Take with a Grain of Salt Help my marriage! Hubby and I have a recurring argument and we need you to weigh in. Is ‘spicy’ a flavor or a sensation that simply masks all flavors? You know where I stand, but for my new readers, I avoid spicy food like a witch avoids water. I relish the complex flavors of a meal, probably due to my super nose. When I eat spicy food though, the spiciness numbs all my little eager taste buds like a shot of Novocain – and I taste nothing. Plus, anything I eat for a good 20 minutes after also tastes like nothing, so I sometimes worry I’m permanently damaging my taste buds. Hubby however, is drawn to spicy food, like I am to garlic. When I ask him what he tastes, he says “spicy food.” So readers, where do you fall in the great spice debate? Does a kick of spicy improve the flavor of your meal or wipe it out completely?
I now return you to the regularly scheduled program: We arrived at Café Teresa in Londonderry at 7pm, and the parking lot was packed, but we were seated within a few minutes. They brought complimentary chips and salsa, but served on a plate, so every time I tried to grab one, I pushed chips off the other end. Café Teresa serves both Mexican and Italian food, which seems odd, but they organize the menu into two separate categories. The menu reads well, and there were several items that sounded appealing. I didn’t order a drink, but their cocktail menu had enticing options as well. I ordered one of the specials, Scallops over pasta in a lemon garlic sauce with spinach and tomatoes, hubby ordered the Jambalaya Pasta, and the in-laws ordered a Fajita Salad and Chicken Pesto dish.
The feel of the place is sparse. Not dirty, it just feels empty or like they’re coming off a remodel. Our meals came with small house salads, a nice addition to the elusive chips. The meals arrived: clearly fresh ingredients, large portions, and lots of meat in the pasta. (My amateur photo skills = no pictures of the meals, oops!) I was shocked when I actually tried mine. It wasn’t seasoned well and tasted very bland; probably how it would taste if I made it myself. My in-laws also agreed that their dishes were lacking in flavor as well. I requested some parmesan cheese, hoping it would help, but our busy server forgot. Hubby enjoyed his Jambalaya, which was spicy, so sounds like this may be a place to go if you’re looking for spicy rather than rich taste.
The full dining room makes me feel like I overlooked something, but three of the four of us felt the same way. The bland food and bland atmosphere means I probably won’t be back. And I’ll keep a container of garlic salt in my car just in case. ¡Buen provecho!