Feliz Cinco De Mayo!! Where’s my margarita?!
Margarita’s are a breakfast item too, right?! 🙂
How are you lovers doing this Friday? Was the Fourth strong with you? Ok Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly. Who knows maybe I really am drinking and typing right now….
To be honest I’m just excited to talk to y’all about our time attending this year’s Taste of Mexico 2017 put on by the amazing Mexic-Arte Museum and proceeds from this event go to supporting exhibitions and education programs. This means GREAT food for a GREAT cause. As you have already learned about me, I LOVE food! and who doesn’t love supporting educational programs?! On top of which I happen to be a very proud 2nd generation Mexican; this means this event has my name written all over it.
Greeted by vibrant colors and salsa music by Dj uLovei, I already felt at home. With over 50 different restaurants, caterers, stores, and distillers there was a lot to do. Austin staples like Dai Due Taqueria and Matt’s El Rancho were represented alongside of great tequila and desserts. We took so many pictures that I haven’t the slightest idea where to start for you all. I’ve decided the best bet would be to create a slide show of the entrees and you can go at your own pace.
Are you wishing you were there yet? Well, I’m not done there were a few of the entree items that I’d like to feature simply because they were standouts to me. Let’s start with a restaurant I hadn’t heard of (my bad) Llama’s Peruvian Cuisine. I was so very impressed and disappointed that I hadn’t heard of this awesome food truck and intend on checking them out asap. Llama’s provided Pork belly, sweet potato, hoisin, cilantro, pickled onions, served in a yummy steamed bun; along with Arroz Chaufa, Peruvian style fried rice with bell peppers, choclo, cilantro, soy with braised chicken and pork belly. Both of these dishes I’m told are newer to their menu and let me tell you they are DELISH!
Casa Chapala also offered a couple of my favorites of the night. Quail Las Milpas (yup, yummy quail!) along with Milpas tomatillos, peppers, onions, fresh garlic, Casa Chapala seasoning blend, and elote blanco. I’m a little sad they’re a bit far north for this family as we’re south but we may need to have a little road trip for this delicious quail. I must also mention this booth was one of the most attentive and customer service oriented booths we had the pleasure to visit and if that’s a reflection of the service we’d received at the actual restaurant sign me up!
This standout took me by surprise as it seemed “odd” to me (for lack of a better word) coming from Licha’s Cantina. Licha’s offered Gorditas De Carnitas, Chicharron masa gorditas (this element was what I found “odd” but it was sooooo good!), pork carnitas, salsa de tomatillo, frijoles negros, and queso fresco. The textures of this dish were executed so well, I wish you all could give it a try.
For entrees my last standout comes from the “new-ish” restaurant El Burro, I have yet to make it to them for a visit, so I was excited to see them on the list of restaurants. They offered up a shrimp cocktail but El burro’s shrimp cocktail was anything but normal thanks to the inventive addition of Corn nuts! Shrimp cocktail with tomato juice, lime, cucumber, onion,cilantro, jalapeno, then topped with corn nuts and avocado espuma. This was a simple yet fun dish and it makes me super excited to give El Burro a try.
Alrighty are you all still hangin with me here?! Are you hungry yet? because I’m STILL not done we still have desserts and booze to talk about…
My standout dessert came from Rocheli Patisserie not only for presentation but for pure nostalgia. I grew up as a lot Mexicans do eating conchas but I have never seen a concha cupcake! Let alone an amazingly well done Frida Kahlo cake. It was GORGEOUS! If you’re in the market for a beautifully done cake I would definitely consider her. Based on her card she doesn’t just make wedding cakes she also makes grooms cakes, engagement cookies, and so much more. Plus a heads up to any of you attendees that may have attended Taste Of Mexico 2017, tag her Frida cake in your Instagram for a chance to win a free cake of your own.
Golly, now what do you think we washed all this food down with? If you said Tequila, you’d be right!! From Texas favorites like Dulce Vida Tequila to classics like Jose Cuervo, Herradura and Cazadores tequila there was plenty of tequila represented. There were also some “new to me” Tequilas and more I was more than happy to give a whirl. Amorada Tequila offered a watermelon margarita, Mezcal Real Minero offered delicious mezcals (I wish we could have tried them all) and Caffe Del Fuego, is not a tequila but a coffee liquor that absolutely rocked my socks! I wish I had a bottle next to me right now.
Speaking of things I wish I had right next to me, my absolute favorite adult beverage of the night went to GEM&BOLT Mezcal. Not only is the packaging SUPER RAD but the mezcal is no joke! Somebody get me a bottle stat!
Just check out that bottle, it’s simple, different, and gorgeous…. at least to me 😉 They’re offered at several different restaurant and bars here in Austin and if you see them on a menu definitely give it a try. Smooth and elegant. You will not regret it.
With all the food and booze, Jeff and I had a blast at The Taste Of Mexico and recommend you give this event a visit next year. Also go try out all of these very hardworking and deserving vendors and don’t forget tell them I sent you! 🙂
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