Monthly Archives: May 2014

restaurant worthy asian seared tuna

photo 1At my house, the highest honor that my subjects can bestow on a meal, is the phrase “you could serve that at a restaurant”. I am not sure why that is, but if someone says that, it must be true!

And today i definitely agree.

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This fish has so many great flavors going on, that you pretty much look forward to every bite.


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I didn’t stray much from the recipe either, which is rare.

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Sushi grade tuna is key here.

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Fast hot cooking creates a delicious exterior. It serves one, so double, triple or quadruple, if needed.

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I might have cried a little when it was all gone.

 Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime


1 big handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

1/2 jalapeno, sliced

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 limes, juiced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Pinch sugar

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 (6-ounce) block sushi-quality tuna

1 ripe avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, and sliced

instructions and directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the ingredients together until well incorporated.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the tuna generously with salt and pepper. Lay the tuna in the hot oil and sear for 1 minute on each side to form a slight crust. Pour 1/2 of the cilantro mixture into the pan to coat the fish. Serve the seared tuna with the sliced avocado and the remaining cilantro sauce drizzled over the whole plate.

recipe by tyler florence 


Dining Out Lately-Nashville

I haven’t blogged about my recent eats lately. Not because I haven’t  been dining out, just because I haven’t gotten around to it. But I have really enjoyed some local spots. Some new, some not so.

As I normally do, I am leaving off places that I didn’t enjoy. So, if you were with me and you think some places are missing, this is my way of not throwing certain spots under my bus of disapproval.

In random order:

Otaku South: Ramen

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Whoa. This place was off the chain. They started as a pop up style restaurant and they seem to have a fairly normal gig in the Nashville Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Thursday nights right now. We tried just about everything on their menu from pork ramen to pickled vegetables. I loved it so much I have been dreaming about it ever since.  I follow them on instagram because they go neat places to learn all about ramen and I like to pretend I am tagging along.

update! you can now get this ramen here as well!

Pinewood Social: A little bit of everything

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I dig this place. Although bowling and karaoke were available, I stuck with eating and drinking since it was early in the day. We were there for brunch but I thought the food was fantastic.  Big ole delicious anchovies sat atop their kale caesar and the beef tongue reuben was one of the most unique sandwiches i have ever had. their drinks were creative and not at all too sweet.  if you’re wanting something boring dependable, they make a great cheeseburger.

Rotiers: Burgers

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i am not sure how i have missed this place all these years. i enjoy places that haven’t changed AT ALL since the 80’s? So, i should have wound up here sooner, but  will make up for it now. i selected the grilled cheese cheeseburger and i see no reason that i should ever stray from it. other people rave about other burgers on their menu but this, to me, is the best one.

the glow in the pictures is from the neon signs that adorn this place. i assure you,  these colors cannot be duplicated.

Cafe Fundamental: French Cuisine

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The service on the day we went, was laughable which made it entertaining. But the food was scrumptious.

Martinis as dirty as Christina Aguilera. Duck Confit Hash. and Beignets.