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.

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Mexico City: Italian food beauty

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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.

TECHO: contrucciones que cambian la vida

Español, Eventos

Como probablemete ya lo notaron, no he posteado mucho ultimamente por exámenes y actividades. Pero, este fin de semana valio cada segundo. Participé en una organización llamada TECHO, con quienes (80 alumnos de mi colegio) construimos 10 hogares para las familias mas pobres de nuestro estado. 

Mi cuadrilla estaba conformada por mis amigos y dos niñas mas grandes, además de los líderes de grupo. En total eramos 5 mujeres y 5 hombres (y eramos, obviamente el mejor equipo). 

Llegamos a las 8 a.m. el sábado, pusimos los pilotes de la casa, que son lo que la sostendrá durante sus veinte años de exsistencia. Estaba lloviendo y necesitabamos hacer hoyos de cincuenta centimetros, estabamos exahustos. 


Comimos con la familia. Karen, la señora de la casa, nos hizo frijoles con salchicha y arroz. Mientras comiamos, Miguel Ángel, el futuro dueño de la casa, nos conto de su “vida pasada”, como, antes de encontrar a Dios, era un borracho, engañaba a su esposa y en una ocasión mató a un hombre. Me quedé sin palabras. 

 Nos la pasamos increible con los niños; jugamos a la ronda, con carritos de plástico y a “lluvia” de tierra.  


El dia se acabó y estabamos muy cansados, pero muy, muy felices. Dormimos en el edifcio del gobierno, donde cenamos, platicamos y después, desayunamos.

 El dia siguiente fue la parte mas divertida. Martillamos, (si esa palabra existe), el piso, que fue verdaderamente una experiencia padrísima, nos reimos mucho.


 

Luego hicimos las paredes y el techo. Esto fue de las cosas mas interesantes y locas que he hecho en años. 



Comimos, de nuevo, con la familia, y nos hicieron chilly dogs. Luego los niños le pidieron dinero a su mamá, y después de la intervención de sus papá, esta les dio 20 pesos, que creo que, después de ver el rostro de la madre mientras le daba el billete, era mucho dinero para ellos. Después de que los niños regresaron, sin cambio, y con una bolsa llena de comida chatarra, el rostro de Karen parecía como uno de fantasma. Sin embargo, los hijos, de 6 y 2 años de edad, nos ofrecieron papas fritas y galletas a todos, antes de siquiera probarlo. Esa generosidad era simplemente asombrosa para mí.

En el momento en que terminamos la casa y la inauguramos, nos sentimos felices, pero la familia, estaban en otra onda, parecía como si ese fuese el mejor de sus vidas.

Voy a evitar los nombres, por razones de privacidad,  pero cabe mencionar que también aprendí mucho de mis compañeros de equipo.

1. Las niñas pueden ser fuertes y poderosas.

2. Los niños sí piensan que los cachorros son lindos, pero algunos tienen miedo de mostrarlo.

3. Uno puede ser callado, pero tener un corazón alegre.

4. Diversión e inteligencia si van juntos.

5. El sarcasmo es lo mejor

6. Las niñas dulces pueden construir casas

7. No hay nada comparado con el trabajo en equipo

Aprendí que los amigos y la familia son muy, muy importantes y cómo debemos valorar algo tan simple como nuestro piso o que en nuestra casa tengamos agua corriente. SEAMOS AGRADECIDOS, PORQUE HOY ALGUNOS NIÑOS SON FELICES PORQUE CONSIGUIERON UN NUEVO PAR DE ZAPATOS USADOS.