I was exchanging emails with iamnotachef yesterday, as we sometimes do, discussing bourbon and absinthe and the state of New Jersey dining -- you know, things that two people who are complete strangers would talk about over email -- when it occurred to me that instead of telling him what I'm making for dinner, I should probably blog about it. He concurred, but said that I should only blog about it if it's very good, or very bad. I tend to agree, but the other reason I sometimes blog about the things I cook is so that I can remember what I did. I'm horrible at keeping notes for repeat performances, so this blog sometimes doubles as a dumping ground for those semi-successful meals that were thrown together. Trust me, this blog thing and those dinner posts aren't about trying to impress people. Of this you are assured.
The discussion started with a mention of the opening of Rosa Mexicano in Hackensack's Riverside Square mall. What I said to the fella was this: