- Haley Haman
- Aug 28, 2020
- 4 min read
Have you ever walked into a wine bar and they told you they didn’t have a wine list? Um. What? At first, I was very confused and surprised to hear that CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop didn’t have a wine list. But then Kory Lynn, a wine enthusiast and partner, explained that the reason being is that their wine offerings are constantly rotating. This makes for more of an experience at CellarMasters that I want to specifically highlight.
Kory Lynn and Ryan Rugg, owners of CellarMasters, have over a decade and half of combined expertise in the wine world. Ryan has years of experience making wine and Kory has his Sommelier certification, plus they both have a wealth of wine knowledge from their time spent in the retail, restaurant, and wholesale side of things too.
They are excellent resources to help guide you to the style of wine you’re looking for, and they will give outstanding recommendations based on what you like. This conversation adds personality to CellarMasters and makes it feel more community-based, and I’m totally here for it. They are not wine snobs, instead, they’re like your best friend who just knows a little too much about wine, and you’re glad they do. Kory and Ryan are the wine list.
CellarMasters is a wine bar and a wine shop. They have some of the best wine offerings for the absolute best prices. You can come in and grab a few bottles to-go, or you can relax and sip some wine at their wine bar. The bottle shop part of CellarMasters is very unique as everything offered is real wine whether it’s organic, biodynamic, natural. You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank either as the majority of their wine bottle offerings are $30 or less but that doesn’t mean the quality or flavors are compromised.
CellarMasters offers wines of all characteristics and I’m confident that a good wine match for your taste is here. Everything on display on the floor is less than $20. What a steal!
I really enjoyed seeing that the bubbles are perfectly displayed in a legit bathtub. Major brownie points for creativity.
With Ryan’s help, my Aunt Karen picked out a lovely rosé. First, we tasted it, and we loved it so we decided to down the whole bottle. Las Lilas Rosé is a light rosé wine from Portugal with strawberry, cherry, and citrus characteristics. My Aunt and I both loved this vino as it was light and refreshing.
I was in the mood for something red and Ryan pointed out that this Pavo Real Red 2018 bottle was one of their top sellers and it’s only $13! I tried a glass and loved it so he sealed it up and we were on our way. The Pavo Real Red from Mexico has red fruit notes of cherry and raspberry. It’s made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Barbera, and Ruby Cabernet grapes, making for a great blend.
When describing this wine, Kory said “fruity” about ten times so we were sold. This Spanish red wine, Fermina, is a little lighter than Cab but richer than Pinot Noir. It has a little bit of that red wine bite to it. Fermina red wine is made with organic grapes, so the wine hangover won’t hit as hard.
This natural white wine is a funky one. No Es Pituko is a bolder white wine with citrus and lemon hints. Since it’s natural, it is a cloudy wine and has a little bit of an odd smell to it, but the taste is still pretty good. I’m not a huge white wine fan, but this one was still pleasant to drink. I can imagine this is an easy summer, patio drinking wine.
If you purchase a bottle, it’s the price you see listed, and if you’d like to sit and enjoy your wine here at the wine bar, there is an additional $10 corkage fee.
In order to stay open nowadays, food must be in the mix. CellarMasters has snacky foods like potato chips, olives, pickles, meats, and cheese. After a few glasses of wine, snacky foods are just what I’m looking to reach for. Food isn’t their main focus here, it’s all about the wine, but I’m glad they went the extra mile to offer something in order to stay open!
I’m honestly not sure about the chopsticks but we had fun with it!
The wine bar part of CellarMasters is like a 1980’s living room. It’s super cozy and relaxing. Great for catching up with a friend over incredible wine, opening up your laptop to get some work done, or sampling a ton of wine options until you find the perfect one.
This chill yet impressive wine bar and bottle shop is just what the Edge District in St. Pete needed!
Equal parts Retail Store and Wine Bar, CellarMasters offers a unique and enlightened wine experience in The Edge District of downtown."
