Posts Tagged ‘Mexican’

LITTLE MEXICO CANTINA

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#150 – 3131 Chatham St., Richmond

Tel: 604-272-5123

Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/index.html

Twitter: @MexicoCarol

Advice: Reservations suggested.

After almost 20 years, the restaurant changed hands last summer and is now run by passionate owner, Carol Janeczko with Chef Roberto Lopez Lara running the kitchen. The room is brighter, open and the patio is as happening as ever. The focus here is Mexican cuisine with dishes that you may be familiar with and others that may surprise you from regions all over Mexico.

Tacos Cantineros

Tacos Cantineros

Volcanes

Volcanes

Vanilla ice cream with house-made caramel cajeta

Vanilla ice cream with house-made caramel cajeta

I dined solo having the Tacos Cantineros ($15.95) on the wooden board, 3 very unique tacos including the: Taco Don Pedro topped with Edam cheese chicharron, chorizo sofrito, prawns and braised short ribs glazed with Pedro Ximenez reduction topped with julienned pear; then the Ensenada Stye Fish Taco topped with Red Snapper dusted with Little Mexico seasoning, topped with house dressing, guacamole sauce, white and purple cabbage slaw and pineapple pico de gallo; and the Lobster Cazadores Taco topped with Sautéed lobster, shallots, garlic, thai chile, lime juice, Little Mexico seasoning and Tequila Cazadores Reposado served over a bed of refried black beans topped with papaya, pickled red onions and cilantro served on double 4” corn tortillas. Next I had the Volcanes ($13.95) with corn tortillas topped with Oaxaca cheese, steak, chipotle, guacamole, grilled onions – Delish! For dessert, I had the Vanilla ice cream with house-made caramel cajeta ($3.50) which was sinfully delicious!

You will find a wide assortment of tacos, many other dishes such as the tortas, tostadas, enchiladas, or the chimichangas, salads, desserts along with a kids menu, this is a great spot to take the family.

Review By: Richard Wolak

Cinco de Mayo in Vancouver and Beyond on May 5

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To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here are some of the restaurants, delivery services and events around Vancouver and beyond that will be celebrating.

Las Margaritas

This is our biggest event of the year. We are having Los Dorados Mariachis play on Saturday and Tuesday from 6-9PM. We will also have Corona , XX and Sauza Tequila here giving out prizing and samples. Also we will have a drink special it’s called a Low Rider and a combo dinner special on ( Chile Relleno, Chicken Enchilada and a Beef or Chicken Taco).

1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

 

Tacomio

Whats better than tequila? A FREE Organic strawberry & Don Julio’s mini popsicles to celebrate 5 de Mayo. You will receive a mini popsicle with your purchase.

435 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 868-7041

Web: http://www.tacomio.ca/

Twitter: @tacomiovan

 

Las Tortas

Tacos al pastor Puebla style on special

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

 

Santa Rosa

Our combos are the most popular choice on Tuesdays.  They are $9.90 for a platter with refried beans, red rice and 3 enchiladas or any of those other choices we enlist under “Combos”.  For Vancouver Foodster readers receive a free can of pop with your combo purchase if you mention you read about Santa Rosa in this article.

1585 Broadway St #121, Port Coquitlam

Tel: (778) 285-9336

Web: http://www.santarosabc.com/

Twitter: n/a

 

Little Mexico Cantina

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo “The first Fiesta of the season” little mexico style at the Little Mexico Cantina May 5th to May 7th

Drink specials from 11:30am-9:30pm Tuesday to Thursday

Mexican Sangria – $4

Mexican Beer – $4

Michelada – $6.00

Jamaica or Lime Margarita – $4.75

Paloma – $4.50

Food specials from 11:30am-9:30pm Tuesday to Thursday (valid for dine in only)

3 for $10 Taco’s (Al Pastor, Campechano, Carne Asada or Carnitas)

3 for $12 Shrimp or Red Snapper

Nachos 1/2 price starting at 4:00pm

3131 Chatham St #150, Richmond

Tel: (604) 272-5123

Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/

Twitter: @MexicoCarol

 

El Comal Mexican Foods

Offering different types of tacos like, fish tacos, tacos al pastor, etc.

