3 Places to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Whether you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo with cocktails, tacos, sweets, or all three, my picks will give you a little bit of everything with a whole lotta flavor!

 

1. Gracias Madre

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If you are looking for colorful cocktails and a fun atmosphere, look no further than Gracias Madre in WeHo! Their drinks are beautiful and they will be celebrating with $5 appetizers all day long! If you attend later in the evening, you can enjoy a live mariachi band and boozy snow cone machine! P.S. they’re known for their vegan-friendly dishes.

 

2. Taco Maria

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First of all, can we acknowledge how awesome it is that Cinco de Mayo happens to fall on a Tuesday…get it? Taco Tuesday! The perfect place to celebrate this once in a blue moon, solar eclipse, meteor shower experience is at Taco Maria. They serve so many different menus throughout the week (tacos, Prix Fixe dinner, Prix Fixe brunch), but Tuesday nights they keep the tacos on the menu for your enjoyment! They have a flavor combination for every palate!

3. Corazon Y Miel

11055575_1470237866570144_1920058611_nLet me just preface that I love Corazon y Miel for my cocktail and dinner needs, but their surprise hit is their dessert! They have an intimate, but lively bar area with easy parking and beautiful art covering the walls.  Be sure to bring friends that like to share because the creativity of the dishes is off the charts!

Believe me, there are countless places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! These are just some of my favorites. If you are looking for something different or closer to you, try:

Guisados

Sabroso

Anepalco’s

 

Taco Tuesday: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

I knew that my visit to San Diego would entail lots of delicious noms. I knew that I was definitely going to hit up the Carnitas Snack Shack, but didn’t have any other specifics on my list. All I knew was that I wanted fish tacos in and around my mouth the moment I drove into town. I did some research on Yelp and narrowed it down to a few places, and eventually decided on Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in La Jolla. Great decision. No, make that BEST DECISION.

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The battered fish taco and the grilled octopus taco are the way to go! The breading on the fish is perfect! It’s not too heavy, but still crispy and piping hot when it’s served to you. The accoutrement on top isn’t overwhelming either. Not too much cabbage or pico and very fresh tasting. In addition, the sauces that are hiding in the mini-fridge on the counter are DE-LISH! The grilled octopus taco was awesome too! I’m picky when it comes to octopus because if it’s not cooked correctly it becomes chewy and inedible. Not here! They know what they’re doing behind the counter. Speaking of counters, you get to enjoy your tacos just up the street from the ocean on a casual counter on the sidewalk; basically, that’s my version of a perfect lunch.

I didn’t have a chance to try everything I wanted to, but I will be back for the torta. I saw a couple that other people ordered, and I almost yanked it out of their hands as I walked by.

For more information, visit http://oscarsmexicanseafood.com/.

Tacos and More at Mexicali Taco & Co.

Once again, it is Taco Tuesday! It is impossible for me to choose my favorite taco joint. ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE! However, I can help you narrow down your choices. This week, I wanted to talk about Mexicali Taco & Co. in Los Angeles. What started as a taco cart on 1st and Beaudry, has turned into a small restaurant near Dodgers Stadium. Edras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso have brought flavors from their childhood in Calexico to LA, and in doing so, have landed on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list. Impressive? Yes. Well deserved? Hell yes!

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Our tacos of choice were the Shrimp Taco, the Chorizo Taco, and the Al Pastor Taco. The Shrimp Taco was served on a cheesy corn tortilla garnished with fresh cilantro. Unfortunately, I am allergic to shrimp, so I have to take my boyfriend’s opinion to be true. He said it was to die for. Obviously, I cried because I can never have it. The Chorizo taco was tender and delicious. Finally, the Al Pastor Taco was my favorite! Due to the multiple signs on the menu and Yelp reviews stating that there are “limited quantities available,” I’m assuming that this is the most popular meat choice. I see why; it was so juicy! You could tell that it was marinated and slowly cooked for a very long time. If you choose one taco, choose this taco.

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If you read the title of this post correctly, you were waiting for me to talk about the “more.” The tacos here are amazing, but the fact that they serve several other delicious dishes, is just the icing on the cake. The Vampiro is a crispy quesadilla that we chose to fill with Asada and their special garlic sauce. This was beyond an ordinary quesadilla. It surpassed any quesadilla I have ever had. The Asada paired with the garlic sauce was divine. We also enjoyed the Cachetada. The Cachetada is Mexicali Taco & Co.’s version of a tostada on crack. It is served with meat, melted cheese, and a chipotle aioli sauce and we chose to have it Ranchero style, in other words, topped with a fried egg. Everything is better with an egg on top. This stands right up there with the tacos. Do yourself a favor and drive yourself to Mexicali Taco & Co., order the Shrimp and Al Pastor tacos, and the Cachetada Ranchera style. Go. Now.

For more information, on Mexicali Taco & Co. visit their website at http://mexicalitaco.com/.