Posts Tagged ‘Mexican’

As a fact of life, every living object & creature must eat to live. Most creatures simply eat the most convenient things available, not thinking about a choice in food. In the wild, creatures must hunt for their food, as food will not simply fall down in front of them. Domestically, pets may have it even worse, as some pet owners feed their pet the same pet food everyday for years. Despite eating the same thing for all their lives, pets feel content to just having a home, so they eat that same pet food daily without ever getting tired of it. Looking at the human race now, we have the luck and joy of having food choices and varieties available to us. We can eat basic bread and plain meats and raw vegetables, but advancements in culture have allowed us to have endless types of cuisines. Southern California has no shortage of different cuisine types, especially Mexican food. Though Mexican food exists around every corner, some people really need the locals’ help in locating the better places to visit, such as Taco Rosa.

Irvine’s Taco Rosa may bear a common restaurant’s name, but contrary to the basic name, their cuisine truly stands out as top of the charts. Located in the Irvine Marketplace on the border with Tustin, Taco Rosa serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a Yucatán/Mayan twist. While the menu may contain Mexican classics such as burritos and quesadillas, the flavors derive from the chef’s Yucatán/Mayan background. Such flavors exist all across their menu, especially in their Carnitas Pibil. In this entrée, Taco Rosa plates tender pork shoulder with pibil sauce, pork belly beans, guacamole, escabeche, Mexican rice, and a sweet corn tamalito. Each item comes plated individually, allowing you to savor each item on its own or combine them how you would like. You can have a taste of Yucatán/Mayan cuisine for just $17, or dine in during Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 2pm to 6pm to receive this entrée and more for 30% off.

Interested to see what else Taco Rosa has in store? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter for updates directly from the source.

Advertisements

The hot summer days lends perfectly to grilling weather. As an American tradition, citizens officially start the grilling season on Memorial Day weekend, as that signifies many things. First off, on that weekend, Americans celebrate an important federal holiday to celebrate and honor the lives of those lost while serving for the United States Armed Forces. The weather starts to significantly heat up by this weekend, following the inconsistent weather of April and much of May. As a result of the warmer weather, Americans take advantage of a holiday weekend off of work until the next federal holiday, Independence Day, to gather some friends & family for a party involving grilling. When thinking about grilling for a group of people, what food exactly comes to mind? I guarantee that hot dogs and hamburgers top the list. The notion to purchase these items in bulk contributes to the misconception that these foods do not taste good. The phrase “You get what you pay for” has never applied as much as it does now, as most who purchase in bulk tend to pay low per individual unit. If you seek quality, you will have to drop extra money for it. Hot dogs tend to bear questionable ingredients, but true hamburgers still exist in this world. If you happen to find yourself in Southern California this summer, check out these five places to grab some of the best burgers you will ever have. One bite into these will change the way you look at hamburgers forever.

5. Seoulmate‘s Fresh Off The Burger

In this day and age, people love to eat all sorts of diverse foods. California has almost every type of cuisine from around the world, which may overwhelm people who crave multiple types of cuisines at once. Thankfully, restaurants offer fusion dishes that mix up cuisines and combine two foreign concepts together, something that Seoulmate does very well. Nestled in a small shack that used to belong to Moshers, Seoulmate combines Korean BBQ with Latin dishes. The best of both worlds, this means that you can enjoy the savoriness of Korean BBQ in the form of finger food. For example, take their Fresh Off The Burger, which uses a Kalbi-marinated quarter-pound Angus beef patty. This burger also comes with fried onions, tomato, lettuce, American cheese, Seoulmate’s special spread, sesame, kimchi, and relish. Basically, they put a Korean BBQ bowl on a burger. You can snag this Korean-inspired burger for just $8.75.

4. Dog Haus‘ Holy Aioli

Americans traditionally have eaten at least one hot dog in their entire lives. Hot dogs represent one of the most common American foods when the rest of the world thinks about American cuisine. Depending on who prepares the hot dog, it can take on a variety of flavors based on either the meat or the toppings. This same concept applies to burgers – it can vary in flavor based on the meat and the toppings, and Dog Haus carries enough of a variety of toppings that they can come up with just about anything. Although known for their hot dogs, Dog Haus also deploys a lineup of burgers on their menu, such as their Holy Aioli. They use Hawaiian bread to hold together this burger with smoked bacon, white american cheese, garlic aioli, and caramelized onions. Put together, this burger tastes more like a dessert than a meal, and you can splurge on this because of its low price tag of $5.95. Grab a burger, a side, and maybe a nice cold beer while you dine here.

