Mexican Restaurant – Mexicali Blues Cafe http://mexicalibluescafe.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:39:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Mexican Restaurant – Mexicali Blues Cafe http://mexicalibluescafe.com/ 32 32 The curse is strong with this Amarillo building https://mexicalibluescafe.com/the-curse-is-strong-with-this-amarillo-building/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:39:08 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/the-curse-is-strong-with-this-amarillo-building/ Amarillo is full of buildings. Some are quite old and historic, others brand new. Then you have the buildings that aren’t old or new, but can’t seem to sustain a business there. Here is another edition of the cursed buildings of Amarillo. Let me repeat, that doesn’t mean this building is haunted or full of […]]]>

Amarillo is full of buildings. Some are quite old and historic, others brand new. Then you have the buildings that aren’t old or new, but can’t seem to sustain a business there.

Here is another edition of the cursed buildings of Amarillo. Let me repeat, that doesn’t mean this building is haunted or full of ghosts, or even evil for that matter. It just means that it seems that no matter what business moves into the building, it doesn’t last long.

This time we are looking at 5807 SW 45th Ave, where Harbor Freight is now located. This building has occupied many places, it once housed a pizzeria called The Big Cheese, then Mazzios. Then in 1987 it became La Fiesta Grande’s second location. The Fiesta called this building home until 2000, when it moved to its new location on 45th near Coulter.

The building entered into an identity crisis. My memory may be fuzzy on some details and in my research I could not find exact dates. After La Fiesta left the building, I believe a build your own burrito place moved into the building. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t a success and it didn’t last. Next, the building was transformed from a Mexican food setting to an Italian food setting. I thought the Italian restaurant was Soprano’s Ristorante Italiano. I think I personally ate there once and it was good or bad, it was just ok. Of course, I wasn’t the only one feeling this, as it didn’t last long either.

Once again, the decor changed from Italian to Mexican when Jorge’s Mexican restaurant moved into the premises.

Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant

Jorge’s popularity soon grew and he moved to his new location near Hillside and Bell Street.

The boss

El Patron took up residence for a few years while serving its delicious Mexican cuisine. Then they were able to acquire Bennigan’s old building on I-40 and moved there.

After El Patron, another Mexican restaurant moved in, and forgive me for not remembering what it was called.

Fast forward to an empty building in 2019 for rent.

The building sat empty for quite a while before it was finally razed. Fortunately, I think the bulldozer probably broke the curse and the new building will last for decades.

Port freight

Harbor Freight opened its second location in Amarillo in November 2020 and has been a welcome business in Southwest Amarillo.

Please let us know if you remember any of the other companies that used to live in this building.

Cursed Buildings of Amarillo – Historic Route 66, 2813 SW 6th

There are places in the city that can’t seem to stay in business for very long. It’s one of them.

The address of the cursed building is 2813 SW 6th Street. This building was originally built in 1930. This place was originally a gas station. I’m sure in the heyday of Rt. 66 this place was the place to stop to get your car serviced. However, over the past 15 years, this building has seen many different faces.

Cursed Buildings of Amarillo – 715 S. Polk

Polk Street is a great place to spend an evening. However, over the years Polk Street has seen many businesses come and go. One such building is at 715 S. Polk. There have been a lot of things over the years, mostly bars, but it seems as soon as you move in, it comes out right away.

So what’s in it? Let’s take a look at the 715 S. Polk.

This building was originally built in 1915, it was known as Hollywood.

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A Mexican Restaurant in Southern Idaho Worth a Visit https://mexicalibluescafe.com/a-mexican-restaurant-in-southern-idaho-worth-a-visit/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:20:01 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/a-mexican-restaurant-in-southern-idaho-worth-a-visit/ It was a pleasant surprise. A friend at the office raves about El Cazador in Buhl. I’ve been there for a very, very long time and I’ve always enjoyed architecture. It is located in a large old cinema. A few weeks ago, some Republican women invited me to lunch at a restaurant. They told me […]]]>


It was a pleasant surprise. A friend at the office raves about El Cazador in Buhl. I’ve been there for a very, very long time and I’ve always enjoyed architecture. It is located in a large old cinema.

A few weeks ago, some Republican women invited me to lunch at a restaurant. They told me lunch would be free if I wanted to say a few words. I agreed. It’s more than fair trade from my point of view.

We ate before the speaking part and I was knocked out by my socks and left standing in my shoes. The food is delicious. I love Mexican food, but rarely get a chance to try places outside of Twin Falls. Buhl is not a long drive. I was there in less than half an hour. Lunch was packed! A former president of the county democrats saw photos that I posted on Facebook. She added that Republican women make good lunch choices. I will support that.

I plan to go back. Again and again.

El Cazador is spacious enough to feed all comers for lunch and can accommodate a few private parties at a time. There is parking along the street and a large parking lot behind the square.

If you are driving to Buhl at a time when gas prices are high, you probably want to accomplish two things. I did it. After the meeting, I walked down the street to CloverLeaf Dairy (the mother ship is in Buhl). I bought the best eggnog on the planet and then shared it with friends at the office.

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La Taqueria restaurant is now open in Burnaby, BC https://mexicalibluescafe.com/la-taqueria-restaurant-is-now-open-in-burnaby-bc/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:42:43 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/la-taqueria-restaurant-is-now-open-in-burnaby-bc/ After a long wait, you can now get your hands on their tacos, margaritas, and Mexican brunch at their new outpost. Almost three years into the planning, finally opening the doors and seeing guests sipping margaritas and munching on nachos at The taqueriaBurnaby’s first location is a rewarding sight for restaurant partners. Located in a […]]]>

After a long wait, you can now get your hands on their tacos, margaritas, and Mexican brunch at their new outpost.

Almost three years into the planning, finally opening the doors and seeing guests sipping margaritas and munching on nachos at The taqueriaBurnaby’s first location is a rewarding sight for restaurant partners.

Located in a prime space facing the fountain and Brentwood SkyTrain station in the bustling redevelopment of Amazing Brentwood, this new outpost marks the fifth brick-and-mortar space for the Vancouver-based upscale casual Mexican restaurant. The Taqueria also operates a food truck that parks in the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza.

From humble beginnings as a “pinche” tacho shop on Hastings Street on the outskirts of Gastown several years ago, La Taqueria has grown to include two other Vancouver outposts (Mount Pleasant and Downtown), as well as a Victoria restaurant and a police station kitchen. location in North Vancouver.

Officially advertised as “coming soon” in the fall of 2020, the pandemic-triggered supply chain and construction delays took their toll with La Taqueria’s opening schedule; the restaurant was able to enter a “soft opening” phase on Monday November 7th and is now officially operational since Monday November 14th.

Food and drink: What’s on the menu at the new La Taqueria in Burnaby

The menu at Brentwood La Taqueria is the same as the other locations, which means a wide selection of tacos, burritos and sharing dishes like nachos, fresh guac and special dishes like their Birriaramen. Don’t forget to save room for the golden fried churros served with dulce de leche as a dipping sauce for dessert. You’ll also find a lively drinks menu, with classic margaritas and their lavender version, as well as beer (cerveza), micheladasand non-alcoholic beverages.

There are some welcome additions to look out for, however, in this new La Taqueria. On weekends, the Burnaby location will serve restaurant meals outstanding brunch menu, which made its debut this spring in Mount Pleasant (Yukon). This means you can start your Saturday or Sunday with La Taqueria’s amazing morning offerings, like their fiery divorced husbands, which includes two robust salsas – guajillo and tomatillo – in a skillet with refried beans, queso fresco and a pair of just-cooked sunny side up eggs. While some dishes are familiar brunch classics, you can broaden your horizons with bright, bold dishes like a pan of elote (cornbread) with salsa poblano or enmoladaswhich are basically enchiladas in a sweet, smoky taupe.

And while that’s not happening yet, La Taqueria is expected to use the Amazing Brentwood spot as a test kitchen for new dishes, meaning customers will be able to order dishes not yet on the menu in the restaurant. ‘other restaurant of the restaurant. Locations.

Speaking of locations, not only is La Taqueria’s space within the indoor-outdoor mall complex prime, it’s also poised to be a major draw in the warmer months thanks to an expansive patio that is currently closed – but still has large large windows for plenty of light to stream through.

Cozy interior and an amazing patio

The restaurant’s interior is sophisticated and cozy, with shades of soft green contrasting with industrial chic pendant lights and repurposed metal schoolhouse chairs. The room is anchored by an L-shaped bar with ample seating, backed by a bar with beautiful built-in bookshelves and bookcase-style cabinetry. While you’ll see evocative black-and-white photographs flanking the bar, the room is infused with bold pops of color thanks to the wall art.

La Taqueria at The Amazing Brentwood is located at 4580 Brentwood Blvd Unit 1210 in Burnaby. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the location is open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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4 Customers of Major Restaurant Chains Claim Exorbitant Prices – Eat This Not That https://mexicalibluescafe.com/4-customers-of-major-restaurant-chains-claim-exorbitant-prices-eat-this-not-that/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:48:03 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/4-customers-of-major-restaurant-chains-claim-exorbitant-prices-eat-this-not-that/ Over the past year or so, fast food chains have slowly increased menu prices— mainly due to inflation and adjusting to an almost post-pandemic world. Customers started noticing the many sneaky extras and higher “surgical” prices at the big chains and completely ignored them. In September, the cost of fast food rose 8.5% compared to […]]]>

Over the past year or so, fast food chains have slowly increased menu prices— mainly due to inflation and adjusting to an almost post-pandemic world. Customers started noticing the many sneaky extras and higher “surgical” prices at the big chains and completely ignored them.

In September, the cost of fast food rose 8.5% compared to last year, the National Restaurant Association Reports. No matter how big of a fan of fast food chains you are, it’s frustrating to see Domino’s Mix & Match deal jump from $5.99 to $6.99 and now to $7.99. And it’s not madness that there’s chaos around Burger prices at Shack Shake rise 7%.

Inflation is in the air, sure, but how much more can our wallets handle? These 4 fast food chains won’t be taking a break anytime soon, as prices rise, and so do complaints.

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For a long time, Five Guys was considered one of the more expensive options for burger chains in-game. That being said, in today’s market, customers say things have only gotten progressively worse and they’re reaching the point of no return.

A recently viral Tik Tok showed a meal for two at Five Guys – including two bacon cheeseburgers, two fries and two drinks – for an unimaginable fast food total of $70. “It wasn’t a gourmet meal, just fries and burgers,” said the Australian Tik Toker, Dani.stevens02 said in his post, along with, “I’m never going to Five Guys again.”

Customers believe that in terms of average American fast food, Five Guys does not offer many cheap items at all. The smallest the fry sells for $5.09 and one regular bacon cheeseburger is over $12.

There are tons of daily tweets of how Five Guys has become overpriced. Some customers will say this is a plus workers usually throw extra fries into the bagbut the overall quality of this burger restaurant has not increased with the higher prices.

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Golden Arches may be losing fast food gold status. Earlier this year, McDonald’s fans were fuming on the price of one Big Mac up almost 40% over last decadeand now costs an average of $6.05 in the US

As for the rest of the menu at McDonald’s in 2022, customers are fully aware that their favorites are going to cost more than ever. All item prices have increased by 6% and many nationally recognized low value offers are being removed to make way for more personalized customer offers and smaller version of the menu worth $1 $2 $3.

After stopping for a quick snack of a small fries and a large sweet tea, a customer was not happy when he saw his total on the screen. “Listen, don’t get me wrong, I know inflation has been bad,” philosopher Tik Toker says, “but goddamn *mn close to $5!?”

Not only angry customers spoken on social mediabut McDonald’s employees reportedly said the price hike had also caused an increase in customer harassment in stores. It’s now as if customers find “it’s okay to emotionally abuse workers and leave a mess,” a McDonald’s cashier told Insider, after a 10-cent row with a customer over a cup of coffee.

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Chipotle has been under fire all year and the number one reason – a simple burrito bowl is 20% more expensive than in 2020. A medium bowl of chicken was about $7.25 in 2019And about $7.65 in 2020but today customers are getting more and more exasperated that their Chipotle bowl is over $10 (regardless of protein choice).

While the fast-casual Mexican food chain has always had a extremely loyal fanbaseit might not last long. CNN reported that customers visit Chipotle less frequently and when they do visit, they downgrade their order to the lower priced menu items.

A single steak bowl with all the must-have trimmings came out at $20.99 for Fayez Beshay, whose Tik Tok viral of him shouting at Chipotle for answers exploded this week. “Why am I paying an entire deposit to eat a goddamn bowl,” he shouts at the camera, only to add, “sometimes that shit doesn’t even taste that good.”

Another disgruntled Chipotle fan said in the comments “Chipotle pisses me off with these price increases. And the quality is hit or miss.” While others claim, “I’d rather go home now! Literally for 2 bowls with fries and drinks like $45”

Courtesy of Starbucks

America’s leading coffee chain continues to squeeze every penny from its customers. The Starbucks menu has become more expensive item by item overall, plus a additional price increase on add-ons and extras.

Major complaints have emerged as furious customers poke holes in the higher prices of the chain’s products, after they were able to report profits rose 31% in 2022 and Starbucks CEO received a 39% raise to $20.4 million. “Corporations are doing a great job of rebranding corporate greed as ‘inflation'” Dan PriceCEO of the financial company Gravity Payments, wrote in a Tweet “And the rich get richer thanks to the work of the staff and the savings of the customers”, another customer replied.

Starbucks customers too intervene in the conversation on Reddit saying things like “I cut my Starbucks. Not because I can’t afford it, but because the prices are too high.” Plus, “It’s just too expensive. If I have to spend $6-8 on a treat for myself, it’s going to be from a local cafe that really cares about what it serves. Not too expensive and overrated fast food- shitty level.”

Jordan Summers-Marcouillier

Jordan Summers-Marcouillier was born and raised in San Jose, CA and now works as a writer in New York, NY. Learn more about Jordan

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Public Records: Restaurant Inspections https://mexicalibluescafe.com/public-records-restaurant-inspections/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:31:09 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/public-records-restaurant-inspections/ Zanesville Recorder Here are inspections of restaurants with critical violations, as conducted by the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department between Oct. 5 and Oct. 31. October 5 Duke and Duchess of Frazeysburg, 259 W. Third St., Frazeysburg, dirty utensils kept in the hand washing sink. Bins and trolley stored in front of the sink for hand […]]]>

Here are inspections of restaurants with critical violations, as conducted by the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department between Oct. 5 and Oct. 31.

October 5

Duke and Duchess of Frazeysburg, 259 W. Third St., Frazeysburg, dirty utensils kept in the hand washing sink. Bins and trolley stored in front of the sink for hand washing.

Subway, 35 State St., Frazeysburg, mold buildup on ice machine.

October 6

Tina’s Diner, 4315 Madison St., Roseville, Meatloaf not properly dated.

October 11

Knights of Columbus, 275 Sunrise Center, The can opener has a heavy buildup of food debris. Sliced ​​tomatoes, cooked meatballs, and cooked chicken are not correctly dated.

October 12

Muskingum Livestock, 944 Malinda St., Heavy ice buildup on food in freezer. Sliced ​​tomatoes, onions and lettuce maintained at 49 degrees.

October 13

Little Tijuana, 1347 Ridge Road, Mold on ice machine and soda gun. Food debris dried on frying press.

Jud’s Pub-Lucky Bar, 225 E. Main St., Mold buildup on soda guns. Soda guns stored on a dirty wooden cabinet.

The EagleSticks Inn, 2655 Maysville Pike, Mold on Ice Machine. Cleaning agents stored above disposable gloves.

October 19

South 60 Drive Thru, 1950 S. River Road, Sliced ​​Tomatoes are incorrectly dated.

October 20

Buckeye Piez, 5320 Dillon Hills Drive, Ready-to-eat foods held after disposal date. Toxic chemicals stored above single-use items.

Pleasant Grove Duchess, 140 Pleasant Grove Road, The bleach spray bottle is incorrectly labeled.

Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Mold buildup on ice machine.

21st of October

Bill’s Real Bar-BQ, 5945 Frazeysburg Road, Mold on ice machine and soda pop dispenser.

21st of October

Brookdale, 1575 Bowers Lane, Mold on ice machine.

October 25

GP Mart 2, 4061 West Pike, Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods.

GP Mart, 9765 West Pike, Raw Bacon stored in contact with ready-to-eat foods. TCS creamer stored on the counter.

Eagles Club, 1275 E. Market St., Raw ground beef stocked on bottled beverages and raw beef liver stocked on ready-to-eat foods. Ice shovel handle touching the ice in the tray. Debris buildup in the soda gun. The chilli is not correctly dated.

C-Plus Market, 4106 West Pike, Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods. TCS foods in the deli display cooler are held at 48 degrees.

Bryan Place, 49 N. Sixth St., bare-handed contact with salad mix. Mold on ice machine. Cockroaches observed during inspection.

October 26

Maysville PB, 1311 Maysville Ave., Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods. Mold on ice dispenser. Toxic chemicals stored above food products.

China Gate, 2502 N. Maple Ave., Raw beef stocked on ready-to-eat foods. Ice shovel handle touching the ice. The scale for weighing raw food has a heavy build-up of debris.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 3523 Maple Ave., Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods. Mold on ice machine. TCS chocolate sauce stored at room temperature. No dating procedure was observed. Toxic chemicals stored above utensils on dish rack. Empty Gatorade bottles used to apply butter to the grill.

Adornetto’s Pizzeria, 2224 Maple Ave., Raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods.

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Opening of 5 De Mayo Steak House in Farmingdale https://mexicalibluescafe.com/opening-of-5-de-mayo-steak-house-in-farmingdale/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/opening-of-5-de-mayo-steak-house-in-farmingdale/ There was a time when steakhouses served steak, creamed spinach, various permutations of potatoes, and very little else. That started to change on Long Island in 2005 when Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville put sushi on the menu, and in the years since most high-end steakhouses (notable exception: Peter Luger in Great Neck) have followed suit. […]]]>

There was a time when steakhouses served steak, creamed spinach, various permutations of potatoes, and very little else. That started to change on Long Island in 2005 when Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville put sushi on the menu, and in the years since most high-end steakhouses (notable exception: Peter Luger in Great Neck) have followed suit. not, and steak and sushi have become comrades. in high-end restaurants.

Well, get ready for a steak plus tacos, guacamole and enchiladas. This is the format of 5 De Mayo Steak House which opened its doors in August in Farmingdale. Chef-owner Roberto Herrera has owned Westbury’s 5 De Mayo Mexican restaurant since 2011 (it opened as Casa Latina, changing its name in 2015) and his new spot is a brand extension with a twist. Why steak? Herrera was the head of Bryant & Cooper in Roslyn for 20 years.

“Since leaving Bryant & Cooper, I’ve always wanted to open a steakhouse,” he said. The decision to create a hybrid restaurant was a response to the price of premium beef. “Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on steak; there are many more on my menu.

The best steaks at 5 De Mayo include a skirt steak ($34.95), a 12-ounce filet mignon ($55), a porterhouse ($67 per person) and a Colorado rib eye steak ($76). But you can also get Tampiquena carne asada (marinated steak, $26.95) or bandeja Azteca (grilled strip with sweet plantains, guacamole and a fried egg, $26.95). In addition to shrimp cocktail starters and a seafood platter, the menu features guacamole, ceviche, nachos and queso fundido.

There’s also a full range of crowd-pleasing Mexican fare: burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and arroz con pollo run around $20; fajitas (steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp), about $30.

The 200-seat room has the warm wood, white tablecloths, and butcher-covered servers of the classic steakhouse, but the well-spaced tables and window walls give it a lighter feel than most. The building itself has had a checkered history. Built in 1997 as Ruby Tuesday, it housed Long Island’s only site of the national chest chain, The inclined kiltfrom 2018 to 2019 after which it was a satellite of the venerable Oyster Bay The farm which closed during the pandemic.

5 De Mayo Steak House, 2120 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; open noon and evening every day, 631-557-2970, 5demayosteakhouse.com

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Alamo Heights in San Antonio is rich with its own history https://mexicalibluescafe.com/alamo-heights-in-san-antonio-is-rich-with-its-own-history/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:06:20 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/alamo-heights-in-san-antonio-is-rich-with-its-own-history/ Alamo Heightslocated about five miles north of The Alamo (famous San Antonio attraction), is among the most coveted neighborhoods in San Antonio. Bound by Olmos Creek to the west and the upper reaches of the San Antonio River to the south, this verdant region was the site of Native American campgrounds, intrepid Mexican explorers, and […]]]>

Alamo Heightslocated about five miles north of The Alamo (famous San Antonio attraction), is among the most coveted neighborhoods in San Antonio.

Bound by Olmos Creek to the west and the upper reaches of the San Antonio River to the south, this verdant region was the site of Native American campgrounds, intrepid Mexican explorers, and Spanish and American colonizers.

Alamo Heights has historical significance

Alamo Heights appears in city records as early as 1836, according to the Texas State Historical Associationalthough it was put up for sale in 1837 and eventually landed in the hands of the Brackenridge family after the Civil War, whose eponymous park – Brackenridge Park – lies to the west. Today, Alamo Heights is technically an incorporated town in the middle of town and has its own school district, fire and emergency department, and police.

Alamo Heights has also been home to the Texas Military Institute (Fort Sam Houston is a short drive south), a 1,400-acre horse ranch, and the Argyle Hotel, once one of Alamo City’s top hotels.



Alamo Heights has a distinct architectural style

A rich cultural history has created a distinct architectural style in Alamo Heights, ranging from “English country house to Italian, Spanish colonial and arts and crafts to ranch house and mid-century modern”. notes an article from the San Antonio Express-News. As a result, it’s one of San Antonio’s most recognizable neighborhoods, with wide streets winding under canopies of lush trees and over the same rolling hills that have enchanted generations past.

Brackenridge Park is located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River.

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What to see and do in Alamo Heights

The neighborhood is home to cultural institutions such as the University of the Incarnate Word and the McNay Museum of Art, which technically sits across New Braunfels Avenue—the official eastern boundary of Alamo Heights—but is still considered part of the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is also a stone’s throw from some of San Antonio’s most family-friendly attractions like the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, San Antonio Zoothe DoSeum and the Witte Museum, all located just outside the Alamo Heights perimeter.

A beetroot and goat cheese starter and a Vesper cocktail with vodka, gin and Lillet Blanc form a nice opening salvo at Bistr09.

A beetroot and goat cheese starter and a Vesper cocktail with vodka, gin and Lillet Blanc form a nice opening salvo at Bistr09.

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Where to eat in Alamo Heights

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Find Lebanese-style tacos with tabbouleh salsa in this pop-up https://mexicalibluescafe.com/find-lebanese-style-tacos-with-tabbouleh-salsa-in-this-pop-up/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:46:22 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/find-lebanese-style-tacos-with-tabbouleh-salsa-in-this-pop-up/ To lebanon mexican in Sydney, you will find red, white and green skewers: they are a tribute to the flags of Lebanon and Mexico. Both countries inspire the menu for this pop-up at The Rocks. “Our motto is: bring the best of both worlds,” says chef Fransisca Setiawan, who runs the open-air canteen with manager […]]]>

To lebanon mexican in Sydney, you will find red, white and green skewers: they are a tribute to the flags of Lebanon and Mexico. Both countries inspire the menu for this pop-up at The Rocks.

“Our motto is: bring the best of both worlds,” says chef Fransisca Setiawan, who runs the open-air canteen with manager Shirin Topaloglu.

The story of Libano Mexicano is quite multicultural: Setiawan grew up in Bandung, Indonesia, with a mother who ran a restaurant specializing in local dishes. Sundanese cuisine. A cornerstone of the kitchen is fiery, fishy terasi sambal – resembling the Malaysian Sambal Belacan, she says.

“Most of the time we argue with the Malaysians, pretending it’s ours and it’s not theirs,” the chief laughs. She cites friendly battles between Indonesians and Malaysians over rendered and Nasi goreng as similar examples.

This is something that happens in many cuisines, where dishes and ingredients overlap, and the menu at Libano Mexicano also reflects this.

Topaloglu has Turkish roots and her partner is Lebanese, so she cooks a lot of Lebanese food for her family.

“A lot of Turkish and Lebanese cuisines sync up. They’re quite similar, even if they don’t like to be called the same,” says Setiawan.

At Libano Mexicano, you’ll see this play out with the spinach and feta quesadillas.

“When people see spinach and feta, they immediately think of gozleme“, says the chef, referring to the popular Turkish staple, sold in kebab shops, food markets and festivals. In Libano Mexico, she takes this model of gözleme and wraps it in tortillas. Queso fresco, mozzarella, and savory cheeses ooze through the grilled topping.

“Our motto is: bring the best of both worlds.”

The Lebanese influence, meanwhile, is evident in the pop-up version of guacamole: it’s seasoned with za’atar and sumac and is actually made with hummus. Instead of corn chips, this dip is served with fried pita bread.

If you’re wondering how Setiawan and Topaloglu decided to open this multicultural taqueria, it’s thanks to their launch time Santa Catarina, Casa Merida and London 126 restaurants last year for the Milpa Collective hotel Group. Each location focused on a particular Mexican region – with Casa Merida exploring the Yucatán, for example, while London 126 is named after artist Frida Kahlo’s address in Mexico City. Then the women would get together with Topaloglu’s partner and cook dinners influenced by his Lebanese heritage and the Mexican cuisine they had become so familiar with – and they realized something telling was going on.

So let’s cut to Libano Mexicano, which opened its doors this month. Mexican staples are remixed here with Middle Eastern flavors: tacos are fashioned from pita bread instead of traditional tortillas, and tostadas are flavored with lamb kibbeh nayeh instead of ceviche. “The idea is still Mexican,” the chef says of the fried-to-order tostadas. You’ll taste it in the invigorating combination of chopped jalapeños and lime juice, which balances the lamb and garlic tum.

While the pop-up menu mixes multicultural influences in a quirky way, there’s a Mexican dish with long-standing Middle Eastern roots that dates back to the early 1900s. Tacos al Pastor comes from Lebanese migrants who brought their tradition of spit-roasted meats to Puebla. It started out as a lamb shawarma taco, but it was locally adapted become a pineapple flavored pork stuffing.

“We wanted to have al pastor on the menu, but [we don’t] out of respect for the taco restaurant next door, which is called [Taqueria] Zepeda. They opened in front of us and we wanted to respect and appreciate that,” says Setiawan. So Libano Mexicano pays homage to tacos al pastor by playing on the pineapple element. He does this by topping the chicken taco with pineapple-jalapeño salsa.

The lamb taco, meanwhile, has a tabbouleh salsa, and the spicy mushroom taco is hit with zhug hot sauce and corn salsa.

This mix of cuisines on the menu is very Sydney: the marinated chicken skewers with lamb and lemony yogurt draw their DNA from the Mexican tradition of barbacoaas good as Lakemba Ramadan Markets — the chef was swayed by her smoky visits to the month-long event, where she savored the charred and grilled street food on offer.

Libano Mexicano has attracted a diverse mix of diners so far. For one, there are taco-sensitive guests who might need a quick lesson in zhug or other Middle Eastern staples. “A lot of people were walking into the store and saying, ‘what is this? tabbouleh?’” Setiawan said. “Taboule is a big thing in Lebanese cuisine. So by that, I know they don’t know what Lebanese food looks like.”

“The idea is still Mexican.”

Then there are people from the Lebanese community who visit on weekends, excited to try the street food they know well, while strolling through the historic area of ​​The Rocks.

The chef recently expanded the breakfast menu to include items such as sujuk and imperial rolls instead of the typical bacon and egg staple. “Our pop-up is halal,” says Setiawan. It’s one of the many ways that Libano Mexicano aims to be inclusive – from offering vegetarian options to presenting dish names that reflect the food’s origins. “We want to please everyone,” she adds.

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Cactus KI to open Mexican summer pop-up The Prickly Pear next weekend • Glam Adelaide https://mexicalibluescafe.com/cactus-ki-to-open-mexican-summer-pop-up-the-prickly-pear-next-weekend-glam-adelaide/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 16:36:45 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/cactus-ki-to-open-mexican-summer-pop-up-the-prickly-pear-next-weekend-glam-adelaide/ To share Tweeter To share To share E-mail Breakfast hotspot Cactus Kangaroo Island is launching a pop-up summer Mexican restaurant next Friday (October 28), called “The Prickly Pear Summer Cantina.” To meet the huge demand for evening dining on the island, The Prickly Pear will be serving authentic Mexican fare every Friday and Saturday through […]]]>

Breakfast hotspot Cactus Kangaroo Island is launching a pop-up summer Mexican restaurant next Friday (October 28), called “The Prickly Pear Summer Cantina.” To meet the huge demand for evening dining on the island, The Prickly Pear will be serving authentic Mexican fare every Friday and Saturday through the end of summer.

The Prickly Pear is the brainchild of Cactus co-owners Louis Lark and Yen Aun Leow, alongside good friend, chef and expat Rachel Hannaford.

Inspired by recent travels, life in Mexico, and the history of the Cactus KI place, a pop-up Mexican joint seemed like the perfect way to share experiences and activate the space at night.

“I recently spent a month in Mexico where I met Rachel who was living as an expat in Mexico with her partner,” says Cactus co-owner and chef Louis Lark.

“I pitched the idea to him because there’s a huge demand for evening restaurants on the island. Rachel and her partner cook beautiful, authentic meals for themselves on KI and now they have a great opportunity to share that.

It should also be noted that prior to Cactus, a popular home-style Mexican restaurant once operated in the building called Yellow Ash & Chilli. When Cactus KI first moved in, there were bold Mexican colors and cactus prints adorning the worlds, while Cactus itself was never a Mexican restaurant. in itselfThe Prickly Pear will be an ode to the building’s Mexican history.

The Prickly Pear will serve an a la carte menu and a concise Mexican cocktail menu to start and explore dining options down the line. Louis says there will be some authentic dishes that you simply won’t be able to try anywhere else in South Africa and possibly the country.

One of these dishes is Tacos Derados with Birria, which is authentic in the region of Jalisco near the providence of Tequila. Traditionally made with goat cheese, the prickly pear team will cook this dish with lamb instead, accompanied by goat cheese, mozzarella, homemade spicy salsa.

Another one to watch is the CHILL-A-KILLEZ – Rachel’s version of traditional Mexican breakfast nachos! That’s something the Glam team would love!

The Prickly Pear cocktail menu will include classics such as Margaritas, Palomas and Mexico Mules, as well as craft beer and local wines provided by KI winery, The Stoke.

The pop-up will be open every Friday and Saturday, starting Friday, October 28, 2022.

Reservations can be made by SMS to +61 475 739 910 and 2 seats are available, 5.30pm/6pm or 7.30pm/8pm.

Find the pop-up at 54 Dauncey St, Kingscote SA 5223.

Follow Cactus Kangaroo Island on Facebook and instagramor consult the website.




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Celebrate Life and Death at RG|NY for Día de Muertos https://mexicalibluescafe.com/celebrate-life-and-death-at-rgny-for-dia-de-muertos/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:11:21 +0000 https://mexicalibluescafe.com/celebrate-life-and-death-at-rgny-for-dia-de-muertos/ RGNY’s ofrenda will be on display until November 2. (Credit: Victoria Caruso) This month, RG|NY celebrates both life and death with a fresh take on an old tradition. In honor of Dìa de Muertos, the winery has built a dynamic seven-level ofrenda in its tasting room. An ofrenda is a traditional Mexican altar often topped […]]]>

RGNY’s ofrenda will be on display until November 2. (Credit: Victoria Caruso)

This month, RG|NY celebrates both life and death with a fresh take on an old tradition. In honor of Dìa de Muertos, the winery has built a dynamic seven-level ofrenda in its tasting room.

An ofrenda is a traditional Mexican altar often topped with symbolic objects such as candles, sugar skulls and Aztec marigolds, as well as personal items such as photographs of deceased loved ones.

“The ofrenda is something we traditionally do every year in Mexico,” explained Maria Rivero González, CEO of RG|NY. “It’s a way of celebrating the people who have gone before, especially the people we love.”

Rivero González hails from Parras, a small town in the Mexican state of Coahuila, where his family has been growing wine for almost 25 years. Since launching RG|NY in 2018, she’s found ways to incorporate elements of her culture into her North Fork business, such as showcasing handcrafted Mexican artisans in her store.

“Since we arrived here, we have felt deeply connected to our Mexican roots, teaching people what we do and why we do it,” she explained. “We thought it would be cool to show people what we’re up to on this special day in Mexico.”

Each year, families across Mexico build altars in their homes to honor deceased loved ones. Traditionally, an ofrenda has different layers, meant to represent a stairway to the afterlife. It is believed that souls can return to earth on this special day, and each layer of the ofrenda is designed to help souls on their journeys. Bright orange marigolds, with their strong fragrance, are laid out to guide souls to the altar, while the favorite foods of the deceased are left at the ofrenda to make souls feel at home when they return.

“The main reason to do it is to celebrate them – you invite them to come and visit you – but also to help those who are still in transition to leave,” explained Rivero González.

In many traditional ofrendas, a saint is chosen to ascend to the top. At RG|NY, a portrait of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of viticulture, was rightly chosen for the altar. Downstairs, staff placed frames with photos of their loved ones to honor those who died.

Until November 2, visitors are invited to view the ofrenda and participate in the tradition. Blank pieces of paper were left near the altar for people to write notes to those who parted ways. After November 2, the tickets will be burned, symbolizing their departure to heaven.

In honor of Dìa de Muertos, RG|NY is also hosting what Rivero González hopes will become an annual event.

“We decided that if we celebrate the dead, we should also celebrate the living, so we’re having a party,” Rivero González explained.

On October 29 at 7 p.m., RG|NY is hosting an evening of Mexican food and dessert, burlesque shows, tequila, dancing, and lots of wine.

Guests are invited to interact with the ofrenda installation and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Mexican chef Gerardo Alcaraz of Aldama, a popular Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn. Entertainment will be provided by House of Yes NYC, a creative collective known for their funky theater and cabaret shows.

“We celebrate life and death like no one else,” said Rivero González. “I hope people will come and see what we do!”

Tickets are $275 per person plus tax and can be purchased online here.

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