I’ve been hearing about Ipanema from a buddy of mine (hi Adam!) for years now… literally. He raves about this place almost as though it were his or family owned 😉 so a bunch of us gathered on a muggy day to check out the goodies…
Chorizo or was this kalabeza? Spiced sausage, pretty tasty… I was picking this up and just eating it alone!
Various empanadas filled with yummies… I like the croquette-like ones, deep fried mashed potatoes.
The extremely potent looking hot sauce. I avoided this except to take a picture… Adam is insane. He was eating the chiles like candy… as was Sir Eats-a-Lot, amusingly. I was kind of scared watching them.
Very strong caipirinhas… loads of
tequilacachaca in there.
M.’s seafood dish. I think she liked it.
Blondie’s coconut filled with shrimp curry and mashed potatoes…
Blondie couldn’t wait so she dove in.
My steak topped with a fried egg. Small complaint: my fried egg did not have a runny yolk. HUGE complaint: that sauce is like crack. Just looking at it, I want to reach into my monitor and tip that bowl, drinking all that glorious liquid into my bloodstream and just enjoying that high you get until your next fix… ahem. I mean. This came with fried disks of potato and rice, which I didn’t take pictures of, but dipping the potatoes into the sauce was amazing, and the rice was good in it too, but who cares. I said fried potato. OMG.
Chris’s seafood dish… I hope he’ll chime in with his thoughts.
CT’s “salad” which, she informed me, was good but didn’t really contain as much greens as she’d thought it would – as in, it was covered in meats and assorted animal parts. Not that this is a bad thing, just surprised her since she wanted something small… looks really good though! (Hopefully she’ll chime in with her thoughts as well!)
Yvo says: So my dish was covered in liquid crack. I think that alone would be worth a return trip. The steak part was ok. The egg was alright. The fried potatoes covered in that sauce, though? Amazing. I clearly paid no attention to what everyone else ate nor what they thought and instead focused solely on my delicious sauce. Mmm. I have to say, though, as amazing and garlic-infused as that sauce was, I don’t think I could eat here more than once in a long while – it was way too rich for me to comfortably eat that often, as much as I’d like to…