairing suggestion: Mexican food and beer really seem to be perfect partners. A frosty glass of Anchor Steam beer would go great with this lunch.

The sauce inside the steak tacos is something I picked up at a broadcast with Chef Mark Stark of Stark's Steakhouse. Mark explained that tacos take so many little ingredients like onions, avocados, cilantro, sour cream, etc. that it takes a while to put them together. But, you can blend the green items together saving time and also keeping the ingredients from falling out of the taco as you eat it! Great idea! So I made this green sauce based on the sauce Mark made during out broadcast.

Recipe for Avocado/Cilantro Sauce
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup cilantro
green parts of two green onions, roughly chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.


  1. I must try that sauce--it looks refreshing and wonderful! As an avocado addict, its always nice to find a lovely new way to get my fix. Super-cute Cinco bento :)

  2. It also might be a good sauce for those who don't like avocados so much, but those people are crazy. :-)