Posts Tagged ‘Mexican’

MOLLI CAFÉ

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1225 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-6554

Web: not yet

Twitter: @MolliCafe

Advice: No reservations.

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican, I love the flavours of the varied types of dishes from the many different regions that make up their culinary landscape. In recent years, many new Mexican eateries have opened serving dishes from their home regions, we are fortunate in this city. Owned by chefs Rafael and Bernice who are both equally passionate about serving Mexican inspired dishes from their home country. Both are experience chefs who have worked in the top kitchens in Vancouver restaurants for the past few years before deciding to open their own.

Pollo Torta

Pollo Torta

Conchas

Conchas

Cortado

Cortado

I had the delicious Pollo Torta ($8.75) with pulled chicken, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato, chipotle onions and cilantro along with one of their house baked Conchas a delicious bun topped with a crunchy icing sugar of sorts and a Cortado made with Moja coffee. The menu features a selection of Tortas, Tacos, Quesadillas, Soups, Salads, baked goods along with a full espresso beverage line-up.

Watch for an expanded menu down the road featuring different types of mole, and more specialty dishes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours

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On June 25, 2014 we presented our Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours event that showcased 7 restaurants all over Vancouver featuring cuisine from Mexico, Peru, San Salvador and more.

It was an exciting night of tasting all sorts of Latin American food and drink starting off with a selection of coffees at A.G.R.O. Coffee Roasters where registration took place.

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A.G.R.O. Roasters

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Our Tasting Cups included:

1)    A variety of organic coffees from Latin America including, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador.

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La Mezcaleria

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    PACIFIC RED SNAPPER CEVICHE

Tomato, lime, red onion, serrano and cilantro.

2)    GUACAMOLE

Fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño and tomato.

3)    TOSTADA OAXAQUENA DE FRIJOLES

Refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and sour cream served on a corn tostada

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Chicha Restaurant

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1)       Ensalada De Quinoa: (V)

Mango, avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, mint. Jalapeño Huacatay dressing.

2)       Bolas De Yuca:

Croquettes stuff with assorted cheese and chilies. Served with a Huancaina sauce.

3)       Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos:

Skewers served with a basil and aji Amarillo mash, Peruvian black olive aioli.

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El Azteca

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1) Ceviche de pescado (fish)

2) Guacamole mumuca (V)

3) Cochinita Pibil

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Las Tortas

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    Cochinita Pibil Torta

2)    Tortilla chips w taquera salsa

3)    Churros

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Sal y Limon

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    Cheviche tosdatas

2)    Chicken tinga tostadas

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Guanaco Food Truck

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Our Tasting Plate included:

1) Hand-made tortilla filled with pork chicharrón* or ground chicken, vegetables, cheese, loroco and savory refried black beans.

-Chicharrón/Pork

-Pollo/Chicken

2) Pupusas in appetizer sizes and pieces of fried cassava

or for Vegetarians

1) Our Vegetarian Tasting Plate we will offer bean and cheese, zucchini and cheese or just plain cheese with loroco. (V)

-Queso Y Frijoles/Cheese & Bean -Ayote/Zucchini (V)

-Queso/Cheese & Loroco

All Pupusas were served with Yuca Frita.

The restaurants featured many unique and tasty dishes to our guests to eat and drink throughout the evening.

Thank you to our photographer Alvin Lee for capturing the night so well (see more photos here) as well as to our Community Partner Latincouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Making Mole at La Mezcaleria

Chef Susana Trilling

Chef Susana Trilling

Since I love mole and have always loved mole, attending a media tasting of how to make mole had me front and centre yesterday. La Mezcaleria hosted a gathering that featured Chef Susana Trilling from Oaxaca, Mexico who was in Vancouver to participate in Eat Vancouver as well as the Tequila Expo.

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Mole and a side or rice

Mole Enchiladas and a side or rice

Together Chef Susana Thrilling and the La Mezcaleria Executive Chef Alejandro Cruz guided us through the making of Mole. Susana’s bio is vast, although born in Philadelphia, she has lived in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1988 giving classes in her kitchen at Rancho Aurora where she wrote My Search for the Seventh Mole, A Story with Recipes (1996) and Seasons of My Heart; A Culinary Journey Through Oaxaca, Mexico which is accompanied by a 13 part PBS series of the same name (1999).

Making Mole is fairly complex, taking hours and a lot of patience stirring and stirring, this is a great video that I found if you wish to learn more about the making of mole from Susana.

The mole recipe that Chef Susana Thrilling and Executive Chef Alejandro Cruz made for us is the recipe used at La Mezcaleria for their own dishes and I loved eating the dish.

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. You can reach them by phone at (604) 559-8226 or follow them on twitter @LaMezcaleriaYVR

By: Richard Wolak

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours on June 25

Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin American restaurants all over Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of Latin American restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Latin American cuisine refers to typical foods, beverages, and cooking styles common to many of the countries and cultures in Latin America. During our event you will have the chance to taste and experience dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and different regions of Mexico. You will also have a chance to try a variety of Latin American food and drink which may include ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas along with various salsas and other condiments. Desserts that you may have a chance to try include dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan. You may also have a chance to try and experience beverages such as horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: A.G.R.O. Roasters & Cafe - -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway. Vancouver

Web: http://www.chicharestaurant.com/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Cuisine: Peruvian

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

2148 Main Street (in front of Brassneck Brewery -for our event)

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Web: http://www.salylimon.ca/

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Cuisine: Mexican

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

LA MEZCALERIA

1622 Commercial Drive

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Cuisine: Mexican

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EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR 

1130 Mainland Street

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Cusine: Mexican

 

A.G.R.O. ROASTERS & CAFE 

550 Clark Drive

Web: http://agrocafe.org/

Twitter:@agro_roasters

Cuisine: Cafe and Coffee Roaster

Purchase Tickets Here:

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 23, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

COMMUNITY PARTNER

LATINCOUVER

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EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Advice: No reservations.

La Werta

La Werta

I have always had an interest in Latin American food and culture, ever since taking Spanish in high school and travelling through the region years later. In recent years the Latin American food scene, in particular Mexican food has grown immensely in our city. Although El Azteca had been open for over a year, their menu and direction has recently changed with creative chef Jesus Brown Garcia leading the kitchen. Last week I visited for the first time enjoying one of their house cocktail creations the La Werta which was quite refreshing, taking cue from my charming server Moises.

Aguachile

Aguachile

Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

The menu is filled with dishes from the Chef’s home town of Mexico City as well as from other regions in Mexico. I loved the Aguachile ($13) lime marinated pacific shrimp with a little heat kick, avocado, purple onions; great flavours, served with a bowl of house-made tortilla chips! The Taco Canaco ($13) chefs creation, Salmon & Scallop Tacos with a delicious cilantro tequila sauce on the side was next. Since I love Mole, it was a must that I try theirs, having the outstanding Mole Chicken Enchiladas ($16) with a chocolatey mole sauce, smokey black beans and rice.

Buenllo

Buenllo

Since everyone knows that I love desserts especially ones that are not the usual fare, I had the  delicious Buenllo a flat churro dusted with sugar topped with vanilla ice cream and a thick warm chocolate tequila sauce to end the wonderful journey of Mexican flavours.

I can’t wait to try their weekend brunch!

Review by: Richard Wolak

LOS CUERVOS TAQUERIA AND CANTINA

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603 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-1518

Web: www.loscuevos.ca

Twitter: @LosCuervosTacos

Advice: A great place to go with friends or go solo and sit at the bar.

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Tinga De Pollo Tostada

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

Canaron Taco & Chayote Taco

It’s bright, colourful and energetic, this taqueria and cantina has everything you would want in this neighborhood. As I was exploring the neighborhood recently, this was a spot that many suggested I visit, that I did, going in solo. I had the Tinga De Pollo Tostada ($5) warm pulled chicken, chipotle-tomato sauce, green onion, lettuce and crema; the Canaron Taco ($4) lightly battered prawns, guacamole, tamarind sauce, pico de gallo, flour tortilla; along with the Chayote Taco ($3.75) with Chayote with black beans, sweet corn puree and crispy hominy of which that were delicious and full of latin flavours.

I loved the open kitchen where I could watch the chefs in action, the servers are friendly and fun making for a memorable experience. There were a few bottles of home-made salsas on each of the tables for use at your discretion, whether you like it mild, hot or hotter. You will also find a good cocktail list with Tequila, Mezcal and more!

This is one of those wonderful finds, which I hope decide to offer a weekend brunch!

Review By: Richard Wolak

New Dishes at La Mezcaleria

I always look forward to tasting the new dishes these chefs create at this Mexican eatery on the Eastside, I recently tasted some of their newest creations.

1st Dish:

Tamarind Squid

Tamarind Squid

Tamarind Squid Barbequed squid, with sweet soy and tamarind marinade, garlic peanuts, cilantro and chile de arbol.

2nd Dish:

Sopes Tortilla Soup

Sopes Tortilla Soup

Sopes Tortilla Soup Traditional pasilla chile spiced tomato soup with crispy tortilla strips, diced avocado, shredded mozzarella and sour cream.

3rd Dish:

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken)

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken)

Mixotes de Cordero (lamb) Slow steam cooked lamb in a guajillo chile sauce with cinnamon, tomatillo, peppers and onions; and Mixotes de Pollio (chicken) Slow steam cooked chicken in a green tomatillo sauce with onions, cilantro and poblano peppers. Almost like a stew, with rice and beans.

4th Dish:

Guava Cake

Guava Cake

Guava Cake, Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca

One of the newest additions to the menu is the Mixiote which is a traditional pit-barbecued meat dish originating in central Mexico. The meat is cubed with the bone and seasoned with pasilla and guajillo chili peppers, cumin, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, cloves and garlic. It is then wrapped in small packages made of the tough semi-transparent outer skin of the leaves of the maguey or with parchment paper which is the way they do it here, it reminded me of Papillotte cooking which one would find in French cuisine.

La Mezcaleria

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8226

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

By: Richard Wolak

LA CASITA TACOS

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1773 Robson St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 685-8550

Web: http://lacasitatacos.ca/

Twitter: @lacasitatacos

Advice: DIY salsa bar. Office delivery.

Salsa Bar

Salsa Bar

Located in the cultural melting pot of the Western end of Robson, surrounded by ramen eateries, is this Mexican taco joint that serves authentic eats. To accompany your tacos, there are salsas made fresh daily adding that authenticity of being in Mexico.

Cod Fish Ceviche

Cod Fish Ceviche

Plate of 4 Tacos

Plate of 4 Tacos

Churros

Churros

I indulged in the Cod Fish Ceviche ($7) Cod fish marinated in the lime juice tossed with tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno and topped with fresh avocado and corn chips for dipping to start. Since I was in a taco joint, it was a must that I had a Plate of 4 Tacos ($10 for 4) with the delicious Chicken Mole Taco – White and dark chicken seasoned with onion, salt, pepper and oregano; Carnitas Taco with its fresh flavours, the Baja Fish Taco – Pacific cod in a Mexican beer batter. and the Beef Carne Asada Con Rajas Taco – Grilled beef sirloin with poblano peppers and onions. Presently there is only one dessert on the menu and it’s the popular Churros ($2.50) a straight sugar coated Mexican donut with whipped cream.

You will also find a selection of boozy and not Mexican drinks, a heated patio and friendly servers.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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