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Written by Haley Haman
Over 5 years ago, I left my hometown in Illinois and made my way down to sunny Florida. I’m always bouncing around to the latest hot new restaurants and hidden gems in St. Pete. After years of experiencing the food scene and over 100 food reviews, I have become a go-to gal for restaurant and bar recommendations for friends and tourists alike.
I recently started my own business as a social media marketing manager and photographer at Sunny Social where my passions collide. I’m building an evolving company, a thriving portfolio of food photography and reviews with St. Petersburg Foodies, and a beautiful life!
Likes: Bottomless mimosas and trying new food (okay, that ones obvious!).
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- September 12, 2023 Best Taco Places in St. Petersburg FL 2023
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Grumpy Gringo 2510 22nd Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33713 (727) 851-9800 Grumpy Gringo Website Grumpy Gringo’s flavors are amazing, the service is quick and cheerful, and you must try the house-made hot sauces. The Street Taco is a corn tortilla, steak, onions, cilantro, and cilantro lime sauce. I got it just how it comes, although there are several extra items you can add. On the Cochinita Pibil (shredded pork) I added jalapeños, and cheese and had a soft flour tortilla. I ate half of each without hot sauce so I could really taste them the way they come, and then ate the remainder trying the house hot and extra hot sauces. They are both excellent. Just be careful with the extra hot. Lori felt the hot was already extra hot, and couldn’t imagine what the extra hot would be like…and didn’t want to. If you like it really hot, you’ll love it. All of the meats at The Grumpy Gringo are well seasoned, fresh, moist and juicy. 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El Huarache Veloz Restaurant 7100 49th St N Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (727) 525-6028 El Huarache Facebook El Huarache is the real deal. It’s a small place with only seven tables, and they are here to feed the blue-collar Mexican workers in the neighborhood. This is the food you would likely get if you went to someone’s house in Mexico. Aside from me, every patron was Mexican, and speaking Spanish. The menu is even in English and Spanish. They open early at 10 am, but they also close early at 8 pm (9pm on Friday and Saturday), so keep that in mind when planning your visit. As you can see from the photo, they do give you the option to gringo-ize your tacos. I had the Pollo Desebrado (shredded chicken), Al Pastor (marinated pork), and Cabeza (beef head). All tacos come with onion and cilantro. I added lettuce, tomato, and cheese. They were really loaded and the first one was going all over the place. For the second two, […]
- September 8, 2023 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Petersburg FL 2023
Must Eat Mexican Treats in St. Pete If you search this site for “Mexican”, you may notice that I do all of the Mexican restaurant reviews. Why? It’s because I love Mexican food so much that I could literally eat it every day for a week straight. (I actually have done that before.) Two and a half decades ago when I traveled all over the country in sales, I would try a different Mexican restaurant in every town—going to a new town every day. Something else I’d like to mention is that I have been to Tijuana, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Zihuatanejo, and Cancun—although I’m not sure Cancun counts. I mention my Mexico travels because it came up in the midst of discussions in our Facebook Group. I was asked if I ever went to Mexico because my iteration of “authentic” was being questioned. We learned something interesting while posting our Mexican restaurant reviews. The word “authentic” tends to trigger an avalanche of criticism and disagreement. It reminds me of the “Slowly I Turned” sketch – a popular vaudeville sketch wherein a character is relating a story and is triggered into violent outburst when the listener inadvertently utters a triggering phrase. – Wikipedia (My favorite is Abbott & Costello’s Niagara Falls.) To try to put the “authentic” issue to rest, I asked, what is authentic American food? There’s more than one style. Just look at all of the different types of barbecue for example. Just like there are different regions and styles in the US, the same goes for the United Mexican States. Our friend Robert has been traveling around Mexico for a little over two years now, and when we were talking to him about Mexican food, he said, “There’s no such thing as Mexican food. There’s Oaxacan food, Tapatío (Jalisco), Yucatan, Sonoran food, etc.” If you go to Mexico and say you are looking for authentic Mexican food, no one will know what you are talking about. It’s all REGIONAL FOOD. 