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Tequila anyone?

Update: Arte Agave is happening Friday, June 10, 2016. Tickets (with my discount code ‘Jen’) are available here.


You know I have come to enjoy tequila. But not how.

Let’s just say it didn’t come naturally.

Until approximately five years ago, I avoided tequila completely. Why? My last experience with the spirit had come at the hand of evil, older sorority sisters. There was an initiation rite involving blindfolds, my hands tied behind my back, me on my knees and the kind of tequila college students can afford.

college

It was bad.

For years, I avoided tequila. One night, though, I was faced with a difficult choice. Continue reading

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I went to Guadalajara

Last week I went to Guadalajara in the southwestern part of Mexico on business. It was lovely to feel sunshine and 75 degrees.

Via LonelyPlanet.com

If you love tequila or want to learn more about it, I highly recommend a visit to Tequila, Amatitán and surrounding towns.

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Drinking tequila at Casa Herradura during a workday didn’t suck. My favorite drink was definitely the tamarind margarita with a spice rim.

tamarind

Nor did eating delicious foods including tacos, fideo, a spectacular steak, amazing queso, and a breakfast gordita which we ate in the middle of an agave field.

gordita

I was glad I packed flat boots as were my travel companions. The cobblestones required careful walking, particularly for a klutz like me.

Boots Collage

Note: this is not a sponsored post. Just a recollection of a fun business trip!

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Five restaurants I have eaten in recently

It has been a week of great food for me. Next week, it will be mostly salads and trips to the gym!

1. The Goodwin (Greenwich Village, NYC) – I picked it on a whim for a Saturday night dinner with two girlfriends based on nothing more than OpenTable availability, location and a glimpse at the menu. Fortunately The Goodwin was a unanimous hit. We loved the charming – albeit cramped – space, and the menu was fantastic.

Try the pork shoulder ‘pig in a blanket’ or the wonderful burrata.

2. Jockey Club (Guadalajara) – if you go, get the Arrachera steak. It’s similar to the cut we call skirt steak in the U.S. Mine was buttery, rich and tender. They also offer plenty of Mexican delicacies in addition to traditional steakhouse fare. I really enjoyed the grilled cheese appetizer called queso panela.

3. La Tequila (Guadalajara) – Order the queso. Paired with terrific tortillas, I could have made a meal out of just this appetizer. The upstairs dining area is more atmospheric than the main floor, in my opinion.

La Tequila

4. Kestane Kebab (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) – I’m cheating on this one. Using Seamless.com, I had food delivered. So good and a great value. I love the lentil soup, any of the spit roasted chicken items and, of course, baklava.

5. Bann (Midtown Manhattan) – I didn’t get a pic of my dish of noodles and soy-marinated beef (Bann Gooksu) but did snap a shot of my friend’s pork ribs. Quite a platter, and part of Bann’s current Restaurant Week offering. At Bann it was $38 for three courses.

Of course our cocktails, including my soju lemonades, took the price higher.

Dae Ji Kalbi

Where have you eaten recently?

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Looking back

As you read this, I am on a business trip in Mexico* instead of live-tweeting The Bachelor. For some of you, this is probably cause for celebration.

Hmph!

Anyway.

I thought that for tonight I’d share a few of my favorite posts from the past, some Bachelor-related, most not.

  • Hey Chris Harrison! A little color please.
  • Meagan Good’s eyebrows
  • Fashion Police
  • Cumin my Cocktail
  • Greenwich Village, my old ‘hood
  • My pioneering hipster bun

*Sadly there’s no beach involved and no pool time. But there’s tequila.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Día de los Muertos is perhaps more popular than Halloween here in Brooklyn.

One of my favorite Mexican spots in Williamsburg, Mesa Coyoacan, went all out.

The shops have really done it up too.

Can’t get enough Halloween or Day of the Dead? Wendy Brandes has this awesome skull ring.