Dinner

Grilled Salmon on Coconut Rice

As promised, here is a great meal that is only made greater with the addition of Mango Tango Sauce! This has a little bit of everything – savory, sweet, protein, carbs and even fruit!

Even though coconut isn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed eating this (but don’t tell Steven Michael because I don’t want to give him any coco-nutty ideas 🤐). Coconut is tricky for me. Generally speaking, I don’t like it at all. But there have been a few things, usually mixed with a ton of sugar a la coconut cream pie, that make it bearable. Apparently, this rice joins the list as well.

What’s something that you don’t typically enjoy eating but you’ve found okay in some cases – a.k.a. What’s your coconut? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Burrito Fresco

Mango Tango – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

The peaches are here! When we had our restaurant, peach season meant it was time to offer our very popular seasonal sauce, Mango Tango.

This sweet sauce goes really well with fish, pork, or your open mouth and a squeeze bottle. Stay tuned for our next blog showing how to pair this sauce with a delicious meal!

Burrito Fresco

Sanibel Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

If you’ve been following along from the start, you know that Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant that has ever existed. Yes, I am fully aware that my opinion is biased, but it’s the truth. The food was incredible, everyone agrees, but the spirit of Burrito Fresco is what lives in our memories more than anything. We were a crew of misfits who came together so perfectly to create a place where everyone was accepted, coming to work was fun and we looked out for each other – in short, we were a family.

One story exemplifies this more than any other that I could share. One night after closing, someone kicked our door in and stole a jar of donations that we had been collecting for brain cancer research off of the front counter. When our crew heard that Steven Michael would be spending the night sleeping on the booth seat because we no longer had a door, they showed up with laptops, movies and snacks to stay the night with him. What could easily have been the lowest moment for our business, became one of the fondest memories we have.

It was the people that worked there that made Burrito Fresco what it was for us, and for our customers. We owe everything to them and will never forget the love they showed us during our time together. We shut our doors almost five years ago, and we still talk to many of them regularly. Before COVID, we were having yearly reunions to catch up and stuff our faces with Burrito Fresco food.

Steven Michael and I have guarded the restaurant recipes closely, as they are so personal to us and represent something amazing that we did together. Today, that changes. We plan to release restaurant recipes within this blog. Letting go is hard, but knowing that our food will once again be enjoyed by people is making us smile today.

Below you will find one of our best selling items straight from the Burrito Fresco menu, Sanibel Salsa. This sweet pineapple mango salsa pairs well with fish, pork, chips or just a fork (seriously, go to town). Just last night, Steven Michael added this to shrimp quesadillas and it was delicious. We couldn’t stock enough of it when we had salsa booths at local public markets, so we have no doubt you’ll love it!

If you’re reading this as a former Burrito Fresco customer, let us know what recipes you’re dying to know in the comments below or any of our social media platforms. We’ll be sprinkling restaurant recipes in throughout the blog, so make sure to subscribe via email so you get them right away!

Dinner

Grilled Mahi Mahi Sliders with Mango Aioli

We had a guest chef in our house last night. Who, you might ask? I’ll give you some hints. 1) He is over seven feet tall. 2) He is an NBA legend and host of NBA on TNT. 3) He might be a genie. 4) Last but certainly not least, he has a great shoulder wiggle. I think you know who I’m talking about …

Here is the back story on how Shaquille O’Neal came to cook dinner for us. A few weeks ago, Steven Michael went grocery shopping and had an idea while walking the aisles. You see, we have had this great Mahi Mahi Slider recipe on deck for the blog, but it requires a grill and we perpetually have like 30 feet of snow here in Rochester, NY – conditions that don’t lend themselves to grilled fish for like half the year. Enter … THE SHAQ SMOKLESS GRILL AND PRESS. While at the grocery store, Steven Michael passed a similar countertop grill which sparked this epiphany, but being the thrifty shopper he is, he stopped at Target on the way home and discovered our new buddy, Shaq. (This is not a paid advertisement, we just really like it! #notanad)

And so, with our newfound favorite kitchen appliance, Steven Michael figured out how to make us these delicious fish sandwiches in the dead of winter. Truth be told, they are extra super amazing on a charcoal grill, as they are meant to be cooked, but we’re in week 67 of winter so …

I get really excited when Steven Michael makes these because they are filling but still light, and the sauce is just incredible. It’s creamy and fruity and everything a slider sauce should be. We paired these with some roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, mushrooms and onions. This is a great meal to have in your family repertoire because it is so fast and easy to make!

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