7650 Winston Street, Burnaby

Tel:(604) 420-1327

Web: http://elcomal.ca/

Twitter: n/a

 

Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant

Featuring a special menu of tacos Al pastor, Chile relleno and pork in green Mole sauce.
Drinks specials: tequila kiwi, margaritas, and cocktails $4.95
Don Julio or Patron Tequila $8 a shot, all other tequila $4.50
Folkloric Mexican dance show is at 8 pm

827 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-683-7236

Web: http://www.ponchosvancouver.com/

Twitter: @PonchosMexican

 

The Mexican Corner

Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon… Join in our huge FIESTA this May 5th in #Whistler!

Dust off your sombrero, grab those maracas, pop on your party dress or wrestling mask and come over to The Mexican Corner for the BIGGEST party in town! From 5pm until late on May 5th 2015 enjoy a night of good food, great drinks and fantastic company.

> Various prizes for best Costume!

> Latin Salsa dance instructors to teach you a thing or two (from 5-7pm)

> Live music by SkiiTour local DJ Tim Livingstone!

> Live Tequila Bartending competition from 8pm-10pm where 4 local bartenders will go head-to-head for your vote of Best Cocktail!

> Food and drink specials to keep the Fiesta going all night long!!!

> $5 Coronas and $35 Jugs of our famous Margaritas

> Photo Booth and Prizes for Best Picture!

12-4340 Sundial Crescent, Whistler

Tel: (604) 962-4450

Web: http://themexicancorner.ca/

Twitter: @MexicanCorner

 

Office Celebrating

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We have the perfect #CincoDeMayo lunch planned for your office at Foodee! @TacoFinoVan @LasTortas Tweet us @foodee for details.

 

Events

“The Juice Truck” To Host All-Vegan Mexican Pop-Up Supper This Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is coming to the Juice Truck // We’re having our first ever Pop Up Dinner with head chef Arnie Guieb. Get ready for Green Juice Margaritas, Horchata and an all Vegan menu below! Check out the event for tickets here.

 

Stateside Craft

We are having a big Cinco De Mayo party at Stateside!!

Featuring Cinco, Cinco, Cinco: $5 Tequila, $5 Beers, and $5 Spring Inspired Cocktail Specials !! More details here.

1601 Commercial Drive

Tel: 604-620-0048

Web: http://www.statesidecraft.com/

Twitter: @statesidecraft

I am sure there are many more restaurants and bars around the city who will have Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Feel free to tweet me your finds @vanfoodster

By: Richard Wolak

Interview with Chef Enrique Menendez

Vancouver is home to some of the best chefs in the world, many have worked for the top chefs and restaurants around the world as well as around the city. Dishing with the Chefs is a series of Interviews with some of the top chefs in and around Vancouver.

Chef Enrique Menendez

Chef Enrique Menendez

When I was living in Mexico City, where I grew up, I used to cook at home for my family, I was about 14 or 15 years old at the time. Years later I came to Vancouver and worked as a dishwasher at Las Margaritas for 2 years, I also helped the cook doing kitchen prep. I liked helping with the cooking and sometimes I gave them advice which they happily accepted. I stayed on with the restaurant working as a Busser, then the Bartender. Then an opportunity came up at Las Margaritas and I was promoted to Sous Chef and worked there for another 4 years. I then moved on to Patron Tacos & Cantina as their opening Executive Chef and have been here since.

You can follow Chef Enrique Menendez on Instagram @menendez27

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Has your menu changed since opening?

Yes it has twice.

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Are you changing the menu based on the season or authenticity?

I am trying to add more authentic Mexican dishes to the menu.

Have you had any challenges over the years in your restaurant?

You have to make it easy for yourselves, and it’s important to have good staff.

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What are your favourite cuisines to eat personally?

Japanese and then Mexican of course.

What are your favourite restaurants to eat at in Vancouver outside of where you work?

  • Guu
  • Cardero’s

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Do you cook at home?

