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Thanks to the folks at Popcorn, we were offered the opportunity to try La Mezcaleria, a Mexican restaurant brought to you by the brains behind La Taqueria. It is supposed to be the first Mexican restaurant that offers Mezcal, tequila and cocktails from different regions of Mexico.

La Mezcaleria

Food

With our menu tasting, we sampled a ceviche, two entrees, and a dessert. Of the ceviche options, we chose Aguachile (literally means “chili water”). Ceviche is usually quite acidic due to the use of fresh lime juice, so one might think green apple would just make this over the top sour. Surprisingly the hint of sweetness in green apple, along with the high water content in cucumber made this ceviche more refreshing. And the use of chili added some heat to the dish, which gave this an extra layer of flavours. I liked the combination of scallop and tuna in this dish but found them a bit fishy. The highlight for me was probably the house-made tortilla chips. They were fresh, crunchy, and had the right thickness so they wouldn’t break on you. I could just eat them alone, a lot of them. Great for snacking – they would go so well with the guacamole too.

Aguachile

The Tostadas De Pato used duck confit, which I didn’t think was commonly found in Mexican dishes. (more…)

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Last week we were also graciously invited to attend a wine and tequilla & mezcal tasting at the YEW restaurant + bar at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a preview of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Food & Wine Festival on March 22-24, 2012, the only one of its kind in Latin America.

First, we were treated to a few tasty canapes. The food table was quite popular as we were filling our tummy to get ready for the alcohol adventure that we were about to embark on.

Canapes to start

Canapes to start

Then, we welcomed Mark Oldman, leading wine expert and award-winning author, to walk us through a number of wines & spirits from Mexico. Here is a list of what we had:

  • Santo Tomas Sauvignon Blanc
  • Mariatinto Tempranillo Grenache and Syrah
  • Santo Tomas Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Santo Tomas Xaloc Reserva
  • Partida Tequilla Anejo
  • Zacbe Mezcal
  • Sangrita as chaser
Drinking Bravely

Drinking Bravely

Mexico is definitely not a country known for its wines, and frankly I’ve never had any Mexican wines before this evening. (more…)

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