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Lori said, “Brunch today at Social Roost Kitchen and Bar was beyond phenomenal! I must say that they have the most inventive and incredible menu for brunch that I have ever seen. So much more to go back for. We didn’t get it this time but they have shakshuka…wow! We started with bubbles and three hours later we finished with bubbles. But in between you will see the most incredible food!” 4. Sauvignon Wine Locker & Trattoria 241 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 827-7896 Sauvignon Website Sauvignon Wine Locker opens for brunch on Sundays at 10:30. They have some spectacular Italian and American dishes on the regular menu that can be ordered during brunch, and the brunch items will blow you away as well. Two of my favorites are the Biscuits & Sausage Gravy and the Oxtail Hash. Biscuits & Sausage Gravy – house made pork sausage, creamy sausage gravy poured over flaky biscuits. If I was making biscuits and gravy, this is how […]
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Thank you so much in advance!** Click here to see Happy Hours for Gulfport, Pasadena and Tyrone Click here to see Happy Hours for St Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille Food + Drink Downtown St Petersburg PLEASE NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY IN THE MIDST OF UPDATING EVERYTHING IN THIS LIST. 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- September 6, 2023 Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Pimento Cheese
Breakfast sandwiches and Pimento Cheese are arguably two of the greatest pleasures known to food. A breakfast sandwich on Saturday morning after an evening of libations always hits the spot. And pimento cheese is best enjoyed anytime, period. The two of them together make for the perfect savory marriage – a true sandwich delight. I’ve consumed plenty of pimento cheese in my life and never realized how simple it was to make until a few years ago. There are tons of pimento cheese renditions out there. Some use yellow cheddar, others use a mix of yellow and white, some call for cream cheese only, others call for a mix of cream cheese and mayonnaise, and so on. This recipe calls for a mix of cheddars, cream cheese and mayonnaise and instead of cayenne, I use hot paprika. I really love the hint of smokiness and faint note of heat that it brings to the table. The toughest part about this recipe is allowing it to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours without digging in. This not only cools the cheese, but it also encourages the ingredients to meld together nicely. If you don’t have the time nor desire to make pimento cheese, Rollin’ Oats has you covered. They carry a classic sharp cheddar pimento cheese by Red Clay that’s ready to eat and ultra delicious. The sandwich ingredients are flexible. For example, you don’t have to scramble the eggs. If you prefer to cook them sunny side up, over hard, etc., please feel free to do so. I just encourage you to just buy quality eggs, preferably cage free and/or organic. That’s one of the best things about shopping at Rollin’ Oats – they always have premium, quality ingredients and brands on their shelves. Like the eggs, the sausage and english muffins used can be whatever you prefer. For the muffins, I like to use Dave’s killer whole wheat when they’re available. If I can’t find those, Rollin’ Oats also carries Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains organic english muffins and I typically use those in place of the Dave’s Killer muffins. Regardless of your ingredient preferences, make this super simple sandwich next weekend and savor every delicious bite. Keep the leftover pimento cheese in the fridge up to a week for premium snacking purposes. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches with Pimento Cheese Recipe Not only is this pimento cheese delicious on this sandwich, but it also makes for an ideal snack on its own. It's super simple to make – perhaps the only difficult part is resisting the urge to dive into the mixture while it's chilling. Pimento Cheese1 1/2 cups extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese (finely grated with a box grater)1 1/2 cups extra sharp white cheddar cheese (finely grated with a box grater)1/4 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup cream cheese1/4 tsp hot paprika (like simply organic)1/4 tsp salt (plus more, to taste)1/2 cup pimentons (minced)Sandwiches4 english muffinspimento cheese4 sausage patties (you can also buy ground breakfast sausage or uncooked sausages (casing removed) and form your own patties)4 eggs (preferably organic/cage free)2 tsp olive oil (divided)saltpepper Pimento CheeseCombine and mash all ingredients in a medium sized bowl with a fork until everything is well combined. Season with more salt as needed and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.Sandwich AssemblyHeat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat in a medium skillet and cook sausage patties for 3-4 minutes per side until they begin to brown.Place the patties on the baking sheet in a single layer along with the english muffins. Put those into the oven while you cook the eggs (5-6 minutes).Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk them to combine – season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat the same skillet that you cooked the sausage in over medium heat and add remaining oil. Pour in the eggs and cook for 2-3 minutes undisturbed. Carefully flip the eggs on to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes undisturbed. Remove from skillet and cut/divide eggs into 4 even segments.To assemble the sandwiches add the egg to the bottom part of the muffin, then sausage and top with egg. Slather the top of your muffin with pimento cheese.Close up the sandwich and enjoy! Appetizer, BreakfastAmericanPimento Cheese, Sausage And Egg Breakfast Sandwich
- September 6, 2023 Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with Pimento Cheese
- August 1, 2023 Smoked Salmon & Crispy Rice Bowl Recipe
Up your at-home brunch game with this smoked salmon & crispy rice bowl that is both impressive and easy to assemble. If you’re familiar with standard caviar service, you’ll note that this dish is composed using most all of the ingredients served alongside caviar. The only thing missing is a potato element and in its place, we’re using the crispy rice as the vehicle for delivering the other components. The result is a delicious bite that is certain to please due to all of the different flavors and textures involved. This dish does not just have to be limited to brunch of course – it would be ideal most any time of day. Simple, yet luxurious, this would be the perfect meal to serve when guests are scheduled to come over. The cook time is minimal, but the end product is quite beautiful. The only detail that you’ll have to plan for is having some cooked rice from the day before ready to go in the refrigerator. Additionally, because it is a light and vibrant recipe, it won’t have you and your company feeling sluggish and overly stuffed. Making the crispy rice is incredibly easy as long as you can nail the inversion process, which is much more simple than you may think. I serve this crispy rice alongside a myriad of other items like roasted vegetables, grilled fish and meats and in soups and tangy broths. The overall texture is quite desirable because you get the best of both worlds – crispy bits that cooked on the bottom of the pan and also soft and semi-fluffy grains. As far as the salmon and the salmon roe are concerned, feel free to use your preference and/or whatever is available to you. Rollin’ Oats sells quality wild caught smoked sockeye salmon by Spence & Co. which I recommend if Rollin’ Oats is local to you. As for the salmon roe, you can find Romanoff red salmon caviar/roe on the shelves at Rollin’ Oats as well. Salmon roe works great in this bowl and is also a bit more affordable than other types of caviar. However, if you have access to other variations of caviar and are wanting to spend a bit more money, absolutely go for it. Adding that bit of soy sauce at the end to each bowl is not necessary, but I do suggest drizzling just a touch to satisfy your tastebuds. It has a hand in rounding out the dish and adds a bit more of that umami that we all crave, in my opinion. Smoked Salmon & Crispy Rice Bowl Recipe In this brunch bowl, we have all of the ingredients for standard caviar service, but with crispy rice & smoked salmon adding main character energy. nonstick skillet 2 cups cooked white rice (any will do, preferably cooked the day before)4 oz smoked salmon (like Spence & Co. wild sockeye salmon)4.5 oz salmon caviar (Rollin' Oats has Romanoff which works great)1/2 ripe avocado (peeled and divided in equal halves)2 eggs (preferably organic and pasture raised )2 tbsp creme fraiche1 tbsp soy sauce (plus more for serving)1 tbsp mirin1 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp chives (minced)salt Jammy EggsAdd enough water to a medium saucepan to cover eggs (do not put eggs in yet) and bring to a boil. Carefully lower in eggs and set a timer for 6 minutes. Prepare an ice bath for eggs in a medium bowl using lots of ice and some cold water. When time is up, remove eggs and place in ice bath for 5 minutes to stop cooking. Remove eggs from bath, discard water and ice and carefully peel eggs. Cut eggs in half and set aside until ready to assemble bowls. Crispy RiceCombine 1 tbsp soy sauce and mirin with cooked rice. Heat a medium sized nonstick skillet half way between medium and medium-high heat and add oil. Pack rice evenly into skillet.Cook rice until edges begin to turn golden, 8-10 minutes. Carefully place a heatproof plate on top of skillet (topside of plate should be touching the skillet) and invert rice from skillet onto plate.Bowl AssemblyTo assemble bowls, spoon in some crispy rice, top with some salmon, creme fraiche, avocado, half of the eggs, fresh chives and top with a spoonful or two of salmon roe. Finish with a pinch of salt if you'd like and a another drizzle of soy sauce (use as much or as little as you'd like). Breakfast, Main CourseAmericanCrispy Rice, Crispy Rice Bowl, Smoked Salmon
Something about summertime just makes me want to fire up a grill on the regular. Balmy evenings, ice cold drinks, good company and the smell of delicious food cooking away on a blazing hot grill – I love everything about it. However, here in Florida during the summer months, the temperature, especially during the day, can be a bit too warm to spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Therefore, quick and simple grilling recipes are always what I’m in search of. These easy and incredibly satisfying pork chops with jalapeño & peach puree are ideal for scratching that grilling itch on even the hottest of summer days. Make the puree indoors before heading out to grill the pork chops and then you’re under 20 minutes (including grill heating time) from dinner. The ingredient list for this dish is minimal and you probably have the majority of the items on hand already. If not, Rollin’ Oats is your one stop shop for grabbing everything you need, including quality pork loin chops. They carry Niman Ranch pork loin chops that never have any antibiotics or hormones added and they come in a convenient two-pack. When grilled, these pork chops are ultra juicy with smokey notes. In my opinion, all they need are a good brush of quality olive oil and some salt and pepper – that’s it. If you want to level up these chops, you could cook them via sous vide for 1 hour prior to grilling. That’s only a suggestion though – the pork chops are great enough without that step. To complete the meal, I suggest serving these pork chops along side a simply dressed, cool and crisp salad. Save any leftover charred jalapeño and peach puree for the next week or so and use it with other meals like tacos, sandwiches, rice bowls, chicken, etc. Pork Chops with Charred Jalapeño & Peach Puree Recipe This savory and sweet combination is best enjoyed outdoors with a cold beverage on a balmy summer evening. The puree is fantastic with a myriad of things – chicken, sandwiches, tacos, rice bowls, and so on. Blender Pork Chops4 pork loin chops1 tbsp olive oil1 tsp salt (plus more as needed)peppercilantro ((optional))Charred Jalapeño & Peach Puree2 peaches (make sure they are very ripe – remove/discard pit and cut peach into chunks)2 jalapeños1 shallot (medium in size, peeled and roughly chopped)1 lime (juice only)3 tbsp olive oil1 tsp honey1 tsp salt (plus more as needed) Charred Jalapeño & Peach PureeHeat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and broil jalapeños until they begin to char at around 7-9 minutes (keep an eye on them as they will take on color quickly as they begin to char and you don't want to burn them).Set jalapeños aside until they're cool enough to handle. Carefully cut away seeds and stems and discard. Add jalapeño flesh to a small high powered blender or food processor with peeled and chopped shallot, peaches, lime juice, honey, olive oil and salt. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until puree is smooth. Season with more salt as needed.Pork ChopsPrepare grill by cleaning the grates and heating to medium-high heat – ideally 400-450F. Brush pork chops with olive oil and season with salt and a few cracks of black pepper.Grill pork chops directly over the heat, turning once halfway through, for about 10-12 minutes or until they reach 140F. They should have some beautiful grill marks on each side as well.Allow them to rest for a few minutes then slice and serve over peach puree and garnish with cilantro (optional). Condiment, Dinner, Main CourseAmericanCharred Jalapeño & Peach Puree, Pork Chop
