Tlaquepaque: Casa Fuerte

Places

Last week I had, along with many of my friends and classmates, an amazing week at a “nerd-cultural” competition called PIBA. Some went to dance, others went to sing, some said a poem. I participated in oratory. I had an hour and 30 minutes.  They gave me a topic, then I prepared it and exposed it to the public. It was awesome! All the poets won and my debate team got third place!

So during our time there, we went to a couple of nice restaurants. In Tlaquepaque (15 minutes from Guadalajara [Jalisco’s capital]), we went to a lovely restaurant.

We arrived, and went through the beautiful arch made out of flowers. We sat down and got the bread and butter. How pretty! The butter was wrapped up in a corn husk.

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Then, we had to order our drinks. I thought water, but then the waiter suggested me lemonade with peppermint. AMAZING! Fresh, sweet, tasty.

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Then came the main course. We had only one hour to eat to I chose an “unfailable”, chicken enmoladas, and yes, they were good, the plátano macho was nice as well.

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BUT, my friend ordered corn bread, which is normally dessert, but in this case it was amazing. It had the right amount of corn, it was slightly salty and fresh. If you want to try something new and definitely delicious, order the cornbread (it’s actually an entreé, but it does work as a main course).

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We had very little time there, but if you just want a coffee ora cold drink, I recommend to spend some time there, the restaurant is beautiful, authentic and has amazing service.

FINAL GRADE

pros: It has amazing service, the place is beautiful and some plates are good

cons: They have very few outstanding plates, most are very common 

price: $$

stars: 3.5

Remeber: never miss a chance to eat, and pack your fork werever you go.

Mexico City: Italian food beauty

Places

I hate Italian food

Said no one EVER. That Sunday I said I wasn´t in the mood for Italian, how foolish of me. Prosecco is one of the great Italian restaurants in Mexico. The variety of the menu, the beautiful concept of the place, it was wonderful.

We went from restaurant to restaurant, with our suitcases in hand, because we didn´t have a reservation. We waited, but got at spot at this beautiful Italian restaurant, after we were given our table, my grandparents arrived (with a super tan, by the way). I was in love with the tomato and the lemon in the center, a lovely, healthy, tasty, Italian idea.

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My family is big and tall, so we order big and good.

We enjoyed the tuna Carpaccio and the octopus and potato, and the best of all, the mixed antipasto. It had prosciutto Mortadella, Salamino, Asiago Cheese, Taleggio, pecans, marmalade… delicious.

 

I strongly suggest no to order the Portobello Carpaccio, it was too acid and the texture of the mushrooms wasn´t good.

Salads weren´t a big deal, feel no regret if you avoid them to order something else.

My brother order pizza, and I had to beg him for a tiny, tiny piece, it was beautiful. Literally the flavor was alluring.

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I order gnocchi in tomato sauce with mushrooms. I just want to mention that those gnocchi are the best I have ever tasted, and I have gone to some fancy restaurants in Italy. They were puffy, it’s hard to use words to describe the great texture, and they were somehow “hard” on the outside and soft inside, beauty, simple mouth beauty. The sauce wasn´t “that” good, but the gnocchi stole the show.

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 My grandpa and my dad devoured the arrabbiata penne pasta, so I guess it was good. I didn´t have the chance to try it! My grandmother order the risotto with taleggio cheese and truffle, this one was too a wonderful plate.

Then came the best part, desert. I have had better dessert in my life, but I still recommend everything, but if you can´t order everything went for

  1. The chocolate cake with asparagus ice cream (yes, this was a very weird taste)

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2. Tiramisu, the mascarpone was mouth drooling, you could taste it in every bite. It needed a bit more of coffee, but, you can´t have everything, can you?

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3. Banana and Nutella Calzone. It was fun to cut and chocolaty and fresh to enjoy.

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So if you are in Mexico City, and want to try an incredible and contemporary Italian restaurant, visit Prosecco.

FINAL GRADE

pros: fun version of italian, great main courses

cons: they gave all of us the wrong plates, the waiters were confused

price: $$$

stars: 4

Remeber: never miss a chance to eat, and pack your fork werever you go.

Blue Nile: Ethiopian Experience

Mexico, Places

“A bird hanging between two branches will get bitten on both wings” Ethiopian Proverb
This quote has nothing to do with my post, except for the fact that it is Ethiopian, but I couldn´t refuse the opportunity to use one of their many wise proverbs.
So last week my family, along with some other friends, went on a cruise through the Caribbean, where we have great memories. We also went to Houston, where we had an amazing Ethiopian experience.
Ethiopian food has a strong taste, but the very chance of going to this colorful and incense smelling restaurant couldn´t be denied.

We got to the restaurant and received ice cold complementary water. After that, the waitress gave each of us the menu, which of course we didn´t understand, so we ordered the family plate.

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First. We got this tortilla-crepe looking flat bread, that had a sour taste, called injera. Its taste was NOT what I was expecting. Injera is used as a plate, fork or spoon in the Ethiopian cuisine.

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After that we got the huge family plate; we just stared at each other, we didn´t know what to do. I guess the waitress understood our confusion, because she later explained each and every dish.

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Our absolute favorites were Zilzil Tibs, which are tender strips of beef steeped with special sauce and light sautéed with slices of onions, bell pepper and spicet, and Yebeg Tibs,  that are lamb cubes sautéed with slices of onions, jalapeño peppers and fresh rosemary.

And well, as in all experiences there was a not-so-nice part. We didn´t like the Quanta Firfir, the mix of injeria and dehydrated beef, along with the berbere sauce was simply too much for us.

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Ethiopians don´t have a thing for desserts, but we had great cinnamon and some extravagant spice tea and honey wine for our sweet tooth.
Anyways, if you ever go to Houston and want a truly Ethiopian meal, visit Blue Nile Restaurant you will be amazed with the experience.

FINAL GRADE

pros: incredible experience, tasty lamb and great tea

cons: way to strong sauces and flavours

price: $$

stars: 3

Remeber: never miss a chance to eat, and pack your fork (or injera) werever you go.