222017Nov

Pujol’s Lunch Tasting

It’s not often to get a chance to try one of the world’s best restaurant. And not only that, a restaurant redefining Mexican fine dining. Yes. Leave the images of street vendors and late night taquerias at the door. Replace it with a posh yet quaint environment with refined flavors and then you’ll get Pujol. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get some of your familiar dishes and even some street food classics. What may surprise you though, would be how amazing they are in the hands of a chef like…

212017Nov

Oaxacan at Restaurante Sofia

Next to Bósforo, a popular little mezcal bar, sits Restaurante Sofia. A place that hones in on local ingredients to create Oxacan inspired dishes. The restaurant resides in the Cuauhtemoc District west of Centro. There’s not much to do around the area. So our trip here, actually our long walk here, was just to eat. There’s the bar next door obviously, but that’s about it. When you walk into the restaurant you’re immediately hit with the wonderful scents of what’s cooking. The open kitchen takes up the whole right half…

212017Nov

Nestled Between the Busy Streets, Café NiN

After one fun night exploring with one too many mezcal shots, it was off Café NiN to nurture my dehydrated body back to health. I was in need of something simple, something fresh, and most of all, something tasty. You know what, they delivered. But most of all it was in this little cafe that I noticed, it was void of the noises I’ve been getting accustomed to, the noisy streets. There were no cars speeding on by, no incessant honking, just the quiet clinking of of hungry utensils and…

202017Nov

Late Night Eats at Taquería El Califa

It was a long day and we were hungry. So it was off to Taquería El Califa near La Condesa. The place was on our list of eats, specifically for their Al Pastor. An added bonus was the fact that it was in a quaint part of town. A neighborhood we later explored, discovering a mezcal bar, which… I will save for another time. I’d rather keep the good memories of the night centered around this posh establishment. Around this time, 7pm, the place was only half busy. It may…

192017Nov

Lunch Time at Los Cocuyos

Mexico City is huge and on our first day of exploring we needed a quick recharge midway through the morning. We decided to stop by Taquería Los Cocuyos, a popular street vendor serving tacos stuffed with all types of beef cuts. Thanks to a visit by Anthony Bourdain, this place has gotten even more busy from what locals tell me. But at this lunch hour, the crowds weren’t too large. We only waited for one group to order. We were able to secure a small sitting spot next to the…

102017Nov

Bar Seating at Uchi

I couldn’t leave Austin without visiting one of their top places for high quality Japanese cuisine, Uchi. Having visited Uchiko a few years back, I was excited to try out the place that started it all. Being a big fan of traditional Japanese cuisine, I have to say, this “contemporary” take was very impressive. I can see why it’s hard to land a reservation here. Going solo was my only advantage on this busy night. Instant bar seating for the win! When you’re at the bar, you will get a…

052017Nov

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya’s Texan Izakaya

Time for dinner and I happened to be in the mood for Japanese food. No surprise huh? Well, it just so happens that a few miles east of downtown was Kemuri Tatsu-ya, a place serving izakaya with Texan influences. Judging from the reviews I’ve read, it was worth a try. So off I go for another solo run. This time it would be in East Austin. Although there was a standing stall outside, it was a little too cold to be sitting there, let alone be waited on. Luckily, there was…

052017Nov

The Thai Food at Sway

The Sunday afternoon crowd was winding down when I got to Sway, a restaurant just south of downtown Austin. It sits on 1st Street and has plenty of room for large parties and even counter seating for people running solo like myself. My internal clock was still in California time, so the lunch hunger kicked in at 2pm. I read about the food here and wanted to give it a try. Being one of the few remaining customers, the service was attentive. I didn’t have to wait long for the food either….

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