- June 1, 2023 Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe
Meatballs are typically something I associate with a rich red sauce like marinara and a giant plate of spaghetti. However, the temperatures are rising, spring is in the air and summer is around the corner and lately I’ve been craving lots of vibrancy in my meals. These lamb meatballs with tzatziki and mint gremolata are the perfect dish to enjoy during the warmer months. Bright, zingy and herbaceous – you’ll be coming back to this satisfactory combination time and time again. I admittedly do not typically cook a ton of lamb – I find that it is easy to overcook which in turn, makes it a bit tough and gamey. The end product of this juicy meatball recipe though leaves for tender and delicious meatballs. The key is to not cook the meatballs for too long in the oven and also to not overwork them when forming them into their shape before baking. Additionally, buying quality ground lamb (and quality ingredients, in general) makes all the difference in the world. Rollin’ Oats carries grass fed ground lamb by Thomas Farms, which I highly recommend. You don’t have to make your own tzatziki if you don’t want to; however, the process is actually quite simple. In the event that you’re pressed for time, or would just simply like to skip crafting your own tzatziki, Rollin’ Oats carries a few different options. For those avoiding dairy, may I suggest Kite Hill dairy-free, and for anyone else, perhaps reach for Cedar’s Tzatziki. In my opinion, the mint gremolata is what really brings the dish together. Gremolata is traditionally made with parsley, lemon zest and garlic as its main ingredients. But, this rendition is made with mostly mint and a touch of fresh dill. It adds an extra lively zing that is really lovely. You could go the standard route though and opt for Parsley – in fact, feel free to use any kind of fresh herb that you’d like. Crafting gremolata with basil is one of my favorite ways to make it. Serve these meatballs alongside warm pita and lemon wedges and enjoy this with a group as an appetizer, or simply as your main course. Either way, you’ll discover that these meatballs will be loved by all. Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki & Mint Gremolata Recipe These meatballs are bright and herbaceous enough on their own, but tzatziki and zingy gremolata really liven up the party. Feel free to swap out the lamb for ground beef or turkey. Meatballs1 lb ground lamb (you can also use ground beef or turkey instead)1/2 cup panko 1/2 cup parsley1 egg3 garlic cloves (grated)1/2 medium white onion (grated)1 tbsp dried oregano1 tsp cumin1 tsp salt1/4 tsp black pepperpita and lemon wedges (optional – for serving)Tzatziki1 cup greek yogurt1/2 cup english cucumber (grated)2 garlic cloves (grated)1 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp lemon juice1/4 cup dill (chopped)1/2 tsp saltMint Gremolata3 tbsp mint (finely chopped)1 tbsp dill (finely chopped)1 lemon (zest of entire lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon)3 garlic cloves (grated)1 1/2 tbsp olive oilsalt (to taste) TzatzikiAdd grated cucumber to a clean dish cloth or cheese cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.Add cucumber to bowl with remaining Tzatziki ingredients and mix well. Season with salt as needed and refrigerate until ready to use.MeatballsPreheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, combine ground lamb, panko, parsley, egg, grated garlic and onion, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well.Line a baking sheet with parchment and form meat mixture into golfball-size meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet.Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping meatballs at 9-10 minute mark, until cooked through (meatballs will take on slight color). Be sure not to overcook them, as they will become tough.Mint GremolataWhile the meatballs bake, whisk all gremolata ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Season with salt as needed.AssemblySpoon and smear Tzatziki on a plate, add a few meatballs, spoon over gremolata and serve with warm pita and lemon wedges. Appetizer, Dinner, Main CourseAmerican, GreekGreek Meatballs, Lamb Meatballs
- May 1, 2023 Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango-Cabbage Slaw Recipe
