restaurant: andale taqueria

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




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 egg cooked in ghee (butter) + part of whole grain bagel with cream cheese

11:04 Breakfast Two:  part of everything bagel with cream cheese – exactly why it is not good to wait so long to eat – I couldn’t stop! Although it happens rarely that I would put off a meal, even Nutritionists mess up sometimes!

1:30 Lunch: organic turkey burger + caramelized onions + ketchup + mustard with a side of kale and spicy cucumbers (recipe coming soon!) Incredibly ugly meal. Incredibly delicious meal. (Oh and last packed lunch for a while, which is SO exciting!)

3:00 With all the food that had been eaten in the last 5 hours, its amazing that I was hungry again, but such is life sometimes. Starbucks Double Shot (have you ever had one? love them) on the way to get our…

Marriage License! Whoowhoo!!! :) I love crossing things off the list!

 I was planning on attending a yoga class, but we got an invite to a new restaurant opening in our neighborhood and I decided it might be a little more fun to go on a date night.

Crooked Pint Ale House is a new restaurant opening this weekend – even though we are leaving in a few weeks, it is so nice to have something so close to home.

It’s located on Washington Avenue and the atmosphere is great – lots of wood, brick, a stage for live musical and they’ll be showing movies and games on a huge screen as well. I kind of want to go back and hang out asap. This weekend? ;)

I started with wine and the Taster had some beer- they have tons of craft beers on tap – his kind of place. Very reasonably priced as well.

We decided to try the chorizo corn dogs which were a fun twist on the standard corn dog. We liked them, but I’m not sure we would get them again, our server mentioned that the wings were amazing and they had some other fun appetizers to choose from.

I decided on the Rainbow Chopped Salad which was baby romaine, red cabbage, chopped pears and apples, blue cheese, walnuts and red wine vinaigrette. I loved it and it was just the kind of salad I was in the mood for.

I’m not sure if the Packer game or maybe the lack of a State Fair Trip this year that influenced the Tasters meal decision but he tried the Sconnie Cheese Curder – a burger with cheese curds on top. Totally over indulgent and really delicious. (I happily shared some bites and fries for salad.)

We had a great meal and service and can’t wait to go back before our move.

And just like that, the week was coming to an end. Today  I went to yoga first thing and now it is my last day at work so I’m a bit emotional with everything going on. I’ve got a cooking class with Mercedes tonight to look forward to thankfully and more wedding preparations this weekend! {Happy Birthday Mom!!}

Have an amazing weekend! Fun plans?

restaurant: victors 1959 cafe

We are actually making a dent in our Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives restaurant list here in Minneapolis. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been exactly easy, the list is rather lengthy, but slowly but surely we’ve been making our way around town. I have to admit it has been rather fun! :) The latest crossed off the DDD list: Victor’s 1959 Cafe.

Victor’s 1959 Cafe has been inching its way towards the top rather quickly however as I love small, kitchy, restaurants that serve delicious food without being overly fancy and stuffy. Located in South Minneapolis, Victor’s itself is tiny. The walls are bright, the patio upbeat with cuban music and the vibe is what I would consider to be eccentric. And absolutely perfect on a summer day.

I was surprisingly in the mood for a mojito (I’m normally just a wine girl) but Victor’s doesn’t have a liqour license so it is beer and wine only. I was a little disappointed until I saw a champagne mojito on the menu….

It was amazing/life-changing/completely delicious and I’m actually glad they didn’t have a regular mojito – this was bubbly, refreshing and we will be making them at home soon. Seriously.

In terms of food though, which was the whole reason we were there, we started with the Cubano Mix – a plate of fried tostones, croquetas and empanadas. Much of the food reminded me of the food I ate in Haiti- fried plantains, rice, beans, etc. and brought back many good memories.  The appetizers were pretty average – they were good, but nothing amazing.

We weren’t really there for the appetizers though, we were there to try the “as seen on the food network” specialties: the Sandwich Cubano and Ropa Vieja. The Cubano was the classic sandwich – ham, pork, pickles, swiss and mustard between pressed bread. It was simply delicious. And everything I had hoped for.

The Ropa Veija (literally “old clothes”) was outstanding. Served with your choice of rice and beans (we went with rice + black beans) and some plaintains, this was amazing. You can tell that the meat simmers for hours, it is so flavorful.

I love living in a city with so many cultural food dishes to experience – it is one of my favorite things to do! Victor’s was great and definitely a trip if you are in the twin cities!

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN



bahn mi hot dogs

Now that August is here, it is time for hot dog dinner part II. Only one more month of acceptable hot dog eating! ;)

Remember the tijuana dogs? They were amazing, but when I saw this recipe inspiration, for a fresher, dare I say lighter, hot dog I knew it is how our last two grass-fed beef hot dogs would meet their bun.

We love real bahn mi sandwiches so I was honestly a little nervous that these wouldn’t live up to them and while they are different…these were really good. I know, I usually say that about anything that comes in contact with sriracha mayo, but I really mean it. Think spicy, smoky, crunchy and fresh flavors, all sandwiched between good bread.

I served them alongside a spicy cucumber salad, which was the perfect accompaniment.

Bahn Mi Hot Dogs
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Serves: 2
  • ½ cup cucumber julienne
  • ½ cup carrots julienne
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • 2 Tbsp mayo + sriracha
  • 2 hot dogs (I use grass-fed beef)
  • ½ baguette, sliced
  1. Prep all ingredients.
  2. Prepare sriracha mayo by adding desired amount of sriracha into mayo.
  3. Grill hot dogs until heated through.
  4. Grill baguette slices.
  5. Layer sriracha mayo on bread slice and top with hot dog and veggie toppings.
*Recipe Inspiration from Eating Well