Yes, mostly making salads, and pastas with a Mexican touch with lots of vegetables.

What do you like to do in your Off Time?

  • Excursions outside of the city
  • Play soccer
  • Run along the beach

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1st dish:

Prawns Tostada

Prawns Tostada

Prawns Tostada

Prawns

Jalapeno

Red onion

Tomatoes

Cilantro

Hot sauce

Ketchup

Chili flakes

Mexican oregano

Lime juice

Chipotle pepper

What was your inspiration behind this dish?

We have a lot of Mexicans coming here who want seafood and it is popular in Mexico.

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What was the most exciting thing you have done in awhile?

I went to the world cup in Brazil in 2014.

What do you want your kitchen staff to learn from you?

  • To be responsible
  • Work clean
  • I want them to love to cook

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Have you had any challenges finding specific ingredients from Mexico here?

  • Avocado leaf
  • Cactus (sometimes)

Have you put any dishes on your menu that haven’t worked? 

Molletes – it is an open face type of sandwich which is popular in Mexico. We had it on the menu and removed it as it wasn’t popular.

Do you make your own Tortilla Chips?

Yes

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2nd dish:

Quesadillas Mexico City Style

Quesadillas Mexico City Style

Quesadillas Mexico City Style

Corn tortilla

Mozzarella cheese

Carnitas (pork)

Lettuce

Feta cheese

Sour cream

What was your inspiration behind this dish?

I wanted to put something from the street (street food from my city which is Mexico City).

What other street food dishes from Mexico isn’t being served here?

  1. Sweet plantains
  2. Tlayuda – blue corn hardshell with nopales cactus
  3. Gorditas

What would you pair your Prawns Tostada with?

Negra Modelo

What would you pair your Quesadillas Mexico City Style with?

Michelado

Stay tuned for the next chef in the Dishing with the Chef series.

By: Richard Wolak

PATRON TACOS & CANTINA

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265 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Advice: Reservations suggested for larger parties, walkins welcome.

Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Mole Chicken Enchiladas

Three Milk Cake

Three Milk Cake

A true cantina, this Mexican eatery has been turning out stellar favourites since opening a couple of years ago. Chef Enrique Menendez leads the kitchen, and his menu is filled with traditional dishes from Mexico. The bar features an extensive lineup of Tequilas, and cocktails such as the popular margaritas. Complimentary chips and salsa are served after ordering, and you can refill the chips for a nominal charge. I have dined on a few occasions in the past, enjoying a variety of tacos and the Huaraches, most recently I had the Enchiladas ($13.50) with chicken and mole sauce, topped with feta cheese, sour cream, with rice and beans, one of my favourite Mexican dishes! For dessert I had the delicious Three Milk Cake ($7) love this traditional Mexican dessert!

This is a great spot for dining solo or with friends.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TACOMIO

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435 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 868-7041

Web: http://www.tacomio.ca/

Twitter: @tacomiovan

Advice: Counter service. Salsa bar (complimentary).

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With my love for Mexican food, our city’s scene keeps on evolving, the latest taco oriented spot is run by Chef/Owner Fhernando Llanas and his wife who is also a chef. It’s fairly small with just 9 seats, but big enough for the flow of patrons to order from the counter and patiently wait to eat-in or take-out. The kitchen set-up is well thought-out, first of all almost everything is made from scratch in house, and the taco fillings are lined-up for quick assembly and for patrons to watch, also a smart idea.

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4 Tacos

Kale & Corn Tortilla Chips

Kale & Corn Tortilla Chips

Strawchata

Strawchata

I had 4 Tacos ($10) the Rajas con Crema with roasted poblano pepper, creamed corn, chard onion, kale tortilla; the Carnitas with confit pork shoulder, pickled jalapenos, shaved red onion, micro coriander; the Pollo con mole a clay baked free range chicken, house made mole sauce, tossed sesame; and the Frijoles Rancheros with double smoked bacon, pinto beans, spicy chorizo, micro cilantro, fresh cheese. I also had a side of their housemade Kale & Corn Tortilla Chips (if you don’t want the chicharones (pork rind) that comes in the chip mix, specify at time of ordering). They offer a couple of different specialty beverages daily, I had the Strawchata ($3) a horchata with strawberry ice cubes making for an interactive experience as I had to use my straw to crush the strawberry in the drink.

