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The Mouse tries tamale for the first time.

Tamale Plate

Nom! The Mouse likes wrapped food, lau lau, pastele, jung, etc. Tamale fits right in. Yay!

At the same time, The Cat tries horchata for the first time.

Horchata

Kinda like Mexican soy milk? Without the bean taste, The Cat likes.

Now for the rest of the week.

Smoked Pork Cheek

One of the butchers at the warehouse caught a wild boar, a very invasive species here in SPAM Land. In his spare time he smokes meat. The Mouse was lucky to taste the cheek portion, very yum.

The Mouse finally picked up pork bones, order was last week but the warehouse couldn’t find the package, ugh. Head butcher reordered and repackaged. There was supposed to be tails in the mix. Very little tail portions, mostly ribs and backs. Lotsa soup coming. The Mouse will try and salvage tail portions for a cooking experiment.

9 Pounds of Bones

Finally, The Cat picked up a package of mini naan from Costco.

Mini Naan

The Mouse used whatever available and made a ham, apple and shiso mini naan “soft taco” sandwich.

The Mouse’s Dinner

The Mouse forgot a little smidge of mustard, next time.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Still waiting for a neighborhood Mexican place to open, they moved almost a year ago and are still in the process of opening. Sigh.

Trying another Mexican place, a little further, good reviews.

The Place

A little pricey, but, try try.

The Mouse wanted to try tamale for the first time (must be good if anything like pastele), but alas, sold out. Frown.

Ordered the chile verde instead.

Chile Verde

Very well made, not too spicy, The Mouse added hot sauce.

The Cat ordered a fiesta bowl with carnitas (she didn’t know what carnitas was).

Carnitas Fiesta Bowl

Spanish rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, salsa, and of course carnitas. Think Bibimbap. The Cat likes. A definite reorder.

The Mouse may even order a fiesta bowl next time too. Very “festive”. Hee hee.

Finished with their churro dessert.

Churro and Ice Cream

Yum.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A former co-worker (thanks M) and a stranger that struck up a conversation with The Cat recommended here.

Sign

Sign

The Mouse has been avoiding Mexican cuisine due to his age related onset of lactose intolerance to dairy. And since past experience with Mexican food included a load of cheese … well, the best defense is avoidance.

But, The Cat wanted to try. So, with a container loaded with lactase pills, The Cat and The Mouse went to try try.

Complimentary Basket of Chips and

Complimentary Basket of Chips and

 

Salsa

Salsa

Salsa had a bit of heat, but not intolerable to The Cat and The Mouse. Off to a good start.

Guacamole

Guacamole

Server suggested a bowl. House-made. Awesome.

Special

Special

Uhm, no. Adventurous but, a little too early for that.

Cancun Fish

Cancun Fish

The Cat’s order. Covered with mango and avocado, The Cat’s favorite fruits. The Cat also liked the beans.

Carnitas Plate

Carnitas Plate

The Mouse’s order. Only cheese was a little bit on the beans, easily handled. Came with three small corn tortillas (in the foil). Well cooked. Not pork belly (I think it was shoulder), but very acceptable.

Ran out of flan for dessert. Reason to return. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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We tried a relatively new Mexican restaurant for breakfast this past weekend.

Sign

I think the owners have a restaurant in town and run a lunch wagon (saw the truck across the street). I guess The Cat still has refried beans on her mind.

When we entered, the owner/chef was the only one inside. He seemed to be running around the kitchen either cleaning up or prepping. The owner came out to greet us, said he didn’t have a breakfast menu, and started telling us what he could offer for breakfast. All the dishes were in Spanish and our eyes started to glaze over (where’s the Star Trek translator when we need it).

The Cat ordered whatever is easiest with rice and beans. Good thinking, The Mouse followed.

Since this was another new restaurant for us, The Cat was taking in the “atmosphere”.

Interior

Interior, Detail

You Will Listen To My Voice

Tabletop Design

As more people came in, the poor guy seemed a bit overwhelmed. I got up got a pitcher of water and served everyone (had to make sure they knew I didn’t work there). 😛

After a short wait, our breakfast was served.

Breakfast, Chef's Choice

From left: Portuguese sausage, flour tortillas, fried eggs, green chile sauce, salad, Mexican rice, and refried beans.

Chips

Chile Sauce

Breakfast included a basket of chips and red chile sauce. My one “complaint” was I wish we were given some kind of “Mexican” meat instead of Portuguese sausage. Don’t get me wrong, I like Portuguese sausage, it’s just that I wanted to try something “authentic”. I kind of wanted a little more rice too (but that’s just me).

The chef said he learned all of his recipes from his mother. Everything tasted good. I think the two chile sauces were a little too spicy for The Cat, she kept drinking water. For me, the green sauce was just right, the red sauce was a bit too spicy for me too.

A very good experience.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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