The Taster and I carpool everyday to work. Or, I guess I should say we did. But everyday for many months, as I drove to the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters I saw the process of a new restaurant and market being remodeled.

Once it was open I had to stop in! I also needed masa flour so it really was necessary. ;) I was instantly taken back to the time I spent in Mexico as a child. The taqueria serves traditional Mexican food (complete with tongue and tripe tacos, tortas, alameres) and the adjoining market contains aisles of all the Mexican food you want (lime mayonaise, fanta, bimbo bread). I love these kinds of field trips.

Once I saw that the taqueria had tortas, which are traditional Mexican sandwiches, I added Andale Taqueria to our “must-visit” list and when we finally made the trip, I was a little obsessed. I had heard about this sandwich, but never tried it and never really even seen it around.

I ordered a carnitas torta with everything on it – beans, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, avocado, queso fresca and mayonaise. I proclaimed it the best sandwich I’d ever had and that I wanted to eat one every day for the rest of my life. Seriously. The taster thought that was stretching it a bit, but the sandwich was sooooo good! So many flavors going on and obviously, very filling.

The Taster went with the burrito pollo (chicken) which was Chipotle-sized and stuffed with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream and chicken. Yum! It definitely had a more authentic flavor to it than Chipotle Burritos.

I felt obligated to order a Mexican Coke – does anyone know the difference between them and regular coke? I originally thought Mexican coke was made with real cane sugar, but it was made with high fructose corn syrup. Hmmm.

The market is an experience in itself – it made me feel like I was in Mexico and I always love  perusing new-to-me foods. A lot of memories came flooding back from the time I’ve spent in Mexico.

For all of you Minneapolis readers – try out Andale Taqueria – it is a gem! And if you try the tounge, tripe or other interesting tacos I’ll be really proud.  I’m way too scared. :)

Andale Taqueria & Mercado

7700 Nicollet Avenue South

Richfield, MN

612-259-8868

 

 

coffee

daily eats: 9/13/11

I’m officially in the midst of wedding-week madness. But besides a minor breakdown on Friday (it was just a very emotional day) I think I’ve been handling everything pretty well. Others may disagree. Yesterday was filled with last minute errands and I declared it a day for myself! The day started with some coffee and

Read more…

reasons to take a cooking class

reasons to take a cooking class

There are many reasons why I don’t sign up for all of the cooking classes that always sound so intruiging. Most of the time I don’t want to spend the money. $50 for a cooking class?! I’m on a budget! (Let’s pay no attention to the fact that I don’t bat an eyelash at spending double

Read more…

spicy cucumbers

spicy cucumber salad

  I love pickles. Crunchy, cold, dill kosher spears are my favorite although I usually try to refrain from buying them as I can go through a jar in no time at all. And we can’t forget about Minnesota Sushi (ham & pickle roll-up) which is a favorite in our house and the midwest. This

Read more…

coffee

daily eats: 9/8/11

Hi Friends! 9/8/11 was a little insane. I really should have started the day with yoga. 6:00am workout downstairs – 30 minute treadmill walk/run 8:00 get to work and get called into some last minute meetings – thankfully I had a few sips of coffee but breakfast was delayed until 11:00am. No bueno. 11:00 Breakfast: 1

Read more…

SONY DSC

where i’ve been

cooking enjoying beautiful sunsets pedal pubbing with friends flying through clouds walking along the beaches baking yoga-ing drinking real coke (for real!) Where have you been lately??  Tweet

tomato onion bake

tomato, onion & gruyere bake

Have you ever picked vegetables from a garden in the morning and had them for dinner later that day? If you are lucky enough to have a garden, you probably have. This is my “garden.” So obviously I’m not harvesting much this year – although I was able to make some pesto and enjoy fresh

Read more…