I wanted steamers, but my wife is not a big fan of the little alien looking buggers. So I picked up a small piece of yellow-fin tuna, but with no particular plan in mind. When I got home, via a travel softball game (don’t worry, there was plenty of ice piled on the food), I was no closer to a coherent idea. So I did what I usually do…and punted. I marinated the tuna in my gold medal, patent pending, world-class tuna marinade. As I cooked the steamers I seared the tuna in a hot pan, and then let it cool slightly before slicing it into bite-sized pieces. I had a great avocado so I whipped up a simple guacamole, again with no coherent plan. But it all came together as my wife looked on and quietly pulled out some great tortilla chips and suggested that tuna, guacamole and chips would be a perfect compliment to the impending Yankees win. And she was correct about both! Weird but good. I liked the crunch of the chips as a counterpoint to the tender tuna. And the guacamole added that all-important ingredient — fat.
We drank an excellent 2005 Simi Russian River Chardonnay that went very nicely with the surprisingly subtle flavors of the tuna/guacamole/chips. It’s from a great year for chardonnay, and Simi is a serious winery with an excellent track record. But this wine is a cut above everything else I have tasted from that year at this price point ($18 at deep discount).