You will also find a salsa bar that features their home-made salsas, (mild, regular, hot with mix of green and red) and fresh salsas, all complimentary to flavour enhance your tacos if you so choose. All in all, it’s a great spot with friendly service, delicious food and I am looking forward to seeing their menu develop with other Mexican specialties.

Review by: Richard Wolak

La Taqueria Commissary Kitchen Opening in North Vancouver

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Yesterday, Marcelo Ramirez Romero (co-owner) guided me on a tour of their new expansive space for the commissary kitchen and new eatery of La Taqueria which will be opening on Monday February 23, 2015.

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The North Vancouver kitchen will feature a new tortilleria (tortilla factory) that will be producing gluten-free tortillas, using non-GMO nixtamal dough made with corn specially imported from Culiacán, Mexico, that is exclusive to La Taqueria’s shops.

Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa in Northern Mexico, is one of the most economically-driving municipalities due to its major agricultural production. It heavily supports its domestic market through its large-scale production of corn. The yellow commercialized corn found in North America is incomparable to the varieties that are grown in Mexico. Corn is significant to Mexican identity as it is a central component to their cooking and daily meals.

The success of La Taqueria’s first two locations sparked the decision for co-owners Marcelo Ramirez Romero and Alfonso Sanz to open a new kitchen: To meet the growing demand for their food while upholding the consistency, quality and authenticity of their tacos.

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La Taqueria was built on the premise of replicating the authentic taste and feel of street food in Mexico, and will continue to do so as they expand into North Vancouver. The La Taqueria eatery is located at 1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver and will be open from 11am – 5pm Monday – Saturday and their menu is the same as their other locations.

By: Richard Wolak

Chihuahua’s Mexican Grill Opening

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Last week I attended the opening party with my friends, Michelle, Katherine and Stephanie, the latest restaurant from the Cambie Malone’s Group, this restaurant is connected to their Malone’s Bar and Grille.

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Guests enjoyed a couple of different Margaritas, Mexican beer while sampling many of the taco variations off the menu, with loads of tortilla chips for dipping in their 4 housemade salsas.

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Executive Chef Peter Chun and his chefs team were busy preparing the tacos and such throughout the night to the packed house of guests.

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The restaurant offers tasting flights of Tequila on a wooden paddle that ranges in price from $11-$18 that comes with a palate cleanser called Verdita.

Chihuahua’s Mexican Grill is located at 515 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver, you can follow them on twitter @chihuahuasmex

Thank you to our photographer Michelle Hondl for capturing the night so well.

By: Richard Wolak

TACOFINO GASTOWN

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15 West Cordova, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 899-7907

Web: http://tacofino.com/

Twitter: @TacofinoVAN

Advice: No reservations. Taco bar open nightly, the Burrito bar open for lunch thru late night.

My love for Tacofino began a few years ago when their first food truck was on the streets serving up their delicious fish tacos and the addictive spicy diablo cookies. As they evolved in the city with the addition of their East Village commissary, their boldest statement of all was the recent opening of their flagship abode in Gastown. With their Burrito Bar on the Cordova Street side and their Tacofino dining room (entrance off of Blood Alley in the rear) they have pretty much come full circle and have enticed my palate further. The space is beautiful, designed by local designer Shiloh Sukkau, there are many handmade details and local artists take pride of place.

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Oaxacan Corn Fritters

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Glazed Beef Ribs

Churros

Churros

I have dined at both sides of this eatery, over dinner sitting at the bar, I had the delicious and flavourful Oaxacan Corn Fritters ($6) with chili lime, Cotija, probably the most addicting appetizer that we have seen in a long time! I also had the Glazed Beef Ribs ($17) with chilaquiles an amazing plate of merging flavours with lemongrass, habanero, kale and peanuts. The dessert front could use some work, since I love Churros and would order them in a heartbeat, these didn’t come close to winning my heart, served in a cute paper bag, the Churros ($6) were pillowy bite size, deep-fried agave coated morsels.

