Since I’m a grown up, I have adopted eating habits that would make my mother shake like the top of her pressure cooker.
I eat cereal for dinner. I don’t always clean my plate. My voracious appetite leads to lots of crumbs around my mouth and stains on my pants.
And for this week’s $10 Challenge, I ate dessert first.
I spent a rainy evening soaking up authentic Asian cuisine at Vietnam Kitchen in the south end of Louisville. I had missed an opportunity to eat here when my buddy Keith came in town, and he suggested it as a subject for blog. I happily took the opportunity to further my exploration of this area of town, which is rich with diverse cultures and, therefore, food.
But for this week’s $10 Challenge, I was determined to fail.
I have operated under the notion that $10 should be enough to receive a decent meal at a local restaurant. But what if you throw in a couple of extra bucks? Will the more-expensive meal be worth blowing off the $10 budget I have imposed upon myself for the last few weeks?
Los Aztecas has been the go-to Mexican place for my buddies and I for years. In high school, I visited the restaurant’s Main Street location about once a week because it was the only eatery open for lunch during my Sunday afternoon shift at the Louisville Science Center. I didn’t fully appreciate the variety Los Aztecas offered back then. Instead, I ordered a chicken quesadilla (the starter entree for anyone new to Mexican food) each time I brought something back to the museum for lunch.
A few years have passed, and I have since been fortunate enough to further explore Los Aztecas’s extensive food and tequila selection. But I’ve gotten into a rut during my last few visits. I have been ordering the quesadilla fajita grande with chicken or the burrito fajita grande with chicken with the reassurance that each of the similar dishes will always come out tasting great.
On my most recent dinner visit, I wanted to flip to a new page in the Los Aztecas menu and try a different entree.