Grilling hasn’t always been my forte or preference when it comes to cooking, but I’ve learned to love it as of recent. In fact, this Spring, my husband and I have probably grilled more dinners than not. It has inspired my cooking and sparked my imagination. An added bonus has been spending even more time outdoors before the summer heat sets in. Tacos are a favorite of mine when it comes to grilling. I love getting nice smokey and charred notes on my protein of choice and intermingling that with bright toppings to balance things out. For an added bonus, I also enjoy letting the tortillas get some time in on the grill too in order to achieve some grill marks and warmth. It all just totally works. When it comes to tacos, I typically opt for the “less is more” philosophy. I’ve learned that too many toppings usually just leads to a mess of overstuffed tacos with too much going on. Because of this, I try to keep things simple with just a few different components. I like to have a distinctive filling/protein with either a salsa or slaw for vibrancy and some kind of crema or drizzle to bring it all together. Additionally, you can always find me serving tacos with lime wedges and fresh cilantro – that’s it. These particular tacos stay consistent with that formula. Marinated, flakey, wild-caught cod, a spicy mango-cabbage slaw and an avocado crema to round things out. They’re lively, zesty and full of flavor. You don’t have to use cod – any white fish will work. Mahi Mahi or Halibut would also be quite nice here. Rollin’ Oats has frozen wild caught filets with superb quality. When cooked, they’re supremely flakey and mild in taste. They also absorb marinade ingredients well which complement the fish without overtaking its natural flavor. The spicy slaw adds a great bit of texture, level of freshness and also a subtle touch of fire from the jalapeno and tajin. If you don’t have tajin (which is essentially a seasoning blend of peppers, lime and salt), chili powder will work just fine in its place. As far as tortillas are concerned, everyone always has their desired choice. Mine happens to be the smaller street style taco flour tortillas. To me, they’re much less overwhelming and easier to consume. However, there are plenty of other great options out there. At Rollin’ Oats, they have a plethora of options, including, but not limited to: hard shell, flour, corn, grain-free, etc. Stacey’s organic white flour tortillas and Siete Foods almond flour tortillas are my favorite offerings of theirs, but again, choose your own journey. Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango-Cabbage Slaw Recipe These tacos are light and vibrant with a touch of zing. Grilling is the preferred method for preparation; however, air frying or searing in a skillet will work just as well. Spicy Mango-Cabbage Slaw1 cup red cabbage (chopped/shredded)1 cup green cabbage (chopped/shredded)1/2 red onion (sliced thin)1 jalapeno (seeds and stem discarded and minced)1 mango (peeled and cut into small cubes)1 lime (juice and zest)1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)2 tsp tajin (chili powder can be used as a substitute )2 tbsp olive oil1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)Avocado Crema1/2 avocado1/4 cup sour cream1 lime (juice only)1/4 cup water (as needed)1 tsp saltFish Taco Assembly8 flour tortillas (use whatever kind you like – we love smaller street taco tortillas, but any will do)1 lb cod (or other flakey white fish)2 limes (one for the fish marinade and one cut into wedges for serving)2 1/2 tbsp olive oil1/2 tsp cumin1/2 tsp paprika1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp black peppercilantrohot sauce Spicy Mango-Cabbage SalwCombine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with salt as needed and refrigerate until ready to assemble tacos.Avocado CremaAdd all ingredients to a food processor and blend until mixture is smooth but semi-easy to drizzle. Add water 1 tbsp at a time and blend and repeat as needed. Season with salt to taste.Fish and Taco AssemblyIn a medium bowl, combine 2 tbsp olive oil, juice of 1 lime, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Add cod, coat in mixture and allow to sit and absorb marinade for at least 20 minutes. Heat grill to medium high and brush grates with remaining 1/2 tbsp of olive oil. Grill fish 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove from grill.Optional step: while fish cooks, add tortillas to grill and heat for 30 seconds or so.Break fish into smaller segments. For taco assembly, spoon in some slaw, add fish segments, top with a touch more slaw, drizzle with crema and top with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and sides of choice, like grilled corn or rice and beans. Dinner, Main CourseAmerican, MexicanFish Taco Recipe, Mango-Cabbage Slaw