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Crispy Chicken Burito

Crispy Chicken Burito

On the other side of this eatery is the exciting Burrito Bar and this they have nailed, finally an eatery that reinvents the burrito in our city. It is a small eatery with about 10 seats, and a take-out option which is really the way to go here. A simple menu with a selection of inventive filled burritos, I had the delicious and outstanding Crispy Chicken Burito ($11) with chicken karaage, rice, black chili mayo, sriracha, cabbage, cilantro, guacamole, filled in a flour tortilla.  This is a spot that is going to become one of my frequenting takeout locales!

Review by: Richard Wolak

LOS AMIGOS TACOS

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1118 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-0220

Web: https://www.facebook.com/losamigostaqueria

Twitter: @losamigostacos

Advice: No reservations, counter service.

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Located in the heart of Davie Village, is this Mexican taco joint that serves authentic eats. It’s a simple set-up, run by a Mexican family who used to cook back in their home country of Mexico. Although the menu features several types of tacos, you can mix it up, the best value is to order 4 tacos for $8.50 or $7 if you want them all to be Vegetarian. I had 4 tacos on the plate, the delicious Tinga (Shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce topped with sour cream and cheese), Mole (Shredded Chicken with mole sauce with a slight hint of chocolate flavor topped with sesame seeds & sour cream); Rajas (Roasted poblano pepper with corn & zucchini. Topped with sour cream and Mexican cheese); and a Super Veggie (Potato, Kale & corn topped with pico de gallo salsa).

Presently there is only one dessert on the menu and it’s the popular Churros ($2.50) a straight sugar coated Mexican donut.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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

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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

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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.

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EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR

UPDATED 2/19/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

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

Los Cuervos 1

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

LA MEZCALARIA

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8226

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Advice: Reservations a must.

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food and culture and this new East side spot on the drive has nailed it on the food and drinks side as well on the decor side with its hip ambiance. The room has an open kitchen with a cool setup for diners to eat and watch the chefs in action as well as a full bar offering a similar perspective to chat with the bartenders.

Margarita and Special

Verdes Chicken Enchiladas

Papa Flautas

My friend Josh Langston joined me for dinner starting off with a couple of their house drinks, followed by our sharing of their outstanding Verdes Chicken Enchiladas ($13) with a green tomatillo sauce which had a nice spice kick, outstanding refried beans and Spanish rice; we also shared the vegetarian Papa Flautas ($12) 4 flautas filled with roasted garlic and mashed potato. This is food made with love, you can see how passionate the chefs are and you can truly taste this in their cooking.

They have an extensive mezcal selection, as well have their version of a Cheese Fondue that I am already craving for my next visit which will be very soon!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Mexican Fiesta at Lubavitch Vancouver

On February 10th I was invited to attend a Mexican Fiesta dinner at the Lubavitch Centre where Chabad Catering created a delicious all you can eat meal featuring Kosher Mexican dishes created by Chef Menajem. The room was filled with families, who enjoyed an all Kosher dinner themed with dishes from Mexico.

Chicken Mole

Corn Tortillas

Shredded Beef and Onions

Tamales de Pollo

My favourite dishes of the meal were the Chicken Mole, Tacos with shredded beef and onions along with the Tamales de Pollo.

Q & A with Chef Menajem Peretz

Can you tell me how the Mexican Fiesta came about?

Since I moved here their have been a lack of options when it comes to kosher food it is always frustrating, although we do have a few restaurants/cafeterias in Vancouver, there aren’t many choices out there.

In December we started planning something for families to do on the 24th of December, and we did an All you can Eat Chinese  food, after a great event I decided to do ethnic food once a month.

I lived in Mexico back in 2000, and I wanted expose the community into more authentic Mexican Food.

Actually after this coming Passover we have planned to do an All you can Eat BBQ dinner.

Was this your 1st theme kosher dinner or have there been others?

As a mentioned before I did the Chinese Dinner and back in Ottawa we always created theme dinners.

