pickled jalapeno

La Placita, Shirley, NY

Another fantastic local find in Long Island this weekend…

When we got off the train at Mastic-Shirley, I noticed this blue building across the street from the station. As we were on a tight schedule, we couldn’t stop that day, but I made a mental note of the joint, hoping to check it out. After a glowing recommendation from one of our taxi drivers, we went back on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed a fantastic lunch!

While it is in large part a Hispanic supermarket, La Placita has an incredible cafeteria style lunch counter serving foods from Central and South America…

Here’s a look…

I went for a mixed fried plate, with fried chicken and a fried pork chop over yellow rice with jalapeno pickled vegetables…

Mutsumi opted for their incredible oxtail stew over white rice with a flauta…

Another buddy got a seafood dish with local clams and mussels that was equally impressive!

These incredible and authentic dishes were the perfect way to help our hangovers and fill our bellies for the train ride home.


567 Surrey Circle

Shirley, NY 11967



One-word prompt submitted by @ asilversixpence: Sugar

Abbie never had much of a sweet tooth. She craved salt and spice and sour instead – piles of pickled jalapenos on nachos, margaritas with extra limes squeezed in until bartenders made puckery faces. Give her a perfectly crispy fry over chocolate any day.

Crane, though, dumped endless spoonfuls of sugar into his tea, always taken with little cookies or, if he could swing it, donut holes. Sometimes it made Abbie’s stomach churn, not to mention worry about diabetes.

But when he kissed her, lips still peppered with sugar, she understood true sweetness for the first time.


Quick Pickled Jalapenos


Need to add a kick to your burger, nachos or pizza? Try these Quick Pickled Jalapenos.


6 jalapenos sliced into rings

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup vinegar

1 tbs sugar

½ tsp salt

1 clove of garlic, pressed

½ tsp turmeric


Place water, vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic and turmeric in a large microwave safe bowl, nuke for 3-5 minutes until steaming hot. Carefully remove from microwave, stir to combined and let cool 5-10 minutes.


Place jalapeno rings into a 4 oz. jar with a tight fitting lid, pour in vinegar mixture, cover and refrigerate.


These turned out great, not sharp and mushy like the grocery store kind.

Can’t wait for nacho night.