Corn smut

One week of NaBloPoMo’ing finished. Good for us. 🙂

M and I had another gastronomic adventure last night. We had dinner at El Agave. I’ve been looking forward to going to El Agave since we arrived in San Diego. We ate there the last time we visited San Diego. El Agave’s food, especially their mole, is an almost orgasmic experience.

Because El Agave is a tequilaria, we started our meal with shots of some of the smoothest (and expensive) tequila I’ve ever sampled. The shot is served with a delicious tomato juice concoction in a small glass with salt on the rim.

For starters we had the Canalone Cuitlacacoche. It is described on the menu as “an ancient Aztec dish; mushrooms from the corn are marinated with garlic, onion and spices, then stuffed in the canalone with three cheese sauce. Magnifico!” It was wonderful. The corn mushrooms (also known as corn smut) have been called Mexican truffles with good reason. This dish was lovely. It was also another first for me. I’ve never had cuitlacacoche before.

We followed that with Nopalli Nopal, a cactus leaf salad with tomatoes, cilantro, onion, avocado, olive oil, and topped with queso fresco. M and I had eaten this the last time we visited El Agave and were looking forward to having it again. We were not disappointed. It was as delicious as we remembered.

For dinner we both ordered moles. M had the mole poblano. I had the mole negro. Both were served with chicken. Both were beyond delicious. I don’t know how to describe something this good. Almost orgasmic.

The entire dining experience at El Agave is wonderful. The wait staff are friendly, attentive, helpful, and very good at their jobs. El Agave has a warm, rustic atmosphere, with the walls lined with over 850 bottles of boutique and artisan tequilas.

If you’re ever in San Diego, head to El Agave in Old Town. You won’t regret it.

Today we’re off to meet friends for lunch, and then we’re going to hike around Point Loma. There’s a negative tide today around 1:30pm, and we’re hoping to be able to explore the tidepools.