Could you explain your kitchen setup, as I understand this dinner was kosher and was meat oriented

I run a 100% kosher kitchen I have both facilities (Meat and Dairy), in the case of the Mexican dinner I decided to use the meat kitchen considering that I had more dishes to offer, but when the time is right and we plan an Italian dinner I will choose the dairy kitchen.

What type of food does Chabad Catering offer in addition to these theme dinners?

We are a catering company, but we go above and beyond for our customers to design the entire party. Although we are located in Vancouver we service our clients at any location in need. From weddings in Whistler to a party in Victoria or a family reunion in Banff we move all our equipment to the location, my policy is to please my customers in any need or circumstance.

When is your next theme dinner and what will the theme of the cuisine be?

I am Originally from Argentina, so the next theme dinner after Passover will be an All you can eat Argentina BBQ.

The dinner was held at the Lubavitch Centre at 5750 Oak Street in Vancouver. If you are interested in having your event catered with Kosher cuisine, contact Chef Menajem Peretz at Chabad Catering.

By: Richard Wolak

THE MEXICAN

1049 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-0955

Web: www.themexican.ca

Twitter: @ThemexicanYVR

Advice: Take out is always an option if there are no available seats. No reservations.

Horchata

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enfrijolades

Champinones Quesadillas

From the moment I walked into this authentic Mexican cantina, it was as I arrived to a small town in Mexico, ready to enjoy some traditional dishes. I have visited a few times already and each time I have enjoyed the same love for the food and the servers. Most recently, I had a Horchata ($1.65) cold and refreshing beverage along with the house specialty, outstanding Chicken Enchiladas ($15.50) with shredded chicken, with a delicious ancho chile sauce topped with cheese, onion, sour cream along with a salad. I have also had the Chicken Enfrijolades ($11) cheese filled tortillas covered with bean sauce topped with cheese and sour cream with salad; on one of the visits, my friend Kenji had the Champinones Quesadillas ($4) with mixed mushrooms cooked Mexican style.

Three Milk Cake

You will find an extensive menu featuring many Mexican favourites including Sopes, Tacos, Tostadas, Quesadillas and a large selection of house specialties. Make sure you have some room for dessert, they seem to only offer two choices,  on the last visit I ordered one of their traditional desserts which was delicious, the Three Milk Cake ($6.15). If you love Mexican, get over there soon!

Review By: Richard Wolak

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5 – 701 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-677-4247

Web: n/a

Twitter:  @Salylimonvan

Advice: order the home-made potato chips over the tortilla chips, visit the complementary salsa bar. No reservations.

Finding an authentic restaurant serving delicious Mexican food has often been a challenge to find in our city, that is until now. Last night, my friend Ajay Masala Puri joined me for dinner to discover this hidden gem. Some would say it’s off the beaten track, and I’d say it’s in the heart of EastVan’s new restaurant row. The décor is simple and you aren’t here for that anyway, you are here for the authentic Mexican dishes. A couple of families run the place together, having been in the restaurant business back in their home country of Mexico.

Super Vegetariana Huaraches

Cordero al Cilantro (lamb) Huaraches

Home-made Potato Chips

Salsa Bar

Brownie con Lechara

I had the Super Vegetariana Huaraches ($8.75) a home-made corn tortilla topped with delicious black beans, vegetables, panella cheese and more goodness. I made my dish a combo for an extra $2 (you have a choice of soup, coleslaw, potato chips or tortilla chips) which included home-made potato chips and salsas from the salsa bar along with a Horchata sweet cinnamon-flavored milk which was also very good. Ajay had the Cordero al Cilantro (lamb) Huaraches ($8.50) and his was a combo as well. We both then shared the one and only dessert, Brownie con Lechara ($3.75) which was Yum.

You will find an extensive menu featuring many Mexican favourites including Sopes, Tacos, Burritos, Huaraches, Quesadillas and Tortas along with very friendly service and reasonable prices. I am already looking forward to my next visit to try the Smoked Chicken Huaraches!

Review by: Richard Wolak

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