I’m basically 30 years old now. When I was I a kid (like elementary school) I never thought this day will ever come. Everything from then to now seems like a big blur. High School happen and I eventually parted ways with my girlfriend at the time and most of my friends from then. My twenties feel like a giant pause and a big party you feel maybe it wasn’t so worth going to. Getting close to 30 and now it’s all about working and staying focus. At least for me it’s turning out that way. The thing I like most about this last decade was meeting so many people from pornstars to probably serial killers. I recently reconnected with a friend I met during my decade long party. Jonathan, looks like a pornstar but probably not a serial killer, turns out that while we were causing trouble he forgot to tell me he went to culinary art school.

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It’s not that he is my friend or I don’t know about food. Which I really don’t know much about (technicalities) but I do like to eat a lot and I do think most people should trust my fatty judgement. But when Jonathan invited me to try his take on seafood sopes I realized he cooks off the grid. I mean he kinda just thinks of a thing and imagines what would go well with it. He does that without trying to follow whatever crap he learned in culinary school or without trying to please people’s palates. He comes up with his own recipes based on what he likes, and that’s what I like most about his cooking.

He really does everything from scratch… even the sauces.

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I don’t care to talk about too much detail on his recipe. Plus he might kill me for sharing it. But, he basically made three kinds of sopes. By the way if you don’t know what sopes are, shame on you. Click on here to find out.

To start off he didn’t use fried masa as the base. Instead he went with something that reassembles a potato pancake.

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The samples were lobster, shrimp and ahi tuna. They were all aces but I really enjoy the shrimp one the best. He cooked the shrimp with some green sauce that he had made himself.

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I’ve always been intrigued by the way lobsters look before and after being cooked #District9.

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I can’t cook at all, unless you count sandwiches, but I love the idea of cooking. Not about to say I want to be a chef but it’s definitely something I would really like to get better at. People like Jonathan make cooking look fun in that rockstar kind of way… okay maybe not rockstar, probably more like a really good concert piano player.

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The picture above says it all. What you should get out of reading this is to stop introducing yourself by mentioning where you went to school or what you do for a living before saying what your favorite color is. Because knowing your favorite color says more about who you really are than what you chose to spend 4+ years studying or whatever helps you pay your lifestyle. In the end some of the best artists I know went to school to become engineers and there’s kids who went to school to become a teacher but are now cops and Bill Gates dropped out of college.

Seafood Sopes from Aaron Solorzano on Vimeo.