3. Fusion Burgers‘ Mexican BBQ Burger

One of the themes of my blog follows the premise of “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Colloquially known as hole-in-the-wall businesses, the external appearance of some buildings may mask the true nature of the business inside. If you drive through a neighborhood that looks worn down on the outside, that does not necessarily tell the story of what goes on inside. If you drive through Highland Park, you may accidentally miss Fusion Burgers if you have no intention of looking for it. Though they appear simple from the outside, this restaurant truly serves some outstanding cuisine inside that rivals many of the more expensive restaurants around Los Angeles County. One of their customer favorites, the Mexican BBQ Burger, uses a burger patty made of al pastor meat, and comes with aillade (a variation of aioli), a grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, and Boston lettuce. Though it does not carry that fancy ingredients, it has all it needs to highlight the amazing natural juices of the al pastor meat. At just $9 for this burger, you cannot go wrong with this burger gone Mexican.

2. The Bottle Room‘s B&B Deluxe

There exists a concept called synergy. This concept states that the interaction of elements, when combined, produce a total effect greater than the sum of the individual elements and contributions. Basically, certain mixes and combinations together make for a greater product than the items separately. For example, bleu cheese and bacon burgers have existed for a while because the contrasting flavors of the bleu cheese and bacon make their flavor come out even more. If you seek an example of such, look no further than The Bottle Room. Locals regard The Bottle Room best for their ever-changing selection of craft beers from across the nation, but The Bottle Room also serves up some world-class cuisine, such as their B&B Deluxe. This marvelous burger contains black fig jam, St. Agur bleu cheese, duck fat onions, bacon, and arugula. I know many people who avoid bleu cheese – I used to stay away from bleu cheese too. However, this burger has the power to change your mind, and show you the wonders of how bleu cheese and bacon synergize so well together. Visit The Bottle Room and devour this burger for $15.

1. Wild Goose Tavern‘s Peppadew Cheddar Burger

People can often get surprised when they discover that a particular place serves food. Most adults go to bars to enjoy a few drinks with friends, or to simply take in the social environment. These patrons would not normally have food on their mind when they go out drinking, but food and adult beverages go so well together for flavor contrasting. When a bar serves food, it can serve to simply fill you up, or it can taste great A.K.A. hit or miss. If you want a bar to hit the mark, seek out Wild Goose Tavern in Orange County. You will often find locals visiting this bar multiple times a week due to not only their generous drinks, but the amazing food cooked up here as well. Patrons looking for a full and tasty meal will want to gravitate towards the Peppadew Cheddar Burger. A perfect handheld meal that frees up a hand for you to sip your beverage, this fulfilling burger comes with golden peppadews, oven-dried tomatoes, arugula, alfalfa sprouts, garlic aioli, and cheddar cheese. This burger not only tastes amazing, but will not break your bank, costing just $8. Come with friends, or come alone, but make sure you leave full and satisfied.

People all over the world have a strange fascination with fast food. Some might say that people enjoy the ‘fast’ aspect of it, as they can pop in, receive food, and leave faster than food should normally take to cook. Others may enjoy the typically low prices of fast food. For the most part, the world loves fast food due to its known foods. Hamburger fast food restaurants exist the most, as everyone recognizes a hamburger. The idea of fast food has taken off so much that some businesses imitate another culture’s cuisine by making food that only resembles the real deal. For example, nearly everyone can agree that the food served at Taco Bell has nothing to do with real Mexican food. Likewise, things like Orange Chicken has more of an American history than Chinese. Sadly, no matter how much one attempts to educate the public, they will still prefer fast food, as the menu feels safe as opposed to something new. Leave it to some crafty individuals to take advantage of the public’s love of fast food to come up with something so unique yet still in the realm of fast food that wows everyone who visits them.

Everyone recognizes both Chinese fast food and Mexican fast food, but have you ever thought about what would happen if someone combined the two? Well, this combination finally happened at Dragon Loco, a Chinese & Mexican fusion fast food restaurant. Tucked away at the back of a strip mall, this small restaurant takes everything you know about Chinese fast food and stuffs it into forms more common at Mexican fast food places. They allow the customer to select the choice of meat, then how they want the food prepared. Meats include Kung Pao chicken, BBQ pork, teriyaki chicken (regular or spicy), tofu, carne asada, orange chicken (regular or spicy), and shrimp. From here, you can order any of those meats in food such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. Of particular note, the Burrito Loco takes an entire meal and stuffs it into a burrito – fried rice AND chow mein fill up this tortilla along with the meat. Props to them for using the unique name Juantons, and for making them with cream cheese and chorizo.

Although fast food exists all around the world, the United States has made it the most prevalent. Will Americans ever get over the fast food hype? Of course healthier options exist out there, but sometimes we value certain things like money, time, and convenience that coax us into going for fast food. If you have a hankering for fast food, at least make it count and support your local mom & pop shops, such as the folks at Dragon Loco out in Ontario.